blues_beyond_art_sticker_art2In October 2010, I embarked with my band the Rocket 88’s on a tour of Turkey with the Efes Blues Festival, playing 26 shows in 20 cities over 5 weeks.

I was deeply impressed with the warmth and hospitality of the people and their openness and enthusiasm for the American musical form we call “the Blues”.

It made me realize that we are musical ambassadors – able to cross cultural, religious, and national borders that most people cannot.

In this CD and DVD I document our tour of the Republic of Turkey, a secular nation with 99% Muslim population that straddles the border of east and west, geographically and culturally.

On this journey I realized in my heart and soul that music truly crosses all boundaries and Blues is certainly beyond borders. I am happy to share it with you.

“Bastan basa Blues”- “the Blues is everywhere!”

–Mitch Woods