Internationally renowned organist/keyboard player Clayton Doley has for the last five years been continually touring around the globe with his own projects as well as backing up Canadian Bluesman Harry Manx and Texan guitar traveler Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges. Clayton is back in Australia to release his new album, Bayou Billabong. We’ll have the pleasure to hear him play at Girrakool BF & BBQ with his 10 piece big band and capturing the essence of the New Orleans blues piano tradition while fusing contemporary Australiana and Americana.
Over the last fifteen years he has held down successful residency gigs both in Sydney Australia and Toronto Canada as well as playing with many international artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, Steve Cropper & Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn (Booker T & the M.G.’s, Blues Brothers), David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Jimmy Barnes, The Divinyls, The Dead Daisies, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Louisiana Red, Guitar Shorty, Renee Geyer, The Mighty Reapers and Jackie Orszaczky, to name a few.
Bayou Billabong, the album was recorded in both New Orleans, Louisiana and Sydney, Australia and features past and present members of Jon Cleary’s band, The Absolute Monster Gents as the rhythm section. It also features the amazing marching band brass of The Treme Funktet with members of Galactic and Trombone Shorty’s Orleans Avenue. The sensational vocal talents of Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins feature heavily throughout and also appearing is virtuoso Didgeridoo player Ganga Giri and the amazing lap slide guitar mastery of Harry Manx. All the songs are Clayton’s original compositions inspired by the great New Orleans piano masters and feature not only Doley’s amazing keyboard skills but his quirky lyrics and song artistry.
Doley’s previous release “Desperate Times” made an impressive debut in the month of it’s release by charting at number 2 in the Australian Blues and Roots charts and coming in at number 9 in the US Roots Music Report Blues Charts. It has since been embraced by the Blues Radio all over the world and Clayton has been invited to play some of the biggest festivals such as Montreal International Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tremblant International Blues Festival to name a few.