September 11, 2020
Photo: Heikki Kervinen

European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen will release her Lockdown Live 2020 as a live album CD and DVD package on Friday 6th November 2020. The album brilliantly captures a historic moment in time, as it was filmed and recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lockdown Live 2021 comes out four months before Erja’s February 20201 UK tour.

Photo: Heikki Kervinen

Throughout the previous year, Lyytinen had been bestowed the prestigious “Savonmuan Hilima” award by the Savon Sanomat newspaper, released her first biographical book titled Blues Queen (Blueskuningatar), as well as being recognized by the readers of Guitar World with a spot in their ’30 Best Blues Guitarists in the World Today’ poll.

Subsequently, this fuelled a 2020 touring schedule that included shows in the UK, Canada, Spain, Finland along with her first trip to Australia for an appearance at the world-famous Byron Bay Blues Festival. However, when the pandemic struck Lyytinen found herself caught between a rock and a hard place. With overseas travel restricted and large gatherings prohibited, several months of touring were sadly cancelled or had to be rescheduled.

During the early stages of the lockdown, artists took their shows to the Internet via live streams. Lyytinen decided that she wanted to give her fans the best and most concert-like experience possible. When the opportunity arose, the high-flying Finn headed to Bluesounds Studios in her hometown of Kuopio, Finland on Mother’s Day Eve to record and film the live album/concert performance. The concert was broadcast over the Internet as part of a pay per view event, and now forms the basis of this notable studio-live album.

This live recording takes a retrospective look back on Lyytinen’s long and successful career. And with such a vast back catalogue behind her Erja was quite literally ‘Torn’ between the songs to feature in her setlist and the subsequent concert album.

The inclusion of tracks such as Wildflower and Dreamland Blues illustrate the international artist’s beginnings whereas soul-baring performances of songs from her last two studio albums Stolen Hearts and Another World brings the show up to the present date.

Of course, Erja Lyytinen’s self-produced last studio album Another World marks the next chapter in both her personal and professional life. And so, the emotive nature of these recent compositions adds to the intensity of the live performance.

With Lyytinen having been separated from her band due to quarantine restrictions for several months, this was one of the first real opportunities for the group to plug in and perform together since their touring activities for 2020 had been interrupted. The result is an electrifying 60-minute set where Erja and her band channelled their pent-up frustration during their energetic studio-live set. The band give their best, whilst enjoying every note they are playing together.

So, grab yourself a cup of Tea (The Blues Queen Tea, that is), sit back, relax, and enjoy as Erja and the band transports you to Another World live in concert.

Lockdown Live 2020 track list

  1. Don’t Let A Good Woman Down
  2. Cherry Overdrive
  3. Black Ocean
  4. Hard As Stone
  5. Torn
  6. Dreamland Blues
  7. Lover’s Novels
  8. Another World
  9. Snake In The Grass
  10. Rocking Chair
  11. Wedding Day
  12. Wildflower

Erja Lyytinen reschedules her May 2020UK tour to February 2021 due to the ongoing health crisis. The critically acclaimed Finnish slide-guitarist returns for a nationwide 8-date tour in 2021. Tickets are available via www.erjalyytinen.com/tour.

Erja will perform joint headliner shows with Chantel McGregor at the 100 Club, London (Feb 5), Brudenell Social Club in Leeds (Feb 6) and The Stables, Milton Keynes (Feb 7).

Photo: AnttiKarppinen

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