20TH ANNIVERSARYWednesday 18 December
Alternative rootsrock trio from Amsterdam
Alternative rootsrock trio T-99 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) have belonged to the top of the European roots scene for over fifteen years now. With their eclectic mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, surf, and soul they have toured all over Europe since 1999. T-99 consists of three wild bohemian characters playing on vintage instruments with enormous energy, great musicianship and a high dose of passion, thus creating a unique blend of musical styles that can only be defined as ‘that T-99 sound’ (just imagine Dr. John jamming with Los Lobos in a packed sweaty garage just outside of Austin, Texas).
Throughout the years T-99 have shown themselves a constant factor on (pop) festivals and stages across Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Great Britain and the US. The band has played (among many, many other stages) at Noorderslag, North Sea Jazz Festival, Latitude (UK), Popkomm (DE), Belgium Rhythm & Blues Festival (BE), Zwarte Cross en Eurosonic. The band also excelled as a support for acts like Chuck Berry, Dr. John, Los Lobos and Little Feat. Music by T-99 was used in several TV-shows and programs and the trio has done several other successful performances on national radio and tv. In 2008 the band was invited by BBC radio DJ Mark Lamarr to record exclusively at the London BBC studio’s for his popular radio show ‘God’s Jukebox’. In 2010 the band shone in theater production The Freak. And two years later their music was also used to provide power and punch to the movie Black Out.
According to the leading Dutch music magazine OOR T-99 are “the most exciting and renewing roots band in the Netherlands and far beyond.”
After their stunning debut (Coo-Coo, 2001), they released their ‘voodoo-album’ Strange Things Happen (2004), that was followed by a ‘psychedelic’ album, ‘Cherrystone Park’ in 2005. With Vagabonds (2007) T-99 created their ‘dirty down and out’ masterpiece. After a break to partake in several side-projects (Cuban Heels, Maison Du Malheur) in 2015 they issued their ‘best of’ entitled ‘The Various Sounds Of T-99’. But with these five albums and one EP (Strange Cherries, 2006) under their belt, T-99 are far from satisfied. A new release, Bedlam! is expected for the fall of 2016, to be accompanied with extensive touring.