Stockholm’s Blues Association can proudly present the internationally acclaimed guitarist and singer Erja Lyytinen from Finland to the Epiphany blues. FROM from Umeå starts the evening!
The popular Finnish blues queen Erja Lyytinen celebrates 20 years as an artist this year with an autumn tour. The tour includes 14 gigs around Finland. During the autumn, Erja will also play in Germany, Holland and Great Britain.
Erja will release the live album “Diamonds on the Road” on October 6. She is known as a tough live artist and a skilled guitarist. Lyytinen’s musical palette is wide and combines modern and old blues with progressive tones in her music. For example, Erja has performed with Carlos Santana, Jennifer Batten and Joe Bonamassa, and warmed up stages for Robert Plant and Tom Jones, among others.
Erja Lyytinen is one of the world’s leading blues rock guitarists and has released twelve studio albums as well as several live albums. Lyytinen’s musical style is vast and encompasses the very best of contemporary blues rock while being inspired and influenced by the blues greats of yesteryear. The artist’s last studio album Waiting for the Daylight was released in 2022 and ranked #3 on Finland’s official physical album charts and #14 on the IBBA October Charts in the UK. The first single released from Erja’s latest studio album “Bad Seed”, was chosen as the 13th best rock song of the year by Classic Rock Magazine. Additionally, Lyytinen’s guitar solo from “Bad Seed” reached 10th place in Guitar World’s Best Guitar Solo of 2022 Readers Poll. Lyytinen has been recognized for his work with a treasure trove of awards. This includes being ranked #2 in Total Guitar Magazine’s “10 Best Guitarists Now” poll as well as being awarded “Best Guitarist” at the European Blues Awards 2017. Erja made history by being the first Finnish artist to be nominated for Canada’s Maple Blues Awards in the category B.B. King International Artist of the Year. On December 6, 2022 – Independence Day in Finland, the Queen of the Slide guitarist was invited to the presidential palace.
Erja Lyytinen – guitar, vocals
Harri Taittonen – keyboard
Tatu Back – bass
Iiro Laitinen – drums
She is the future
– Carlos Santana
One of the 10 guitarists to keep the blues alive & well for the 21st century
– Guitar Player magazine
Winner of the Swedish Blues Challenge 2022. The band started as a pandemic project where files were sent over half of Norrland before everything was put together for the debut album that came in January 2022. When the guys finally got to play together, everything has gone at breakneck speed. Most recently, you can enjoy FROM at Guitars the Museum in Umeå, Östersund’s Blues Festival and Svartön’s Blues in Luleå.
New record is ready soon and is expected to be released in time for Östersund, the end of October. There is a cover of Sean Costello’s Anytime You Want, which became a crowd favorite at EBC 2023 in Poland.
The brothers FROM have had blues as their common denominator ever since their mother came home with a compilation album on vinyl with, among others, BB King’s “Paying the Cost to be the Boss”. But the strength of the songwriting lies in influences from rock and soul. Combined with Henrik’s great personal voice, the band doesn’t sound like anything else. This is real!
Henrik From – Vocals and guitar
Rikard From – Keyboard and choir
Peter Löwgren – bass
Simon Lundin – Drums