René

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 .

Little'M'

Mario Jossels goes with the nickname of Little “m” During the period 1976 –1987 he was on a crusade and
tried to find his calling which instrument to play bassguitar , guitar and
drums . in 1988 he chose for the drums and handled the sticks in Matt’s
Madhouse until 1990 . After that he he played guitar in the band Bluesin’
Hoegies until 1994 and then he stopped performing but kept on playing at home from
2002 untill 2004 he played in several bands , until he became bassplayer in a
rockband called ‘Two Inch Barrel’ in 2006 . After this band he played bass in
Boothill until 2009 . In 2010 he stood on the other side of the cradle of
Bourbon Street where he plucks the bass and is the leadsinger . His musical
fever comes from SRV, Lonnie Mack , Albert Collins , Buddy Guy , Slime Hunters
, Santana , Fleetwood Mac and his all time favorite his Uncle Cis .Beside the love for blues he spends most of his time
with his other love which are his daughters , his sweetheart a good steak and
occasionally a good old “single malt whisky”

Daddy Bean

                      Luc Boonen the artist known as Daddy Bean on the Mississippy Saxophone , is plowing his way through the blues countryside . In the beginning he started out as guitar player in 1989 before he found the one instrument where he could lay his feelings into , the Bluesharp . On the diatonic harmonica he practiced and listened to the great Harpers to create an own well defined sound . From 2001 until 2004 he played in a cover band called Midnight Ramble , during the years following 2006-2008 he went Indy rock with the band Chebul a band with own musical masterpieces . From the birth of Bourbon Street Daddy Bean was on the side of the cradle . He is influenced by , The Doors , CCR , Morphine and Lenny Kravits . The simple way of life and his family are the things that makes him happy

Chopstick Willie

 

Wilfried Claesen aka Chopstick Will(y) has a long musical wandering in his shoes . During high school he learned to play the drums on a friends kit this was during the previous century let’s say 1978-’80 during the last year he got a guitar from his parents and tried the six string wonder but this did’nt work out for him . in 1982-83 he played the drums in the schoolband , but he had to quite the band because the fatherland was calling , Will became a soldier . In that time he got married and his musical flew as put in the closet for several years . After jamming in some local clubs he found his one true love again , the drums , but something kept on pulling him to that one guitar that sat next to his bed so he decided to go to the Pop & Jazz Academy in Genk where he graduated cum Laude on guitar . His first real band was George Boch & the Allstuds from 2009 until 2010 , the Bluesketeers from ’11-’12 , Smokin’ stu’s bluestraffic 2013 ….. and now Bourbon street 2014 …..