Few white singers have managed to channel that distinctive bluesy rock vocal that is the domain of almost every star of the black jazz rock scene.
Holywood movie star Bing Crosby could comfortably share the stage and the mic with the legendary Louis Armstrong, for example.
And Glasgow’s own king of blues rock Frankie Miller had what singer Otis Redding’s wife Zelma described thus: “that little ole white boy, Frankie, has the blackest voice since Otis”.
Praise indeed. And Anglo-Danish singer-songwriter Alex Vargas looks set to join the hallowed ranks of other worthies.
His blues rock vocals have been likened to Stevie Winwood and Robert Palmer.
Live music fans will get to judge for themselves, if they haven’t already bought the t-shirt, as Vargas is set to play a one-off gig at Glasgow Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street.
Reviewers have already hailed him as “a stadium rockstar in the making” with the star quality that has teenage girls breaking the decibel levels like “two large jets crashing”.
Well, you’ve been warned.Vargas’ debut solo album
However, the icing on the cake is that ticket holders to the Glasgow gig will recieve a bonus freebie of the CD.
The accompanying gig at Glasgow Broadcast on Sauchiehall Street, next week, on Thursday 9th October is a reprehensible £6, from Tiger Stores Glasgow or online at tiger-music.com/uk/concerts.
Born in Copenhagen, but based in London for much of his life, 26 year-old Alex Vargas is a true rarity, a sublime singer-songwriter
A spokesman for Tiger Music said: “Vargas has so far clocked up more than one million YouTube views and been referred to as a ‘superstar in the making’ by leading music industry starmakers in both the UK and the US.”
He first picked up the guitar at the age of 15 and started knocking out tunes inspired by his parents’ record collection. Alex has sold out two headline tours and performed at Glastonbury and T In The Park.
He is also featured vocalist on Above and Beyond’s latest album as well as
For my money, I’d do both: buy the album then get one free at the gig. That way you’ll know the songs to sing along with.