Norwegian blues artist Rita Engedalen

Album realease July 31, 2014
Rita Engedalen releases «My Mother's Blues» at Notodden Blues Festival. The same day she will play at the opening of Notodden Blues Festival and later play a full-lenght concert at the main stage «Hovigs Hangar».

«My Mother's Blues» is Grammy Award winner and audience favorite Rita Engedalen's 5th solo album.
The new album contains 12 songs and includes everything from gospel, folk, acoustic, blues and rock.
- The album is personal and describes the meeting with strong musical influences in rock and deep blues, says Rita Engedalen.

About the album:
· The album was recorded in "new" Juke Joint Studio at the Book- and Blues House in Notodden, along with Rita's band Backbone.
. Producers of the album: Rita Engedalen and guitarist Morten Omlid.
. Record label: Bluestown Records.
· Guests on the album; Ruthie Foster, Chapel Hill Baptist Church's legendary soloist Myra Turner, Geir Sundstøl, Knut Nyheim, Margit Bakken, Gøran Grini, Jostein Forsberg, Espen Fjelle, Gary Vincent's. Members from Coahoma Community College's choir; Kiara Robinson Clarksdale and Shanekqua McAbee from Indianola.

Rita Engedalen won the Norwegian Grammy award for best blues album release "Heaven Ain't Ready For Me Yet" 2006. Her CDs, Three Still Standing (2008) and Chapels And Bars (2011), were both nominated to the Norwegian Grammy Award!

Rita Engedalen is often referred to as Norway's Queen of the Blues.

Rita Engedalen has buillt a large audience through an impressive series of festival apperances and touring at home and abroad. So it is with good reason that she is often referred to as Norway's Queen of the Blues.

Rita’s influences are mostly American folk music from districts and areas not very familiar to mainstream audiences. Dusty roads, back and forth from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi Delta are areas she travels musically. Her intense nerve, her strong and rich voice mixed with deeply rooted soul form her personal musical expression. Many songs rooted in Rita’s musical landscape are often formed upon a simple, repetitive chord progression with intensely felt emotions and the raw power of trance. Making songs in these musical terms is for Rita very natural; she’s actually a natural born master.

Rita is a full range artist, both on CD and as a live performer.The combination of natural talent, a beautiful voice, solid song writing skills, original music and her outstanding musicians makes Rita’s live shows to amazing experiences!


For booking or information: rita-eng@online.no