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The curious world of a globetrotting Dutchman called Rik van den Bosch
who built his own guitar at age 7 using a tin can, a chunk of wood and a nylon string and who harbours a profound love for old-school folk and blues. Although he started his first band in high school on the basis of a shared love for an obscure Hendrix album, (see his first band the Chimney Brothers) van den Bosch is more of a folksy kinda guy. In his compositions and the way he plays guitar, he shies away from manuals and correct habits, settling somewhere outside the margins of academic art and plucking every note with an archer’s tensity
Rik is on the roll and after his latest EP Sea Side Mountain Side he s now busy with his 6 th album ´The Place to Be´ with his new band The Dandies From Spain
In 2002, he took a trip from New Orleans to New York City to discover the roots of the music he loves. He brought along a bicycle, a guitar and a tape recorder. He collected his impressions on a record that plays like a musical travelogue of pieces played by musicians he met, his own songs and sound snippets of the places he passed through; ‘a Musical impression of a Journey from New Orleans to New York’
After ‘Out of Town’ and ‘Blues for the Lowlands’ was his subsequent album a potpourri of "electric folk-old country blues-mexicana-emofolk-r'n'b" entitled Coffee Cigarettes & Beer that mirrors his equally diverse influences (from Jacques Brel and Nina Simone to Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson as well as the Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Drake and the Pixies). His most recent album Sea Side Mountain Side was recorded in Spain in collaboration with lots of Spanish musicians. Rik used to play mostly solo but for the past year Rik has been backed by the Dandies, a rhythm section which resembles a steam engine piled high with flares!