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Volker Strifler / Press

“Volker plays with a perfect blend of fire and restraint, not needing to say it all with each solo. We already knew he was a uniquely talented guitarist. On “Let The Music Rise”, he shows himself to be an equally impressive songwriter, singer and arranger. ”

Jay Scheffler - Boston Blues Blog

“Whether he is fronting the Ford Blues Band or his own outfit, or touring as a side man with Robben Ford, Volker Strifler is a talent one cannot ignore. This is his third solo release and shows just how gifted he is as a guitar player, singer and songwriter. In the Blues world he is one of the few artists who truly is both original and rooted ”

Amazon, UK

“Volker Strifler is best known for his affiliation with the Ford Brothers, acting as their guitarist, and also working projects with various members of the family, including Robben. With Let The Music Rise, he takes a big step to move out of the Ford shadow. While this would be filed under blues, Strifler’s mastery of various forms of music makes it an eclectic mix of tunes. He shows a knack for taking a familiar form of music and making it interesting. Let The Music Rise is testament to the fact that there are players out there who are triple threats musically who don’t always get the recognition they deserve.”

“Strifler plays with the clarity and drive of Duane Allman.”

Robert Feuer - BluesWax and Blues Revue

“Every track is terrific. Great Voice, Great guitar, Great songs. Catch him live if you can, HE'S EVEN BETTER (scarey good!)”


“Though not exactly a household name (yet), Volker Strifler should be. A longtime associate of the Ford brothers (Robben, Patrick & Mark), he proved his mettle as guitarist & singer a long time ago but here he delivers the complete package. Superb lyrics & vocals, diverse sounds, skill as a producer, as well as fretwork. This may be the breakthrough album of the year. Those requiring any convincing will find all they need in the funky Allman Bros-like Going to Brownsville, the breezy Redemption with its Island strains & gusto of a Barenaked Ladies tune, or the slow, New Orleans style blues of It's Getting Late; There’s also a creeping, Beatles-esque take on Fleetwood Mac's Jigsaw Puzzle Blues (w/tuba), one of two instrumentals, the other being the whirling country tones & sound effects of Hoogie Boogie. The gritty Wait a Minute & driving, Allman-sounding title track Let the Music Rise are nothing short of instant classics. ”

“What a wonderful, soulful piece of reality! Rich vocals. Outstanding instrumentals - earthy technique and compilation. This is truly an album that becomes a part of its audience from the very first note, and never lets go - even after the last one is played. Remarkable and a must-have staple in my music collection. This one will never collect dust!!”

WC, Iowa - Fan