Kai Strauss er mest kendt for sine 15 år som guitarist hos Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters, men gik for et par år siden solo og dannede Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues Allstars.
Scott Duncan beskriver det i Englands førende bluesmagasin 'Blues In Britain': “Kai Strauss is simply a great guitarist whose solos are up there with the likes of American contemporaries like Rusty Zinn, Jimmie Vaughan and Sean Costello”
Kai's tone, frasering og intensitet, har da også for længst givet ham en position som en af de mest respekterede bluesguitarister i Europa. I Kai Strauss & The Electric Allstars påtager han sig ydermere rollen som frontmand og sanger. En rolle han fylder kompetent ud og som han nyder at have.
Han forklarer: jeg elsker at spille mine egen favoritnumre af idoler som Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rogers, BB King mfl. og så supplere med mine egne numre. Det gør det hele mere personligt - og meget sjovere..!"
Kai Strauss er ikke opvokset i Texas, men er fra Osnabrück i Tyskland. Lyttede man til hans guitarspil alene, ville man forledes til at tro han var fuldblods Texaner. Kai Strauss er blandt mange "bluesguitar-afficionados" betragtet som en af Europas mest autentiske inden for den Texanske "no bullshit stil" man kender fra mestre som Jimmie Vaughan, Anson Funderburgh og en tidlig Ronnie Earl m.fl. Af samme grund var det også en svært begejstret Tony Vega der uden tøven sagde "OH YEAH! Man, are you kiddin' me. I have been following Kai for years, and would LOVE to play with him."
Kai Strauss is a well known name among European blues lovers and „… is truly amazing, as authentic as any Texas or Chicago axe slinger around.“, Gary Reinhard, WITR Radio/Bad Dog Blues, Rochester New York.
Guitarist/singer Kai Strauss grew up in a small working class town in northern Germany. He discovered his passion for the music of Albert King, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and many others as a teenager in the 1980s through his parents’ record collection. Soon, countless nights at the local blues jams followed, and from the 1990s on you could find him on stages all over Europe alongside Texas harmonica player Memo Gonzalez. After 15 years on the road with Gonzalez, Strauss started fronting his own group The Electric Blues All-Stars.
Kai Strauss now presents his third album “Getting Personal” on the Dutch label Continental Blue Heaven/CRS, and continues to follow his own course with the more contemporary sound that he presented on his award-winning sophomore album “I Go By Feel”. Strauss, who enjoys an excellent reputation for his spicy Texas Blues guitar licks, adds fresh Chicago & Memphis flavors to his musical gumbo on this new studio effort. “Getting Personal” features lots of tasteful guitar playing – from the dirty funkiness of “The Blues Is Handmade” (written by Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Tommie Harris) to the expressive soulfulness of “Blues for Anne”, an intense 9 minutes of moaning guitar. You will also encounter honest, confident vocals, original songwriting, and an outstanding groove that is hard to find this side of the big pond. Together with fabulous guest appearances this package of 11 brand new titles represents a new peak in Kai Strauss’ career, and should be the next step up for this serious and already highly respected artist in the international blues & roots world.
Kai Strauss is a passionate live performer with “…exceptional tone and phrasing.” Blues Revue, USA and honed his chops over the course of more than 20 years of playing clubs and festivals. The sympathetic band leader tours all year with his international group Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues All-Stars.