Holy Blues (english)
English translation: The fastest and cheapest way to get the English translation of the book "Holy Blues" (PDF e-Book) is to press this Paypal button here. For € 8,90 / USD 8,90 (and if you like, some tip for a drink) you will get a download link within 24 hours - and additionally for free the whole music album (mp3, 320 kbps). Please don't forget to give your e-mail address.
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The 400-year trip of a musical soul
«A trip through the unvarnished history of that music we love - can only help us to understand it even better, to feel it even more intensely.» (Richard Koechli)
What do blues, jazz, soul, R&B, rock'n'roll, folk, country, rock, pop and hip hop have in common? Their origin, their fire! Holy Blues was the source of fire. Holy Blues, also called Gospel, is the source of all the roots music we love. The history of gospel music is 400 years old; its spirit even much older, and without it we simply would not be able to be enchanted by soulful music today. Reason enough to trace this good spirit. Award-winning blues musician and author Richard Koechli (Swiss Blues Award, Swiss Film Music Award, German Music Edition Award) sets out on an adventurous trip through American cultural history and shows with countless concrete examples how high the influence of faith on the music and its producers has been throughout the centuries, how decisive and mysterious the divine dimension shapes the music at every moment. Koechli does this in a double package: as a blues artist with idiosyncratic interpretations of timeless Holy Blues songs, and as a book author with an inspiring, 150-page history trip.
The book (152 pages) is written in German; the good news: there is a PDF eBook translated into English! (download link in the german book)
Both offer surprises: The book takes a passionate, precise and sometimes new look at the 400-year journey of our music, and the album shows how independently gospel music can be interpreted without betraying tradition. Koechli relies on mostly acoustic slide guitar sounds - and contrasts! Sometimes meditative and without words as in the title track «Holy Blues» or in «Nishlam» (together with the blind musician friend Gerd Bingemann), then again as a laidback and blues singer as in «Feel Like Going Home» (in a duet with the renowned jazz singer Bruno Amstad) or even as a courageous acapella singer of little-known spiritual hymns - and last but not least even with an idiosyncratic, touching version of perhaps the only Swiss Holy Blues song, the legendary «Schacher Seppli».
«Holy Blues» is available in music stores (as CD & book) and simultaneously in bookstores (as book & mp3 download link). From the book content there is also an English translation for free (PDF eBook download, link in the book).
Music Stores (CD & Buch): Fontastix 324227, EAN-Code: 7640149284508, Distributed by: www.cede.com
Book Stores (Book & free mp3-Download): www.tredition.de
ISBN: 978-3-347-42792-1 (Hardcover),
ISBN: 978-3-347-42791-4 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-3-347-42793-8 (e-Book)
Digital Music Retail (Streaming, Download): on all platforms (release Nov. 19, 2021)
(Cover-Photo: Heinz Schürmann)
Bonustracks: In addition to the 10 album songs, there are 3 bonus tracks for download (songs by Richard Koechli):
You never lie to me, Lord (2018)
Deep Water, Vers. 2 (2020)
(to the song «Lamentation» there is a dreamlike mystical Video by Bruno Amstad!)