Blues fans and players worldwide have embraced the soulful sounds of the music from the Mississippi Delta. Few play it better than Dutch bluesman Hans Theessink (pronounced TAY-sink), a leading blues singer, guitarist and composer who became obsessed with the sounds and emotional richness of rural country blues while listening to Big Bill Broonzy, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry and others on late night radio in the sixties. Hans taught himself to play guitar and traveled to Mississippi to learn American roots music first-hand, which he interprets with a deep respect for the old masters.
Hans has released more than a dozen CDs and maintains a rigorous international touring schedule that includes club, concert, radio and TV appearances. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Toronto Soul & Blues Festival, the Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, the King Buiscuit Blues Festival, the Woody Guthrie Festival, the Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise and many other major events throughout North America and abroad.
The world's leading blues paper - US magazine Blues Revue wrote:
"Hans Theessink is an international blues treasure. He is one of the world's pre-eminent country pickers and his warm baritone expresses blues." Bo Diddley described Hans simply as"one helluva guitar player!"