2018 ARTISTS

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
(USA)
- BROWN COUNTY, Ind. — Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make […]
Kevin Borich Express - QLD Australia
The Backsliders - Iconic Australian blues group – Backsliders – are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre – ‘delta-blues wall of sound’. As a three piece, they can lift the roof off any venue – moving from straight ahead, in your face, ‘amped up’ original blues – ‘Blues ’not ‘Roots’ that is – to ‘all-acoustic’ unplugged ‘way […]
Kevin Bennett & The Flood - Kevin Bennett, well-respected indigenous Singer/Songwriter with Sydney Blues/Roots band The Flood, Aria nominee and CMAA Gold Guitar winner in 2006 (with The Flood for Best Group), 2011(with Kasey Chambers for Vocal Collaboration) and 2016 (with Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart for Best Alternative Album and Best Group), writes relevant, contemporary Australian music containing elements of Blues, Rock, Folk and Country […]
Z-Star Delta (UK) - Z-STAR DELTA are fast becoming hot music property in Australia, being hailed as the highlight of many a festival, thanks to their most legendary live performances. Fronted by international artist, musician and producer Zee Gachette (Z-Star, SlowTrainSoul) on vocals, acoustic guitar and drums, with a guitar prodigy by her side on Electric, Lapsteel, Synth, Loops, […]
AJ Ghent [j-ent] (USA) - AJ Ghent [j-­‐ent], constructs a musical sound that can be heard howling from the church to the streets to the clubs. His style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic, electrifying and roots rock, -­‐-­‐ fusing blues, funk, rock, and pop, mashing it into a genre he likes to call, NEO BLUES. The energy and passion […]
Chris Wilson Band - CHRIS WILSON has been an essential part of blues and rock music in Australia since taking the stage with the Sole Twisters twenty years ago. Stints with Harum Scarum and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls followed, and the end of the 80s saw Wilson as one of our finest vocalists, harmonica players and songwriters, […]
Bondi Cigars - This award-winning quartet has well and truly established themselves into Australia’s musical heart since forming in 1989. Rarely has an Australian band received as much consistent and widespread acclaim from critics and music fans alike as the Bondi Cigars. With half a dozen albums under their belt already, and over a dozen years of constant […]
19-Twenty - 19-Twenty are: Kane Dennelly – Vox and guitars / Syd Green – Award winning producer and percussionist – Drums, Dobro / John Gwilliam – Double bass and BV’s. 19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. They are manic. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band. Imagine walking into a bar a little […]
Stiff Gins - Stiff Gins are Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs. Embarking on their nineteenth year of performing together, Stiff Gins are now entering their most intriguing period of music making. Fresh off the stage of their epic theatre project entitled ‘Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects’ that toured Sydney and Melbourne, Stiff Gins a forging towards their […]
Blues Arcadia - Combining the legendary soul of Stax and Motown with the heat and power of the Chicago and Memphis blues, Blues Arcadia deliver an uninhibited old-fashioned soul stomp revival. Formed in Brisbane around the songwriting partnership of vocalist Alan Boyle and guitarist Chris Harvey with bassist Jeremy Klysz, Parmis Rose on keys and Beck Flatt on […]
Kate Lush & The Weird Assembly - The Kate Lush Band & The Weird Assembly Horns – Think smokey bourbon infused New Orleans swamp jive,  ‘tight as a tin of sardines’ Chicago slick & ‘Old School Soul drenched’ rhythm & blues. Add to this their US charting success, a swag of major international songwriting awards & you have one of the most […]
Wards Xpress - Ross Ward first appeared at Bluesfest back in ’95 with the late Wiley Reed, where the idea for the band ‘Ward’s Xpress’ was originally conceived. Since that time he has appeared at 10 Bluesfest’s in Byron Bay ( incl 2016 ) and has enjoyed a long career in the industry with musical origins tracing back […]
Alison Penney and the Money Makers - “She gotta lotta soul,” said Freddy King’s right-hand-man, guitarist Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones. Ali Penney and the Money Makers have won SIX Australian Blues “Chain” Awards picking up Group of the Year 2010 and 2014, Album of the Year for And On It Goes, Best Female Vocal 2012 and 2014 and Ali shared the Producer […]
Minnie Marks - With an insane talent that’s out of control playing what she calls dirty sweet rock & roll this young singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi instrumentalist has been eating up girl bands since 1994. Minnie Marks is not just some blazingly electrified acoustic guitar playing freak of nature, but also a rare and triple threat: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Be […]
PJ O’Brien Band - O’Brien is a talent to watch!” Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine USA“A superlative guitarist” Danny Murphy, FHM Australia “An international blues star on the rise”, Al Hensley, Rhythms magazine AUS Australian Blues artist PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His blistering fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, […]
Shelley’s Murder Boys - Turn off the highway and head into the hills with Shelley’s Murder Boys – a band that brings a new verve to the old timey music of the Appalachians. With fiddle, guitar, and banjo, Shelley and the boys will take you on a journey to their porch in the backwoods. You may never escape.
Johnny Devilseed & Old Man Rubes - “A dirty americana style blues duo with plenty of talent and swagger. It was easy to see this act was a real cut above the rest. Their playful interaction with each other on stage seeped out into the crowd and with the help of some looped beats and bass lines the duo had many in […]