12.6 C
Byron Shire
July 4, 2022

A unique fusion of blues

Latest News

Council advertising

Thanks Council, for the advertisement on page 5 letting us know that you co-hosted a conference. It is good...

Other News

Sport and gender

Olympic golden girl Cate Campbell claims to have wrestled long and hard with herself before passionately promoting a ban...

No blame in this game

I do not wish to condemn politicians for the state of corruption in this country. However, I do wish...

Lake Ainsworth

The heavy rain on 28–30 March 2022 resulted in flooding of Lake Ainsworth at Lennox Head to about 2m...

Tenth Nannaversary of those mischievous knitters

Would you believe it, petals, it's been 10 years since the guerilla espionage not-so-sweet little ladies now known as the Knitting Nannas started their ruthless needling of CSG miner Metgasco.

Police seeking public assistance following Byron Bay assault

A serious assault in Byron Bay on Friday, 3 June, 2022 has led to police releasing further CCTV footage and another appeal for information from the public. 

Festival/Byron Council relations strained, motion passes

The operations manager of the Byron Music Festival says her attempts to run the event this year were cruelled by Byron Council staff, who allegedly provided organisers with false information and spoke to them like they were ‘idiots’.

The Dillion James Band is a blues collective of multi-instrumentalists originating from Brisbane. Although the group’s roots lay inherently within the blues, their original fusion draws from a wide range of musical influences.

The band’s unique and open approach to blues is consistently heard throughout their debut album Tone Baked Goodness (released in March 2011), which is currently enjoying considerable national airplay with its inclusion at number 4 in the Australian Blues/Roots Radio Airplay Charts. The band also received the accolade of winning the BASEQ (Blues Association of South-East Queensland) 2010 Blues Performers of the Year award.

DJB formed almost three years ago after an impromptu jam session at Brisbane’s Indigenous Art Gallery. Over the following twelve months experimentation ensued as an eclectic mix of musicians honed a sound destined to carve its own niche within the Australian blues arena.

After a number of well-received gigs, the door was opened for them to perform at the Brisbane Blues Festival. One year on and DJB are introducing packed audiences around Australia to their stimulating blend of blues and roots.

Deeply rooted in the blues and demonstrating a musical maturity far exceeding his years, Dillion has frequently been invited to augment the lineup of established Australian blues bands Mojo Webb and Blind Lemon for numerous gigs including the East Coast Blues & Roots and Woodford Folk festivals. Fulfilling a long-standing musical ambition, in 2010 he travelled to New Orleans to jam with and learn from the local musicians. The experience had a strong influence on his playing and is prominent in his band performances as his Hammond organ leads the groove and breathes the blues as the accompanying musicians of DJB envelop the vibe with reggae and funk overtones rising to an infectious performance.

Since their recent southeast-coast tour of Australia (which included the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn, Queenscliffe’s Blues Train and performances in Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle) DJB has appeared at the Broadbeach Blues Festival, Brisbane Blues Festival and Twin Towns Blues Festival as well as iconic blues and roots venue The Rails in Byron Bay and Nimbin’s legendary Mardi Grass.

See Dillion James Band at the Sphinx Rock Cafe on Sunday.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Teen missing from Coffs Harbour

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a teenager missing in the Coffs Harbour area.

A poem

Row upon row Lest we forget the rows of trees they planted to recall the rows of boys they sent to die in the war Jon Paul Summers, Suffolk Park

Destruction of Brunswick Heads mahogany

The foulest crime against the planet was committed secretly in the heart of Brunswick Heads during the pandemic lockdown. The rarest and most iconic...

Supply chain pain? Try localisation!

A community screening of Local Futures’ new film, 'Planet Local: A Quiet Revolution', will be held today, Friday, July 1, at The Farm in Byron Bay from 6pm. Damon Gameau and Pacha Light will be joining Helena Norberg-Hodge for a discussion afterwards.