BLUES SPECTACULAR - FRIDAY 11 SEP
THE JESSE REDWING BLUES BAND
“Jesse Redwing is one of the most soulful and authentic Blues players in Australia today... bar none!”
- Speaker TV
“Jesse's original songs walk a sweet line between paying homage to the old-school sounds of the classic Bluesmen of yesteryear, while still maintaining a youthful exuberance.”
- The Planet of Sound
Jesse Redwing is a revelation! And he's set to take off at Eastern Lounge with his raw, red-hot and powerful take on the Blues.
Having opened for such acts as Jon Cleary, The Teskey Brothers, Cedric Burnside and Cold Chisel, Jesse is now undeniably one of the Young Lords of the Blues scene.
His first album 'I'm Comin' On' (2016) was extremely well received and a track from the album, 'Crawlin' Up the Walls' was featured on Netflix show 'Shooter'.
His soon to be released new album 'Light My Way' was recorded in Sydney, Melbourne, New York and Nashville! And it features a host of top dog session musicians including no less than Charles Bradley's horn section.
This groovy Blues shredder Jesse has played extensively in a myriad of venues across Australia in recent years and also completed two U.S. tours.
Originally from Sydney’s northern beaches but now a long-time resident of the inner city, Jesse's honest, down-to-earth playing translates well whether he plays solo or with his smokin' hot band, which he describes as “… a no BS, all good times rockin' Blues band”. EL regulars may even recognise venue favourite and Aussie legend, Harry Brus on bass.
Jesse and his accompanying troupe bring us a Blues-driven groovefest that wouldn’t sound out of place on a street corner in New Orleans. With a deep, haunting nature to his vocals, Jesse combines with driving bass lines and jammed out guitar to take us on what sounds like a whiskey-soaked, nicotine-stained trip all the way back to the ‘60s.
This guy is guaranteed to fill your cup with his contemporary take on the timeless soulful sounds of the Blues legends.
Check out The Jesse Redwing Blues Band
THE PJ O'BRIEN BAND
“O’Brien is a talent to watch!”
- Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine USA
“PJ O'Brien is one of the brightest talents to emerge on the Aussie Blues scene for a long time... he's an international Blues star on the rise.”
- Rhythms Magazine AU
PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His blistering fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again.
Driven by PJ’s fat and funky guitar and accompanied by his smooth, soul-filled vocals, this band is receiving widespread acclaim. PJ's Blues exude both a retro and modern feel, delivering award-winning songwriting and spine-tingling dynamics.
PJ’s last album, 'Jefferson Blues' debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart and has received fantastic reviews in Australia, the UK and the US. His music has been reviewed in Blues Revue (USA), Blues Blast (USA), Blues Matters (UK), Classic Rock's 'Blues' (UK), Rhythms (AU) FHM (AU) and Australian Guitar.
PJ has won numerous music awards over the years and in 2006 received an Australia Council grant to represent the Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. In February 2017 the PJ O'Brien Band again represented the SBS at the 2017 International Blues Challenge reaching the semi-finals in a field of over 120 American and International acts.
He has played multiple times at Australia's premier Blues Festivals including Blues at Bridgetown (WA), Great Southern Blues Festival (NSW), Thredbo Blues Festival (NSW) Gympie Muster (QLD), Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival (NSW), Blues on Broadbeach (QLD), the Echuca Winter Blues Festival (VIC) and the Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), as well as in all the top Sydney music venues. Accolades and Awards include:
- Semi-finalist - International Blues Challenge , Memphis TN (2017)
- Group Of The Year - Australian Blues Festival 'Chain' Awards (2013)
- Semi-finalist – Compo10 International Blues Song writing Contest (2007)
- Quarter-finalist – International Blues Challenge, Memphis USA (2006)
- Song of the Year – Australian Blues Festival ‘Chain’ Awards (2006)
- Best New Talent – Australian Blues Festival ‘Chain’ Awards (2006)
- Performer of the Year – Sydney Blues Society (2005)
- Best Blues Artist – MusicOz Awards (2004)
- Blues Song Of The Year – WAMI Awards (1996)
Check out PJ O'Brien
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