Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado
Denmark's premier roots-rockers Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado released their latest album Navigation Blues 30 Sept 2022 via their new home at Provogue/Mascot Label Group.
This multi award winning band has blazed a trail across Scandinavia, Europe, Canada, the US and Asia for the past twenty years, and swept-up fans across every corner, including non-other than Elwood Blues himself, Dan Ackroyd, who hailed their "Hot rhythm and blues", saying Risager has "got a great voice, great delivery and feels the blues. The songs are original, but sound like they come from a Stax recording session."
They are captivating crowds, with their dynamic stage presence and a sound that fuses soul, Chicago blues, boogie and rock 'n' roll with a voice where Ray Charles, Van Morrison and Billy Gibbons meet in the middle. They've brought dancing shoes to Europe's largest festival stages and low-light noir-ish blues to Jazz clubs around the globe, playing 1300 concerts in 23 countries!
BluesWax wrote about the band back in 2007, when US media first started to react to this band:
“Risager has songwriting skills that match his big, larger-than-life voice.”
And these quotes give us a hint of what kind of band they are:
Concert review from Harmonie, Bonn (DE):
This is the sort of band that gets booked by unwary festival promoters as an early evening support only to discover they've stolen the show by 8 pm. If you haven't seem them yet. do. If you haven't booked them yet, do. (by (John Hurd, British journalist based in Germany)
Concert review from Mahindra Blues, Mumbai, 2015 (headlined by Buddy Guy)
"However, what came next blew all our minds - Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado! Easily the highlight of the festival, Denmark’s biggest Blues band made us laugh, dance and sing until we could barely stand upright! The band’s incredible dynamic, their interaction with the crowd and, of course, their finest tunes made for a set that would leave even the "I-‐am-‐not-‐so-‐sure-‐about-‐the-‐blues" crowd spellbound!" Times New India (the world’s biggest newspaper…)
Growing up in the small town of Jyllinge, near Copenhagen. Risager would sit in the fishing village's harbour, looking out where the sunset met the distant hamlet horizon. Staring out into the expanse of clouds and the undisturbed landscape opposite as the breeze ambles past, blowing on the fjord, which hides Viking stories of times past, watching the sun go down – he would sit, think, reflect and wonder about the world beyond.
International awards, including a The European Blues Award in the ‘best band’ category, two Danish Grammies and National TV performances in several countries. Two decades on the road have given the band an incredible ability to know what makes people move – in both feet and heart.
But still, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado feel like they are only just getting started.
"We built it up from the ground the old-fashioned way," he reflects. "If you wanna make a living out of playing the blues, it's not enough to play only in one country, so we're thrilled to be able to play all over. Every concert is a unique experience. You just look at the audience's smiles and reactions, and you know that what you're doing makes sense. Playing live in front of an audience makes you feel alive. That's the best way to describe it, I think. It's good to feel alive,"" he smiles.