Blues Illustrated (July 2014)

Another great new Blues Album that I just can’t stop playing. Lazy Eye’s “House of Trouble” released March 2014 is on high rotation right now and I thoroughly recommend it to all that like a big Blues trio sound – so many great tracks. Their latest CD is now at number 5 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay chart. For more information please go to

This month’s special mention goes to the SoundBar in Rosebud who have been featuring an impressive array of live Blues music with no less than Bag O’ Nails, Swamp Box, Safari Motel, Jesse Valach Blues Mountain, Jarrod Shaw plus Andy Phillips and the Cadillac Walk all appearing on a regular basis. The Soundbar have also introduced an open mic night, so please do yourself a favour and join in the fun. Contact the venue at

Congratulations to Frances Fairhall aka Kansas Kitty (pictured) for completing six months of quality broadcasting and bringing us the best in Women in Blues with her radio show highlighting ‘Songs of Protest, Blues, Booze & Broads’ every fortnight 10pm-Midnight on Thursday from Southern FM 88.3 – We are all looking forward to the next six months Kansas. Keep up the good work. Please see for more details.

Last month’s “Supporting Women in Blues” meeting at the Royal Standard Hotel did not feature a guest speaker however the specialist workshops were extremely well attended. Zerafina Zara held a vocal workshop with the theme, “From Gospel to Blues” and Jen Hawley continued her instrument workshops. A number of talented female artists participated in the evening JAMs that followed. A special mention to  Gala Hingston, Rhiannon Simpson, Michelle Johns, Jen Hawley, Nicole Nehemia, Julie Noble, Evange Evanjewel and Livia Baggio to mention but a few on their great performances. For more information about future “Supporting Women in Blues” (SWIB) events please check out

This month the PBC delivered a tribute to Women in Blues and over 100 people enjoyed a great night’s entertainment – well done to the organisers. The MOJO “Sistas” Christine Manetta (vocals), Julie Noble (harmonica), Eva Kourtes (Guitar) and the two “Brothas” on Bass and Drums, served up a fine mix of Rock and Blues with bite. Stevie Paige followed as the feature artist, with a wonderful solo performance full of great blues and soul – this lady is all class. Don’t miss next month’s special event on Sunday July 13 Blues, when Blue Eyes Cry will drop by to perform as the house band! For more details please check the new home of the Peninsula Blues Club.

Safari Motel recording their new LIVE CD at the Soundbar in Rosebud – Friday July 12 at 8PM.

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.