Fans of blistering live blues and roots music take note: Australia’s foremost, iconic blues and roots group Backsliders were nominated in the Roots category for the 25th Anniversary Aria Awards! Named by Doug Mulray in 2003 as ‘the best acoustic blues band in the country’, and with an abundance of career awards including Band of the Year (Rolling Stone), Best Live Australian Blues Act (Blues on Air magazine) and Blues Album of the Year (Rhythms magazine), Backsliders are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre: the ‘delta-blues wall of sound’. Live in concert, the band are a force to be reckoned with, fiercely blending an amped-up authentic, original blues style, along with their evocative, unplugged ‘deep south’ acoustic delta blues mode. Backsliders feature guitarist/vocalist, founding member and key songwriter Dom Turner plus drum and percussion virtuoso Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, The Break). The band have notched up 25 years’ experience serving up the finest, meanest acoustic-based blues, starting out before ‘blues and roots’ was a well-known term in the Australian music industry. Friday 20 Jan at the Currumbin Soundlounge and Saturday 21 Jan at the Byron Theatre, Community Centre.
Dredging rivers: what are the Ballina candidates’ positions?
A recent Meet the Candidates evening in Ocean Shores saw discussion around how to manage local river systems, which have silted up over generations, and likely contributed to the high flood levels experienced in 2022.
Have you got a funny kid?
Do you have a funny kid? The search for Australia’s funniest teens is making its way across the nation and three is a free workshop coming to Brunswick Heads
Election 2023 – Clarence: George Keller
George Keller is running for the seat of Clarence on behalf of the Sustainable Australia Party sees corruption and vested interests having more impact on MP's decisions than the genuine interests of the community.
Over $61 million to fix flood damaged roads in Tweed
As the flood 2022 bills come rolling in for Tweed Shire Council (TSC) it has become apparent that almost half of the $125 million total repair bill will be spent on repairing landslides that have impacted access routes.
Interview with Southern Avenue’s Tierinii Jackson
Abounding with musical creativity, confident songcraft, and deeply felt emotion, Southern Avenue marries soul power and jam band liberation with gospel, blues and righteous R&B to craft their own timeless brand of American music. Seven spoke to Southern Avenue’s Tierinii Jackson last week, in late winter Memphis, Tennessee…
Legislating short-term holiday letting the way forward say Greens
Ballina MP, Tamara Smith, has committed to introducing legislation on short-term holiday letting within the first 100 days of the next NSW parliament if she is re-elected.
Full Moon natural wine festival!
Full Moon Festival by Luna Wine Store welcomes 30 of Australia’s most exciting winemakers and natural wine importers to...
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Swimming champs Sydney bound for finals
Congratulations to Wilsons Creek Public School students Ruby, Eddie, Goldie and Ayla, who have made it to the state swimming finals, to be held in Sydney at the end of the term.
Flood-affected still without assistance
Over a year has passed since the devastating February 2022 floods, but many residents of the Northern Rivers have not received the support to retrofit, raise or buyback their homes, as pledged to them by the federal and state governments.
Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Vape Culture
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Tobacco companies are in your home and in your school. They are quite possibly in your kid’s school bag. They have their sights set on your children; your precious kids are their future. They need to groom your babies into addiction so that their shareholders can continue to suck in their grubby toxic profits. The lips of the tobacco industry are on the soft fleshy cheeks of your babies and they are sucking hard. They are vaping the life out of your kids.
The Good Life
Byron’s chocoholics’ Easter destination
The Love Byron Bay boutique has been specialising in unique cocoa encounters for nearly a decade now. In this time they have sourced an...