The Israeli blues rock trio SOBO, competed at the 20th International
Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN, January 29-31, 2004. Ninety
four bands competed for $25, 000 in cash and prizes at the Blues
Foundation's annual event. Blues for Peace, an
affiliate organization of the Blues Foundation sent the SOBO band
SOBO did well in the competition although they did not make
the finals. One person said, "I can report that even folks who
are not die-hard blues lovers were aware of SOBO being in
Memphis. SOBO was on all the morning TV shows programs and in the
newspaper. Amongst attendees at the Blues First Conference, SOBO
was a topic of conversation and interest."
Listen to SOBO interview on "The World" Global Hit - Click here!
SOBO is legendary in Israel for its powerful and
energetic mix of blues, rock, R&B and funk coupled with a
unique Middle-Eastern flavor. The Jerusalem Report said,
"Israel has soul, it's people have the blues, and thanks to a
Jerusalem band called SOBO, they can Rock N Roll."...
SOBO's unique sound can be attributed to singer and
bass player Assaf Sammy's smoky blues vocals and funky
bass lines… slide guitarist and harmonica player Daniel
Kriman's nonstop energy of boogie and blues… and
drummer Eli Fish's solid beats… paying homage to
blues legends Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray
Vaughan as well as rockers the Rolling Stones and the Allman
Brothers... Click for mp3's!
SOBO also plays original music with a bluesy flavor
like "Blues it Now!" and "Let Freedom Reign" on
their "Southbound Train" CD. Whether playing a cover tune or an
original, that SOBO "crunch" is ever present. Recently, the band
did a special gig, a "Blues Cruise on the Sea of Galilee" for a
Birthright Israel program produced by Blues for Peace. (see
SOBO plans to perform in concerts in the US to promote
Birthright Israel tours and at blues clubs in addition to the
IBC. For more info, contact us.