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King of the World

Since the start in 2012 of “King of the World” ( Erwin Java (gtr), Fokke de Jong (drs/bvox), Govert van der Kolm (Hammond/bvox) and Ruud Weber (leadvox/bgtr), things have gone fast for the Dutch roots rhythm & blues band. Sold out shows and interest from many big festivals raised the expectations but the groups live shows more then live up to them. Their CD “Can’t go home”, released March 2013, got them nothing but excellent pressreviews in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. They were the first blues band ever toappear on the Dutch TV cult music program “Vrije Geluiden” and did two live performanceson the biggest “Late Night” show “Pauw & Witteman” with millions of viewers.Meanwhile they played the clubs circuit and festivals like R&B night Groningen, Bluesrock Tegelen, Highlands festival and Rib’s & Blues. Proving that this band can bring the blues to a wide variety of audiences from young to old. During the “Dutch Blues Awards 2014” they received all five awards for “Best blues band”, “Best guitarist”, “Best bass player”, “Best drummer” and “Best keyboard player”. Just like on their first CD, the band recorded their new CD in an old farmhouse up in the North of the Netherlands. Eleven songs written by the band, shows a group of excellent musicians that know how to combine their rootsy styles. From slow-blues, rock-blues to New Orleans to songs that can be called pop blues with great harmony singing. Creating a style that is very much their own. The band did their release shows of their new CD “KOTW” in the North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam and will appear on the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam this July.


Press quotes King of the World 


“KOTW is at it’s best, even better! The sound is dynamic, the interaction is great and it’s nothing more then admirable musicianship “. (Lust For Life, April 2014)

“ The musical energy is all around and the band is very tight. Above all Erwin Java’s Guitar fills are even better this time. Just like “Can’t go home” a must for every blues lover.” (Gitarist, April 2014)

It’s definitely worth crossing our Northern border to go and see King of the World.”
(Rootstime, Belgium April 2014)

“With their second album “KOTW” they are rightfully crowned King of the Dutch blues.”
 (HDC Media, newsmagazines NH Dagblad, Leidsch Dagblad etc., March 2014)

“Their first CD “Can’t go home” was top but this one is better. Excellent beautiful blues album.” (Jazzism, March 2014)

“The band members of King of the World are top musicians that know their trade. Which shows on this album that is musically and vocally a true joy to listen too. A treasure that will spent some serious time in our CD player.” (Maxazime, 31st March 2014) 

“There can be no doubt that King of the World is the blues band of Holland.” 

(Written In Music, 25th March 2014)

“Buy this album and chance is that you just bought the best Dutch blues CD of 2014.”
 (Real Roots Cafe, 22nd March 2014)

“King of the World sounds like a band that existed for over 100 years….. brilliant second CD.”
(Arrow Classic Rock’s Bluesbox, 18th March 2014)

The new album shows a progression of their sound, roots-oriented, skilfully played, and perfect control over their instruments. They manage to make blues popular with pop audiences and that is a big achievement. But then again it is a very good band.”
(Mania, nr. 306)

“King of the World once again proves to be a “super”-band. ………Beautiful songs with excellent playing by each band member.” (Bluesbreeker, 20th March 2014)


 “. …Holland is an amazing blues band richer …….….the songs are strong, the vocals are excellent and the guitar-, piano-, and organ solo’s are a delight for your ears …..”
(Lust For Life, May 2013)

"Great sound, great songs, great playing"
(Snowy White – Guitarist with Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Peter Green)

“Listening to the debut of King of the World is an easy review, a class of it’s own.”
 (Back To The Roots, May 2013)

"On this album should be a warning sticker: “Goosebumps guaranteed”. 'Can't Go Home' is a top album, from a super band." (Musicfrom, 3rd May 2013)

“The debut that not only shows us four amazing individual musicians, they also formed a very thigh collective.”(Music Maker, April 2013)

 “….a very inspired debut of King of the World……..…highly recommended!”
 (Gitarist, April 2013)

 “King of the World is a real enrichment for the Dutch Blues scene”
 (Heaven, July/Aug 2103)

“Blues and roots from the Dutch grounds and absolute world class!”
(8Weekly, 4th July 2013)

 “Miracles still exist! Beautiful things are happening in Blues land. One of those beautiful things is a group called King of the World …………..the title track of the album will give you goose bumps on your soul....” (Arrow Classic Rock’s Bluesbox, 20th March 2013)

“A fine debut album that shines in its wide variety of sounds. Soul, jazz, blues and New Orleans influences with guitarist Erwin Java and Keyboard player Gover van der Kolm in a leading roll thanks to a very tight rhythm section off course.” (Maxazine, 28th March 2013)

“Conclusion is that "Can't Go Home" is a beautiful varied album with Ruud, Erwin, Fokke and Govert as top musicians, something most people already knew.”  (Rootstime, March 2013)

“It’s now March and clear to me that this is one of the best Dutch productions of the year already.” (Real Roots Cafe, 30th March 2013)

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Erwin Java


2012-KOTW-TT-Assen-Erwin klein  kopieErwin Java (1956) started his professional career in 1978 when he co-founded the Dutch rock group “White Honey”. With this group he made 1 album “Some kinda Woman” (1979). In the beginning of 1980 this group fell apart and Erwin joined “Herman Brood's Wild Romance”. There was the promise of a USA-tour, which unfortunately was cancelled because of suspected drug abuse by the band's lead singer. Erwin decided to leave the band early 1981. In the following period Erwin played in several bands like “Blue(s)Kin”, “AA & the Doctors”, “ Second Skin” and “Dutch Concert”. Until 1986 when he was invited to join the “Muskee Gang”. The lead singer of this band was Harry Muskee, also known as “Cuby” from the legendary Dutch blues band “Cuby & the Blizzards”. With this band Erwin made several albums and was touring in Holland and abroad. In 1996 this group ceased to exist and together with Harry “Cuby” Muskee, Erwin started playing in a second edition of “Cuby & the Blizzards”. Not being just another revival band this group started recording new material and was touring from Holland/ Europe to Curacao and even South Africa. In 2009 the group earned their first golden record with “Cats Lost”. There was also a follow-up album scheduled but in September 2011. The band was struck by tragedy because of the death of Harry “Cuby” Muskee.This instantly meant the end of C+B. After a period of contemplation Erwin decided to pick up the pieces. Together with drummer Fokke de Jong, who he had played with in De Drentse Blues Opera, they found bass player/leadsinger Ruud Weber and hammond/keyboard virtuoso Govert van der Kolm to complete a new group: “KingoftheWorld”.  www.erwinjava.nl

Fokke de Jong

2012-KOTW-TT-Fokke kleinStarted playing drums at age 10 and after having played in a lot of bands, was asked by the famous Dutch rock group Normaal to be there drummer, when he was doing a job as their support-act. For more than 20 years steady drummer with Normaal and is considered one of Holland’s best blues/roots/rock and roll drummers. He toured and played with David Gogo, Byther Smith, Boo Boo Davis, Catfever, Sunset Travellers, De Kast, Twarres, Shiner Twins, Spanjers en de Jong, Dee Dee Priest, De Drentse Blues Opera and many more. www.facebook.com/fokke.dejong


Ruud Weber

Ruud klein bioBass player, singer and songwriter Ruud Weber is known for his work with Snowy White. At a young age the Irish Barry McCabe introduced him to the blues. Together they toured throughout Europe for years and recorded three CD’s under the name Albatross. Over the years he developed the unique combination of singing and playing bass and became the front man in the Snowy White Blues Project and his own Ruud Weber Band. He also backed up artist like Mick Taylor, David Gogo, Nico Wayne Toussaint, Tony Vega and Carl Verheyen. As a songwriter he contributed tracks on two CD’s and one DVD by Snowy White and he’s currently productive writing material for King of the World. In 2011 the Dutch Blues Foundation nominated him “Bass player of the Year”. www.ruudweber.com


Govert van der Kolm


Goof klein bioGovert grew up in a musical environment and at the age of 5 years old he already decided to become a musician. Through drums and percussion he eventually settled with piano. From the age of fourteen he actively started giving concerts with a lot of bands. He studied piano, music teacher and hammond organ at the Conservatories of The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. At the age of 20 he was introduced to soul and blues and two years later he started as a sideman for national and international blues artists. Monster Mike Welch and the Backbones was his first big tour. After that first tour many European and American tours followed for Ruf Records. Govert was sideman for Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Candye Kane, Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Coco Montoya, Shakura S’aida, Dani Wilde, Roxanne Potvin, Matt Schofield, Dede Priest amongst others. He also does concerts on a regular base with his own trio OrganIcedCrime, Elijah Gospel & Soul Choir and The Rare Groove Orchestra. www.facebook.com/daorgangrinde