The Pattaya Blues

The Blues Factory in Pattaya, Thailand

While I am missing Thailand and have the blues in general those aren’t the blues I am talking about at the moment. No, I’m talking about music and Thailand has some of the best live entertainment you could ever hope to see while on holiday.

My first trip to Thailand I was amazed at the quality and quantity of live music from Bangkok to Pattaya. From pop and dance music to hard rock and country you can find great music any night in any number of bars and clubs. Even bars that are no bigger than a storage shed have live bands that will keep you rockin throughout the night and coming back for more.

One night I was sitting in a bar on walking street talking to a friend about all the great live music and he asked me if I had been to the Blues Factory which was just up the street on Soi Lucky Star just opposite Marine Disco. When I said I had never been there he motioned for our bartender to checkbin us and we were off to the Blues Factory.

The Blues Factory is a great venue to listen to live music and have a great night but what I was unprepared for was seeing one of the best guitarists I had ever seen, his name was Lam Morrison. I was blown away by his guitar work and his band and I have seen him play quite a few times since.

Lam Morrison at the Blues Factory in PattayaKnown as Thailand’s guitar King  Lam has been around the music scene for a while. Picking up the guitar by 13 it wasn’t  long before Lam started his first band called VIP and started touring around the American bases during the Vietnam war playing the rock music the soldiers loved to hear.

Due to the fact that rock music wasn’t a very big scene in Thailand the VIP found it hard to get gigs after the war ended and the G.I.’s returned home. Although gigs were few and far between at one gig in Bangkok a German tourist saw the band and told Lam he should go to Germany and play. While touring through Germany Lam won a guitar dueling contest and earned his guitar King title. After Germany he contnued to tour through Europe and North America.

Lam Morrison on stageWhen Lam returned home to Thailand he was signed by EMI Music and released his first album entitled Night in Bangkok. The album took off and sold over a million copies which was a first for a rock artist in Thailand. After the release of the album he went back out on the road touring through Europe with such bands as UFO and Deep Purple.

Lam plays quite a few instruments including the piano, bass and harmonica as well as singing, but it’s his guitar work that brings them in and keeps them there. While there are many bands playing the night clubs and bars of Pattaya there is definitely no one of the same caliber as Lam Morrison.

Lam has been playing as the house band at the Blues Factory since 2002 with a years break or so in 2007 when he opened his own club. He is back as the house act at The Blues Factory and should definitely not be missed if you are going to be in town during the holidays or after.

Lam is truly a national treasure and one of Thailand’s best kept secrets. You can check out a few of his videos below and check out his show times at The Blues Factory. If you are heading to Pattaya set aside a night for some excellent music from a guitar virtuoso, I’ll guarantee you’ll thank me for it.

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Comment by Thailand MusingsNo Gravatar
2009-12-19 16:36:22

WOW…Pattaya isn’t a normal stop for me in Thailand, but after seeing those vids I think it’s time to make the trip down there to the House of Blues. Lam absolutely rocks out! Thanks for bringing this talent to my attention Talen. Now I have one more reason to get back to the LOS ASAP!
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Comment by MartynNo Gravatar
2009-12-19 21:07:10

Talen I must admit to not having heard of Lam Morrison but the Blues Factory I have. Pattaya is great for live music and stretching my memory I recall a place on 2nd Road called the Wonderful Bar which had a really good live band although their name escapes me.

The lead singer and guitarist had a mask over his face and all sorts of reasons as to why he wore it were bandied about. Severe burns was the most common one but I never did find out the truth. Do you remember him, he’s probably still playing there now.

I will check out Lam Morrison on my next trip to Pattaya.
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Comment by TalenNo Gravatar
2009-12-19 23:14:32

Martyn, I have been to wonderful bar and enjoyed the band but I don’t recall a masked guitarist…then again I was paying attention to the band at the time.

Pattaya really does have some great live music…one of my favorite house bands plays at Rolling Stone 2 bar on walking street….amazing singers and musicians.

There are also a few really good Filipino bands around town that play at several of the restaurants.

Do check out Lam live you will definitely have a good time.

Comment by CatherineNo Gravatar Subscribed to comments via email
2009-12-21 03:19:12

Talen, Lam also performs at the Rock Pub in Bangkok.

I don’t often go because the good bands don’t start until after midnight sometimes. I’m a wimp. Unless I’m on an insomniac roll, I’m fast asleep at 11pm.

Now that you’ve mentioned him, I will check the roster at the Rock Pub to see when he’s next appearing. And fingers crossed I can stay up that late if he does grace us with his presence.
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Comment by TalenNo Gravatar
2009-12-21 14:47:55

Cat, lam does play at the Rock Pub often and if you should get the chance check him out. He also used to have his own club in Pattaya but it closed.

Comment by CatherineNo Gravatar Subscribed to comments via email
2009-12-21 14:50:39

Talen, I have seen Lam at the Rock Pub (I got lucky on one of my late nights out).
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