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Madrid, 1.958

More than five years have gone by since the release of his first album, “All around blues”, and Javier Vargas is already a local blues classic. In order to understand the story of this guitarist we have to look back at his arrival, via Venezuela, to our rock scene, which at the end of the 70s was monopolised by Miguel Ríos and Tequila, among others.  Javier was a session musician, composer and accompanist on the tours of Salvador, Javier Gurruchaga and Miguel Ríos, but he did not take long to make a name for himself when in 1992 he released “Madrid-Memphis”.

Two years later, “Blues latino” was released with an impressive list of collaborators: Chris Rea, Junior Wells, Flaco Jiménez, Andrés Calamaro… He had decided to conquer the international market, more so when the song that gave the album its name was included by the guitarist Carlos Santana on his album “Santana Brothers”. This was the beginning of widespread recognition, which came along with the possibility of greater autonomy.

The veteran band is finalising the details of a double album. The two releases will be done independently. First, “Stoner Night” will be released in March and then, the second LP, “Stoner Night Volume 2”, will be released a few weeks later. Both will include both sung and instrumental pieces.

2023 is the year of Vargas Blues Band’s return to international touring, as well as performances and festival appearances throughout our country. They are going back to a seminal sound, with clear nod to the pioneers of the Blues.


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