Shakedown Tim & the Rhythm Revue deliver the blues as if they hand-carried it from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago personally. It’s a fierce and joyful combination of down home blues en uptown jump, swing & boogie; from a Pre-War ‘Dust Bowl Depression era’ blues party, straight outta these ‘Dirty Thirties’, to a fifties street corner dance at Maxwell Street Market in ‘the Windy City’… The sounds of a vintage fat body guitar, saxophone & skin tight rhythm section mix low down with happy.

Frontman Shakedown Tim (Ielegems – guit./voc.) started the late-great Belgian bluesband Fried Bourbon (cfr. Steven Troch) back in the days, and shared the stage with Gene Taylor, James Harman, Roland Van Campenhout, Steven De Bruyn, Willie Buck, Jo’ Buddy, Little Victor, Bill Sheffield… 

The bands debut-album ‘Hard To Catch’ ( 2016) , produced by Nico Duportal, received good reviews and got the band on many renowned European stages.  

Now Rhythm Bomb Records (London) presents the new album “Shakedown’s Th’owdown”.  It’s a swell and varied collection of blues, swing, jump, R&B, rock ’n roll… played with attitude and authentic sounds. American blueslegend James Harman is the producer of this album. He also layed down some mighty fine harmonica. On Icepick’s Shakedown Th’owdown’ he surprised everybody by shoutin’ out loud the album title and turning the recording room into a real juke joint party on a saturday night!


The music sounds like it came from the previous century. Tim sings about todays life… ex. about the way the analog man deals with this digital era… but most topics are timeless and universal: love, sex, adversity, good times, survival, parties… 

This band is not only shooting from, but at the hips as well. They will, wanna see ŕnd make you dance!


“Hard to Catch” certainly should be part of a CD collection. The feelgood mood and excitement is infectious and certainly hard to stop moving.” (Track, november 2016) 

"A blend of different Blues styles. Eight originals from Tim proove that he is a great songwriter too. Modern, sometimes really funny lyrics make this record fun to listen too."  (Racketeer radio 2016)

“Een verbluffend authentiek klinkende sound. Onze zuiderburen hebben er weer een bluesband bij om rekening mee te houden.” (Heaven, nov/dec 2016) 

Shaken, jumpen en swingen, het kan allemaal met dit album.  Shakedown Tim & The Rhythm Revue gaan pijlsnel richting top van de Belgische rhythm & bluesscene. Bands die in hun voetsporen willen treden, zullen straf uit de hoek moeten komen, want… this band is ‘Hard To Catch’!"   (Keys and Chords, oktober 2016)

"Un joli voyage dans le temps en musique, pas prise de tęte pour un sou et charmant de la premičre ŕ la derničre minute. Conseillé."  (My head is a jukebox Fr, September 2016)

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