Dov Hammer is has been at the forefront of the Blues scene in Israel for over 2 decades. Originally from the USA, now living in Tel Aviv, Hammer started playing harmonica while serving in the Israeli army, finding it much more practical to carry around then the bass guitar he had played before. After a year of busking on the streets in the USA and Ireland, Dov Hammer joined the band of Canadian blues artist Ted Cooper for four years of non-stop Blues. He formed his first band “The Daily Blues” in 1997, and for 4 years they were the house band for the “Camelot” club in Tel Aviv, backing such Blues artists as Zora Young, Billy Branch and the late great “King “ Earnest Baker. The band broke up shortly after releasing their debut album in 2000. Since then, Dov Hammer has led “CG & The Hammer” Israel’s #1 blues band, touring the USA 3 times and releasing 4 albums, as well as a solo album of acoustic blues. He has played at the prestigious Rochester (NY) Jazz Festival in 2005 and toured eastern Europe, playing at the “Blues nights” festival in Lithuania in 2007.
Dov Hammer has also played onstage and on the recordings of many top Israeli pop artists, such as Yahli Sobol, Shai Gavso, Miki Gavrielov and Arkadi Duchin, with whom he recorded a TV special and his Harmonica playing is also featured in the soundtrack of the new Israeli feature film "The Ballad of weeping spring".
In 2012 Dov Hammer collaborated with guitarist Andy Watts to form the"Blues Rebels" - the band has backed up leading Blues artists such as Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson and Bernard Allison, and they were the opening act for the legendary Johnny Winter. The Blues Rebels first album "Open road" is scheduled for release in March 2015!
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.