Nick Moss Band (U.S.)
The acclaimed Chicago native is returning after previously appearing at the festival.Nick Moss has released ten albums on his own label and been nominated no less than 16 times for the Blues Music Award.
«He continues to challenge the limits of traditional blues, while at the same time being energetic and forward-minded,» according to a description from the Nashville Blues Society.
Mike Zito & The Wheel
Since he was a teenager, Mike Zito has had a lengthy career as a guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer in his hometown of St. Louis.
He was a founding member of the award-winning supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood, along with names like Devon Allman, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton.
Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith
The acclaimed blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher started his career as an eight-year-old in his father's church and grew with inspiration from the Gospel, as well as performers from Jimi Hendrix to Steely Dan.
Josh Smith grew up in Florida to the sounds of performers such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Albert King.
Jai Malano (U.S.)
Since her debut in 2010, Jai Malano, born in Austin, Texas, has been praised for her strong voice, and compared with names like Etta James and Little Richard.
Billy T Band
The band grew out of the house band at the now-abandoned Muddy Waters in Oslo during the early 2000s, with New Yorkerr William «Billy» Troiani on vocals and bass.
J.T. Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters
J.T. stands for Jan Tore, a 46-year-old from Lillestrom, who was immediately seized by the blues when he picked up his first instrument the age of six.
Spoonful Of Blues
The Notodden band consists of Jostein Forsberg, Morten Omlid, Eskil Aasland and Tony Caddle and, according to bluesfest.no, «with their unique blend of rugged southern state blues and classic rock carves out a position as one of Norway's best and most distinctive blue bands.»
Jolly Jumper & Big Moe
This duo consists of Kjell Inge Brovold (Jolly Jumper) and Jan Erik Moe (Big Moe), who have kept things going on guitar and harmonica for more 20 years.
Lisa Lystam Family Band
Lisa Lystam is young, only 23, but has already managed to make a name for herself in her homeland.According to Blues Magazine, Lystam is «Sweden's new sensation.»
Ten years after his first gig at the old Muddy Waters blues club, Joakim Tinderholt released his debut album last year.
The album was nominated for a Spelleman Award.
Beatles & Stones (Norway)
Arild Rønsen translated the book «Beatles vs. Stones - What Really Happened?» And for the occasion, formed and debuted the band Beatles & Stones. They raised a hullabaloo and got plenty of gigs. «Their repertoire is collected mainly from the period when these bands – as Paul McCartney expressed it, 'ruled the world',» a description of the band at Osloby.no notes.