You had better hold on tight as the red-neck preacher at the shotgun wedding between country and blues is on the loose. Who in tarnation am I talking about? His name is 8 Ball Aitken, and he comes packing heat. 8 Ball has been a part of Australia’s festival scene for over a decade now, though in recent times he has called Nashville home. His latest release is Southern Hemisphere, an album recorded with the rich talents of members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Little Big Town and members of Robert Plant’s, Emmylou Harris’ and Alison Krauss’ bands. 8 Ball’s music has featured on TV shows including Justified, Breaking Amish and Parking Wars. The Piping Hot Chicken Shop, Ocean Grove – December 12.