We introduce you our next headliner - The Natural Born Lovers (Georgian - American)
The Natural Born Lovers are the only Georgian-American blues band in the world and play a wide selection of authentic material deeply rooted in classic Chicago style blues, yet the audience can expect to also hear West Coast, Memphis and New Orleans numbers, as well as the band’s original songs.
Band leader Paul Rimple began playing harmonica as a teenager. An epiphany during a Willie Dixon concert in 1981 changed his life forever.
“That’s when the blues bit me,” he says. “Muddy Waters came out and sang I Got My Mojo Working and I got weak in the knees. I knew right then that I’d be playing the blues for the rest of my life.”
In 1987, Rimple moved to Chicago, where he honed his talent playing in South and Westside blues joints, in addition to major Northside clubs, performing with legendary artists such as: Louis and David Myers, Jimmy Rogers, Sunnyland Slim, Kansas City Red, B.B. Big Voice Odum, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Smokey Smothers, Buddy Scott… – a virtual “Who’s Who” of the surviving blues giants of the 80s and 90s.
While backing up the legends of the time, Rimple also fronted his band, The Blue Veins, featuring Jimmy D. Lane on guitar, Right Hand Frank Bandy on bass and The Amazing Jimmy Mays on drums.
Rimple moved to Poland in 1995, performing in local venues and at Eastern Europe’s largest blues festival, the Rawa Blues Festival, with Polish Godfather of the Blues Pawel Ostafil. In Krakow, he blended his musical experience with Ukrainian jazz musicians; pianist/guitarist Valentin Dubrowski and violinist Roman Ros and Georgian folk-fusion innovators Zaza “Zumba” Korinteli and Gia Bezuashvili.
In 2002, Rimple came to Georgia and formed the Natural Born Lovers. Bassist, Dangerous Dato Gurashvili and drummer, David DeVito Manizhashvili, are veterans of Tbilisi’s live music scene and the former rhythm section of local blues-rock luminary, Vova Mogeladze. “Mister Steady”rhythm guitarist, Levan Nioradze, has has been active in Tbilisi’s bar scene for 20 years. Tamaz “Mr.T” Tkhinvaleli is also known for his stinging guitar work in the T.Blues Mob, which tours annually in the Netherlands, opening for legends such as Magic Slim, Omar & The Howlers and Johnny Winter.
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