Rockin`Blues Electric Power Trio, Duo or Solo Acoustic.
Greek Music quartet.
I have had regular appearances at BBKING`s- Lucille`s since 2006, at the Cafe Wha?,at the Groove and other major NYC venues
I have performed at the Rubenstein Atrium at the Lincoln Center, in various libraries in NYC and i have been touring upstate New York and all the way to Maine.
I recently organized and played a very successful night of Greek Music at the Open Center.
" Soukis's high energy and versatility with the strings makes him a dangerous man."
Price Range: “$400 ‐ $2000”
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
Rockin’ Blues with Greek Soul
Spiced with funky grooves, shuffle beats and rock elements, enlivened with European style and the freshness of Mediterranean breezes.
A native of Athens, Greece, Spiros began his love affair with the blues filtered through the British Invasion and guitar masters Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Robin Trower and Jeff Beck. In time he learned about American slingers like Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman and Roy Buchanan. Reading liner notes and recording credits led him to discover the original men behind the music like B.B. King, Freddie King, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.
His studies in guitar, piano and harmonica earned him a Music Theory degree from Athens Conservatory. Spiros performed and toured with the late, great Greek rock legend, Pavlos Sidiropolos. He moved to Stockholm, in the mid '80s, where he continued performing live while teaching music and earning another degree, in Musicology, from Stockholm University. Returning to Athens in the early '90s, Spiros formed the band, That's Why, performed widely, recorded regularly and toured extensively. That's Why opened for a diverse group of musicians ranging from The Pixies to Peter Green--an early influence.
Spiros self-produced Fota Tou Iliggou (Lights of Vertigo) in 1996. Released in Europe to overwhelmingly positive reviews, Fota was voted “CD of the Month.” Since then it’s been reissued with several songs included in different compilations as well as mashups, bootlegs and mixtapes.
Auspiciously, Spiros arrived in America in 2003, which Congress declared “Year of the Blues.” The following year Transblues (So Well Music), his first English-language CD, was released. Recorded in both Athens and New York, his newly adopted city, Spiros’s U.S. debut features his guitar playing and singing on eight songs that he wrote; plus, two covers, captured live.
The 2011 release, Loveborne Blues (So Well Music), an aural journey through six shades of blue, was well received by fans and critics. Blues Revue, in its review, “Hundreds of Influences = Tons of Potential” wrote this about Loveborne:
…[Spiros’s] music is original as he fuses the borders of past and modern blues....The styles vary from sixties’ blues revival to futuristic space jams.... Soukis’ high energy and versatility with the strings makes him a dangerous man. These songs show a depth of a musician who has studied and honed his craft well....First and foremost Spiros Soukis is a very well-versed and learned musician. Loveborne Blues appears to be just a tip of the iceberg of what he is capable of creating. I feel like this album is one piece to a 500-piece puzzle that we need years to put together. Some musicians are worth that investment. ….Soukis has put the time into his craft, now it’s our time to make it payoff and listen to what he has to say.
On June 14, 2012, Spiros made his long-anticipated Lincoln Center debut--a performance that received a mention in The New Yorker. For this special “Meet the Artist” concert Spiros played guitar, sang songs, in Greek and English, and spoke about his musical roots.
Regularly featured at B.B. King Blues Club, the premier place for blues in New York City, Spiros performs in Europe and the U.S in various venues that include festivals, concerts and private events. A versatile recording artist, he creates soundtracks, scores music, does audio design and voice overs for a variety of media--including films, documentaries and video games. He speaks Greek, Swedish and English fluently.
A frequent guest on “Something Inside of Me,” WKCR-FM, Columbia University, Spiros performs on his acoustic, talks about the music and musicians who’ve influenced him and curates the accompanying playlist of songs. These shows allow him to share his vast knowledge of the history of electric blues and are the basis of a course he created, “How the Europeans Got the Blues.” A gifted teacher, Spiros has several dedicated private students, beginner to advanced--some of whom are invited to participate in the master jam sessions he hosts in his studio. Many faithful followers of Rockin’ Blues, Spiros’s long-running, popular blog about life as a working musician, who lives in the heart of NYC’s Times Square, enjoy reading his entertaining and engaging music-related posts.
1. Before You accuse me (Eric Clapton)
2. All your love (John Mayall`s Bluesbrakers)
3. Loved Another Woman (Fleetwood Mac)
4. Homework (Otis Rush)
5. Suspicions. (Spiros Soukis)
6. You Don`t Love Me (The Allman Brothers Band)
7. Crosscut Saw (Albert King)
8. Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson)
9. Further On Up The Road (Eric Clapton)
10. Going Down (Freddie King)
11. Dust My Broom (Elmore James)
12. Precious Love (Spiros Soukis)
13. Crossroads (Cream)
14. Shake your Hips (The Rolling Stones)
15. A Million Years (Spiros Soukis)
16. Torn Down ( Freddie KIng-Eric Clapton)
17. Phone Booth (Robert Cray)
18. After Midnight (J.J.Cale)
19. I ain`t Got You (The Yardbirds)
20. Howlin` For My Darling (George Thorogood)
Influences & Inspiration
Eric Clapton, Peter Green,David Gilmour, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Jimi Hendrix,Stevie Ray Vaughan,Jimmy Page, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd,Joe Bonamassa and many more.
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