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Vargas Blues Band

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Vargas Blues Band
MADRID, Spain


Band Members:
JAVIER VARGAS - electric guitar .
TIM MITCHELL - vocals .
PETER KUNST - drums .
LUIS MAYO - bass

 Javier Vargas was born in Madrid. When he was nine years old, he and his family moved to Argentina, where his parents had lived during the Spanish Civil War. They lived in Mendoza, San Luis, Buenos Aires and also in Mar del Plata, where he started playing the guitar with young musicians in places such as garages. He took guitar lessons, and he also used to go clubs to listen to groups playing blues live.
The first guitar Vargas had, present from his father, it was a Spanish guitar with naylon strings. When he got his first electrical guitar Javier had only 12 years.

 

 


Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Cream, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix etc. became famous and influenced by all this new and amazing music, Vargas decided to play guitar professionally. He was also inspired by the American Blues of B.B.King, Albert King, Freddy King, Albert Collins...
When his family moved to Venezuela in the 70´s, Javier took his guitar and went to the U.S.A. to improve his knowledge of guitar by attending University.
He lived in Nashville, Tennessee and in Los Angeles, where he played at clubs and also worked as a session guitar player. Every night he used to jam with American and English musicians. At these jams he met Alvin Lee, Roy Buchanan, Canned Heat and many others from whom he learnt a lot.
In 1972, while visiting his family in Spain, Vargas was employed as a guitarist for a cruise ship that was departing from Vigo (Spain) for Southampton (Great Britain) later crossing the Caribbean, with stops in Aruba, Jamaica, Curacao... There were many Jamaican musicians returning home and every night Jam Sessions took place on board. Beside being a great experience, the cruise also gave Vargas a taste of other musical influences such as Reggae.

In the 80´s Vargas went back to Spain, where he played the guitar with successful Spanish musicians such as Miguel Rios and bands such as “La Orquesta Mondragón”. Also collaborated as a session guitar player and composer with many musicians and bands.

During the whole decade, Javier spent seasons in London - playing in clubs-, Paris - working as musician of session - and New York-playing clubs of Jazz and Blues with his colleague the guitarist Ray Gómez.

After playing with several bands (RH +, Entrega Inmediata, Blues Express ...) at the end of the decade, Javier starts outlining his own project.
In 1991 Vargas went his own way, and formed the Vargas Blues Band.

All Around Blues, edited in 1991, was their first album. Collaborators included Elena Figueroa and Philip Guttman. The second LP, Madrid-Memphis, was edited in 1992 and included collaborations from blues musicians such as Carey Bell and Louisiana Red, the flamenco guitarist Rafael Riqueni, and singers Philip Guttman and Jeff Espinoza. Both albums enjoyed continued support from the Spanish music scene and reached the highest sales figure of any blues album to date in Spain.


Blues Latino, was released in Spain in 1994. The extra instrumental support came courtesy of international artists: Chris Rea, Junior Wells, Flaco Jimenez and Andres Calamaro. Carlos Santana's album "Santana Brothers" was released worldwide, including the song "Blues Latino" written by Javier Vargas. Santana played this song live at Woodstock 94. In October of that year, the band toured for the first time in Buenos Aires (Argentina) with great success and public acclaim.

Chill Latin Blues, Vargas Blues band first solely instrumental album, was released in 2003. In this album the protagonists are Javier Vargas‚ guitar and the fusion of his musical influences: Drum & Bass, Acid Jazz,African & Latin Rythms, Hip-Hop, Spanish Guitar…

During a visit to Madrid, Carlos Santana made the following comments on Javier´s unique capacity to blend different styles:

"VARGAS is like a rainbow, he contains all the colours, he feels the same passion as I do when it comes to embracing the music of the world... not just Spanish music or blues. He has a positive, fruitful and brilliant future ahead. There are very few musicians who can reach out to everybody..."

The album includes five songs already recorded in other albums together with nine brand new songs.

In September 2004, Javier Vargas flew back to Memphis with a new project ready to be recorded. The chosen studio was Ardent, sound engineer John Hampton, and the “A-Team” of Tennessee musicians: Steve Potts on drums, David Smith playing bass, Earnest Williamson on keyboards, and the SRV´s Double Trouble´s Reese Wynans performing on keyboards and piano as the master he is.
Overdubs were recorded in Madrid, Los Angeles, Memphis and Isla de La Palma (Canary Islands): trips made to include many great musicians.

Listeners will enjoy hearing Alex Ligertwood (vocalist of Santana for almost 14 years) performing two songs in “Love Union Peace”; Jack Bruce singing and playing bass in “Pretty Blue” ; Glenn Hughes' awesome performance of a delicious “Sad Eyes” ; Devon Allman (Greg´s son and genuine heir of the soul of his father's voice) sharing his huge talent in three songs; Elliott Murphy´s strenght in “Deep Blue”, and many big Spanish artists.
Love, Union, Peace was release last March 2005. The album is all feeling, and includes 10 new songs, a powerful version of the previously recorded “Magic of the Gods” now performed by Devon Allman, and a delightful instrumental version of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello´s “God Give me Strength”.
The Vargas Blues Band has been playing in Europe in renowned Montreaux Jazz Festival and Pop Korn Festival (Germany), The Great Brithish R&B Festival, Antwerp R& B Festival, etc, touring in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and Argentina always with great success.
The huge diversity of their musical influences (Rock, Soul, Flamenco, Latin music...) and the power of their tunes fulfil all the requirements to charm all kinds of audiences.

 

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All Around Blues is the first album of the Vargas Blues Band, edited in 1991. The second LP, Madrid-Memphis, was edited in 1992 and includes collaborations of blues men such as Carey Bell and Louisiana Red, the flamenco guitar player Rafael Riqueni, and the singers Philip Guttman and Jeff Espinoza.These two albums enjoyed continued enthusiastic support in the Spanish musical scene reaching the highest sales figure of any blues album. The third album, Blues Latino, was released in Spain in 1994. The extra instrumental support came courtesy of international artists: Chris Rea, Junior Wells, Flaco Jiménez and Andrés Calamaro. The album “Santana Brothers” was released worldwide, including the song “Blues Latino” by Javier Vargas. Carlos Santana played this song in Woodstock 1994. In October this year, the Band appeared for the first time in Buenos Aires (Argentina) having great success. Their fourth album Texas Tango, was produced in Austin and Memphis (USA) by Jim Gaines. This album was released in various countries at the end of 1995, and includes collaborations with Double Trouble, (Steve Ray Vaughan Band) Larry T. Thurston and Preston Shannon, among others. In July of this year, Carlos Santana invited him to play two songs together in the concert held at the Zenith, in Paris. The passion and feeling of the guitar duo got the capacity crowd on their feet. In 1998, Santana invited again Vargas to play in his concerts in Madrid and Paris (Bercy). This experience was repeated in Spain, where Vargas played as a guest of Carlos Santana in his opening tour of “Supernatural” in 2000 . In 1997 his fifth album Gypsy Boogie was released. The album was recorded in Madrid and Memphis, mixed in Florida and mastered in New York. Flamenco artists such as Raimundo Amador, Carles Benavent, La Chonchi and Blues-soul-rock artists such as Chester Thomson, Loonie Brooks, Larry McCray, Little Jimmy King, David Allen and Larry Graham collaborated in the recording. Jim Gaines produced the album. Larry Graham introduced Javier to Prince, who invited him to play in a jam session at his concert during the tour “Jam of the Year” in Spain in December 1998. The sixth album, Feedback/ Bluestrology (1998) was recorded at Hook End studios in Checkendom (England), and co-produced by Ian Taylor (Gary Moore, Cheaptrick producer etc). This album includes the old collaborators from Memphis: Steve Potts, Dave Smith and Ernest Willimanson and the former singers of the Band, Bobby Alexander and David Montes. Bluestrology was re-released as a solo album in January 2000. Vargas Blues Band’s first USA live appearance took place in November 1999. There were two nights to remember at Buddy Guy’s Legends Club in Chicago. The special guest artists were Larry McCray, Sugar Blue and flamenco singer Elena Andújar. A mobile unit under Ian Taylor..s supervision recorded the sessions. Javier Vargas was invited by the guitar hero from Texas, Chris Duarte to join in his concert, also at Legends. This Live album was completed in Madrid last December 99. The concert was filmed and recorded in a studio in the presence of a limited guest audience. Madrid-Chicago Live was released in May 2000. Chill Latin Blues, Vargas Blues band first solely instrumental album, was released in 2003. In this album the protagonists are Javier Vargas‚ guitar and the fusion of his musical influences: Drum & Bass, Acid Jazz,African & Latin Rythms, Hip-Hop, Spanish Guitar… During a visit to Madrid, Carlos Santana made the following comments on Javier..s unique capacity to blend different styles: "VARGAS is like a rainbow, he contains all the colours, he feels the same passion as I do when it comes to embracing the music of the world... He has a positive, fruitful and brilliant future ahead. There are very few musicians who can reach out to everybody..." The album includes five songs already recorded in other albums together with nine brand new songs. In September 2004, Javier Vargas flew back to Memphis with a new project ready to be recorded. The chosen studio was Ardent, sound engineer John Hampton, and the “A-Team” of Tennessee musicians: Steve Potts on drums, David Smith playing bass, Earnest Williamson ..boards, and the SRV..s Double Trouble..s Reese Wynans performing ..boards and piano as the master he is. Overdubs were recorded in Madrid, Los Angeles, Memphis and Isla de La Palma (Canary Islands): trips made to include many great musicians. Listeners will enjoy hearing Alex Ligertwood (vocalist of Santana for almost 14 years) performing two songs in “Love Union Peace”; Jack Bruce singing and playing bass in “Pretty Blue” ; Glenn Hughes' awesome performance of a delicious “Sad Eyes” ; Devon Allman (Greg..s son and genuine heir of the soul of his father's voice) sharing his huge talent in three songs; Elliott Murphy..s strenght in “Deep Blue”, and many big Spanish artists. Love, Union, Peace was release last March 2005. The album is all feeling, and includes 10 new songs, a powerful version of the previously recorded “Magic of the Gods” now performed by Devon Allman, and a delightful instrumental version of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello..s “God Give me Strength”. The Vargas Blues Band has been playing in Europe in renowned Montreaux Jazz Festival and Pop Korn Festival (Germany), The Great Brithish R&B Festival, Antwerp R& B Festival, etc, touring in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, and Argentina always with great success. The huge diversity of their musical influences (Rock, Soul, Flamenco, Latin music...) and the power of their tunes fulfil all the requirements to charm all kinds of audiences.

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