Recorded live in Austria – Hans Theessink and Big Daddy Wilson are charismatic entertainers and soulful performers that have made a name for themselves as musicians and songwriters. Both Theessink and Wilson are very popular performers on the blues & roots circuit. Both have many albums to their name.
PAY DAY is their first duo album. Hans Theessink is known as a sensitive virtuoso on almost anything with strings on it and Wilson can be relied on as a rock steady percussionist; but the icing on the cake is the vocal interplay of Theessink and Wilson that really makes PAY DAY a terrific album.
PAY DAY is a twist of fate. These two guys had to meet and get together. Their vocal dialogues – be it blues, roots, folk or gospel – merge as if they had never done anything else.
Theessink and Wilson discovered the blues in completely different ways. On the one hand there is the Dutch boy, whos love and fascination for blues and roots-music got ignited when he heard Big Bill Broonzy on late night radio in his native Holland – a white boy lost in the blues whos been on the blues trail for more than 50 years.
On the other hand, the North Carolina born African American who first got exposed to the music of his ancestors as a US soldier, stationed in Germany – a “stranger far from home” who has come full circle.