The Hitman from New York City and his Hitman Blues Band play original Modern/Alternative Blues and inspired versions of blues classics = blues for the 21st century! The common thread for every tune is the blues – from soulful blues ballads to foot tappin’ music to make you want to dance. Powerful vocals, ripping guitar, a solid rhythm section, adventurous horns and stirring backing vocals, plus a little humour in the narrative. This is a blues show like no other.
Frontman and band leader Russell ‘Hitman’ Alexander has New York City in his veins, blues in his heart, and the music of many worlds in his gifted hands. The man in the shades, top hat and sharp suit on stage with that tight band in that dark club is playing real blues, informed by 50 years of mastery of New York City’s thousand styles while imitating no one.
The Hitman Blues Band latest studio album ‘Not My Circus, Not My Monkey’ is their 7th album and and has gained critical acclaim across the world, making the US Billboard blues charts. The album also reached Top 5 on the IBBA UK blues radio charts and one of the most popular blues albums throughout the year. And now they have a new, just released album featuring classic blues played the Hitman way with inspired versions of songs you’ll know but maybe not quite like this !
“Led by New York guitarist Russell ‘Hitman’ Alexander, Hitman has a striking, charismatic personality and knows how to entertain and put on a show with superb danceable blues and great covers. Born to play and with real personality, as he tells stories, jokes with the crowd, proudly features his excellent band and plays a spiky guitar with great panache and soul. What a find you may think and you’d be right” – Blues Matters magazine.
“Fine musicianship and strong songwriting – a winning formula!” Blues in Britain magazine
“The Hitman Blues Band will make you glad that music exists!” MusikReviews
“Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the future of the blues!” Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue
“The Hitman Blues Band literally conquered the listener!” Sound Guardian
Russell ‘Hitman’ Alexander – guitar and vocals
Ian Salisbury – keyboards
Chris Sharley – drums
Derek White – bass
TBC – sax
TBC – trombone or sax