Chris Rea transforms into beat combos

by Modculture 19 March, 2008

Now this is something we don’t hear of every day: cheesy bluesman Chris Rea has reinvented himself as not one, but two groups set in the 1950s/’60s.Chris_rea

The 57-year-old Teeside singer, who suffered serious ill-health a few years ago, has just released an album under the guise of The Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes. A 3CD plus 2 10" vinyl plus 80-page book package, it tells the story of a late ’50s guitar instrumental band (The Delmonts) that evolved into a ’60s blues band (The Hofner Bluenotes). According to his website, Rea

had decided that it was no longer creative or fun enough to just
release yet another single CD, finding it much better and rewarding for
both him and his new expanding audience to create something more
special to own and enjoy.

His new tour begins tonight in Glasgow and will see ‘support band’ The Delmonts followed by ‘The Hofner Bluenotes’. Those dates in full:

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (19th March)
Edinburgh Playhouse (20th)
Birmingham Symphony Hall (22nd and 23rd)
Bournemouth Int Centre (24th)
Manchester Apollo (26th)
Nottingham, Royal Centre (27th)
London, Royal Albert Hall (28th)
Oxford, New Theatre (30th)
Liverpool, Philharmonic (31st)

Newcastle City Hall (2nd April)
Newcastle City Hall  (3rd)
Sheffield City Hall (5th)
Harrogate Int Centre (6th)
Belfast Waterfront (8th)

Chris Rea Presents The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Bluenotes is released on Jazzee Blue and is available now from Amazon at the not-insubstantial price of £29.98 here. For tour tickets and more on the new album see the official Chris Rea site here.