Jørgen Sandvik was awarded the “Spellemannpris” for his debut album Permanent Vacation. This award is the Norwegian recording industry’s prize, comparable to the more famous Grammy. The album was awarded best blues album of the year.
Best blues album of 2018
The album was released in March 2018. It was produced by Ivar Chelsom Vogt and Jørgen Sandvik, and mixed and mastered by Jørgen Træen. The album was released by Lekrofon. CD and LP is distributed by Plastic Head Distribution and Border Music (Norway)
Spellemannprisen – the Grammy
This is Sandviks first prize as a solo artist. He has previously won the Spellemannpris and other awards with the band Real Ones and other artists. The prize was for the best album in the category of blues released in 2018.
Jørgen Sandvik plays the blues
The album was recognized as important by reviewers. Jørgen Sandvik “moves the blues forward”, and “saves the blues” are relevant quotes from reviews.
The album is available on music services like Spotify and apple music, and traditinal formats like LP and CD.
The singles was played by blues oriented radio stations all over the world, and the song “Is There Hope” was selected for playlisting by the editorial team of Spotify. The song even charted on the Norwegian Viral list, peaking at #25.
Press release 9. february 2019
Jørgen Sandvik is nominated for the Norwegian recording industries award, the Spellemannspris. This is a Norwegian Grammy. The album Permanent Vacation is nominated as the best blues album in 2018. Presenters on British blues radio station said that “Jørgen Sandvik is moving the blues forward”. Others claimed that Jørgen Sandvik is saving the blues! The album is produced by Ivar Chelsom Vogt and Jørgen Sandvik.
The album consists of Jørgen’s own songs, and classics that have been thoroughly reworked. The album is traditional, yet experimental. The album is recorded with some unusual instruments like the TR808, flutes, cello and pump organ. But most of all Permanent Vacation is Jørgen Sandvik playing guitar and singing with great respect for the old masters and the tradition of the blues.
Jørgens’ standing in the issue on tradition vs development is that he “looks further back- and forward”.
Is There Hope? is often mentioned as one of the highlights of the album. This was was picked up by the editorial team of Spotify, and even surfaced on the official list of songs going viral in Norway!
Jørgen Sandvik (43) has already won the Spellemannspris award twice with the folk rock band Real Ones. He has also other awards.
- Nominated best blues album of the year 2018
- Press photos EPK: http://jorgensandvik.com/media/
- Released by Lekrofon March 16. 2018.
- Distribution CD og LP: Plastic Head and Border Music (Norway)
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Permanent Vacation is the first solo album from Jørgens Sandvik, known as the amazing guitar guitar player, singer and composer of the folk folk rock band Real Ones. This album is Jørgen’s exploration of the blues. The album is traditional, yet experimental. The album is recorded with some unusual instruments like the TR808, flutes, cello and pump organ. But most of all Permanent Vacation is Jørgen Sandvik playing guitar and singing with great respect for the old masters and the tradition. To quote one av the many radio presenters who aired the single Tell Your Mother, “Jørgen Sandvik moves the blues forward”
Jørgen Sandvik’s refreshing take on the blues may be just what we need to keep the cornerstone tradition of the blues alive. Jørgen thinks the blues is more of a state of mind than a genre. The sound of the album is fresh and raw, and his use of non traditional instruments are subtle. The record is produced by his band mate Ivar Chelsom Vogt of the Real Ones and himself with help from his many musical friends. The mix and mastering is done by Jørgen Træen.
Jørgen is an award winning artist and composer. He has toured the world and recorded with major Norwegian artist. Please welcome his first solo debut, Jørgen Sandvik – Permanent Vacation.
- Digital release 16. March 16, 2018
- European release LP and CD April 20. 2018
- Files for broadcast: Please ask for link to downloadable files.
- CD&LP: Plastic Head
- Jørgen Sandvik online: jorgensandvik.com
- The Jørgen Sandvik Facebook profile
- The Devil got My Woman
- Tell Your Mother
- Is There Hope?
- Midnight Special
- It Will Happen
- This Hole Is Not So Deep
- Will People Talk About Me
- The Law
- The World Keeps On Turning
- Digital: Lekrofon
- Distribution: Plastic Head Distribution (Europa)
- CD and LP: Catalog nr APO32