Bad Sign Blues Band
NEWS   The band are currently writing new material besides picking up old blues gems for the live performances.
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Blues in the heart, blues in the soul.
Why this name?
From the blues classic "Born under a bad sign", one of the songs that always gets us going....
Do you play live?
We try to keep one or two regular weekly venues and than look out for chances to "let loose" elsewhere.At the moment we play Saturdays 21:00 'till late at The Pestana Grand - Funchal.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Takes bands music to places & people they wouldn't usually reach, very acesssible.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
As long as music is music, and not buisness.
Band History:
The Bad Sign Blues Band was formed around Spring 2003 when drummer António Santa Clara invited bassist Dieter Pereira and guitarist Hélder Gonçalves to form a blues trio. The three had already played together in Travellin' Band, a 60s and 70s covers band.
This was the first chance they got to explore the instrumental universe of the blues together, and the experience was so gratifying that it planted the seeds that would give birth to the Bad Sign Blues Band - as many of you probably guessed, a name taken from the blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign", a number they already performed as Travellin' Band.
This time around, and despite some incursions on the soul and vintage rock territories, the band decided their focus would remain on the blues. After some early indecisions about who to trust the vocal duties on the project to, Dieter decided to pick up the burden of being the band's frontman. This proved to be a successful move, as his soulful vocals, along with Hélder's wild licks and António's powerful yet subtle drumming have helped to shape the Bad Sign Blues Band's sound in a unique way.
Your influences?
All great & true blues and blues-rock artists. Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Ten Years After, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Lightin' Hopkins, Blind Willie McTell, Peter Green, Savoy Brown etc
Favorite spot?
smoky bar + live blues + ageing whiskey
Equipment used:
Vintage Vintage Vintage - they just don't make 'em like they used to
Anything else...?
The band would really like to get in touch with other blues bands/artists worldwide to exchange opinions and experiences and really share the blues around :)