VISIONS - Hans Theessink & Terry Evans:
nominated for the 30th Blues Music Awards - Acoustic Album of the Year 2008!!!
A TRANSATLANTIC BLUES SUMMIT - Hans Theessink & Terry Evans are both legendary performers in their own right.
HANS is probably Europe's no 1 blues export, with 20 albums, a dvd and a guitar instruction dvd to his name - constantly on tour and delighting audiences around the world with his rich and emotional sounds.
TERRY has done several albums under his own name and has a long working relationship with Ry Cooder as a backing singer. Terry's voice is pure "Mississippi Magic" - the real deal and one of the most soulful voices in the business.
Both bluesmen have worked together in the past and for years had a vision of combining forces for a stripped down duo recording. In december 2007 they got together in L.A. to do just that. Within 2 days they recorded a soulful album of original songs and soul-blues-classics. The album has an intimate feel and obviously Hans & Terry were having a great time making music together.
Both Hans and Terry have a reputation for superb recordings and VISIONS will once again delight even the most discerning hi-fi fan with a fantastic sonic experience.
Hans Theessink & Terry Evans - 2 musical heavyweights at the top of their art - VISIONS materialised!
Phil Bloch (percussion)
Richard Thompson (electric guitar)
Bo Diddley (spoken comment)
Blues Revue (USA) December/January 2009
Visions brings together two deep blues voices. Hans Theessink, one of Europe’s most respected keepers of the genre, and Terry Evans, whose music carries the heritage of his Mississippi ancestors, connect here like soulmates united by music. The pairing of Theessink's deep, emotive baritone with Evans’ gospel-colored tenor makes this record one of the year’s best acoustic outings.
Living Sound (NZ) 2008.05
ALBUM OF THE MONTH - Great songs, faultless musicianship
This latest release from Theessink and Evans will blow your sonic socks off.
Blues in Britain / volume 1 / issue 80 (2008)
The combination of the sheer artistry of one of Europe’s finest purveyors of American roots music with the deep soul bluesy soulfulness of Terry Evans is a match made in blues heaven. Visions can only come highly recommended. Rating 9
Al Jonusas, radio presenter, Keepin' it Blue, WRHC 106.7 FM (US)
Absolutely beautiful, bringing Terry on board was a stroke of genius. The melding of Hans' and Terry's voices is truly rare beauty.
Bear Family Records Mailorder (D) 2008
Recorded in Los Angeles, this beautiful set presents the two vocalists with their remarkable voices in a stripped-down situation. Just two guitars, and two voices. And this works very well, indeed. Great release, soulful and profound. Recommended!!
Przemek Draheim, radio presenter (PL) 2008.04
Hans Theessink and Terry Evans are both on my list of the coolest voices I have ever heard in blues. Together, they have created a killer blues/vocal record! - as real and deep as the blues gets. An acoustic blues album of the year and you can quote me on that, the highest rank!
Living Blues (USA) November 2009
These two vastly experienced and respected musicians are committed performers who are a perfect foil to each other on this very exciting and skilfully produced set - highly recommended and well worth hunting down.
BluesArt (A), sept./oct. 2008
Obviously, this is a dream combination and how could it fail? It doesn’t! Dutch-born Hans Theessink has long enjoyed a formidable reputation for making intelligent, soulful blues and roots music, and those who only know Mississippian Terry Evans for his sublime contributions to Ry Cooder’s music have been missing out on some of the most soulful music of the last couple of decades!
Rhythms (AUS), sept. 2008
A trans-Atlantic blues summit - just under an hour of cool, harmonious grooves.
To call its relaxed ambience laid back would be an understatement. Completely unadorned, their acoustic takes on standards and originals are hushed and soul-soothing.
maverick magazine (UK) sept. 2008
In the stripped back world of VISIONS – a stunning mix of originals and classics – the respective strengths of both men shine through. From first note to last this is pure blues magic.
Village Records (US) 2008
Theessink and Evans, (of Ry Cooder fame) are no strangers to acoustic blues and soul. It’s a stripped down affair that lets them showcase some great guitar work and vocal play. It’s mostly covers of blues related and soul tunes that while timeless, come to live in the capable hands of these two masters. You won’t find a more pleasant listening experience then this one.
ABC (AUS), Doug Spencer, The Planet (Nov.1st 2008)
Hans is a fine singer and superb guitarist, Terry a superb singer and capable guitarist. Visions fulfils a dream long-shared by friends and mutual admirers - to make a stripped-down, ‘2 voices and 2 guitars’ album. It’s warm, relaxed and beautifully recorded.
Properganda (UK) june/july 2008
Visions is a sublime album: Theessink’s lazy baritone (think a deeper Mark Knopfler) and Evans’ extraordinarily soulful gospel tones are tailor made to blend together with spine-tingling results.
The Age - Green Guide (AUS) Nov. 27 2008
Some of the best albums are stripped-back, live-in-studio affairs, with a glorious spontaneity. Theessink’s a Dutch, Delta-inspired guitarist with a gravelly, lived-in voice. Mississippi-born Evans’s gospel-flavoured vocals backed some of Ry Cooder’s best records. The duo put down the 13 tracks in just two days and deliver them with an almost palpable sense of enjoyment.
Tributes abound, from J. B Lenoir, to Memphis Slim, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley (the latter has an affectionate spoken snippet). Among standouts are Fats Domino’s `Let The Four Winds Blow’ (featuring guest Richard Thompson’s elegant electric guitar riffs) and an arresting `At The Dark End of the Street’. `Visions’ is a revelatory blues album. Mike Daly
BluesWax (USA) 2008.12.02
Delta Soul - With a mix of covers and a handful of originals Hans Theesink and Terry Evans deliver a top-notch collection of bouncy Delta-style Blues. There’s a solid, warm sound to the whole disc, the result of rich, mellow vocals with acoustic guitar. The playful give and take between the two adds levity even to the heavier tracks.
Blues In The South (UK) September 2008
The guys get into a great groove on Willie Dixon's 'You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover' with appreciative comments by Bo Diddley (RIP) in the background. I've very much enjoyed listening to this album on my summer vacation and, while there is always a serious edge to Theessink's music, there are also many light hearted moments such as an exuberant 'Glory of Love' which shows what fun they must have had making 'Visions'. Praise also for the sonic quality of the recording and for producing an album you could play in any company! Highly recommended.
Bobtje Blues (B) October 2008
Everybody who knows the pedigree of these musicians, knows what they are capable to do. ‘Visions’ meets all expectations. Theessink as well as Evans are blessed with warm, dark voices. Hans sings tight and Terry rather loose and this is a very pleasant combination to listen to. All in all a constant, great CD, which will especially suit the admirers of more sedate music. As soon as I hear this music I want to sit down and listen to it, while enjoying a good glass of red wine. A beautiful record it is.
Steve Cagle, radio presenter "Blues Spectrum", KVMR FM, Nevada City CA
Visions is a fantastic album. The 2 artists together makes sense as a natural combination, and they certainly proved it beyond any doubt. Simple, unprocessed and unadorned with studio trickery, yet it stands above most recent recordings because of the honest and straightforward power they bring forth in their music.
Blues in the northwest (UK) Dec.2008
Recorded in just two days is this fabulous record by two tremendous singers; Hans Theessink and Terry Evans may be from separate sides of the Atlantic Ocean but when together they work together beautifully.
Hans Theessink is a European favourite, a Dutchman based in Vienna with more than 20 albums and a DVD under his belt, he is famous for his beautiful sonorous baritone voice. Terry Evans contributes the soulful sounds of Mississippi. Along with his solo work, Terry is probably best know for his many contributions with Ry Cooder.
It is clear throughout this CD that the duo have a mutual respect and their voices complement each other beautifully. The sound is very relaxed and their infectious enjoyment cascades from the speakers. As well as sharing the guitar and vocal duties with Evans, Theessink also plays the sweet harmonica and it is his foot that you can hear marking the time and driving the duo forwards.
Both Evans and Theessink are well known for their audiophile recordings and, in this sense, this record will not disappoint. The sound, the balance, the warmth and the ambience in the record is just perfect. Even listening on my portable device at highbitrate MP3 using my Shure SE310s, the production is simply stunning.
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a pair of skilled musicians! Simply stunning album with excellent smooth blues vocals and great guitar. I can honestly find no downside for this album and look forward to the next one from these excellent artists. Customer review on AMAZON