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Monday, December 6, 2010

Pratish Motwane Blues From India

Got this email today.  It is nice to see the blues going on in India. I embedded a video of the band below. enjoy!

Blues from India!

Pratish Motwane bluesman extraordinaire, formed the Beat Root Blues Band in 2004 to recreate the sound of music that influenced just about every major artiste in the world today. The band since then, has performed at live music venues all over the country and has been selected to perform alongside legends like Buddy Guy and Robert Cray at a major international blues festival in Mumbai slated for February 2011. The band went through several personnel changes over the years with Prat's rock solid harp and vocals being the central force around which the band evolved.

After years of being on the road belting out all forms of the blues, Pratish decided it was time to create his own signature sound of the blues. He got in touch with the band's former bassman Colin D'Cruz who is now a music producer based in Goa. Colin suggested adding Dave Kelly a smoking blues guitarist from the UK, currently based in Goa, to the lineup that included veteran Mumbai based drummer Claude Abranches. Things just kept falling into place from then on. A villa in Sangolda will serve as the rehearsal/jam pad for the four musicians who will use Goa's inspiring environment over the next three months to create an exciting new 'Indian' sound of the blues!

Pratish Motwane-vocals/harp
Dave Kelly-guitar
Colin D'Cruz-bass
Claude Abranches-drums
Pratish has been passionate about music and the blues in particular as far back as he can remember. He balances a career in the corporate world where he is on the board of directors of several multinationals, with his music career that took off in New York City where he was based in the early nineties. He returned to India and decided to tilt the scale in favor of the blues forming The Beat Root Blues Band in 2004 and then touring the length and breadth of the country over the last six years belting out nothing but every style of the blues..

Dave is a UK based, smoking hot blues guitar player who has toured the world as the wailing guitar in innumerable all blues bands. He will be recording and touring with The Beat Root Boys over the next six months. Dave plays every bluesman’s favorite axe the Fender telecaster and actually makes the instrument emote onstage. He has been influenced by all the legends that blues has produced over the years and looks forward to performing alongside some of them when the band performs at the biggest ever international blues festival in Mumbai come February 2011.

Colin used to be one of the original members of the band before he moved to Goa in 2008 to set up base as a music producer. He runs a state of the art recording studio from his home in Sangolda and has been recording and broadcasting local talent on Goa's 105.4 FM Rainbow. Pratish reconnected with Colin when he decided to record his own songs and along with the recording project, he decided to go on the road with the band once again.

Claude is one of India's drum legends. He has been at it for close to four decades starting off as a nightclub drummer in the early seventy’s. He gigged with just about every jazz/blues artiste in Mumbai and around the country on five star hotel residencies before hitting the concert and festival circuit. He has an amazing feel for rhythm and sinks naturally into the groove of a song even if he happens to be playing it for the first time.