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Michael Messer and Ed Genis



Michael Messer is a virtuoso slide guitarist performing some of the greatest blues tunes produced this century. His playing encompasses the entire history of the blues and slide guitar, and is highly individual and contemporary. His haunting vocals and stunning acoustic and electric slide guitar playing, ooze authenticity and integrity, and his use of turntables in the Second Mind Band adds a new element to the blues.

The American magazine, ‘Spirit’ listed Michael as one of the greatest slide guitarists ever,

alongside Son House, Duane Allman and Ry Cooder. A master of slide guitar and a blues innovator Michael Messer always captivates his audience. Being British with an international reputation for blues slide guitar is a rarity in itself, but Messer’s obsessive appetite for knowledge of his art is virtually unrivalled.

Messer’s reputation as an elder statesman of the Blues and as a master of slide guitar is becoming legendary with accolades that include a USA number one blues album with ‘King Guitar’, and the award for ‘Best International Blues Guitar Album’ with ‘Second Mind’. Michael is included in the ‘Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues’, where his name appears alongside many of the blues masters that inspired him as a young man.

Johnny Cash was a fan of Michael Messer’s music and wrote the liner notes for his album ‘Rhythm Oil’. The only other album Cash did this for, was Bob Dylan’s ‘Nashville Skyline’.

Michael has appeared in his own blues slide guitar episode of the BBC TV series, ‘Zingzillas’, and during the past year, he has toured in India and produced two highly acclaimed debut albums; Lucy Zirins ‘Chasing Clocks’ and Earl ‘Peanuts & Monkeys’.

Ed Genis started playing guitar in the early 1960s and is a master musician. When he was in his teens Ed was inspired by seeing the Shadows and many of the blues ‘greats’ at the legendary Riki Tik Club. For over four decades Ed has played guitar in a wide range of bands and musical styles, but it is for his many years playing guitar with Michael Messer, that Ed Genis is so well known and respected among musicians and blues & roots music aficionados.

A Michael Messer & Ed Genis performance is more than an acoustic blues concert. Heavily rooted in the blues, this duo explores many different areas of roots and world musical styles. Michael & Ed have an intuitive telepathic rapport with each other on stage; Messer’s superb slide guitar playing and his slick sound is enhanced by Ed Genis's dexterous mastery of the rhythm guitar.

The show is a mesmerizing mix of original material and classics performed in a relaxed style by two masters of their art at the top of their game, and features some of the best guitar playing in the world.

Michael Messer is one of the finest slide guitar players on the planet, with stunning rhythm guitarist

Ed Genis. This is one of the best guitar blues & roots duos in the world”. Time Out, London.



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