(picture: The Blues Broers vocalist Rob Nagel)
The Blues Broers, sans long-time member Albert Frost, will be rocking Die Boer Theatre Restaurant in Durbanville on Friday, January 15, at 8.30pm.
Frost has left the band after 21 years to focus on his solo career. “We’ve had an incredible music making journey with Albert,” says keyboard player Simon Orange, “and we wish him all the best, and I’m sure we’ll be sharing the stage with him soon.”
His very large shoes will be capably filled by Basson Laubscher, well known and loved both as a solo performer and for his guitar work with the Valiant Swart Band, Zinkplaat and many other local acts. He recently recorded his solo album, ‘Shakedown’, which highlights his virtuosity and versatility, including Texas and down home guitar styles.
“I used to sneak out from Paul Roos boarding school on weekends to catch the Blues Broers at the Akker (now the Hidden Cellar). I can’t believe I now play with them,” says Basson.
The Blues Broers started out playing in Cape Town’s seedier clubs and bars. Venues like The Fringe and the appropriately named Smokehouse (some nights you could barely see the stage through the blue haze of cigarette smoke) are long gone, but the band expanded its audience by driving long hours to towns further afield. It was around this time that they added their ‘Skiffle set’ to the show. Skiffle is music played on homemade instruments, such as a tea-chest bass or tin washboard and it’s still an important part of the band’s performance.
Coastal tours, album releases and rock festivals followed, but in 1999 the band lost drummer, manager and Albert Frost’s father, Frank, to cancer. It was a blow they struggled to recover from and eventually the Blues Broers announced that they were calling it a day. In 2006 they held a final show at the Hidden Cellar in Stellenbosch.
The band was brought back together by popular demand for a reunion gig in 2009 and they soon started writing songs that would feature on their 2011 CD release ‘Out of the Blue’. In January 2014 the album ‘Into the Red’ followed.
* For bookings call 021 979 1911, or visit www.dieboer.com.