Forty Eight Years Young - the originators of Oz Blues, Chain, have reached a milestone in 2016 as they celebrate 48 years since first forming in 1968. They are still the only blues band in the world to have a number one on Australian charts (Black n Blue) as well as a number two (Judgement). Together with singer Matt Taylor another number one (I Remember When I Was Young) & the double gold album Toward The Blues ensured them a place in rock history.
The rock n roll road to stardom is a dangerous road indeed littered with the corpses of starry eyed hopefuls, wannabes, one hit wonders and jagged if onlys ... while many bands self‐implode before they even leave the garage, victims of classic clashing egos and personalities ...... Few survive … One of these survivors is Australian band THE RADIATORS who in 2013 celebrated 35 years together since they played their very first show.
Often cited as Sydneys University of the Blues, the Foreday Riders celebrate 50 years as a working band in 2017. What began in the mid-60s as a loose association of school friends dabbling in electric blues developed over a year or so into a 7-piece band. Only venturing sporadically into the recording studios, the Riders have released 10 albums, the latest being Herding Cats, launched this year 2016 and featuring the current line-up plus four guest performers.
From the prestigious stage of the Melbourne Concert Hall as a classical guitarist, to the famous Beale Street in Memphis as a blues singer, Stevies career has been anything but typical. A graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts and with a post graduate offer to study at Londons Royal College of Music, the future seemed all but set.
In a world where starting off a biography with In a world where is the norm, The Southern River Band are apparently no different. In the very same world, where labeling ones self is encouraged, where being able to describe ones style is expected, The Southern River Band neither know, nor care how to fit themselves into these pigeonholes.
Gerry Joe Weise blues guitarist, singer and songwriter was born in Sydney. He has toured Australia, the USA, Europe, Poland, Russia, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Polynesia, the Azores Isles, Scandinavia and New Zealand.
With an insane talent that’s out of control playing what she calls dirty sweet rock & roll this young singer / songwriter / guitarist / multi instrumentalist has been eating up girl bands since 1994.
When the Bondi Cigars were first gigging around Sydney, late 1989, they moved in a Blues / R&B circuit which, while robust enough since the 60s, had then been sparked into new life by the blues revival of the mid-80s, spearheaded by Robert Cray, Joe Louis Walker, Stevie Ray Vaughan and similar crusaders.
Z-STAR DELTA is the stripped back delta blues rock folk flipside of British rock band Z-STAR.
Tapestry are an act from the Sunshine Coast who bring an infectious flavor of modern day groove to their live show. Performing such styles as blues / jazz / funk & reggae, the act delivers a unique performance by delivering a mix of original compositions of their own tunes plus famous well known covers within a modern looping style.
19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. They are manic. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin-roots band. Imagine walking into a bar a little bit cut and a little bent sideways. You look to the stage, lights are turned down, amps cranked up.
Smoke Stack Rhino are a four-piece band from Melbourne, Australia renowned for their unique blend of Blues, Grunge, Southern Rock and Funk. Formed in 2013 around the concept of bringing the blues back to the mosh pit, the band has successfully reconciled the gap across the blues, roots and rock music genres.
In the 70s, every Friday and Saturday night the Cyril B. Bunting Band would crank out set after set of their visceral blues and boogie in their own natural habitat, a working-man's bar, named the Welcome Inn. For those that may remember, it was the first bar up from the docks, in the dirty end of Sussex Street, Sydney, known to the die hards as The Buncha.
Slick, modern and funky are words often used to describe multi-award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry. Hardworking would be another. From the un-air conditioned comfort of their touring van, the band regularly journey from their home base of Melbourne to perform at festivals and gigs across the Australia.
Halfway Homebuoy are a Blues/Rock band based on the Central Coast, NSW. The Band have a reputation as outstanding entertainers for their high energy performances and gutsy music. Songs that make you want to stamp your feet, with vocals and lyrics torn straight from the soul.
Visionary, bohemian rocker, felicity lawless stimulates the senses and elevates the soul with music fusing gypsy, world, rock and folk elements. She is on a mission to uplift the world with an ethereal style which transcends classification.
If you want to see a faithful reproduction of the original Blues Brothers, with scripted lines, choreographed dancing, and a high energy show from start to finish, look no further than the best Blues Brothers tribute band in the Southern Hemisphere - The Soul Men!
Combining the legendary soul of the Stax and Motown era with the burning heat and power of the Chicago and Memphis blues, Blues Arcadia deliver an uninhibited old-fashioned soul stomp revival. Based in Brisbane, Australia, they were formed by Alan Boyle (vocals), Chris Harvey (guitar) and Jeremy Klysz (bass) together with Parmis Rose (keys) in early 2016.
Nicole Brophy has a voice and style compared to the likes of PJ Harvey, Lucinda Williams & La Roux. Stylistically it fits somewhere between gritty rock, alt-country hoedowns and moody, bluesy numbers, all brought together by a raw charismatic rockin’ earthy voice and boundless energy. She has an undeniable presence on stage, always moving, engaging the crowd, playing acoustic or electric guitar and just driving her passion into her songs.
"Big three part harmonies, big dirty fuzz tones and driving beats"
“Cornstalk” a melodic six piece Roots driven Rock Band hailing from Newcastle NSW Australia, a 7 time nominee and Award Winning band.
Liza is a force on the Australian Blues scene winning 3 prestigious Australian Blues Chain awards in 2013, and was a finalist for 2016 “Blues Artist of the Year” . Her new CD “Give You Hell” a mix of Blues/Soul/Funk with Gospel Style Harmonies, has been on the blues Charts for over a year and reached no 2.
The Hoochers, fronted by the husky tones and sassy presence of Miss Jodie, incorporate slick and funky dance tunes with plenty of magical jamming moments.
Meet the Australian band dishing out a musical feast of gritty, growling notes and tones, hooky rock riffs and flavours of funk that have fans literally howling for more and, on many occasions, throwing bras on stage - Phil Barlow and The Wolf.
The Delta Crows are a 4 piece Texas Blues / Rock band that rock out original tunes written by frontman Mkude' as well as songs by the Guitar Greats including Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Gary Moore and BB King to name a few.
Milan Hendrik EXP is fronted by Belle Hendrik, a soul, blues, and jazz singer who also plays bass and guitar. She has been lauded for both her solo music and her work with Milan Hendrik EXP.
3 ladies with a swag of "Chain" awards between them, Liza Ohlback, Ali Penney and Belle Hendrik will be bringing some sweet Soulful Gospel back again to Mitchell Creek.
‘WHISKEY & ME’ are a 4 piece Blues and Roots act from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland. Their music packs a punch combining 3 guitars, stomp box, blues harp with soaring harmonies made all the sweeter by the soulful vocals of Holly Maree.
Utterly fresh and unique but steeped in the tradition of real, authentic blues, Mojo's music is truly world-class. With charisma and a naturally captivating stage presence, Mojo breathes new life into roots-based sounds. Equally at home with a band or in solo performance; in the most specialized fields of true blues or on a pop festival stage, Mojo transcends all age and fashion barriers. Here's how...
Multiple award-winning Australian Blues musician Darren Jack has been electrifying audiences with his signature powerhouse Rock ‘n’ Blues and original music for over twenty years.
One of Australia's favourite Variety Bands with five diverse and very talented musicians, spanning decades of experience in the music industry, bringing it all together with laughter and spontaneity. Enjoyment is guaranteed for all who see them perform.
Doug Lavery an Australian drumming legend has always wanted to put together a high energy rockin’ blues band to have serious fun playing with some of the finest muso’s here in Australia.
Sabrina creates a mixture of dark pop, brooding stoner rock and psychedelia, all of it topped by a voice that has no right to explode from such a tiny frame. Her shape-shifting songs, which rarely follow conventional structures, are by turns aggressive and restrained, mind-bendingly strange, and often eerily beautiful and her guitar playing drops many of her peers to their knees.
Team Utopia have forged themselves a place in "Brisbane's Rock elite after some powerful sets over the past few years.