First Lineup Revealed for Bluesfest 2018

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We’re well and truly into festival announcement season with the first huge reveal for Bluesfest 2018.

Heading up next years lineup is the one-two punch of musical legends Lionel Richie and Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters. That’s definitely going to make a lot of people excited.

Joining them in this lineup are a bunch of Bluesfest regulars plus some first timers including John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats and many more to be announced.

If previous years are anything to go by then this is just going to be the tip of the iceberg so get excited!

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Lloyd Spiegel Announces New Album and East Coast Tour

Lloyd Spiegel
Photo by Stuart Bucknell

If you read our review of this year’s Bluesfest you’ll know that Lloyd Spiegel was one our favourite artists of festival. So we’re super excited to hear that Spiegel has just announced a new album and an east coast tour.

The album is titled This Time Tomorrow and is due for release on the 3rd July. Lloyd Spiegel wrote the album while travelling through Europe, Central and North America, all of which had a influence on his blues and roots sound.

“I’ve never written at home,” Spiegel explained. “I find it hard to be creative in my lounge room looking at bills and checking footy scores – and find that the inspiration to write comes from those few quiet hours in a hotel room on tour, the airport transit lounge or the long bus ride. This is where I can reflect and put those experiences into lyric. I’ve travelled most of my life so really, they’re like letters home.”

To celebrate the release of This Time Tomorrow Lloyd Spiegel is heading out on an east coast tour this June and July. Check out the full list of dates, plus the new track “Devil On My Shoulder”, below:

Friday 16th June – The Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th June – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 18th June – The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival, Windsor, NSW
Friday 23rd June – The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Friday 7th July – Hickinbotham Winery, Dromana, VIC
Friday 14th July – Suttons House of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – The Mullumbimby ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 22nd July – The Sound Lounge, Currumbin, QLD
Saturday 5th August – The Melbourne Guitar Show, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 11th August – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 12th August – The Old Church On The Hill, Bendigo, VIC

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats And C.W. Stoneking Co-Headline Tour

Nate and CW
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This march it’s time to get your retro-blues and roots on as English band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Australian troubadour C.W. Stoneking announce a co-headline tour.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are back in the country following last year’s appearance at Bluesfest and the release of their new EP A Little Something More From. They recently shared the stage in the US with C.W. Stoneking which has led to the tour in Australia.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 3rd March – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth, WA
Tuesday 7th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 8th March – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th March – Shindig By The Sea, Seaworks, Melbourne, VIC

Bluesfest Announces First Round of Artists for 2017

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It may only be August but that doesn’t mean it isn’t time to start thinking about the 2017 festival season. This morning Bluesfest launched their first round of artists for next years festival and it’s huge.

This morning’s announcement includes Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers (above), Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Trombone Shorty, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Beth Hart, Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Booker T Jones Presents The Stax Records Revue, Andrew Bird, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Turin Brakes, The Strumbellas, Jake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Hill and Irish Mythen with more to be announced.

Bluesfest takes place over the Easter long weekend for the 13th to 17th April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Falls Festival Review: Timber and Steel Highlights

The Valley Stage at Falls Festival Byron BayFestival: Falls Music and Arts Festival
Location: Byron Bay – North Byron Parklands
Date(s): Thursday 31st Dec 2015 – Saturday 2nd Jan 2016
Feature Artists: Courtney Barnett, Little May, The Button Collective, Gary Clark Jr.
Photos by Stuart Bucknell

The line up was a great collection of many talented musicians from a vast array of genres. In terms of Timber and Steel acts, there were four main highlight acts to catch at Falls.

Courtney BarnettIt’s been a big year for Courtney Barnett, 2015 has seen her juggernaut debut grow in to dominance of the charts and the hearts of Australians of almost all musical persuasions. Clad in desert boots, jeans and a hat that only lasted a song and a half, Barnett didn’t hesitate to launch with full energy in to her huge set on the Valley Stage for the first day of the new year. The audience sprawled across the lawns, from the raptured fans at the front, to the chilled punters on the grassy slopes at the back, all completely fixated on the multi award winning yet demure figure. Highlights from her set include that rare quiet moment as the entire Valley hushed for the opening notes of Depreston only to then have every voice heard singing along in unison, and her huge hit Pedestrian at best close her set in full rock-goddess energy while the crowd reached the peak of their high spirited, dancing frenzy.

Little May on the Forest Stage at Falls Festival Byron Little May is an act I’ve seen popping up time and time again on my social media feeds and have been keen to catch. The trio took to the Forest Stage on the last day of the festival, with their backing band at the ready and strong audience numbers eagerly anticipating their set. And the ladies did not disappoint. With honey golden vocals trickling through the all encompassing tones of the full band’s live act festival sound, Little May treated the crowd to a full course of sweet temptations. With highlights including a beautiful rendition of the ballad, Seven Hours, to the new track Cease, the trio gave a consistent, high quality musical spectrum for the crowd to relax too, from the folk tinged to the indie pop and alternative sounds. Their repertoire allowed them range from their silky, harmonised ballads to bold, anthemic tones of Dust, through the tale telling of Hide and finishing off the performance with a stellar performance of their Great Southern Land Like a Version cover. I can only hope that Paul Kelly himself caught even a glimpse of this up tempo take on his classic track with  their clever use of vocal layering as it’s the last time they will be playing it for a while.

Button collectiveOver in Lola’s Bar, on New Years Eve, we stumbled upon a likely scene of rag-tag musicians and a tent full of eager punters. It was 2pm but the Button Collective soon had the dance floor packed with joyful revelry. Appearing as a 6-piece line up each day of the Byron stint, the sheer energy and cheer emanating from the stage was infectious. With everything from the traditional folk, to country-tinged tracks that invoke foot stomping, the Collective had a winning combination on their set list. With Barn-dance like hoedowns springing up on the dance floor, and multiple Irish tunes mashed-up to treat the crowd, Lola’s Bar was the scene of frivolity for their entire set. The Button Collective brought sea shanties, bluegrass, folk and an array of short, punchy, fast paced tracks and still bowed to the whim of the crowd, playing more dance tracks whenever the crowd demanded. So spirited was the audience, that a conga-line formed and snaked its way around the dance floor until every punter was a part of the line, and then spontaneously erupted in to a mass hoedown. To say The Button Collective put on a good show would be an understatement… I’m sure the word ‘rollicking’ should be used.

garyclarkjr_20160101-3Finally, on the last night of the festival, I had the pleasure of witnessing the sheer ‘cool’ of Gary Clark Jr. His live sound reminds me of Ash Grunwald sans distortion, they both clearly dig a similar edgy blues style. Clark Jr. weaves effortlessly between styles, from a Lenny Kravitz swagger, to an occasional Hendrix vibe and all while navigating through blues soaked solos. The crowd grew steadily as his wavering wails swept the Valley. Dipping now and then in to old school rock, and then rolling through the blues to keep the audience on edge, it was like watching a master at work. Clark Jr. saturated the audience with electric riffs and transcended into another world onstage, so steeped in the moment and the music. He seamlessly melds his music on stage, from cool blues to upbeat jump around funk blues. Gary Clark Jr. is worth every moment you can fit on your festival planner.

While these four were some of the main focuses of us Timber and Steelers, there was a wealth of talent throughout the Falls line up to whet the appetite.

Read our Overview of the entire Falls Festival Byron Bay event.

Unmissable Falls Acts

Falls Festival Finds

Bluesfest Announces Second Round of Artists for 2016

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The second round of artists for the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest dropped this morning and there’s a lot for Timber and Steel readers to get excited about.

if you look past the massive headliner you’ll see some very exciting names like The Decemberists, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Tweedy, Steve Earle, Nahko and Medicine for the People and Blackberry Smoke amongst others.

Bluesfest is held over the Easter long weekend from the 24th to 28th March just outside of Byron Bay. The full list of artists announced as part of the second round is below – check out the official site for more details.

Tom Jones
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Jackson Browne
The Decemberists
Jason Isbell
Sturgill Simpson
Tweedy
Steve Earle & The Dukes
The Wailers
Grace Potter
Lord Huron
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Vintage Trouble
Lucky Peterson
Emdee
Blackberry Smoke

Watch the New Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Video “A Lover And A Fool”

Eddie Boyd
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Sydney based blues and roots trip Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have just released “A Lover And A Fool”, the latest video from their EP of the same name. Check it out here:

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars are currently on a huge east coast tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Listen to the New Ash Grunwald Single “Second Guess”

Ash Grunwald
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Ash Grunwald has returned from a massive tour of Canada with a brand new single in tow, the wonderfully bluesy “Second Guess”. The track is taken from his upcoming album NOW which is due for release on the 25th September.

Take a listen to “Second Guess” here:

Ash Grunwald has also announced 28 date national tour to celebrate the release of NOW. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 10th September – The Rosemount Hotel, Nth Perth, WA
Friday 11th September – Divers Tavern, Broome, WA
Saturday 12th September – The Indi Bar, Scarborough, WA
Sunday 13th September – Mojos Bar, Nth Fremantle, WA
Thursday 24th September – The Grand, Mornington, VIC
Friday 25th September – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 26th September – Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC
Thursday 1st October – Wickham, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 2nd October – Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 3rd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Thursday 8th October – Rolling Stone Live Lodge, Newtown Social, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th October – Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay, NSW
Saturday 10th October – Gearins Hotel, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 16th October – Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th October – Hotel Metropole, Ipswich, QLD
Sunday 18th October – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast QLD
Wednesday 21st October – Sugarland Tavern, Bunderberg, QLD
Thursday 22nd October – Flamingos on Quay, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 23rd October – Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD
Saturday 24th October – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 25th October – The Jack, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 31st October – Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Wangaratta, VIC
Wednesday 4th November – Fresh On Charles, Launceston, TAS
Thursday 5th November – Tapas Bar, Devonport, TAS
Friday 6th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 7th November – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Friday 13th November – Blues At Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown WA
Saturday 14th November – The Boston Brewery, Denmark WA

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Announces All Leads Back Tour

Eddi Boyd
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Sydney blues and roots trio Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have just released their new single “A Lover and A Fool”, the title track from their amazing new EP. Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have been everywhere since winning the wildcard entry onto last year’s Bluesfest and it looks like they’re only going to go from strength to strength.

Want to know what we mean? Take a listen to “A Lover and A Fool”:

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars will be hitting the road from this August with their All Leads Back tour – check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 1st August – The Standard Bowl, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th August – Baha Tacos, Rye, VIC
Saturday 15th August – The Penny Black, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 16th August – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC
Thursday 27th August – Rad Bar, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Bluesfest Announces First Round of Artists for 2016

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It’s July and we’re already getting 2016 festival announcements? That’s crazy.

This morning Bluesfest revealed their first round of artists for the 2016 festival, which is not until the end of March, a full eight months away. A lot has been made of the “shock” exclusive headliner The National (who have always drawn influences from roots music, even if what they do is not exactly roots) but as always we’re super excited about the artists a little bit further down the list like Rhiannon Giddens and Shakey Graves.

Bluesfest is held over the Easter long weekend from the 24th to 28th March just outside of Byron bay. The full list of artists announced is below – check out the official site for more details.

The National
City and Colour
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue
Joe Bonamassa
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Cat Empire
Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real
The Word
Rhiannon Giddens
Janiva Magness
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Allen Stone
The Selecter
Shakey Graves
Songhoy Blues

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