For blues lovers there’s no better way to see in the New Year than by attending Bluestone. Now in its 19th year, the two-day event staged by Geelong’s Sleepy Hollow Blues Club features an impressive lineup of classic and original blues music from some Australian legends and emerging artists.
If you look at the best Australian blues guitarists of all time, Geoff Achison is without a doubt on the list. In 1994, Achison released his debut album Big Machine and since then has gone in leaps and bounds. I got the opportunity to sit down with Achison recently to have a chat about guesting with the Allman Brothers, playing alongside his long-time mentor and collaborator Dutch Tilders and how it feels to be celebrating the anniversary of the disc.
In the past three years Lily and the Drum averaged out at about 100 gigs per year, and lucky for us they’re swinging our way for a show or two. We were luck enough to have a chat to the band about the recording process and they’re favourite places to perform – lucky for us […]
While they may regret the punctuation in the middle of their name, there’s not much else the four-piece band could add to that list. When I sat down to chat with bassist and vocalist Zach Carothers, the band was in the midst of a free tour in Australia, skydiving and generally living it up.
Combining indie-pop guitar sounds of bands like The Jungle Giants and the sweet melodic crooning of Matt Corby, there is a new Geelong band on the rise: meet Revolution. From the outset they may seem like a bunch of young folk getting together to have a jam, but since taking out the regional final of the Push Start Battle of the Bands in Geelong at Courthouse ARTS recently, they are a band on the rise, and one to watch in the coming months.
The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is on again and this year it is set to be bigger and better than ever. Now spanning across three days, the jam packed schedule will feature all things vintage from November 28 to 30. The event brings together hundreds of classic and exotic vehicles to Geelong’s magnificent waterfront, along with racing, exhibits, entertainment, food, music and fashion.
You’ve heard the whispers for months and now it’s official – Florida’s Sleepwave have been added to the 2015 Soundwave line up. “We’re stoked!” smiled front man Spencer Chamberlain when we caught up just ahead of the public announcement, “I’ve been quietly pushing for us to be on the tour for a while, and we’re very very excited. I guess I can be quite persuasive!” he laughed.
“We’re looking forward to playing Queenscliff Music Festival next weekend because we played it once before and we felt we were pretty bloody dreadful! So it’ll be nice to come back and make amends.” A promise made is a promise kept by Tim Powles, drummer of the legendary alt-rock outfit The Church.
Archie Roach is a man that needs no introduction. Over the past twenty-five years, Roach has developed a unique style of storytelling that has woven its way into his many songs. Best known for his ’90s tune ‘Took The Children Away’, which talks directly of experiences of his family being a part of the Stolen Generation, Roach was on tour with Rodriguez when I caught up to chat with him.