The show does go on…

Doorgaan zonder te stoppen…

25.267 kilometer, 658 optredens, 183 plectrums, 121 setjes snaren, 9 gitaren, 11 versterkers, en meer indrukwekkend, ontelbare lachsalvo’s, fouten (heus), krampen in kaken en foute “artiesten maaltijden” verder, kunnen samengevat worden in 1 cijfer: 10.

De 10 voor 10 jaar Blood, Sweat & Kiers. Een schitterende tijd met heel veel anekdotes die ik nog vele malen ten gehoor zal brengen. Een dikke 10 voor een gouden tijd. Blood, Sweat & Kiers stopt, niets bijzonders, soms is het tijd om nieuwe wegen in te slaan. Jammer is het wel, maar we hebben de foto’s nog… 😉


The show does go on…

25 267 kilometers, 658 appearances, 183 plectrums, 121 sets of strings9 guitars, 11 amplifiers, and more impressive, countless laughter, errors (really), laughing until it hurts and fabulous “artists meals”, can be summed up in one figure: 10.

10 to 10 years of Blood, Sweat & Kiers. A great time with lots of anecdotes which I shall come up with many times. A big 10 for a very good time. Blood, Sweat & Kiers will stop, nothing special, sometimes it’s time to break new ground. It is a pity, but we still have the pictures …;)

I want one…

It’s been a while since I wrote a note… a lot of things happend since the last blog/post. (if you’re curious about what I’m doing or love landscaping just as much as I do than you can have a little peek at 😉

As a musician, and a guitarslinger to refine that, I wouldn’t surprise any other musician and guitarplayers in special, that there is always some amp, guitar or “tool” which you want. The wish list is never empty, the excuses to buy something what will make you “sound better” will never be over…

Since a few months I’m in the need of a Fender Deluxe reverb, and than a “pre CBS” one… because I believe that this amp will weigh less than my beloved Fender Bandmaster, will brake up lovely, will suit my Haar T-style guitar with Joe Barden pick-up’s lovely, and goes a little bit louder than my kick-ass “Red October” edition of my Fender pro-junior.

To bad, I didn’t find “the one” yet. I did see a couple “SilverFace” examples on Ebay, but they don’t pull my trigger. Who knows… I might find one before my wishlist has changed (and that pre CBS Fender Vibrolux has raised to my #1 wish… 😉


It’s just like work. Although, that sounds funny when you consider yourself to be an amateur. It’s even more funny as a Dutch pun: it’s net (just like) work… (I’m so funny I could kill myself)

Anyways, Blood, Sweat & Kiers was well shot during the broadcast of the election results. Nice footage and good quality! (for tv that is)


Ps. if you want to cut  right back to the music… we kick in at 12:15, 54:15, 1:12:20 & 1:51:00! (about)

Spoil yourself…

A man should treat himself once in a while, right? To weeks ago I bought 2 Telecaster wiring assemblies from Emerson!

What?! (you’ll probably ask yourself …)

I just shoot the explanation at you… (whether you like it or not ). Guitars are strange things , they consist of many parts which affect sound, guitarists are even more strange characters, the’re puzzling just as long until they find “the tone” they have in their head (for me: a little ” Twang”  like Kid Ramos, a little compression a-la Danny Gatton , a little “spark” as Brad Paisley and a of bit gain & grit from… well, from who actually … ) the ambition to find “that” sound results in a lively business of making and spending money, big time! (and I’m guilty too, in both occasions). By example; Google “Telecaster, guitar, bridge” and you’ll see that many, many flavors appear! And then we are only talking about the bridge of a telacaster, no other parts, no other brands of guitars… WOW!

Anyway , the last few weeks I’ve been spending time, money, some Blood, Sweat & …  to find the right electronics myself (it becomes a deviation I know, haha ) to give you an impression how bizarre that is: in addition to the pick-up’s (which I already had, and I do not want to change them: Joe Barden’s Danny Gatton t-Style pickups) there is often a volume knob, tone knob, element switch and some resistors in a guitar. And yes, all available in many brands, values​​ and qualities. My quest learned that this is “my” set-up:

– 250K volume and tone potentiometers (1Meg or 1000K is brilliant for tone swells, but 4x the “range” of a 250k pot and the last 25% is very bright, IMHO)

– 0,047 uF capacitor (this value is ideal for B.B. King licks and Hammond sounds)

– 1000 pF capacitor and 180k resistor as a “treble bleed” to keep the highs running when you draw back the volume

To achieve these values ​​and composition, I have mounted & removed everything a large number of times (in the kitchen cause of the light and the hight of the counter, hahaha) in different ways to each other. Now I manage soldering quite well, but soldering up-on soldering doesn’t make it more beautiful and my equipment must be need & reliable! So I scoured the internet, in order to score myself some quality parts and then I spotted something… a complete set, pre-soldered in a beautiful way and a good price.

Yesterday the”3 – Way Tele Prewired Assembly w/an Emerson Paper in Oil Cap” arrived, really beautiful craftsmanship, I’m happy!

Now lets fire-up the soldering iron one more time to install these beauties!

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More than gold…

There you are… It won’t be just musicians who will ever have the idea by seeing an impressive stage , ” wow how cool will it be to stand here, before hundreds of people!” However, upon entering the main hall in the Goudse Schouwburg my thoughts where; “Wow how cool it is to play here in front of hundreds of people!” That same evening I played with Mr. Boogie Woogie in the “Fats!” show with lots of fun and good musicians, playing a nearly full house.

Oddly enough , after these moments, wich make me start thinking about my old ambitions. I remember ( how bizarre ) at the age of 5, I wanted a guitar SO badly, I made one ​​out of cigar boxes, unsanded wood and rubber bands. 4 year’s later (of nagging at my parents) there she was, my first real guitar! After a few hours of playing it got me, my next ambition popped-up, the bar went up, “how cool would it be to play with other musicians?!” 2 years later I got in touch with Cees Tas on Queensday, playing together in our “dorp”.  With this experience in my pocket the bar went up again, “how cool would it be if I could play in a band?!”…  Three decades has passed, so have a lot of goals and achievments. Nowadays, I play more than weekly with fantastic musicians live , have recorded a dozen of CD’s , played abroad and collected enough stories for evenings full of anecdotes, I feel like a gold medalist! And the prospects are wonderful!

And this brings me to my next level… you know what? I stop wishing , the bar will be set on fire, no more goals, from now on I ‘m going to enjoy everything I experience!

Big hug and kisses to the girls at home for giving me the energy and opportunity for doing this…


Tenor Battle…

What a fun week that was! Some nice gigs and (at least) one of them is recorded for posterity* These are the high-lights of the ’14 Tenor Battle at the Hooglandse Kerk Leiden. With Naomi Adriaansz, Rinus Groeneveld and Blood, Sweat & Kiers. (I’m guessing that you know their names…)



Thanks “Leidse Glibber” for capturing so many good memories!



noun: posterity
  1. 1.
    all future generations of people.
    “the musicians are recorded for posterity”

Jam along!

Jazz Session at Red Kees, January 9, estimated time of arrival 9:30 pm.

Time again to play with the Pretty Blue Brothers, sweet! This time you’ll be more then welcome to join. Don’t be to harsh on the “standards”, I’m still learning my mean and lean jazzchops… :)

To make the event a bit more exited (for ourselves and for you!)  we made a reference list wich is not written in stone, we sure would like to buckle down into your suggestions, and love to keep the possibilities open to throw in the unexpected. Yep, this is going to be “one of those” nights!

A Smo-o-o-oth One
Back Bay Shuffle
Gravy Waltz
Jimmy’s Blues
Killer Joe
On Green Dolphin Street
Pretty Blue
Secret Love
The Girl From Ipanema
The Preacher
4 Wheel Drive
Most of the songs you’ll recognize, if you wan’t any tubelinks or keys, please let know!

By the way, the Pretty Blue Brothers: Harm van Sleen (pedalsteel), Cees Tas (drums),  Ab Hansen (Bass) and your truly (guitar)

Hope to see you!

Ps. for bonus points: who is the man in the image? (hint: his music was the leap for me into “Redneck Jazz”)

Serious Request!

3FM Serious Request 2013 vraagt aandacht voor kinderen die jaarlijks onnodig sterven aan (de gevolgen van) diarree. Dit is een stille ramp die het gevolg is van gebrek aan schoon drinkwater, zeep en toiletten. Een serieuze aangelegenheid die wij als bluesliefhebbers niet aan ons voorbij kunnen laten gaan. Door heel Nederland wordt er op creatieve wijze actie gevoerd en steun betuigd aan het initiatief waarmee 3FM jaarlijks miljoenen weet binnen te halen voor het Rode Kruis.

Ook de Nederlandse bluesscene bestaat uit serieuze mannen en vrouwen die graag hun steentje willen bijdragen aan bovenstaand initiatief. Onder de naam Serious Blues willen enkele van deze bluesliefhebbers in samenwerking met de organisatie van Estrado Harderwijk een benefiet dag organiseren waarbij de volledige inkomsten van deze dag ten goede komen aan de Serious Request actie van 3FM, dus aan het Rode Kruis.

Dit evenement zal plaatsvinden in Estrado Harderwijk, waarbij 9 Nederlandse topbands acte de presénce gaan geven. Evenals 3FM zal Serious Blues ook een veiling via internet starten waarbij u op mooie bluesgerelateerde items kunt bieden, allemaal voor het goede doel.

Aan mij de eer om mee toe doen met Mr. Boogie Woogie ft. Boogie & Blues Night!

New Guitar!


Im realy thrilled with my new guitar! A Danny Gatton’s #1 inspired Haar T-style. Loaded with Joe Bardens, a realy sweet “amber golden” colour (wich is very hard to capture in a picture), flamed maple “quarter sawn” neck, 1 piece alder body, altogether just over 6 Lbs (and al you guitar players out there know what that means! ;))

What a sweet tone! Yes people, (who don’t play the guitar) this is a complete diffrent animal than my beloved “cream” telecaster, my work-horse for the last 5 years. Althoug both a Haar T-Style guitar, that’s about the only comparison you can make…



Believe it or not, this is my second serious guitar I own! (part from an acoustic, which isn’t a real guitar isn’t it, a Surf Green Stratocaster wich stands cortious next to my bed, a gifted Levin wich is a sweet and awesome sounding instrument, 2 Egmond guitars wich I bought for 2,50 each… And I swear that that is it ow, and an acoustic “my verry first six string” in the attic)

In jugs & jars…

So much fun this weekend! Playin’ guitar for a gazzilion hours and as “icing on the pie” BBQ & Beer at my brothers place, sweet! What more does this man need…

Here a pic from the “Jazz in the Gracht” festival. Compliments to the organization and al the volunteers! Everything was al in “jugs & jars” and everybody was very kind, thanks for that! (Thanks Ellen Post voor the picture, I hope you don’t mind I’m using it… )


Flappin’ ears…

What a weekend! 3 of our anual top gigs in a row! Shure like to thank every single one of you who visited either the Bebop, the Wijnhaven in Delft or the All-American day at RedKees. (I even spotted a few of you at more than one occasion. We certainly appreciate that BIG time!)

I still am flapping my ears and stimulating my brains with gallons of coffee, just the way it has got the be “the day after”.

Here is one of the many vids Corine Zwaard has posted on youtube, thanks Corine very sweet of you! Blood, Sweat & Kiers is Rockin’ out on Slim Harpo’s slightly modified “Ti Ni Nee Ni Nu”. A song I became aware of after listening to 1 of the many Stevie Ray Vaughan bootlegs I owe…


Ps, if anyone of you did find my sunglasses please contact… didn’t want ‘m to be the collateral damage of this Rocin’ good weekend…


you least expect it… having an appointment with the luthier of your current # 1 guitar Erik van der Haar,  2 hours later you’re driving home with a car loaded with firewood… One thing is for shure, I never did stoke some high quality Birds-eye maple, Rosewood and other bits ‘n pieces. Talking about making a posh fire!

Kept me warm loading the stuf up, will keep me warm burning it through winter! Sweet!