A few weeks after Blues Cousins was awarded best band at the “Blues Sur Seine” festival in France beating out 57 other bands from all over the globe, their leader, Levan Lomidze (pictured), was given special commendation from the Moscow government.
In 2003, 04 and 05 the band made their first venture into the US with three big tours performing more than 70 gigs and taking part in 15 festivals in Washington , Idaho , Montana and other states.
They are the first Russian blues band to be recognized and in high demand in the US. And they're returning to the Northwest for another series of sold out shows including a special engagement at the Rockfish Grill.
Here's what people are saying:
"I am blown away. These guys rock. Really rock. Coolest rocking blues band I have heard in too many moons. I am in love. The guitar player in this trio is Levan Lomidze and he's the deal."
Craig Heimbigner. INSIDE BLUES 2004.vol.13
"The Blues Cousins, packing more firepower than a platoon of T-72 tanks, ripped it up as Friday's headliner. On the big stage these Moscow boys were larger than life and showed their world class skills at working the crowd. Killer show."
BLUES REVIEW June/July2004
"If you saw them last year, you know what's in store this weekend, when The Blues Cousins explode on stage with there 12- bar blues/rock, guaranteed to blow listeners away. Considered the hottest blues act in Russia, Blues Cousins features versatile lead guitarist /vocalist Levan Lomidze (among the top 10 most honored guitarists in Russian history) playing riffs reminiscent of Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix's."
Bellingham Weekly vol.2#312 7/29-8/4.2004.