In 2019 King of the World (Netherlands) will be back with a new guitarist (Stef Delbaere from Belgium which makes them a true European band) and a new CD (September release). A CD full of original material, written with guitarist Stef Delbaere, brings an energetic version of the familiar KOTW sound and leaves no doubt about why KOTW has been on top of the European roots scene for so long.
They built their reputation through the release of three studio – and one live album (Can’t go home 2013, KOTW 2014, Live at Paradiso 2015 and Cincinnati 2016). All four albums scored sheer positive reviews in the European music press. But also a great live reputation has been built through shows at Festivals all over Europe like the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Live TV appearances at late night shows like Pauw & Wittemann, with millions of viewers, contributed to the fore mentioned status. The group has won multiple Dutch Blues Awards over the last years, best drummer, best keyboard player, best bass player (three times), best guitarist and best blues band.
With their modern approach to blues-, rhythm & roots they have developed a style that is often referred to as the “King of the World sound”. Harmony vocals combined with great soloists (Hammond and Guitar). With influences that range from Blues, Rock, Soul to New Orleans. All four members have a history of playing alongside or backing up artist such as, Snowy White (UK), Monster Mike Welch (USA), Matt Schofield (UK), Sue Foley (USA), Deborah, Coleman (USA), David Gogo (CAN), Carl Verheyen (CAN) and many more.
Over the last years the band has been on the road in the Netherland, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. With the new release the band will be touring all over Europe again.
Ruud Weber – vocals/bass
Stef Delbaere – guitar
Fokke de Jong – drums/vocals
Govert van der Kolm – keys/vocals
Press quotes King of the World
“Cincinnati is an album with twelve originals and one cover that clearly brings to light why KOTW belongs to blues royalty. “This is without doubt the best blues band in the Netherlands.“ (Jazzism, Oct/Nov 2016)
“More than just a good blues album: this is the next step in the musical journey of King Of The World. Guitarist Erwin Java is absolute world class and the band’s musical connection is fantastic.” (Gitarist, October 2016)
“A beautiful sounding album. The blues will be alive for a long time thanks to bands like King Of The World.” (Lust For Life, October 2016)
“After three CD’s the band has become an undeniable fact in the blues scene. Sometimes it’s like a band has been there forever. King of the World (KOTW) is one of those bands. An example of a group that doesn’t have to but keeps doing it for the pure love of it……superb.” (Arrow Classic Rock’s Bluesbox)
“With ‘Cincinnati’ the band is stepping out to in styles like Northern-Soul, STAX-sound and solid rock. There’s a clear new musical direction. An absolute top production with international ambition.” (Bluesmagazine, 30 September 2016)