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Album Review

Hans Theessink often gets the short end of the stick because he's a Dutch bluesman, which means he couldn't possibly be "legitimate" in the eyes of some critics. That's not really fair, since he's actually an imaginative, unpredictable guitarist. Granted, his albums can sound a little sterile, but that criticism can be applied to most contemporary blues albums. The main problem with his records is that they're interchangeable — all of them sound similar and all of them are about as strong as their predecessor. Baby Wants to Boogie isn't particularly different from his other albums, but it does have some good songs and solos, making it as good a place to learn about Theessink as any.


Born: 05 April 1948 in Enschede, The Netherlands

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Dutch blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Hans Theessink has been carving a niche for himself in the blues market in both Europe and North America. It was no easy task growing up in the Netherlands and teaching oneself the blues, but perhaps that's the reason Theessink's guitar stylings are so unique. Theessink became hooked on blues as a teenager listening to the radio, playing mandolin and guitar. His favorites became Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee, but later on he was exposed...
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