Let’s rewind first to the end of 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic unfortunately also affects Travellin' Blue Kings. Originally founded by Belgian and Dutch musicians, it turned out that it was no longer possible to keep the band active & creative across national borders. The renewed "full Belgian" line-up bears solid letters of nobility and an impressive pedigree: Blues Lee, Howlin’ Bill, Rhythm Bombs, Fried Bourbon, Jim Cofey, Hideaway … just to name a few.

Travellin’ is not in the name by chance, these five gentlemen worked with their respective bands all over Europe. You could find them on festival stages in Norway, Sweden, Poland, Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. And of course, in every corner of Belgium and the Netherlands.

In 2021, the two Covid singles "Gotta Get Away" and "Too Many People" set the tone and demonstrated a critical view of the world's goings-on. The single "A Stiffer Drink" articulated once again a state of mind anno 2022 and rolled out the red carpet for the album "Bending The Rules", the synthesis of the passion and ability of five gentlemen who have nothing more to prove. The title says it all: honest songs that aren’t necessarily painted within the dotted lines of the genre, but who simply fill themselves in.

In the meantime, the record has been very well received by the media and the album can count on quite some airplay in Europe and the States. To celebrate the release of the 12” vinyl version, the track “Hold You Horses” was placed in the spotlight …


Single releases:

• Nov 2020: “Live Your Life”
• Mar 2021: “Gotta Get Away”
• May 2021: “Too Many People”
• Feb 2022: “A Stiffer Drink”
• Apr 2022: “Never Never Land”
• Aug 2022: “Hold Your Horses”

Worldwide album release “Bending The Rules” on April 22, 2022:

• #15 in April, #7 in May and #20 in June in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association airplay chart in the UK.
• #10 in May and #6 in June in the airplay chart of the Collectif des Radios Blues in France.
• 36 weeks in The Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Blues Rock Album airplay chart in the US.


Jb Biesmans: vocals, saxophone, harp
Jimmy Hontelé: guitar, backing vocals
Patrick Cuyvers: Hammond organ, backing vocals
Winne Penninckx: bass
Marc Gijbels: drums


08/07/2023 Buck Moon Blues festival - Imber Court/London (UK)
10/06/2023 B-mine Blues festival - Zolder (B)
29/04/2023 Potatoes Blues festival - Luneray (FR)
18/03/2023 4th Blues Summit – Neuwied (DE)
04/03/2023 Blues Café De Stegel festival – Molenbeersel (B)
24/02/2023 Bluesfestival Delft – Delft (NL)
18/02/2023 HNITA Jazz Club – Heist o/d Berg (B)
12/02/2023 The Blues Connection – Rijen (NL)
13/01/2023 Private event – Peer (B) 

23/10/2022 Sunday Evening Blues – Muziek Café Zolder (B) 
15/10/2022 Belgian Blues Challenge – OC De Djoelen Oud-Turnhout (B)
24/09/2022 Alkmaar Blues festival – Alkmaar (NL)
18/08/2022 Blues in het park - Lommel (B) 
06/08/2022 OetslovenBlues - Oetsloven (B)
28/05/2022 Trieux Tonic Blues festival - Lézardrieux (FR)
26/05/2022 Breda Jazz Festival - Breda (NL)
19/05/2022 Music in The Box - Bredene (B)
14/05/2022 Malle Curieus - Malle (B)
07/05/2022 Moulin Blues festival - Ospel (NL)
23/04/2022 Hookrock Indoor - Diepenbeek (B)
22/04/2022 Potatoes Blues festival - Luneray (FR)

30/07/2021 Bluesnacht - Petershagen (DE)
31/07/2021 TV concert Kanal 21 - Bielefeld (DE)
21/08/2021 Swing Festival – Wespelaar (B)
26/09/2021 Goezot in 't Hofke festival – Oud-Turnhout (B)
14/10/2021 De Steiger – Menen (B)
22/10/2021 Centre Culturel - Saint-Georges-sur-Meuse (B)
30/10/2021 Bluesroute – Helmond (NL)
08/11/2021 Banana Peel – Ruiselede (B)

25/01/2020 Big D bookings Juke Joint event - Diest (B)
22/02/2020 Blues-sphere – Liège (B)

01/02/2019 Bielefelder Jazzclub - Bielefeld (GE)
15/02/2019 De Ploeg - Diepenbeek (B)
24/03/2019 Bar Spot - Spijkenisse (NL)
31/03/2019 Frürocken - Eupen (B)
22/04/2019 Sunny Blues - Nuenen (NL)
11/05/2019 Open Music - Comines (B)
06/07/2019 Hookrock - Diepenbeek (BE) 
13/07/2019 Blues Express – Differdange (LU)
20/07/2019 Blues Peer – Peer (B)
28/09/2019 Café ut Midde - Blerick (NL)
05/10/2019 La Forge Festival - Tournai (B)
13/10/2019 JekerJazz festival - Maastricht (NL)
03/11/2019 XXL Blues Club - Wageningen (NL)
16/11/2019 MJC - Morlaix (FR)
17/11/2019 Café Théodore - Trédez-Locquemeau (FR)
30/11/2019 Café Ut Vloot - Maastricht (NL) 
07/12/2019 Bluessociëteit l’Esprit - Rotterdam (NL)
26/12/2019 Blues Promotion - Dongen (NL)

11/11/2018 Keeping the Blues Alive - Vlierden (NL)
17/11/2018 Blues in Schoten - Schoten (B)
19/11/2018 De Blauwe Kater - Leuven (B)
29/11/2018 Missy Sippy - Gent (B)
01/12/2018 Café Forum - Maastricht (NL)
08/12/2018 Blues Traffic Live - Beringe (NL)
15/12/2018 Elckerlyc - St Lambrechts Herk (B)


Album release on April 22


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