“King of the World” is the new Roots Rhythm & Blues group from the Netherlands. Legendary guitarist Erwin Java decided to form a band after the dead of his buddy and blues legend Harry Muskee, with whom he played for over 25 years in Cuby & the Blizzards. The guitarist also known for his work with Jan Akkerman, Larry Carlton and Herman Brood got in lead singer and bass player Ruud Weber, known for his work with Snowy White, Hammond player Govert van der Kolm who played with artist like Coco Montoya, Matt Schofield and Monster Mike Welch, and drummer Fokke de Jong who’s been in the drum seat of the number one dialect band Normaal for over 20 years. After their first rehearsals in beginning 2012, the rumour started going around the Netherlands and within weeks the first try-outs were booked and sold-out. Soon there was talk of a new superband. King of the World’s name refers to an old John Lee Hooker song and of course to the three Kings, Albert, Freddy and BB King.
With a wide variety of roots combined with 3 parts harmony singing, they developed their own sound in songs they wrote and performed throughout 2012. This resulted in their recently released debut CD “Can’t go home” that received raving reviews and got them on National Radio and Television shows. With their energetic live performances; King of the World is now getting ready to promote the CD outside the Netherlands.
"Snowy White" (Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Peter Green)
"Great sound, great songs, great playing"
“Lust for Life” magazine **** (4 stars)
“. …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 …..”
“…the debut that not only shows us four amazing individual musicians, they also formed a very thigh collective…”
“Johan Derksen” Dutch TV celebrity and blues addict
“King of the World is a real enrichment for the Dutch Blues scene”
“Arrow” Classic Rock Radio
“Miracles still exist! Beautiful things are happening in Bluesland. 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....”
“….in this phenomenal slow blues, the guitarist shows he still a part of the absolute blues-top….”
“….a very inspired debut of King of the World……..…highly recommended!”
“…..Can't Go Home' is top album of a super band. The sound is phenomenal and, like we said before, the songs are authentic…..”
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Erwin 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
Started 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
Bass 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
Govert 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