Gritty delta blues with screaming slide guitar, raw vocals and wailing blues harp.
Playing in a band kicks ass. Writing songs for a band is pretty sweet too, but sometimes you write a song that just doesn’t work out in a full-blown band. So when most of their band mates in BluesMotel were on vacation, Kevin de Harde and Micha Sprenger, responsible for writing almost every song for the band, decided to write some songs for something new. That’s how The Damned and Dirty was born.
In September 2012 they released their self-titled début album as a free digital download. The 13 tracks are all acoustic, only some of them having a touch of drums and/or bass. Gritty delta blues with screaming slide guitar, beautiful ballads, uptempo fun, The Damned and Dirty have tried to incorporate multiple styles into this album.
In April 2013 they won the award for "Best Dutch Blues Album of 2012" by The Dutch Blues Foundation. They were nominated along with two other albums. The albums were chosen by a group of Dutch radio jockeys and the public had the final vote.
Around March 2013 they started work on their next album "Sell Your Soul". Recording took place in July at “The Bandbunker” in Amersfoort by the 20TwelveAudio team. For the recording they were again joined by their BluesMotel drummer Frank van Tijn on a couple of songs.
The album is due to be released in August/September on Itunes, CD Baby, Amazon and more as a digital download and for the first time it will be available on CD!
Micha is a Music Teacher graduate from the High School of Performing Arts in Rotterdam. He works and lives in Amsterdam. As well as a guitarist/songwriter Micha also teaches music and guitar.
Kevin de Harde
Kevin de Harde, born in Amsterdam, has seen basically every Dutch blues club inside and out and has shared the stage with countless blues artists. His career is rapidly including international stature with frequent tours of the UK, Belgium and France. Gutsy vocals with thought provoking lyrics and a blues harp style to melt the most cynical heart typify his performances.
Influences include Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, etc. He also enjoys the rock classics like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Who and Led Zeppelin and has a secret love for (old) jazz.
This is what some of the press had to say about our first album:
"When I think about Blues music, I tend not to think about Holland.
That just changed."
"With the electric ‘blues violence’ of BluesMotel, live and on record, you sometimes tend to forget what a technically and musically great guitarist Micha Sprenger is. On The Damned and Dirty cd Micha gets - and takes – more than enough room to play his wonderful licks and rhythms. Sometimes threatening, sometimes subdued, but always as the musical backbone for Kevin de Harde. De Harde is also in great form on this record. He sings, screams, whispers and blows his lungs out. The anger in his voice still finds its way into his singing but it's more of a velvet anger this time. And it’s because of the wonderful licks and rhythms by Micha the songs sung by the De Harde are much more overwhelming to the listener."
BluesMagazine.nl (in Dutch, quote translated.)
"It's unnecessary to say that this is an album that belongs in the record collection of all acoustic blues lovers. In fact, it should have a place in the collection of every other blues lover as well."
thebluesalone.nl (in Dutch, quote translated.)