René Niessen In the past somebody called René Niessen ‘WILD BILL’ because of his cowboy hat and him shredding the guitar. Other friends called him ‘RAM’ or ‘RAM VAN’ but after a while those nicknames
disapeared. Born in ’71 his parents were always playing music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s at home on their record- & cassette player. Baby René couldn’t sit still and enjoyed that boogie! His love for rock&roll,
soul, country, swing, but especially the blues grew from that moment. Some years older he started with flute lessons. For children at that time the common thing to start with but not the ideal instrument for playing the blues, if you know what I mean. When
almost 10 years old he got his first acoustic guitar, started lessons and tried to play along with his parents records. A few years later, while looking for new records in a music store, an old guy recommended an album with an illustration of a ‘cowboy’
playing an electric guitar. At that moment René wasn’t convinced. “Cowboys don’t play the blues! Just western and country music.” Luckily his cousin convinced him that this cowboy was the real deal! From that moment on René
was inspired by mr. SRV! After a few highschool-blues/rock-bands in the late ‘80’s he joined a bluesband called ‘Proud to be loud’, followed by a band called ‘Lousy Gravity’. Later he started two bluesbands called ‘Honeytrap’
and ‘Blues Bomb’ and joined the blues/americana/rockband the D.C.Dedly’s. Right now he passed the Dutch border and became the new guitar-shredder of Bourbon Street .