SPOTIFY THIS: ORBO & THE LONGSHOTS

ORBO & The Longshots could very well be the hardest working rock’n’roll band in Norway.From a kick-ass countryband in the early 2000’s, to a full blooded rock’n’roll band mixing Americana, blues, country and rock in to 2011, it’s been one hell of a ride for a band going from strength to strength.

Collaborations with Kevin Welch and Mike Henderson, the first norwegian band to record in legendary Sun Studios, a norwegian Grammy in 2008, duets with Delbert McClinton… everything seems to go their way.

There aren’t too many people driving around the country, playing music as their living in Norway, but this band has cracked the code. And the answer turned out to be hard work. They take after so many of the good american bands of today, and work the road tirelessly.

Several tours of Norway, where they’ve played everywhere and anywhere, and at least one tour of the US each year makes up the recipe of success for this band.

But, no matter how hard you work – it doesn’t matter if the product you deliver isn’t any good. And in that regard, I must say that this is by far my favorite Norwegian band when you exclude bands singing in Norwegian only.

They play as straight forward rock’n’roll as can be, and influences range from Tom Petty, Warren Zevon, The Rolling Stones, to John Mellencamp, Buddy Miller and Bob Dylan.

The name ORBO comes from the initials of frontman Ole Reinert Berg-Olsen, who with his long time bandmantes Ine Tumyr, Stian Tumyr, Reidar Opdal and Paul Inge Vikingstad make up ORBO & The Longshots. ORBO has a unique voice, and sounds more american than most americans…

ORBO is also a emerging record producer, after picking up the craft while producing and co-produced all his own albums. He’s also writing songs for other musicians, among them a fantastic song on Nora Noors soul album “Soul Deep”

You can find most of ORBOs old albums on Spotify, and if you get the chance when they tour the US next – go for it, this band is just bloody awsome live.
They’re touring the US in october.

The album “Genuine Handmade Rock’n’Roll” from 2006 was partly recorded in Sun Studios, and is pumped full of rock’n’roll and blues from the Mississippi delta. The first 5 tracks are among my favorite songs even today.
Check it out on Spotify.

2008 brought “High Roller”, and a more rockin’ sound, where several of my favourite ORBO-songs make up one hell of a album. Check out “Voodoo Lounge”, “High Roller”, “Fireball” and “Mirage”. Not to mention “Sin City” and “Jet Black”.
Check it out on Spotify.

“Masquerade” from 2009 is the only album ORBO hasn’t had last word on the production, and it’s in my opinion the weakest sounding of the lot. Which is a shame as it has the best songs of any album from his back catalog. Check out “High Life Companions”, “Rock & Roll City” and especially “Masquerade” where he totally lets his guard down and writes about the breakup with his girlfriend.
Check it out on Spotify.

The missing qualities from the production is partly rectified in the 2010 release “Live 10”, where we get a lot of the songs in a real live setting. Recorded in hometown Bergen, the album and DVD clearly shows why this band is a killer live-act.
Check it out on Spotify.

I’m reviewing their new album “Prairie Sun” when it gets it US release in November, until then – enjoy their back-catalog.

ORBO & The Longshots Official Site, ORBO & The Longshots on Facebook, ORBO & The Longshots on Spotify, Buy Prairie Moon EP