UK blues artist Alex Haynes draws influence from the ‘60s British blues boom, ‘50s R&B and Rock ’n’ Roll, and blues artists such as RL Burnside, John Lee Hooker and Jessie Mae Hemphill.
As a live performer he has supported artists including US R&B legend Geno Washington, UK bluesman Big Boy Bloater, blues/dance act Alabama3, and one of the all time greats, Bobby Rush.
Born and raised in Leeds, West Yorkshire, he moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to study Music Production. He played acoustic blues and folk in its cafés and bars, before heading south to spend over a dozen years in the capital, where he formed his band Alex Haynes & the Fever. In late ’15 he returned to the North with a move to Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
His self-released debut in Jan ’11, ‘Last Train’ was followed by the album ‘Bandit Blues Motel’ in Dec ’14, and third release, ‘Howl’, released on Appaloosa Records in March ’18.
With frequent appearances in the UK and Europe – having played across Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and in Amsterdam and Moscow. He has appeared at festivals such as the Salaise Blues Festival (France), Red Rooster (UK), Blues River (Italy), and the Vintage Weekender (France), and until recently, also held a longstanding solo residency (over seven years) at the Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, London.