Henrik Freischlader is a grade-A blues-rocker straight from North Dakota; just kidding! Henrik was born in Wuppertal, Germany in 1982 and has been playing the blues ever since he was a teenager.

He began the Henrik Freischlader band in 2004, releasing their debut album in 2006. Although he always gravitated toward the classic bluesmen like B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, there are a lot of blues-rockers whose influence dominated his style, like Peter Green, Jeff Beck, SRV, and especially Gary Moore. In fact, Henrik dedicated his 2017 album Blues for Gary to the late great powerhouse musician. He has also experimented with jazz, soul, rock, and even funk, and with various settings like 8-musician big bands, trios, and solo projects.

As you can tell by Henrik’s balls-to-the-wall rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady,” he draws vast influence from the more rock side of the blues. His playing is in a lot of ways like his friend Joe Bonamassa, who has played and toured with Henrik on a few occasions in Germany. His command of the instrument is highly advanced as he navigates and utilized the whole neck of the guitar flawlessly.
Henrik has released about 14 studio albums with his trio, band, and as a solo act. He has shared the stage with other great musicians like Johnny Winter, Peter Green, B.B. King, and his idol, Gary Moore. Maybe we will see Henrik Freischlader on an upcoming Keeping The Blues Alive Cruise!

As a special two for one Blues in Motion this week, here is a killer video of Henrik jamming with Joe Bonamassa in Frankfurt Germany in 2014, playing one of Joe’s fan favorite originals, “Love Ain’t a Love Song.”

Hope you enjoyed these two awesome blues videos this week!

Patrick Ortiz

Keeping The Blues Alive

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