Bert Deivert is one of the top blues mandolinists in the world today. His band together with master Swedish musicians Zander, Pettersson, and Lindholm, is innovative and international, as well as true to the roots of early country blues.
Their music blends folk, jazz, and blues, and pays homage to a blues style and tradition that has nearly disappeared.
Weaving modern uses of electric guitar, bass and drums from later blues from the 50’s – 70’s with early pre-war blues has resulted in a meld of exciting sounds and resonance. The repertoire is original material, traditional, and modern songs from Mississippi and the South done in their own driving style.
Bert Deivert – vocals, resonator mandolin, guitar
Janne Zander – resonator guitar, acoustic & electric guitar, slide
Per-Arne Pettersson – bass
Fredrik Lindholm – drums
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‘Blood In My Eyes For You’ is dominated by the mandolin and that is definitely not a bad thing. A flat re-treaded song like “Baby Please Do not Go ‘ gets an absolutely fabulous arrangement so you think it’s a brand new song. It rocks all the through the track. – Philip Verhaege, Keys and Chords
It is not unusual for a review to conclude with “go see them live,” but “Blood In My Eyes For You” captures Copperhead Run’s live essence so successfully that this time, I would actually advise you to start with the CD – which of course will only make you want to see them in concert so much more. And while many of the songs on this album have been recorded before by a variety of performers – including Bert Deivert himself! – I’d say these versions are outstanding and need to be heard. Recommended! – Andres Roots, BluesWebzine.com
Bert Deivert plays his mandolin so masterfully that it sometimes seems that he was the musical partner of John Estes for years, instead of mandolin man (Yank) Rachell. – Rootstime magazine, Belgium
Interested in booking Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run for a gig?
Their concerts are suitable for festivals of many types, including blues and jazz, since the music they play encompasses roots, blues, americana, folk, and early ragtime. House concerts, blues and folk societies, and live music venues are all suitable, as well.
We invite you, as a first step, to fill in the form below, so we can get a good idea of your needs and wishes. We will then contact you as soon as possible. And we are off on a good conversation!
If you want, you can also call us over phone, Skype or write us an ordinary email (see contact info in the sidebar). Feel free to communicate either in English, Swedish or in French! We speak English. Vi talar svenska. Nous parlons Français.
News from the band:
- Gigging with Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run – ÖREBRO, SWEDEN Sept. 5th
Gigging with Bert Deivert & Copperhead Run – ÖREBRO, SWEDEN
Sat. Sept. 5th att 22.00/10 PM at KULTURHUSET – B-salen for LIVE@HEART
- New CD Review BLUES BYTES!
I really liked Bert Deivert’s brand of blues when I heard his last release, 2011’s Kid Man Blues. He plays mandolin and guitar, and his mandolin playing really gives his songs an interesting twist, especially his interpretations of classic older blues songs. That being said, I was delighted to see and hear Devert’s latest release, Blood In My Eyes For You (Rootsy), which was recorded with the Swedish band Copperhead Run (Fredrik Lindholm – drums, percussion, Janne Zander – guitars, Per-Arne Pettersson – bass, percussion), and continues Deivert’s approach with ten covers of traditional blues and two original compositions from Deivert.
Most of the cover tunes date back to the pre-war era, featuring familiar tunes from Big Joe Williams (“Baby Please Don’t Go”), Son House (“Death Letter”), the title track from the Mississippi Sheiks, and four tunes from Sleepy John Estes (“Mailman Blues,” “Special Agent,” “Drop Down Mama,” and “Milkcow Blues”). Deivert also covers more recent fare from blues mandolin pioneer Yank Rachell (“My Baby’s Gone”), R.L. Burnside (“Poor Black Mattie”), and Paul “Wine” Jones (“Rob and Steal”).
Though the songs come from the earlier days of the blues, Deivert’s mandolin and the work of the band, which is in a decidedly modern vein gives these songs a new and highly original sound. In some cases, you will think you’re listening to new songs. Deivert’s originals, “Black Nanny” and “Cuckoo Crowed,” fit seamlessly with the classic tunes both lyrically and musically.
Hopefully, Deivert’s efforts, as well as others like Ry Cooder, David Grisman, and Steve James, to bring the blues mandolin to center stage will be successful, and allow us the opportunity to hear even more of this unique approach to the blues. In the meantime, Blood In My Eyes For You is a great place to hear what you’re missing.