Members:

 

Virgilijus Jutas – vocal, guitar, harp

Kestutis  Pavalkis- keyboard

Gediminas Alekna – bass guitar

Bernardas Tomaševič – drums

 

Ex – members:

 

Tomas Maslauskas – bass guitar

Povilas Girdenis – bass guitar

Paulius Zdanavičius – keyboards

Benas Vainas – bass guitar

Ramūnas Vaitkevičius – keyboards

Virginijus Prieskenis (LOLO) – bass guitar

Olegas Sochinas – guitar

Andrej Polevikov keyboards

 

Albums:

 

1994  MC&CD “MAKING  BLUES“

1995  MC&CD “ACOUSTIC TRIO“

1997  MC&CDMES LIEKAME ČIA

2001  MC&CDUŽBURTAME RATEft.Neda

2002  CD “LIVE IN VILNIUS“ ft. King Lion (Jamaica)

2005 – CD “LIVE @ TAMSTA

 

The Blues Makers Biography

 

The Blues Makers band launched their career in 1990 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Gradually they achieved some success in their homeland country playing on various stages and participating at such festivals as ROCK SUMMIT ‘90, THE EURO ROAD, HIPPY SESSION, etc. The same year,  the band was the main power force in setting  up the very first Blues&Rock’n’Roll club in Vilnius, the venue for both Lithuanian and foreign bands.

  The debute CD, “MAKING BLUES”, featuring a number of classical hits and the band’s originals of 1990/92, was released in 1994. The band developed some new ideas in cooperation with  Californian musician James Brown in 1995, resulting extensive touring all across Lithuania  presenting new songs. Two years later, the band’s leader Virgilijus Jutas got engaged into The Acoustic Trio Project, with the record  being released later  under  Bomba Records label. Then at Moulin Blues Ospel Festival (Holland) Mr. Jutas had a great honor to play duo with one of the most prominent acoustic blues musician Keb’ Mo’...

  In 1997, The Blues Makers broadened their repertoire with some new songs with lyrics in their mother-tongue Lithuanian and played at NIDA ’97, SERIFO ATOSTOGOS ’97, BLUES NIGHTS, PUDAS DRUSKOS, COUNTRY BLUES, ROKO MARSAS international festivals in Lithuania. The band dashed into RADIO CENTRAS Top Ten Hits with their THE SHIP OF ILLUSION song, also being featured in MUZIKINES VIESBUTIS TV project on the Lithuanian National TV Channel. Then there was the 1997 release of “MES LIEKAME ČIA” album.

  In 1998/99, two years in a row, the band won The Best Blues Band Award at SUMMER MARATHON Lithuanian National Music Festival. Also in 1998, Virgilijus Jutas took part in Juozas Milasius AUKSINES GITAROS project, having great success at BIRSTONAS JAZZ and VILNIUS JAZZ’98  festivals.

  In 1999, the B.M. played together with the black-blues singer Jimmy Lawson (USA) at his shows in Lithuania, and two years later this line-up took part at the BLUES FESTIVAL in Varniai. Then followed the 2001 release of  UZBURTAME RATE” (Bomba Records) album featuring popular Lithuanian pop&jazz singress Neda.

  In 2002, the together project with King Lion (Jamaica) had been presented to public and the new CD “LIVE IN VILNIUS” was eventually released. Virgilijus Jutas performed as a duo with Alexander Belkin at XI OLSZTYNCKIE NOCE BLUESOVE festival in Poland. At the very end of 2002, the B.M. won the Lithuanian National Radio’s Best Rock Band Award .

  The Blues Makers began 2003 intensively touring in Germany (Bluesgarage, Hannower) and Russia (R&B Cafe, B.B. King Blues Club, etc., in Moscow).

In the summer of 2003 B.M. had been voted the best Lithuania Blues&Jazz band by Brodvej Music Club’s board of members. Blues Makers toured all across Lithuania featuring blues and rock singer/performer from USA Gary Lowell. Also that summer B.M. took part at Varniai 2003 festival along with brass section of Green Bridge Band; this project also participated at annual Kaunas Jazz festival 2004. In the same year B.M.+King Lion played at Varniai Blues Festival. Band ended their successful year with visit to TORUN BLUES MEETING (Poland).

  In the year of 2005 there was another CD, recorded together with the outstanding harmonica player from the very Mississipi Delta, Scott Albert Johnson. The same year’s summer B.M. again toured in Lithuania and visited Swedish town of Buden to play at Western Farm venue.

  In 2006, Blues Makers took part in international Galicia Blues Festival(Krosno, Poland).At Varniai Blues Festival 2006, BM together with DJ Laimis introduced modern sounding BLUES GROOVE PROJECT. Meanwhile, Belkin&Jutas Acoustic Duo recorded their first CD „Live at Varniai Blues Festival“.Later on the same year Belkin&Jutas broadened their duo with the rythm section, of  B.Tomasevic (drums) and S.Sopelev (bass) and played their special program “Country, Blues, Rockabilly” at Visagino Country 2006 festival, Visaginas, Lithuania.

  In the early spring of 2007, the acoustic Duo represented Lithuania blues situation at “In The Circle Of Blues”, Music Festival, Suwalki, Poland.In march 2007 the Duo went touring to Israel, where they joined American harmonica virtuoso Dov Hammer.As for Varniai Blues Festival that year, yhe Blues Makes presented “Tribute to Eric Clapton” project together with one of the best Lithuanian guitarists G.Sulinskas.In the summer 2007, V.Jutas as the very special guest of The Road Band, another Lithuanian leading blues band, played at Alanya Jazz Days,Turkey.

 On Feb. 16, 2008 Bluesmakers and Neda played a concert dedicated to Lithuanian Independence Day at Lithuanian embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. Belkin-Jutas Acoustic duo was invited and took part in Eutin Blues Festival 2008 (Germany).Traditionally, Bluesmakers presented their new program at Varniai Blues Festival, Lithuania. Then, BM successfullly appeared in Suwalki Blues Festival 2008, Poland.

  As a solo artist, V.Jutas took part at Akaciju Aleja (Kulautuva, Kaunas, Lithuania) bard festival. Also, in co-operation with the renown producer Andrius Borisevicius, V.Jutas recorded several songs for his debut album called Kur Veda Sirdis (Where Heart Leads).

  As a warming-up band, Bluesmakers&Roadband United Force appeared before John Mayall concert in Vilnius, Lithuania. Belkin-Jutas Acoustic Duo and saxophone player Darius Kodikas warmed up Candy Dufler and then Chris Botti.

This moment the Blues Makers ready to present new project ,,Giant of Blues”,

comprising the songs of great blues musicians like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, B.B.King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and others.

 

 2014 Varniai Blues Festival performing with new project: Blues Makers feat. Mild Blue

 

 The BM repertoire contains blues/rock/rock’n’roll clasics,Lithuanian hits and the band’s originals

 

Contacts:

Virgilijus Jutas: mob. +37065999871, home +37052614825, Email: bluesmakers@blues.lt

www.blues.lt/bluesmakers   myspace.com/bluesmakerslt  http://bluesmakers.frype.lt

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