Blues Illustrated (June 2014)

Once in a while there is a new Blues Album that you just can’t stop playing. The Lachy Doley Group’s Live at the 303 (audio CD from DVD) is on high rotation right now and I thoroughly recommend it to all that like a big Blues Hammond organ sound – Ten great tracks.

This month’s special mention goes to the Chandelier Room in Moorabbin (the BIN) who have been featuring a an array of live Blues music on Saturday nights lately with no less than Mr Black & Blues, the Justin Yap band, SI Compadres, Wilson & While, Electric Larry and Troy Wilson to name but just a few.

Last month’s “Supporting Women in Blues” meeting at the Royal Standard Hotel featured the talented Nicole Nehemia (pictured) sharing her personal musical journey. Nicole performed some of her Safari Motel set list as acapella tunes demonstrating her natural talent and how far she has now come across a broad mix of musical genres. As we have now come to expect at these “Supporting Women in Blues” (SWIB) events, Nicole delivered an extremely personal story with passion and honesty and her humility was an example to all. As a devotee of the Blues, Funk and Soul crossover styles Nicole has now really come of age and I would expect that 2014 will be a breakout year for this lady.

Youth in Blues is an initiative of the MBAS, held annually to encourage the next generation of Blues musicians. The Youth in Blues Program aims to help budding young Blues musicians and vocalists gain confidence and experience with the guidance and mentorship of established Blues musicians and music industry professionals. This Program offers young people a place to show their musical talent in a fun, encouraging and learning environment with like-minded Blues music supporters.  Renowned Bluesman Wayne Jury Will Be presenting these sessions.  The Youth in Blues program for 2014 will be held fortnightly over 5 sessions from Saturday 17th May 1pm-4pm at the Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, West Melbourne.

The Winter Blues Festival held in Echuca on 25, 26 & 27 July 2014 has announced this year’s line-up. Please see for more details. Great line up, great town, great festival and it’s free. Get along this year if you can for 3 days of great Blues music.

Following a tribute to Howlin’ Wolf, the patron of Peninsula Blues Club Mr Alex Burns returned as the feature artist for the meeting on May 11. The next PBC meeting will be held on Sunday June 8 featuring Stevie Paige and an all women house band the MOJO Sisters with Christine Manetta (vocals), Julie Noble (harmonica), Michelle Johns (keyboard), Eva Kourtes (Guitar) and Emily Car (Drums). For more details find peninsula Blues Club on Facebook!

Andrea Marr’s new band Soul’D Out.

Until next month, let’s keep the blues alive and support our local artists.

Greg writes monthly for PEARL on all things Blues and if you’d like Greg to review your release or you know of something happening in the Blues world please drop him a line at Greg can also be heard every Tuesday between 12-2 pm on 88.3 Southern FM as the host of the all Australian Blues Illustrated show.