Michael Arlt - Vocals/Harp
Andreas Arlt - Guitar/Vocals
Henning Hauerken - Bass/E-Bass
Fabian Fritz - Piano/Organ/Vocals
Andre Werkmeister - Drums/Vocals
Record Label: Rhythm Bomb Records
Musicstyle: Blues, Rhythm and Blues
28 years together, many tours around the globe, thousands of shows and a dozen of albums under their belts, these guys are the real deal. They play their music so well that that it's hard to believe BB AND THE BLUES SHACKS are actually from Germany. Their mixture of blues and rhythm and blues with a touch of early soul, gave the band a solid base of faithful fans all over Europe, America and the rest of World.
The band received numerous awards such as the "German Blues Award" and the title "best bluesband of Europe" by French music editors, their CD "Unique Taste" was honored with the award of the German record critics.
B.B. & The Blues Shacks stand for great live performances and have also established themselves as a top act overseas.
They played in Dubai, at the Doheny Festival in Los Angeles, and at the Byron Bay Festival in Australia with artists like Bob Dylan, B.B. King and Elvis Costello before tens of thousands.
Frontman Michael Arlt (vocal and harp) has long been one of the first European blues and souls vocalists. He is also a unique entertainer. His brother Andreas Arlt is an elegant stylist and is now traded as a world-class guitar player.
With Fabian Fritz on the piano and the organ, the band was able to commit another genius for the independent sound. Henning Hauerken (double bass and bass guitar), and Andre Werkmeister (drums) deliver the unique drive and groove that you can take home from the concert.
Neue Presse Hannover
"The band has gained a strong reputation as a live act that turns every evening into a big party."
BrooWaha Newspaper, Los Angeles
"These Germans delivered a truly high-energy gig …and in the end they were all screaming for more."
Blues Matters - Brian Harman
"As times change and people evolve so has their music; now, with the added dimension and depth of a soulful horn section known as; The No Blow No Show Horns. They also employ a harder edged sixties English approach to their blues. (…) Michael Arlt who provides forceful lead vocals comes across as a mixture of Dave Edmunds and Richie Milton, his harmonica blasting is very reminiscent of Little Walter's contentious and aggressive blasting and as easy going and relaxed as Slim Harpo, while Andreas Arlt 's Crisply swinging and extremely riveting, note bending twanging guitar work evokes vivid images of Jimmy Vaughan. (…) Highly Recommended!"
Blues In Britain #152 - Mick Rainsford
"BB & The Blueshacks celebrate their 25th stage anniversary with their seventh Crosscut album and their finest and bluesiest recording to date. (…) Michael Arlt is Europe’s answer to John Nemeth, possessing a deeply soulful voice and a deep blues harmonica style that is the perfect complement to Andreas’s virtuoso fretwork. (…) Great stuff!"
"(…) keeping the authentic electric Blues sound very much alive. Throughout the disc you’re aware that you’ve heard the tune somewhere before and as with ‘Gimme This, Gimme That’ you find yourself thinking it’s a remake – in this case of something by Little Walter, since Michael Arlt’s harp solo is so on the ball in it’s harsh, honking, Walter sound. (…) A disc to put on in the car on a long journey – maybe on the way to a live gig. If that gig itself was by BB and the Blues Shacks it would be worth a long drive to get to and you’d be sure of some jiving good time music to stretch those stiff traveling joints when you danced later."
bluesinthenorthwest.com - Grahame Rhodes
"'Businessmen' is well up to the band’s usual high standard and was recorded in Vienna towards the end of last year, with the 15 tracks featuring all originals, bar one cover … and as ever comprising of a broad span from roadhouse blues, soulful struts, and some funky edges and more… all making for a most enjoyable ‘journey’. (…) As previously noted B.B. & The Blues Shacks continue to one of the finest outfits in Europe and needless to say 'Businessmen' has class written all over it, and comes highly recommended."
"This is a band that means business as they deliver blues that has been shaken but not stirred with a splash of soul and a good measure of rock n roll producing up beat tempo that gets your feet tapping. (…) The album of fifteen tracks has one cover, the original material all though has a familiar vibe that is definitely sit back, relax and chill music, there is nothing to confuse, challenge or really sit up and listen. That said it is an album which is satisfying to the ear and has a real feel-good ambiance. Closing with “Goodbye Everybody” is a fitting finale to a classy outfit that we will want to hear again very soon. Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN doodle paws out of TEN …."
"'Businessmen', their seventh album on the CrossCut label, is a fitting demonstration of their powerful brand of the blues."
Blues & Soul Magazine - Simon Redley
"A very nice job it is too, on 15 originals, including one corking instrumental “Buckle Up” (…)
A mix of groove-laden Chicago blues, horn-soaked Memphis Stax/Atlantic soul vibes. (…) Some of this stuff swings like a mother and you can hear the jazz influences seeping deep into the material and playing too."
Blues Blast Magazine - Rainey Wright
"A fantastic follow-up to 'Come Along' (…). In fifteen songs, fourteen originals and one cover, they prove once again that they’re the ‘CEO’s’ -Crowd Excitement Officers – of big-band blues and blues rock. (…) In the last two years, B.B. and the Blues Shacks have demonstrated that they’re superb artists and craftsmen all at once – in short, keen “Businessmen”!"
Blues &Rhythm #291 - Norman Darwen
"Wow! B.B. and his German compatriots always impress – this is their seventh album for Crosscut and I've yet to hear a track I don't like – and they blast in Stax mode here for 'Out Of Tears' before easing into a lovely lazy shuffle with 'Gimme This, Gimme That' – parping horns again and broken up with a fine blues harp solo from leader Michael Arlt, as good as anything this side of California these days (he doesn't overplay!). (…) These guys have done it again…"