I started playing guitar and singing the blues when I discovered at the end of the sixties Skip James, Robert Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, etc. — through the Stones, the Kinks, the Pretty Things and Fleetwood Mac. I like old country blues. And never changed.
With my brothers in law Bruno and Jean-Marie, we mostly played the Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Meeting during the nineties the Antwerp connection of Mark Thys, Big Dave, Lazy Horse, Willie Maze, Dynamite Steve, Luc Alexander, Little Chris, etc., I made several CDs. One of them was produced by the late Jim Hall  for the Pacific Blues Recordings in California. Another won the Trophée France Blues 2003 as “Artist of the year”, given by the Soul Bag magazine. I then competed — as a risky gamble — in the Walloon Dialectal Songs Challenge in 2005 for the Radio-Télévision de la Belgique Francophone… and won it. Watch out for black ice.
Currently playing with my son Gilles on electric and acoustic guitars.
I am ordinarily using a National Triolian 1931, an Emil Grimshaw Revelation of the fourties, many Stellas 12-strings (restauration: Jerome Nahon), a Gibson 125 TCD of 1962, a Les Paul. And like Yamaha guitars.  
The Frémeaux and Ass. Company (Paris) has produced  in 2015 the (Almost) Complete Elmore D’s Work in 5 Cds.

2016
Anniversary Jam at the new Crossroads Café

With guests Big Dave, Lazy Horse, Ivan De Laet, Fabian Bennardo, Jean-Pierre and Claudy Cocco, Driss Deliège, Johnny Dick, Werner Dumez, Alain Nauwelaerts, Jan Van den Berg and many others.

 

2015
L’intégrale cåzî complète (Paris, Frémeaux & Ass.)

 

2014-2015
Festival Blues-en-Loire (La Charité-sur-Loire), Chicago Blues Festival (Cléon), Belgian Blues Night (Engis), Hotsy Totsy Blues Sessions (Gent), Blues Oan Daa Stoazze (Hamme), etc.

 

2013
Back to Hèsta (Paris, Frémeaux & Ass.)

 

2010-2013
Europa [dJaz] festival (Le Mans), Nuit du Blues (Mouscron), Blues Oan Daa Stoazze (Hamme), Pep Rock & Blues Festival (Pepinster), Duvel Blues Festival, Ploegsteert Blues Festival, etc.


 

2009
Blues in Schoten, Blue Moon Festival, etc.



 

2008
Grandiveûs (Douces Mesures)

 

2005
Grand Prix de la Chanson wallonne.
Tot k’mahî (Naked Production)

 

2004
Elmore D. Band (USA, Pacific Blues Records)

 

2002
Cognac Blues Passion, with Lazy Horse, Big Dave and Wuff

 

2000-2001
Saturday Night Rub (Douces Mesures / Paris, Frémeaux & Ass.)

“De Luikse muzikant Elmore D is in Parijs uitgeroepen tot beste Europese blues-artiest van het jaar. Hij werd bekroond met de 'Trophée France Blues 2001' in de categorie Europa. In de categorie internationaal ging de hoofdprijs naar Mighty Mo Rodgers” (De Standaard, 28.03.2002).

 

1997
Basse-Moûse Blues (Douces Mesures)

Available on Discogs

 

1994
Starting to participate to the Sunday Jams at Jan and Suzy’s  Crossroads Café in Antwerp, with Big Dave, Lazy Horse, Dynamite Steve, etc.

 

1988
Meeting Mark Thys (Chicago Blues Festival at Bagneux, France)

 

1987
Travelling to Mississippi and meeting Jack Owens,
heir of Skip James tradition in Bentonia

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Read BACK TO BENTONIA

 

1984
With my best friends Joseph et Jean-Pierre

René Stock, Jacques Stotzen, Joseph Brems, Jim Lindsey, Jean-Pierre Urbain, Pierre Degeneffe.

 

1984
“Les Douze Mesures” on Radio Sart-Tilman (Université de Liège)

With Joseph Brems, Jim Lindsey and Jean-Pierre Urbain.

 

1972
With B.B. King

 

1971
Playing at Regina’s hall, in Liège, for teenagers of the “Maison heureuse”

 

1969
Making of the groups “Blino Lemon”, “Ox” and “B de Blues” with my wife Alice’s brothers, Bruno Piette (guitar) and Jean-Marie Piette (drums)

 

1966
The Kinks played Sleepy John Estes “Milk Cow Blues” in Liège Palace

 
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