Hans van Lier
Hans van Lier
At the age of fourteen he began playing the electric guitar. He soon learnt a lot of chords. On a given day he discovered a nice 'run', which he soon began to use as a basis for his playing. It turned out that he discovered the blues scale on his own.
In this same year he did his first gig in Appelscha. (Friesland, the Netherlands) Hans got a lot of inspiration from his direct environment where a lot of music was made. He studied the records of Blues players like Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Luther 'guitar' Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After a few years as a rythm guitar player Hans went solo at the age of eighteen.
During the following years he worked with various bluesbands. In 1978 he entered the Dutch Guitar Championship in Paradiso. He finished third! Hans has done a lot of work with female singers. He toured with Lia Ona in Denmark, and Gina de Boer (the Dutch Janis Joplin) has been in his band too.
He worked with a.o. Hanneke Kappen (recorded a CD with her), Inki de Jonghe (King Lier), Rosa King from Amsterdam and Tineke Schoemaker (well known from 'Barrelhouse', one of the most successful bluesbands in the Netherlands). Together with Tineke, Hans was the best during a jazz- and bluesfestival in Friesland. He has also done some work with male singers: B.J.
Hegen, Lourens Leeuw, Hans Dulfer, Marcel Kapteijn (Ten Sharp), Eddie C. Campbell from Chicago and guitarplayer Mick Taylor, old member of The Rolling Stones. Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, better familiar as Double Trouble of Stevie Ray Vaughan. And also guitarplayer Jan Akkerman. Some facts: From 1988 untill 1993 Hans had a successful band 'Plat', which only sung in Gronings dialect.
'Plat' has been the main act in Paradiso (Amsterdam) at a bluesfestival. Hans recorded 3 CD's and 5 singles with this band. In 1992 Hans has recorded a CD with various bluesmusicians, this CD was called 'Blues-United'. He also took care of the production. Hans has crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1985, 1986, 1988 and two times in 1999 to play the blues.
He sat in with sessions in Chicago. After such a session in Canada he immediately was offered a contract with a bluesband. He also recorded a CD in Minneapolis with the American band GB Leighton and toured two times with the same band in the USA. Also he made in Austin Texas a cd with Double Trouble (SRV) and Mick Taylor.
Hans played for two years in a German bluesband with drummer Henk Torpedo (New Adventures). And for whoever is interested: Hans can be a reliable and flexible session-musician. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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