Three Pound Fist
Eric-Jan Overbeek (Mr.Boogie Woogie) had his first piano lessons at the age of eight and began his musical career playing piano in church. At fourteen, he heard Fats Domino play the Swanee River Hop and it became clear that he wanted to be a boogie-woogie man. Soon he discovered dutch boogie players like André Valkering and the legendary Rob Hoeke, who became a good friend untill he passed away in 1999. Of course he listened to Albert Ammons, Meade 'Lux' Lewis and Pete Johnson (the three 'kings of boogie-woogie') but being invited on stage by Hoeke and Valkering influenced his playing even more. Other influences include Dr.John, Ray Charles and unexpectedly guitarists B.B.King and the master of the Telecaster: Albert Collins. Eric-Jan has always been stunned by so much power in blues. Since 1990 he fronts his own band Mr.Boogie Woogie & the Firesweep Bluesband, a rhythm and blues band with as 'specialité de la maison': boogie-woogie! A show by Mr.Boogie Woogie is a sensational event. His remarkable, his energy and enthousiasm, it sets the place on fire. It only takes about 30 seconds of listening to the boogie-woogie man's CD 'Three Pound Fist' to know this guy belongs in America's most energetic roadhouses seven nights a week.'- Arizona Daily Star. Overbeek's piano techniques can be described as 'nothing short of overwhelming.'- The Glendale Star.