Canned Heat

Canned Heat

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Blues and Boogie-icons, Canned Heat, are returning to Notodden Blues Festival in 2023. Canned Heat is a blues-rock/boogie rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1965. The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. Canned Heat is ready to boogie and will be playing at the well famed Notodden Blues Festival in Norway on Friday August 4th and Saturday August 5th. Come out and see Canned Heat one last time on this that very likely can be their final run in Europe.

Canned Heat will release a new album in May/June. The record will be new material with contributions from various people including Jimmy Vivino and Dale Spalding and there will be "guest artists" including Joe Bonamassa, Samantha Fish, Harvey Mandel and Taj Mahal.

After appearances at Monterey and Woodstock, at the end of the 1960s the band acquired worldwide fame with a lineup consisting of Bob Hite, vocals, Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson, guitar, harmonica and vocals, Henry Vestine (or Harvey Mandel) on lead guitar, Larry Taylor on bass, and Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on drums.

The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era.

Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s and they were able to deliver on stage electrifying performances of blues standards and their own material and occasionally to indulge into lengthier ‘psychedelic’ solos. Two of their songs – “Going Up the Country” and “On the Road Again” – became international hits. “Going Up the Country” was a remake of the Henry Thomas (blues musician) song “Bulldoze Blues” recorded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1927. “On the Road Again” was a cover version/re-working of the 1953 Floyd Jones song of the same name, which is reportedly based on the Tommy Johnson song “Big Road Blues” recorded in 1928.

Since the early 1970s numerous personnel changes have occurred and today, in the fifth decade of the band’s existence the band includes Fito de la Parra: drums/vocals, Rick Reed: bass/guitar, Jimmy Vivino: vocals/guitar, Dale Spalding: vocals/guitar/harmonica


  • Canned Heat has sold more records than any other blues band in music history.
  • Canned Heat is the only blues band to ever have three Number One records worldwide.

“On The Road Again” “Going Up The Country” “Let’s Work Together”

  • Canned Heat has played more Festivals, worldwide, than any other band of any kind in history.
  • Canned Heat has played more “Motorcycle Events & Festivals” than any other band of any kind in history.