"The Best Blues Band In Moscow Russia!" That
is what I was told when I saw them on the list of bands
for the 2004 Kettle River Blues Festival. When they
got up and played,
it all made sense. The crowd went nuts! The Cousins
play a "turned up to the max" power trio version
of the blues that rocks audiences from Europe to the
USA. In their
13 years together, The Blues Cousins have been named
the most popular blues band in Russia. In 2000 they
were awarded "Best Band" among 57 bands at
Blues Sur Seine
Festival in France. The band's leader, Levan Lomidze,
has been officially named among the top 10 guitarists
During what was their second trip
to the USA, I was given the opportunity to record The
Blues Cousins. This recording comes from the 2004 Sunbanks
Blues Festival, their last outdoor festival performance
before returning home to Russia. What you see here is
one of their dreams come true. The Blues Cousins first
CD recorded and produced in the United States of America.
We hope you enjoy discovering The Blues Cousins and
will agree that "These guys rock, really rock."
Jazz Stream / Bluestopia Records
"Awesome guitar! Good show comrades!"
Ben Manilla, Producer.
House Of Blues Radio Hour
Ben Manilla Productions
The Blues Cousins sizzle on this live
You do not normally equate Russia with Blues bands,
but after listening to The Blues Cousins newest CD,
Alive in the USA, that notion could very well change.
The Blues Cousins have been named the most popular blues
band in Russia and for a good reason-these guys sizzle!
The band has been together for 13 years and it is so
very obvious. Everything they do is in perfect sync.
The CD consists of many of the favorite blues tunes
and these guys presentation will make them even greater
favorites. Lead singer Levan Lomidze has a great voice
and uses it to the max to capture the listener and involve
them in the song. On top of that, throw in some excellent
musical accomplishment from Slava Ignatov on drums and
Sergey Patrushiev on bass and some incredible guitar
playing and you have a CD that absolutely rocks. The
trio is as versatile as they are talented as demonstrated
by their versions of soft, slow ballads which are performed
If you are a blues fan, you really owe it to yourself
to listen to this band from Moscow.
Brenda Barbee - RMR Staff Reviewer
this power trio certainly rock and
storm the barricades with their covers o some
How about this for a cultural exchange - a Moscow blues
band take their blues rock/bar band sound to the Sunbanks
Blues Festival in Washington, U.S.A. God knows what
the Russians got in exchange - presumably a Cossack
troupe from the Bronx! Anyway this power trio certainly
rock and storm the barricades with their covers o some
familiar old standards and the guitar player has all
the Hendrix tremolo style and Santana note-bending pyrotechnics
off to a T. "Messing With The Kid", "No
More Dogging", "Sweet Home Chicago" all
rock along furiously and the crowd love every minute
of it. The only time the pace drops is for "My
Baby Is Coming Home" - but only slightly. If you
like sturdy blues/rock played live in front of a raucous
crowd you'll probably enjoy this. The next time you're
in Moscow these guys are worth seeking out at the local
PO Box 18
Peter Blewzzman Lauro
Their musical talents are masterful,
and their stage presence and crowd handling
The Blues Cousins
"Alive In The U.S.A."
BY PETER "BLEWZZMAN" LAURO, © AUGUST, 2005
THE BLUES COUSINS are said to be the "Best Blues
Band in Moscow, Russia." Interesting! Obviously
then, there must be several other blues bands in the
city. This could virtually make Moscow a city with a
better blues community than many in America. I for one
am happy to see the REDS turning to the Blues.
The band, which has been together for 15 years, consists
of LEVAN LOMIDZE on guitar and lead vocals, SLAVA IGNATOV
on drums and background vocals, and SERGEY PATRUSHIEV
on bass. "ALIVE IN THE U. S. A." was recorded
live at the Sunbanks Blues Festival, in Grand Coulee,
WA, during the bands second trip to America. As is the
case with many foreign blues bands, playing and being
recorded in the country where the blues was born was
a dream come true for the BLUES COUSINS.
Although "ALIVE IN THE U. S. A." consists
mostly of the 'usual' blues covers, there is nothing
'usual' at all about this band. These three young men
have this interpretation thing under control. Their
musical talents are masterful, and their stage presence
and crowd handling are of veteran caliber. On top of
that, I don't know what kind of dues they've paid, but
they got the blues down pat.
The CD opens with a nicely done version of "MESSIN'
WITH THE KID". Right off the bat the cousins start
kickin' some blues ass and never let up. The high energy,
tight groove that they started off in already had me
impressed. This relentless version of this track would
probably have impressed Junior and Buddy as well.
The next track, "NO MORE DOGGING",
had me wondering just how long these guys could keep
the frantic pace on this 75 minute performance. Here
it was, only halfway through the second track, and their
high energy level had me getting exhausted. This was
one serious effort by all three players.
"TALK TO ME" slowed it down to a pace where
this dynamic rhythm section had a chance to take a short
breather - real short. This one was all about the guitar
and LEVAN handled it as well as any I've heard. This
is one of the best tracks on the disc.
The next track, "SWEET HOME SIBERIA"..........excuse
me, I mean "SWEET HOME CHICAGO", was performed
- in my opinion - as well as any blues band has ever
performed it. They had the crowd 'hootin', howlin' and
singin' along as if they were a veteran Chicago Blues
Band performing to a hometown crowd at Legends.
Midway through this live recording, THE BLUES COUSINS
literally had the crowd in their hands. Now it was time
to rock the joint and that's just what they did with
a blistering version of "JOHNNY B. GOODE".
"MY BABY IS COMING HOME", a slow soft ballad,
featured LEVAN at his peak. Once again, this was blues
guitar at some of it's finest. He was also quite impressive
with his vocals. Although there is no question that
this band is geared for the louder, faster, harder and
higher energy style of blues, I found myself impressed
at their ability to equally play a slower, sensitive
style of play as well.
There is no question in my mind as to why THE BLUES
COUSINS are the best blues band in Moscow. Hopefully,
on their next visit to the States, Florida will be one
of their stops.
You can visit the Blues Cousins on
the Web at: www.blues-cousins.ru/
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am blown away. These guys rock. Really rock. Coolest
rocking blues band I have heard in too many moons. I
am in love. The guitar player in this trio is Levan
Lomidze and he's the deal. If you don't believe me how
great they are you can check them out. They will headline
the City Hall Stage on Friday night.---------------------------------------
by Craig Heimbigner.
"INSIDE BLUES"2004.vol.13-- USA . Wa.
Blues Cousins, packing more firepower than a platoon
of T-72 tanks, ripped it up as Friday's headliner. On
the big stage these Moscow boys were larger than life
and showed their world class skills at working the crowd.
Killer show.--------" BLUES
REVIEW" June/July2004.-USA .
you sow them last year, you know what's in store this
weekend, when The Blues Cousins explode on stage with
there 12- bar blues/rock, guaranteed to blow listeners
away. Considered the hottest blues act in Russia, Blues
Cousins features versatile lead guitarist /vocalist
Levan Lomidze(among the top 10 most honored guitarists
in Russian history) playing riffs reminiscent of Carlos
Santana's note-banding stile and Jimi Hendrix's tremolos
Weekly"vol.2#312 7/29-8/4.2004. USA . Washington
Blues Cousins is the most popular blues band
in Russia .