Blues Illustrated (August 2014)

The Sammy Owens Blues Band (pictured) are a must see band. Their latest CD, the NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH debuted at number 21 and is now at number 12 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay chart and will certainly continue to rise. This is a great local blues outfit not to be missed, for more information please go to:

This month’s special mention goes to the Heritage 3059 in Balnarring who have been featuring an impressive array of live Blues music every Sunday afternoon with no less than the Detonators, Bag O’ Nails, the Jackson Four, Safari Motel and Andy Phillips and the Cadillac Walk all appearing in recent weeks. It is always good to see another venue supporting the live music scene and supporting our local peninsula bands. Please go to for more details.

The 3RPP Blues Shack has been a regular institution on the Peninsula every Thursday night for the last two and a half years. In a move to make the Blues Shack available to as many Blues lovers as possible, it has been decided to move the Blues Shack to Monday nights at an earlier time slot from 9pm for two hours. The Blues Shack will continue to feature the very best in Australia’s Blues music “live to air” and on CD wherever possible. Congratulations to Ray Reid, Mark Mayle and Terry Murphy for their great work on this show.

Arguably still one of the best guitarists going around, Rob Papp has teamed up with Dave Nunn on harp to deliver a refreshing Jazz infused Blues acoustic duo. Rob and Dave are getting around the wineries and
restaurants and doing some really entertaining and relaxed Sunday afternoon gigs. Keep an eye on their gig guide.

Youth In Blues is an initiative of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (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. Troy Wilson from the Peninsula Blues Club has extended the Youth In Blues program to the Peninsula for 2014. This Peninsula program is aimed at High school students aged between 14 and 18, with classes being held at 5.30pm Fridays at the Blue Note College of Music.

Sunday July 13, one of my favourite Blues outfits, Blues Eyes Cry performed as the PBC house band and they can have the gig as long as they want (LOL). Next month the very talented guitarist and singer songwriter, Shannon Bourne will perform as the feature artist – don’t miss this special event. For more details please check the new home of the Peninsula Blues Club.

The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) DUET series coming soon.

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.