OUR STORYStein Stokke & The Engine is a highly recognized and well-oiled Norwegian "blues engine». With their own material, "crooked" beats and soulful rawness they've made a large number of top reviewed concerts at blues clubs and festivals.
The band's latest album, "My own way out", is a product of years of playing, and lyrics based on experienced life. All but one song written and composed by Stein Stokke. The album has received excellent reviews and gets regularly airplay on several radio stations on all sides of the oceans.
Stein has been into music since the sixties, and through decades as frontman in several bands, established himself as a significant blues artist. Stein is well known for his raw, powerful yet soulful voice, and has developed a personal harp style. He is, as far as one knows, the only one who plays jews harp and euphonium (baryton) in a bluesband.
Stein writes almost all the songs himself with co-arrangements from The Engine and roots deeply anchored in the nutritious soil of the blues. Some of his lyrics have even been printed in magazines, and he is known to spice up his concerts with quick remarks and stories about the songs.
Trond Eliassen on guitar and slide has a distinctive gitar tone signature, built on years of experience, allways focused on giving the song its proper character.
Trond has been playing in several bands like Slåbrock, Egotrip, Statesboro Blues/Light Voodoo and Fett Nok to mention a few, and played a lot of festivals- and clubs. In addition, Trond's an experienced composer and arranger within several music genres.
Rune Bryn on drums is a much acknowledged drummer among bands and as a studio- and session drummer, delivering outgoing, interesting, yet "old time grooves", often with Rickard playing bass. His CV contains, among others, Ski- and Ett Fett Storband, Borderline, Bærum BigBand, Prime Time, Maiken Kristiansen, Åge Sten Nilsen, Wenche Myhre, Øyvind Elgenes, Frode Thingnæs, Harald Heide Steen Jr. and Randy Johnston.