I started playing guitar and singing the blues when I discovered at the end of the sixties Skip James, Robert Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, etc. — through the Stones, the Kinks, the Pretty Things and Fleetwood Mac. I like old country blues. And never changed.
With my brothers in law Bruno and Jean-Marie, we mostly played the Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf. Meeting during the nineties the Antwerp connection of Mark Thys, Big Dave, Lazy Horse, Willie Maze, Dynamite Steve, Luc Alexander, Little Chris, etc., I made several CDs. One of them was produced by the late Jim Hall for the Pacific Blues Recordings in California. Another won the Trophée France Blues 2003 as “Artist of the year”, given by the Soul Bag magazine. I then competed — as a risky gamble — in the Walloon Dialectal Songs Challenge in 2005 for the Radio-Télévision de la Belgique Francophone… and won it. Watch out for black ice.
Currently playing with my son Gilles on electric and acoustic guitars.
I am ordinarily using a National Triolian 1931, an Emil Grimshaw Revelation of the fourties, many Stellas 12-strings, a Gibson 125 TCD of 1962, a Les Paul. And like Yamaha guitars.
The Frémeaux and Ass. Company (Paris) has produced in 2015 the (Almost) Complete Elmore D’s Work in 5 Cds.
2016 Anniversary Jam at the new Crossroads Café
With guests Big Dave, Lazy Horse, Ivan De Laet, Fabian Bennardo, Jean-Pierre and Claudy Cocco, Driss Deliège, Johnny Dick, Werner Dumez, Alain Nauwelaerts, Jan Van den Berg and many others.
“De Luikse muzikant Elmore D is in Parijs uitgeroepen tot beste Europese blues-artiest van het jaar. Hij werd bekroond met de 'Trophée France Blues 2001' in de categorie Europa. In de categorie internationaal ging de hoofdprijs naar Mighty Mo Rodgers” (De Standaard, 28.03.2002).