Hervé Fernandez  & "The Bluebirds"

Hervé Fernandez :

Il est parmi les musiciens français le plus "américain" dans son jeu et dans son style.

Passionné de guitare et de Blues depuis l'adolescence, Hervé est un fils des Kings (Freddie King, Albert King, BB King), un fidèle de Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, des frères Vaughan, Robert Cray, Albert Collins ou encore Ronnie Earl…

Il débute dans l'Est de la France se produisant régulièrement sur la scène du célèbre Pub Rock "Chez Paulette" en assurant avec son groupe de l'époque les premières parties d'artistes tout aussi mythiques que : The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar and The Howlers, Doctor Feelgood, Lucky Peterson...

 

Puis, le sud des Etats-Unis (Louisiane, Mississippi, Texas) devient son lieu d'initiation au Blues authentique. Imprégné de l'esprit de cette musique, Hervé travaille avec bon nombre d'artistes américains dont certains récompensés par des Blues Awards (Johnny Sansone, Jimmy Carpenter).

C'est ainsi qu'il a eu l'honneur de se produire sur les scènes des festivals américains les plus réputés : Jazz Fest à la Nouvelle-Orléans, ainsi que le Juke Joint Fest de Clarksdale Mississippi.

Il fonde Ventura 66 à la Nouvelle Orléans en 2011 avec son ami pianiste Tom Worrell et Doug Garisson, le batteur des légendaires "The Iguanas", Jeff Bridges assurant quant à lui la basse.

On le retrouve sur scène avec Big Lucky Carter, Lazy Lester, Gaye Adegbalola, Arthur Williams, Raful Neal Jr, Johnny Sansone, Spencer Bohren, Greg "Finger" Taylor, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, 19th Street Red, Brother Tyrone, Dale Blade, Jimmy Carpenter, Tom Fitzpatrick et beaucoup d'autres encore...

 

Hervé produit aussi des enregistrements pour divers artistes du monde du Blues US.

Dana Abbott, Dale Blade, Randy Cohen, Ventura 66...

Quelques références :

 

US : New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival (Mississippi), Red's Lounge (MS), Ground Zero (MS), 119 Underground (MS), Blue Nile (NO), Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse (NO), B.J's Lounge (NO), Café Negril (NO), Café Istanbul (NO), Club Siberia (NO), BMC (NO), WWOZ Live Sessions (NO)... pour ne citer que les plus connus!

France : Front Page, Hard Rock Café, fidèle des Festival Blues Passion Cognac & Cahors Blues Festival.

 

La presse en parle :

 

"I'm glad that Alligator music has been such a big influence on you. I'm very complimented... You have good tone and confidence in your playing... You play "grown up" music and you are confident enough that you don't feel you have to play in a flashy manner to show how good you are".

Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

July 5, 2019

"Avec des chorus goûteux et un chant assuré, voilà du Blues de grande classe."

Guitarist Magazine N° 110

Philippe Eliez 

Batterie et Percussions

 

Philippe Eliez a notamment été le batteur de DeeDee BRIDGEWATER, et a formé avec son frère Thierry Eliez (qui a collaboré avec Didier Lockwood, André Ceccarelli, DeeDee Bridgewater, Michel Legrand) le "Thierry Eliez Trio".

Philippe Eliez collabore depuis 2008 avec Hervé Fernandez sur de nombreuses productions avec des artistes américains ainsi que des tournées européennes : Dana Abbott, Dale Blade, Spencer Bohren, 19th Street Red (album enregistré en 2009 "Wine Women and the Blues")...

 

Jean-Paul Trombert :

 

Bassiste au groove solide et ingénieur du son de renommée internationale (studio ProSystem) Jean-Paul Trombert a enregistré, produit, et accompagné les plus grands, notamment Dale Blade (New-Orleans USA), Dana Abbott (New-Orleans USA), Tom Worrell (New-Orleans USA), Tom Fitzpatrick (New-Orleans USA).  

Hervé Fernandez & The Bluebirds - (France/UK)

A rare groove... An explosive power trio, Hervé "The Bluebird" Fernandez on guitar and vocals, Philippe Eliez on drums and JP TBT on bass, playing the best of Blues and Rock n Roll !

They met one evening at a jam session in the deep south of France and straight away played with great energy and passion. The supercharged rhythm section plays without hesitation producing a sound thick as the Louisiana sky before a storm... The groove and feeling of the authentic blues that they share with no holds barred. The set is a mix of original material and revisited covers from Fats Domino to Howlin' Wolf.

 

Hervé Fernandez :

Despite a higher education he chose a musical path that destined him for a different future... ! Passioned by the guitar and the blues since adolescence he is the son of the "Kings" : Freddie King, Albert King & BB KIng a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, T-Bone Walker, the Vaughan brothers, Robert Cray, Albert Collins and Ronnie Earl to name a few.

 

He played regularly at the mythical Rock Pub "Chez Paulette" he developed his skills opening for famous groups such as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar and the Howlers, Dr. Feelgood and Lucky Peterson...

He then spent years in the south of the United States in New Orleans and Austin where he absorbed the spirit of the blues accompanying many american artists.

He founded Ventura 66 in New Orleans in 2011 with his good friend and pianist Tom Worrel and Doug Garisson the legendary drummer with "The Iguanas".

Playing on stage with Big Lucky Carter, Lazy Lester, Gaye Adegbalola, Arthur Williams, Raful Neal Jr., Johnny Sansone, Spencer Bohren, Greg "Finger" Taylor, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, 19th Street Red, Brother Tyrone, Dale Blade, Jimmy Carpenter, Tom Fitzpatrick and lots of others...

He has played stages in the US : New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Juke Joint Festival Clarksdale (MS), Red's Lounge (MS), Ground Zero (MS), 119 Underground (MS), Blue Nile (NO), Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse (NO), B.J's Lounge (NO)  just to name a few ! And in France at : Front Page, Hard Rock Café and the Festival Blues Passion Cognac & Cahors Blues Festival.

"Avec des chorus goûteux et un chant assuré, voilà du Blues de grande classe."

Guitarist Magazine N° 110

"I'm glad that Alligator music has been such a big influence on you. I'm very complimented... You have good tone and confidence in your playing..."

Bruce Iglauer

July 5, 2019

Philippe Eliez 

Drums

 

Philippe "the Doctor" Eliez is not a rookie in the Blues world ! He worked with DeeDee BRIDGEWATER, and is a former member of the "Thierry Eliez Trio" with his brother.

Since 2008 Philippe Eliez is part of every Hervé Fernandez's project (recording and touring) with Dana Abbott, Dale Blade, Spencer Bohren, 19th Street Red (2009 "Wine Women and the Blues")...

Jean-Paul Trombert :

Bass

Jean-Paul Trombert is a bassplayer with a solid groove and a fat sound. He is also a well-known sound ingeneer and the owner of the famous Prosystem studio. He recorded, produced and also was part of many backing bands with Dale Blade (New-Orleans USA), Dana Abbott (New-Orleans USA), Tom Worrell (New-Orleans USA), Tom Fitzpatrick (New-Orleans USA), just to name a few...