The VI Blues Band (The “V. I.” Blues Band, just to be clear…)
The VI blues band is an international collaboration of musicians brought together by Kevin Skuse based in Germany. Playing music with a definite BritPop/Rock vibe and heavily inspired by the blues, the band consists of Kevin on bass, guitar, drums and vocals and UK-based guitarist Nigel R B Furness. Kevin and Nigel have known each other for over thirty years, though have not worked together since the late 1980s. Both played extensively around the live music circuit south-west of the UK throughout the 1990s but their paths rarely crossed. In 2022 Kevin contactetd Nigel with a view to a new collaboration and the idea of the VI Blues Band took shape, resulting in the album, Lonesome Road, consisting of mostly of original songs along with some tributes to inspirational Bluesmen of the past, with their own versions of songs by Willie Dixon, Little Walter and the great Sam Cooke.
Lonesome Road includes contributions from keyboard player John Genge and Steven Gamble on vocals and harmonica.
Due to the physical distance separating those involved, the entire recording and production process has been done digitally over the Internet. The album was produced and engineered entirely by Kevin Skuse at his studio near Hanover.