“CG & The Hammer" is a collaboration between two veteran Blues artists: Singer / harmonica player Dov Hammer and Guitarist/singer Sagi (CG) Shorer. When these two American - born Bluesmen first met in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1999, both had already paid plenty of dues, both as sidemen (sharing stages with such blues greats as Willie Kent Paul deLay, Zora Young, Billy Branch and the late King Earnest Baker, among others) and leading their own bands. The two soon joined forces to create the group now known as "The CG & the Hammer “.
While deeply rooted in the Blues styles of Chicago and Texas, the band has never tried to copy a "classic" sound, instead updating and continuing the evolution of the Blues, and giving it their own unique flavor. Their dynamic stage performance showcases original songs by the band, as well as blues classics from Robert Johnson to B.B. king.
They have toured the USA three times, visiting Ohio and Chicago in 2004 and touring Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee in 2005, including festival performances at the "River city Blues festival” in Ohio and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. In 2009 they returned to the south, playing in Alabama, Florida and making an unforgettable appearance at the International Blues Challenge,, as well as being chosen for the “Kings of Beale street” show in Memphis.
Their first album "feels like home" was released in 2002 to great critical acclaim, featuring 12 new original blues songs.
In 2008 they released their 2nd album “Blues Heaven”, which was chosen by the Blues Foundation in Memphis as one of the top 12 independent Blues albums of the year!
2010 saw the release of their 3rd album "Live in Tel Aviv", celebrating a decade of activity with a slice of real-deal live excitement of CG & The Hammer at their best.
And now in 2013 comes "Something good - the Memphis sessions" , the band's fourth album. After more than a decade of playing Blues in Israel, the band decided to return to the source, and made the pilgrimage to Memphis TN, where they recorded 12 new songs at the Historic "Sun" studio. In this special atmosphere, recording where BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Ike Turner, Elvis, Johnny Cash and others had made their great hits, the band tapped into the magical source of the music which has inspired them.
The result is CG & The Hammer's best album to date, a unique melding of Blues , rock'n'roll and country, with the band's own original songwriting, passionate vocals, wailing harmonica and fiery guitar.
From Bars to festivals to concert halls, CG & The Hammer continue to thrill audiences with a combination of passion, energy and honesty. Their music is never a re-creation of sounds from the past, but rather an updated, vital celebration of the Blues as the soundtrack of real life.
THE CRITICS RAVE!
"Blues like this can only be heard in Chicago" - Hilik Gurfinkel , "Ha'ir"
"Hammer's vocals and Harmonica are consistently inspired...Shorer's guitar solos light up each track....the band wails with the right combination of imagination and reverence for the Blues tradition" - David Brinn, "The Jerusalem Post"
"Dov Hammer is a master harmonica player...very authentic and exciting Blues...rivaling anything you'll find here in Chicago"
- Peter Krampert, Author of "The encyclopedia of the Harmonica" www.eharmonica.net
"Dov Hammer is an artist be seen and not just heard. Hammer sings and plays a harmonica with total body and soul. His love for the Blues is contagious, and his authentic performance immediately engages his audience in this passion. Seeing and hearing Dov Hammer perform is a moving and highly enjoyable experience "
-Yehudit Vinegrad, Manager and Producer of Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival.