Michael van Merwyk has already made a name for himself in the European music scene and has played countless concerts and sessions across Europe. On the way he has already won several prizes, including being the first European act to take part in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2013, where he came second. But his appearances in cafes, pubs, blues festivals or private parties are essentially all about the music and the people. The new album "Blue River Rising" will be released on October 15th.
“His new release 'Blue River Rising' has everything done right, exquisitely tasteful, well-crafted songs, with hot, superb instrumentation. All that in a generous set of songs, mostly written by van Merwyk. His harmonica partner Gerd Gorke plays along sensitively and elegantly, adding just the right touch to van Merwyk’s powerful and gritty merrymaking.“ – Frank Matheis Contributing writer to Living Blues magazine; Co-Author of ‘Sweet Bitter Blues – Washington DC’s Homemade Blues’ with Phil Wiggins; Publisher of thecountryblues.com
01 Blue River Rising 02 It Won’t Get Any Better 03 Keep Sinking 04 Strange Man 05 Circumstances 06 Blues Will Do Your Heart Good 07 Lonely Days 08 Heal My Wounds 09 I Ain’t Got No Home 10 I Don’t Want Your Millions, Mister 11 Bye Bye Blues 12 Dark And Dreary 13 Road Of Life 14 Travel On