The BJ Bio
BLUES SINGER – BOTTLENECK GUITAR PLAYER – SONGWRITER
John" Eliasson's story.. (the short version..)
BJ: "..Born and raised in a small town called Lit in the midst of Sweden(this area is also a junction for several rivers forming a "delta".. So I can say I was born on the delta, folks!! I still live here today..
has always been in my life!!
it seems I'm always drawn back in time and place to the Mississippi
Delta of the 1920's and 30's..
A BJ concert offers delta blues, hokum &
spirituals with roots deep down in the 1920s/30s Mississippi Delta.
Music that is intense, raw and tempo-filled but also laid back and
emotional! A musical time travel with songs by legends such as Robert
Johnson, Leadbelly, Son House, Charley Patton and Blind Willie Johnson
but also self-penned material in this tradition-filled genre. It's blues
like it sounded long ago, a voice and acoustic instruments, a foot
stomping the beat on the floor replacing the drums.
I feel truly blessed that people
like my music and give me the opportunity to perform it live..!! Thanks to ALL of you interested in my music and I sure hope to meet you
"..The depth of soul in this man's voice is at the least stirring, and at the most..... entirely captivating.." -Soundclick.com, USA.
ultra modern PA system. Lightweight and shiny, gotta love it! Kinda loud
The heart of BJ's music is the genuine sound of resonator guitars. The mix between acoustic and electric that we find in the resophonic instruments. Tell people who hasn't heard one before that it's an electric guitar without the electricity!! It's basically a mechanically amplified guitar.. Some of the trusted workhorses are a 1933 National Duolian and a 1935 Dobro.
Other vintage instruments such as ol'timey Levin guitars are favourites too! Sometimes there might also be a piano, pump-organ, washboard, harmonica, upright-bass, mandolin, kazoo and such nice old bluesy instruments to add flavor to the songs. And what a wonderful sound they all make! Man, if some instruments could talk, what a tale they'd tell...
Influences: The old bluesmen from the
"..Eliasson has made his mark as one of today’s most poignant voices in the genre.." -Frank Matheis, thecountryblues.com, USA.
"..It doesn’t matter what corner of the planet the artist comes from, you either have a blues soul or you don’t.
man has one in spades!.."
"..No doubt, one of the finest Acoustic Blues artists around.."
- John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network, Canada.
The past few years has taken
BJ on tour to various
festivals & clubs
throughout Europe and USA, among others:
-Rootsway Blues & Food Festival, Parma, Italy
-Davis Jazz Club, Vienna, Austria
-Tervasoihtu Blues & Folk 2010, Oulu,
-Codstock Blues, Henningsvaer, Norway
-Codstock Blues, Henningsvaer, Norway
-The King Biscuit Blues Festival, Helena, USA
-Blues au Chateau Festival, La Chèze, France
-Augustibluus, Haapsalu, Estonia
-Hällevik Tradjazz(!) Festival, Sweden
-Swing Blues Festival, Wespelaar, Belgium
-Nidaros Blues Festival, Trondheim, Norway
-PaasBlues Festival, Asten, The Netherlands
-Copenhagen Blues Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
-Dundee Blues Bonanza, Dundee, Scotland
-Åmål Blues Festival, Åmål, Sweden
-The Helicon Jazz Cafe, Warsaw, Poland
-Music Café Pegasus, Munich, Germany
-Uppsala International Guitar Festival, Sweden
-Breakfast Blues, Bunky’s, Helena, Arkansas, USA
-Streets of Blues Festival, Tropea, Italy
-Frankfurt Musik Messe, Amistar Guitars, Germany
-St. Lawrence Church Blues, Janakkala, Finland
-Felsenkeller, Schwandorf, Germany
-Jazzland, Vienna, Austria
-Mississippi Welcome Center, Lula, Mississippi, USA
-Blues Cruise on the Baltic Sea
-Dalane Blues Festival, Egersund, Norway
-Tartu ResoFest, Tartu, Estonia
-Resophonic Guitar Festival, Pilzen, Czech Rep.
-Street Blues, Memphis, Tennesee, USA
-Skalica Cultural Centre, Slovakia
-Östersund Blues Festival, Sweden
-Torun Blues Festival, Poland
-Stampen Jazz Club, Stockholm, Sweden
-Citadel Blues, Blaye, France
-Tarragona Blues Festival, Spain
-Blues in Hell, Norway
-Stockholm Folk Festival, Sweden
-Sense the Blues, Bornholm, Denmark
-Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, USA
While in America BJ played gigs in the Mississippi delta region, one gig was at the King Biscuit Blues Festival. This was just freakin' awesome, folks!!!!!
See some photos from the festival here!!
Anywhere where there's a need for real
Several programs on Swedish national
television SVT, as well as local TV shows. Norwegian national television
and radio, NRK.
Blues Blast Magazine – USA.
SüdDeutsche Zeitung - Germany.
ZicaZic Music Magazine - France.
Akustik Gitarre –
Blues Matters -
Il Blues -
Blues News -
Twoj Blues -
Blues & Co - France.
Blues News -
Blues Art Journal -
Costa Blanca Blues - Spain.
Concerto Magazine -
Jefferson Blues Magazine –
"..It's as if Son House's voice has come alive again. Deeply moving!.." -Don Hooper, Unplugged Records, USA.
"..The spirit of blind Willie Johnson and Son House must surely be watching over Johan.." -Brian Harman, Blues Art Journal.
"..The Van Gogh of European bluesmen.." -Blues Matters Magazine, UK.
Acoustic Roots Music with heart &
Anyhow, you're MOST welcome to this blue oasis in cyberspace!! Please do take your time to browse through these pages, look at video clips and photos, listen to the soundclips and read reviews and info!!! Hope to see YOU down the bluesy road some day soon..
Thanks again for stoppin' by and welcome back!!