Notodden BluesBand: The Pioneers of Norwegian Rock Notodden BluesBand is an iconic Norwegian rock band from Notodden, Norway. Formed in 1972, the band has achieved critical and commercial success with their unique blend of blues, rock, and country music. The band is composed of Hans Petter Hansen on guitar and vocals, Ole Nordahl on bass and vocals, Jon Aanestad on guitar and vocals, and Oddvar Kjørstad on drums. The History of Notodden BluesBand The band was originally formed in 1972 under the name “The Boys”. After a few years, they changed their name to Notodden BluesBand. Throughout their career they have released several studio albums and singles. Their first release was the single “Rockin’ With Notodden” in 1975. This single was followed by their debut album “Blues From Notodden” released in 1976. This album is considered to be one of the most influential albums in the history of Norwegian rock music. It featured two classic tracks “Long Time Coming” and “One More Time” which remain fan favorites today. Notodden BluesBand's Popularity Notodden BluesBand has had a long and successful career. They have toured extensively throughout Norway as well as Europe and the United States. They have also been featured at various festivals such as the Notodden Blues Festival and the Midem Festival in Cannes, France. In addition to their live shows, they have also released several albums over the years which have been met with critical acclaim. Notable Collaborations Over the years Notodden BluesBand has had several notable collaborations with other artists such as Bjarne Andersen, Finn Løvold, and John Mjøen. Their collaboration with Bjarne Andersen resulted in the classic track “Tears In The Rain” which was released in 1979. In addition to their collaborations with other artists, Notodden BluesBand has also collaborated with several television shows such as The Simpsons and South Park. The Legacy of Notodden BluesBand Notodden BluesBand is widely considered to be one of the most influential bands in Norwegian rock music history. They have influenced countless other bands and artists over the years with their unique blend of blues, rock, and country music. Their legacy will continue to live on for many years to come as they are remembered as pioneers of Norwegian rock music.