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Old 10-13-2008, 03:43 AM   #1
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Cool Australian Blues - THE List.

**Always in progress, stay tuned for updates/new additions**

Well I am always looking for new Australian blues music and decided to list all the good stuff I can find. This list will never be complete as I'm always getting new stuff so I will keep it updated regularly. Hope you enjoy what's here, post comments on your thoughts on anything you've listened to or if you have any artists I've missed then please let me know!

So here we go, rough alphabetical order..
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The Amazing Brainboy:
A professional busker, he plays delta fingerstyle and slide blues. He can't sing but tends to talk rhythmically instead which works fine aswell. Don't know much else about him, no website that I can find, only a demo of live recordings I got from a friend.

Angry Tradesmen: http://www.angrytradesmen.com/
A guitar and drum duo. Dirty garage blues rock payed by 2 veterans of the Aus blues scene. Dom Turner on his weird old slide guitars and vocals.

Ash Grunwald: http://www.ashgrunwald.com/
Solo guitarist and singer, a sound not too far from the early Chess Records artists but with a bit of a modern twist. Equally at home on acoustic, electric, resonator, lap steel guitars, a great musician with a great voice and a rounded 'full' sound.

Backsliders: http://www.backsliders.com.au/
Almost an Aus blues supergroup with Dom Turner on guitar, Ian Collard on harp.. Great modern take on the old blues sounds. Weird songwriting though but if you overlook the sometimes silly lyrics the music is top notch.

The Bondi Cigars: http://www.bondicigars.com.au/home/index.htm
Been at it since the 80s, still touring hard and writing constantly. A classic 4 piece blues/R&B sound, Shane Pacey and Eben Hale with distinctive personal, yet complimenting guitar styles and Al Britton and Frank Corby making up the best rhythm section in the country. A definite 'must have' in any Aus blues collection. No more needs to be said, get some of their albums.

C.W. Stoneking: http://www.myspace.com/cwstoneking
Amazing pre-war blues sound, astonishing delta/piedmont guitar playing and a great voice. Definitely one for the traditionalists.

Chase The Sun: http://www.myspace.com/chasethesunband
Brilliant 3 piece blues/roots band. Great original songs and they seem to have that undefinable Aus "thing" that hooks me every time. Their debut album has just broke at #2 on iTunes blues charts after the release in US. Keep an eye on these guys, they're definitely going places. Another 'must have' in my opinion.

Chris Wilson: http://www.chriswilson.com.au/
A legend of Aus music, not just blues. Monster harmonica player with a powerful voice, outdone only by his dominating stage presence. With a finger in a lot of proverbial pies you'll find him popping up everywhere in Australian music along with his own solo stuff and his blues band The Spidermen. Been at it a long time and still touring like a madman, definitely one to see, preferrably live where he is unforgettable.

Collard Greens And Gravy: http://www.collardgreensandgravy.com/
THE Aus blues band in my (biased) opinion. Laid back, swampy blues with passion and skillful simplicity. Harp, Guitar, Percussion and Vocals all come together perfectly to create a sound which is bigger than the sum of it's already enormous parts. No-one has a sound like them in the world, get their debut album and you'll be hooked.

Dave Hole: http://www.davehole.com/
I would assume a lot of you know him already, if not; you should. Amazing slide guitarist and singer instantly recognizable by his literally 'over the top' style. Full of energy but soulful and sweet when he needs to be. Another Aus blues legend.

Geoff Achison: http://www.geoffachison.com/
Blues guitarist, singer/songwriter, original and classic at the same time; hard to pigeonhole. His band the Souldiggers have been a staple of Aus blues for years, he also does a lot of solo stuff and a lot of collaborations, too much good stuff to mention, you'll have to find it yourselves. Touring like mad in the US at the moment.

Gwyn Ashton: http://www.gwynashton.com/
Brilliant solo guitarist/vocalist/harmonica player. Drawing heavily on the early Mississippi Delta sounds but belting it out with his own unique style and unrelenting energy. His passion is magnetic and draws you into any performance he does. Played with a lot of greats and well respected around the world.

The Hiptones: http://www.thehiptones.com/index2.php
Wasn't sure whether to include them or not but I guess you can make up your minds..
Soulful R&B with great chilled out feeling. Pretty retro sounding, great songs, fun to listen to.

James Michael Thompson: http://www.tompo.net/
Solo fingerstyle/slide guitarist with a haunting deep voice and unique singing styles. Pretty gospel-y with a lot of religious themes in his songs. Also well-known for pioneering the Ellis 8-string tricone resonator (can be found on youtube) Definitely check him out, great up-and-comer, his 5track EP can be downloaded for free from his website.

Jeff Lang: http://www.jefflang.com.au/
Although he has moved further into his self-defined genre "Disturbed Folk" for the last decade Jeff Lang still retains his massive blues influences in both singing, songwriting and his guitar playing. Has been in many projects in the past that are worth digging out and more recently made an AMAZING collaboration album with Chris Whitley just before his passing. A big influence on a lot of the other artists on this list as well, Jeff Lang is not to be missed.

John Butler Trio: http://www.johnbutlertrio.com/
Acoustic guitar god with huge blues influence. Funky, folky, roots rock. Everyone loves John Butler. Great rhythm section behind him to drive the songs home.

The Kill Devil Hills: http://www.thekilldevilhills.com/
Fusing Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and Folk with their own melancholic flavour and intense, original sound. Not for everyone but definitely have a listen and give it a chance to grow on you a bit. Something different and special, one of my favourite bands at the moment.

Lana Martino-Smith: http://www.myspace.com/lanamartinosmith
Jazzy, Soul, Blues singer. Pretty girl with an even prettier voice, I'm constantly visiting her myspace to listen to the track 'Crippled Heart Blues'.. Don't know much else about her other than that. Check her out.

Marshall & The Fro: http://www.marshallmusic.com.au/
Blues roots rock with energy. Great slide riffery, wah wah solos, funky guitar and a solid rhythm section. All original songs and the singer has a cool voice. Nice uplifting blues music with a laid back Aus feel.

Matt Southon: http://www.myspace.com/mattsouthon
Rowdy delta slide, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica, foot stomp, passionate vocals and great songs. Reasonably new artist, starting to tour more and gain more popularity. Check him out on myspace, I've just ordered both his CDs so hopefully I'll be able to add a bit more here once they arrive.

Shannon Bourne: http://www.myspace.com/shannonbourne
Great blues guitarist and decent singer. His debut solo album is definitely worth a listen with everything from soft acoustic blues to hard hitting blues rock and a whacked out psychedelic blues jam hidden track as the icing on the cake. Shannon is in Chris Wilson's band The Spidermen, which shows he can ride the groove in the background aswell as blast out solos centre stage. Constantly evolving and progressing, great things to come I think.

Xavier Rudd: http://www.xavierrudd.com/
Blues Roots rock with didgeridoo and socially aware lyrics, something for everyone here. Killer lap steel guitar and a unique voice do his self-penned songs the justice they deserve. Hit and miss with some people but worth a listen, especially on a sunny day with the windows down in the car.

Indefinately a work in progress, will add anything new I find and anything anyone else finds. So keep checking back for new additions.
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Old 10-13-2008, 03:43 AM   #2
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Gonna reserve this incase I run out of space..
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:11 PM   #3
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Great post, thanks for sharing these. There's definitely stuff in there I'll be looking more into...
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Old 10-13-2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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There are quite a lot of Aussie blues players at this MySpace site:

http://www.myspace.com/bluemountainsblues
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:44 AM   #5
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awesome, cant wait to hear the rest! i think this in need of a sticky!
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Old 10-14-2008, 06:37 AM   #6
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I've never really liked this kind of stuff before but at the moment I can't stop listening to 'The love me or die' track on the CW Stoneking link.

Interesting thread, keep it going
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:55 AM   #7
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Updated, that's all I've got on my windows medai player at the moment. Will keep updating when I get new stuff..

If anyone has any other people to add post in here and I'll add them in the list, would love to hear anything other people have found.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:10 PM   #8
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Well, you can't much more Australian than the indigenous band Wiradjuri

http://www.myspace.com/wiradjuri
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^ Try David Blanasi for indigenous Aussie music!

Will have to check a few more of these out tomorrow.
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Hey man, Chase The Sun. Great guys, really nice fellas. Their new songs are really awesome!
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Will update this later this week with some new guys I've found aswell but:

Bought Matt Southon's 2 CDs for like $20 AUD, great bargain, brilliant stuff. Not sparkly perfect recordings but good enough not to detract from the sound, awesome songwriting and playing/hollering. It does what it says on the tin so to speak. Definitely worth buying if you're interested, supporting new music and all that jazz.

C.W. Stoneking's new album Jungle Blues is on it's way to me as are a couple of new guys CDs: Damon Davies, Lightning Jack, Ngariki.. Will keep it updated as I go.
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Hey man, Chase The Sun. Great guys, really nice fellas. Their new songs are really awesome!


I see they're playing at the Railway Blues this month, Mattalac:

http://www.myspace.com/railwayblues08
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Hey man, Chase The Sun. Great guys, really nice fellas. Their new songs are really awesome!


They are playing at the Australian Blues Music Festival at Goulburn NSW in February

http://www.australianbluesfestival....s.aspx?c=724035
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not sure if this one counts but these guys are called----

The Fearless vampire killers

www.myspace.co/tfvk

Melbourne guys who have a bluesy/atl/psych rock sound

i recommed Alright Now Honey and Evil Woman.

They just recently supported The Hives at the Forum in Melbourne.
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Just bought C.W. Stoneking's Jungle Blues.

I'm in for a treat, that's for sure.
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:12 PM   #17
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Came across Perth's The Bayou Brothers recently:

www.myspace.com/thebayoubrothers

And some oldtimers:

Dutch Tilders:

www.myspace.com/dutchtilders

Beachhead:

http://www.myspace.com/beachblues

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stoneking is playing in Belgrave which is the suburb next to mine on the 27th so i think im gonna go check him out. its in a small pub called rubys lounge, if any one wants to know
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Going to see the Blue Preachers on March 7th. From their MySpace I reckon it's going to be a good night.

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Just spent three days at the Blue Mountains Music Festival and this guy was so good I went to all three of his sessions and bought all three of his CDs:

http://www.andycollins.com/index.htm

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