6th Al Capone Blues Festival Basel
Blues in the Sperber, Hotel Basel
4. April 2005
The „6th Al Capone Blues Festival Basel“ was opened by the Swiss singer Heinz Flueckiger, long standing bandleader of the band „Dusty Road“, who invited to a Country Blues Night in the restaurant Sperber next to the hotel Basel. Connoisseurs of the music scene cheer whenever Heinz Flueckiger is mentioned. Arthur Furrer, president of Country Music Switzerland, considers the smart guitarist and singer as „the best you can find in the Swiss country scene at present”.
It can be taken for granted that Heinz Flueckiger and his band are successful everywhere they go. In the country and western metropolis Nashville he even had the opportunity at that time to jam together with the great “man in black”, with Johnny Cash himself. More than that: he received even a guitar from the grand master!
Heinz Flueckiger, who has been under contract with music manager Louis van der Haegen (organizer of the „Al Capone Blues Festival Basel“) for one year now is also price winner of the „International Country Award 2004“. He won the first price in the category solo artists, beating even well-known names like Joe Mills and Johnny Yuma.
In Basel Heinz Flueckiger presented together with Silvio Domedi , also an excellent guitarist and singer (see biography Heinz Flueckiger & Silvio Domedi) and Franz Nebel with the blues-harp a large repertoire of bluesy country sound. Songs like “Blue stay away from me” and ”He did'nt have to be” for example. The audience could enjoy an excellent and varied concert which had to be moved to the Baslerkeller on short notice because the Sperber turned out to be a too small location as the number of tickets sold in the advance sale was three times higher than expected. And even this bigger location was sold out!