• Press

    Press quotes King of the World

    2019

    (Lust for life – NL)

    “Life after You……an absolute highlight in the Dutch blues scene that will not be surpassed soon”

    (Bluesmagazine – NL)

    “…with this impressive album, KOTW proves to belong to the top of the Dutch blues world ”

    (Heaven – NL)

    “ …their wide approach of bluesrock is still solid as a rock and Weber once again proves to be an amazing singer….”

    (Rootstime – BE)

    “…this is nothing but a super album.”

    (Altcountryforum – NL)

    “…. The new album once again proves the rocksolid status of King of the World in the European blues and rockcircuit.”

    (Platomania – NL)

    “Life After You: a more than nine minutes long track en and absolute highlight of the album “Connected”

    (Johan Derksen – RTV Rijnmond – NL)

    “The best King of the World album up to now”

    (Rootsville – BE)

    “”KOTW” is back with their new album “Connected”

    (Concert Money – BE)

    “…Highlight on “Connected” is the nine minutes long nostalgic ‘Life After You’. This long, slow song continues to fascinate every second and the new young Belgian guitarist shines for minutes with varied and enormously sensitive string work ”

    (Music Maker – NL)

    “…King of the World stil sounds we way we’ve known them for years and thats a good thing!

     

     

    2016

    “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)
    2015

    “Weber, Java, Van der Kolm en De Jong sound more inspired then ever. Not only a smooth operating blues band but intense, hard rocking and soulful” (Jazzism, sept 2015)

    “A top CD, on which the sound of the band is caught perfectly” (Real Roots Cafe, July 2015)

    “King Of The World is the Dutch blues elite” (File Under, July 2015)

    “Both the interaction between the musicians and the close harmony singing sound great at this fantastic produced live-album…..heart breaking….intense.” (Gitarist 2015)

    “The quality of the band shows even more on this in Amsterdam recorded
    live-album.  Everything connects and the band is just excellent.” (Lust For Life, May 2015)

    “Excellent!” (Musiczine, June 2015)

    “ Three successful CD’s in the first three years of existence proves the quality of superband King of the World” (Written In Music, 3 June 2015)

    “ A jewel, this CD” (Blues-rockreview.nl, June 2015)

    “With this album King of the World proves to be the absolute top of the “Dutch Blues”. (Track, June 2105)

    “It’s a cracker, the energy jumps out of your speakers. And even though the studio-albums were great, it’s clear that we’re dealing wit a phenomenal live-band.” (Mania, nr. 317)

    “Beautiful live album of King of the World with al their well known and very much loved songs.” (Arrow’s Bluesbox, April 2015)

    “Everything is perfect tuned into each other and the band hot.” (Blues Magazine, May 2015)

    “They must have had a “hell of a time” recording their concert tour and that you’ll feel when you listen to this album…excellent.” (Keys & Chords, 29 April 2015)

     

    2014

     

    “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, skillfully 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)


    2013

     

    “. …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 Govert 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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