T-99 (Amsterdam/The Netherlands) has proven to belong to the top
of the alternative European roots scene of today. With their eclectic
mix of rock 'n' roll, blues, country, surf, punk together with
a touch of eastern European and north African influences, they
tour all over Europe since 1999. T-99 are three young bohemian
characters and an old dog, playing on vintage and weird instruments
with wild energy and a high dose of passion, carrying out an original
blend of musical styles what could be defined as the T-99 sound.
After three successful albums, 'Vagabonds' is the new T-99 record.
It contains 13 original tracks treated with the well-known T-99
formula: a blend of rootsy, rockin' and bluesy elements, flavoured
with some exotic melodies. This new album by T-99 lures the listener
inside a musical sideshow where geeks, freaks, fire eaters and
human cannonballs hold sway. The band signed for production themselves
and the album has been released by their old habitat, the label
With the release of the album "Coo-Coo" in 2001, T-99 introduced
itself as being the most promising new band in the Benelux blues
and roots scene. After a few member changes in 2003 the band released
another album in 2004 titled "Strange Things Happen". Partly recorded
in Amsterdam and Tucson, Arizona it has guest appearances of Teddy
Morgan (also production) and Dave Gonzales of The Paladins. The
third album "Cherrystone Park" which was released late 2005 showed
besides more catchy songs also a psychedelic side of T-99 that
lead them to an even larger audience.
Through the years T-99 showed itself as being a constant factor
on (pop) festivals and stages across Holland, Belgium, Germany,
France, Switzerland, Austria, Great Britain and the US. In its
existence the band has played among others at Noorderslag, North
Sea Jazz Festival, Waterpop, Popkomm (DE), Belgium Rhythm &
Blues Festival (Peer, BE), Oerol, De Parade, Noorderzon, and Eurosonic.
The band also functioned as successful support for Chuck Berry,
Dr. John, Los Lobos and Little Feat. Music by T-99 is being used
in several TV-shows and programs like NOS Studio Sport, Keuringdienst
van Waarde and AT-5 and the trio has done several performances
on national Radio and TV. In May 2008 the band was invited by
radio DJ Mark Lamarr to make exclusive recordings at the London
BBC studio's for the popular radio show 'God's Jukebox'.
Magazine: "...most exciting and renewing roots band in the Netherlands
and far beyond..."
Mischa den Haring – vocals, guitars, mandolin
Martin de Ruiter – vocals, drums, percussion, trash-kit
Donné la Fontaine – upright bass, ukulele, banjo-ukulele
& rhythm guitar