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Blues 'N' Trouble were formed in the early 80 's by Tim Eliott & John Bruce. Constant personnel changes were to eventually lead to a permanent line-up, which encouraged the band to turn professional & saw the release of their debut album in 1985.
During the next ten years B'n'T toured & guested with many blues greats including BB King, Robert Cray, Pinetop Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells. They recorded with "sixth Stone" Ian Stewart, enjoying indie chart success, and also with Lazy Lester, for which a W. C. Handy Award was won!
Their third album, "Hat Trick", recorded by vintage blues producer Mike Vernon re-launched his "Blue Horizon" label. Chart success with "No Minor Keys" & "Hat Trick", along with a British Blues Connection Award for "Down to the Shuffle", helped keep the band in high demand for many years, often playing around 250 shows a year all over the U.K., Scandinavia & Europe. They appeared at festivals throughout the world including the prestigious "Memphis Blues Festival". B'n'T have released 9 albums, not including re-issues & compilations.
The year 2000 saw the release of a brand new studio album "Blues Graffiti" featuring all new tracks from the line up of Timmy Boy Elliot on vocals & harp, Mike Park on guitars, Scotty Scott on bass & Lucky Lox Lovell on drums. This double CD includes selected tracks from their 1987 "Hat Trick" album & the same year's live album recorded in Germany, all re-mastered & some previously unreleased tracks from the band's sold out "festival" shows in Edinburgh, again in 1987.
This year will see the release of the band's 10th album, "Devil's Tricks", a new approach but the same old B'n'T.