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:
- Review in JEFFERSON BLUES MAGAZINE – SWEDEN
BERT DEIVERT & COPPERHEAD RUN JEFFERSON BLUES MAGAZINE – SWEDEN
Blood In My Eyes For You Rootsy.Nu (52 min)
Bert Deiverts nya platta är ett intressant tidsobjekt. Han hämtar kraft från svunna hjältar och med sitt band Copperhead Run för han med sig det gamla soundet in i nutidens musikaliska värld. Någon reträtt från Yank Rachell, Son House, Sleepy John Estes och Bo Carter behöver hans fans inte oroa sig för. Han ger nya varianter på de gamla alstren på ett mycket tilltalande sätt. Skivan inleds med en upptempoversion av Big Joe Williams klassiska Baby Please Don’t Go med egen stämpel. Albumet är varierat och jag tar kanske mest till mig låtar som Death Letter, Rob And Steal, Blood In My Eyes For You och egna underbara Cuckoo Crowed där han lägger fram en påtalig ödslig kall känsla. Jag vill också lyfta fram bandet som gör en bra insats där Janne Zander hela tiden följer med snyggt på gitarr med fina nyanser och bra känsla. I My Baby’s Gone ger han verkligen upphovsmannen Yank Rachell en match, mycket skönt driv från bandet. En skiva att avnjuta i hela dess fullängd.
Translation of Review in JEFFERSON, Sweden
BERT Deivert & Copperhead RUN – Jefferson Blues Magazine – SWEDEN
Blood In My Eyes For You Rootsy.Nu (52 min)
Bert Deivert’s new album is an interesting time capsule. He derives strength from bygone heroes and with his band Copperhead Run he brings the older sound of the songs into the contemporary world of music. His fans don’t need to worry that he is departing from his influences of Yank Rachell, Son House, Sleepy John Estes and Bo Carter. Deivert delivers new variations on old tunes in a very appealing way. The record begins with an upbeat version of the Big Joe Williams classic “Baby Please Don’t Go”, putting his own on stamp on this version. The album is very varied and I am drawn most to songs like “Death Letter“, “Rob And Steal“, “Blood In My Eyes For You“, and Deivert’s own wonderful “Cuckoo Crowed“, where he presents a tangible desolate sense of sorrow. I also want to praise the band’s fine work, where Janne Zander’s smooth playing on guitar follows the music with great nuances and expression. In My Baby’s Gone, he really shows songwriter Yank Rachell what he can do, with a very fine groove from the band. An album to enjoy in its entirety.
– Ingemar Karlsson
- new REVIEW AUSTRALIA
BERT DEIVERT & COPPERHEAD RUN
“BLOOD IN MY EYES FOR YOU”
PBS National Radio, Melbourne, Australia
In this day and age Blues has evolved to be so different from the formative years in the Southern states of the US. Yes indeed African slaves brought the building blocks that would evolve into Delta, Hill Country, Country, Jug Band, Drum & Fife, Acoustic Blues and others before the great migration took the music north. Chicago electrified the Blues but still at its centre was the tradition of stripped back bare bones Blues. The style trudged all over the south by troubadour itinerant artists looking for a Juke Joint or house rent party to ply their wares. Throughout this time heroes were born that would now be spoken in reverent tones and awe. They had no need for anything elaborate as it was about the music nothing more nothing less. In these formative years the mandolin and banjo reigned supreme before the guitar equalled them for relevancy. Yank Rachell is one master that comes to mind and would have to be a major source of inspiration for every Mandolin player. Bert Deivert is one of these maestro Mandolin exponents and arguably the very best.
To go back to this much simpler times is an extraordinary undertaking as for the musicians there is no place to hide and even though it is simplistic in style it has a certain complexity about it. Deivert is a master musician and a very capable singer who has morphed himself back to a bygone period so well one can be excused for thinking that this was indeed a vintage recording. With a song list of classics Deivert has provided two of his own compositions that fit seamlessly with songs from luminaries as “Big” Joe Williams, Eddie “Son” House, “Sleepy” John Estes, Paul “Wine” Jones, Yank Rachell, The Mississippi Sheiks and R. L. Burnside.
All are well known and loved so the presentation and performance has to be “spot on” and l can honestly say that Bert Deivert and Copperhead Run deliver with a conviction and musicianship that is second to none. Now THIS is how you play the Blues in it’s purest form. No overdubs and blown out amplification, done in a very short time “live”! From Deivert’s release of “Blues Mandolin” through to “Kid Man Blues” the level of genius rises every single time. So much so that Deivert should be spoken in hushed tones of reverence such is his ability to give us the very best Blues. I once wrote “Bert Deivert Is A Master Of His Craft And A Master Of The Blues”. In my humble opinion Bert Deivert and Copperhead Run have risen the bar even higher! Listening to this masterpiece transforms me back in time to a run down cabin sitting on the front porch enjoying some great music and company without a care in the world.
If you love the Blues then this album is the one you need to place it all in context. When it comes to Mandolin Blues Deivert is the ultimate master of the craft. I have sat and sang along with every song albeit rather crudely but as Deivert displays he knows what he is doing. l can at least try and emulate him, after hearing myself maybe l should leave it to him. This is truly a special moment in time to have an album of this calibre. Thank-you Bert Deivert and Copperhead Run.
– Peter Merrett, PBS Radio, Melbourne, Australia
PBS 106-7 FM https://www.pbsfm.org.au