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.
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