MIC’s Listen to Norway series continues with Bjørn Berge’s 'St. Slide' album.
“Believe me, dude/I got my own attitude/I won’t get screwed” sings slide guitar master Bjørn Berge on his latest outing ‘St. Slide’. Attitude is something Berge has in abundance – some label him the best one-man band in the world. Armed with little more than his pick, a voice reminiscent of gravel and broken glass plus his battered Takamine, Berge builds up a groove as strong as a full band and cops it off with vocals that sound as if the devil himself is snapping at his heels. Based in the blues but with additional influences ranging from hip-hop to funk, Bjørn Berge is an artist with few peers – neither in Norway nor abroad. He plays as if he had fifty sets of arms and twenty pairs of legs, and with an insatiable musical curiosity and appetite which will never allow him to become jaded or stuck in a rut. Berge has still got the rebellion and curiosity of youth in him with plenty of restlessness is in his blood.