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Finnish Firecracker Guitarist Erja Lyytinen To Release New Album 'Waiting For The Daylight'


By Sarah French.



European Blues Award-winning guitarist Erja Lyytinen (pronounced Er-ya Lieu-tenen) marks a new chapter in her career with her latest studio album, Waiting For The Daylight. The Helsinki native proudly self-produced this her now twelfth studio release. The album was recorded largely in her hometown at Hollywood Studios during the first half of 2022. As with both of her previous albums, Another World, and Stolen Hearts, the High-Flying Finn further explores the subjects of love and loss.

For her latest offering, Lyytinen explains that she wanted to make a 'band album'. "My drummer Liro Laitinen and bassist Tatu Back are doing a fantastic job. We practised the songs a lot before going to the studio, which you can really hear on the tracks. My long-term keyboardist Harri Taittonen joined on the album, which was a real treat," she says. “I also wanted to improve my guitar chops and guitar skills, so I was practising a lot, exploring different guitarists and their techniques. I wanted to make a guitar album, with lots of guitar solos and interesting guitar parts, and a lot of slide guitar of course. In some of the songs, I have played over twenty different guitar tracks, and the whole album sounds huge.”

Erja Lyytinen was in the middle of one of the busiest times of her career when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. However, despite the challenges she faced, the entrepreneurial artist continued to develop new products and ideas throughout the lockdown period including, an autobiographical book titled the "Blues Queen" (now available in both Finnish and English), a pair of guitar tuition books and the development of her own brand of tea.

Lyytinen’s musical palette is vast, encompassing the very best of contemporary blues-rock whilst inspired and influenced by the blues greats of yore. And that respect for those guitar greats has been reciprocated throughout the years.

One of the many highlights of the artist’s musical career was in 2018 when Erja opened for one of her musical heroes Carlos Santana at Helsinki's Kaisaniemi Park. The guitar legend invited Lyytinen to play on stage in front of 20,000 people. Carlos was full of praise, declaring: "It was inspiring to see her play. It was from the future, and I like the future.” It was here also where Santana gave Erja the nickname "Lightning", referring to Lightnin’ Hopkins.

Since the European borders opened once again, the celebrated slide guitar player has returned to the international stage. Lyytinen recently performed at shows and festivals in Finland, Belgium, Norway, Germany, and France as well as making her live debut in Algeria.

Throughout 2021, Erja Lyytinen and her band performed multiple times on Finnish national TV, including a much-revered appearance as part of the country's Independence Day celebration. The artist has appeared in Guitar Player Magazine (US), where she was chosen as one of the "10 guitarists who are keeping the blues alive and well for a new generation of players". The artist was also inducted into the prestigious Finnish Hall of Fame.

Consisting of nine original songs, Waiting For The Daylight by Erja Lyytinen will be released on Friday 7th October 2022, via Tuohi Records. The album has been supported via a crowdfunding campaign.



TOUR DATES


SEP 8 THU

BAR ROBO @ 7:00pm

WellBad

Ottawa, ON, Canada


SEP 9 FRI

SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE @ 7:00pm

Mississauga, ON, Canada


SEP 17 SAT

OULU ALL STAR BIG BAND & ERJA LYYTINEN @ 9:00pm

Oulu, Finland


SEP 23 FRI

BLUESNIGHT RANDERS @ 8:00pm

Randers, Denmark


SEP 24 SAT

B'SHARP @ 8:00pm

Silkeborg, Denmark


SEP 26 MON

GODSET @ 8:00pm

Kolding, Denmark


OCT 7 FRI

Zentrum Altenberg @ 8:00pm

Oberhausen, Germany


OCT 8 SAT

BLUES ALIVE FESTIVAL II @ 7:00pm

Walter Trout

Köln, Germany


OCT 9 SUN

JUGENBISTRO LIFE HOUSE @ 7:00pm

Stemwede, Germany


OCT 11 TUE

NEUS SCHAUSPIEL @ 7:00pm

Leipzig, Germany


OCT 13 THU

MUSEUMSKELLER @ 8:00pm

Erfurt, Germany


OCT 14 FRI

KITO - Altes Packhaus Vegesack @ 8:00pm

Bremen, Germany


OCT 15 SAT

BLUESCAFE @ 10:00pm

Apeldoorn, Netherlands


OCT 16 SUN

HARMONIE BONN @ 7:00pm

Bonn, Germany


OCT 19 WED

HOUSE OF OLAF @ 8:00pm

Savonlinna, Finland


OCT 20 THU

KERUBI @ 8:00pm

Joensuu, Finland


OCT 21 FRI

MAXIM @ 7:00pm

Kuopio, Finland


OCT 22 SAT

PATO AREENA @ 8:00pm

Kouvola, Finland


OCT 23 SUN

TAVASTIA-KLUBI @ 8:00pm

Helsinki, Finland


OCT 26 WED

UTOPIA CLUB @ 8:00pm

Turku, Finland


OCT 27 THU

OLYMPIA @ 8:00pm

Tampere, Finland


OCT 28 FRI

KULTTUURIKUPPILA BRUMMI @ 9:00pm

Rauma, Finland


NOV 7 MON

1865 @ 7:30pm

Dom Martin

Southampton, United Kingdom


NOV 8 TUE

THE ROBIN @ 8:00pm

Dom Martin

Bilston, United Kingdom


NOV 9 WED

THE GRACE @ 8:00pm

Dom Martin

London, United Kingdom


NOV 10 THU

YARDBIRDS @ 8:00pm

Dom Martin

Grimsby, United Kingdom


NOV 13 SUN

THE BOURNE MUSIC CLUB @ 5:00pm

Chris Antonik

Sittingbourne, United Kingdom






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