In the words of blues prodigy Katie Webster, “Blues Wire are the best blues band in Europe and deserve to be heard by a wider audience”.
Blues Wire is one of Europe’s best kept blues secrets and they should finally get the chance to be known to blues lovers around the world. Formed in 1983 by Sotiris Zisis (bass) and Elias Zaikos, Blues Wire recorded the first blues album ever to be made by Greek musicians. Thousands of gigs in every kind of venue imaginable, scores of TV and radio show appearances in Greece as well as abroad, and an enviable recording expertise have helped define their tight and recognizable sound, a mix of passion and maturity that only comes with experience. Playing festivals and clubs in France, Italy, Austria and Hungary (among others) consolidated their reputation and earned them many enthusiastic press reviews all around Europe.
Through the years Blues Wire have often backed up top blues artists such as Katie Webster, John Hammond, Larry Garner, Big Time Sarah, Carey and Lurrie Bell, Angela Brown, Louisiana Red & Al Copley, to mention a few, proving they can keep up with the best of them. They have also opened for legendary musicians like Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Albert King, Otis Rush and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Their skill and musicianship led to memorable jam sessions with blues pioneers like Champion Jack Dupree, rising stars like Sherman Robertson, well-known British blues players like Dave Kelly, and the renowned Dr Feelgood .
Blues Wire have provided the foundation of the Greek blues scene and the main inspiration for many younger musicians, while leader Elias Zaikos (guitar, vocals) is considered the most important blues artist in the country.