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CHRIS WILSON BENEFIT
The life and music of Chris Wilson, one of
Australia’s most revered and successful blues
musicians, was celebrated in a special benefit
concert at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne on
Friday August 24.
The singer, songwriter and multi-
instrumentalist, who also has the distinction of
having one of the biggest selling blues album
in Australian music history (Wilson-Diesel’s
Short Cool Ones), was recently diagnosed with
The benefit concert was hosted by Cherry Bar’s
James Young and featured performances by Barb
Waters, Barry Palmer, Steve Lucas, Finn Wilson,
Kerri Simpson, Ash Davies, and many more of
Wilson was not well enough to attend the show
himself; however, the benefit concert offered
financial support for him and his family. If you
would like to make a donation, please go to:
BRODERICK SMITH BOOK
Broderick Smith’s memoir, Man Out of
Time, is being published by Starman Books
(starmanbooks.com). The Collector’s edition of
the 396-page book has more than 600 photos.
It also contains a bonus hand-signed lyric sheet
for ‘Boy On The Run.’
In addition, Smith releases his brand-new
album Man Out of Time to coincide with the
book. The album arrives 10 years since Smith’s
last solo album, Unknown Country, and eight
years since Tracks, his return to his legendary
‘70s band, the Dingoes.
Since the Dingoes, he has fronted various bands
with his name featured: Broderick Smith’s Hired
Hands (1978–1979), Broderick Smith’s Big
Combo (1979–1982), Broderick Smith Band
(1982–1985). Of these, Big Combo provided
his best known latter releases with the singles
‘Faded Roses’ and ‘My Father’s Hands’.
In 2009, Smith was inducted into the Aria
Hall of Fame for his work with the Dingoes.
Following this in 2010, the band reformed,
recorded a new album in Tucson, Arizona and
undertook a successful national tour.
During a long career spanning over 50 years, he
has worked with such legendary artists as Buffy
St Marie, Joe Cocker and Cat Stevens.
The November/December issue of Rhythms
features an interview with Smith and reviews of
the book and album.
“Our 30th Anniversary Bluesfest will be a
MAJOR event in a long line of great festivals.
We will only turn 30 once,” said director
Bluesfest Director Peter Noble, “and we intend
to make this edition truly memorable!”
The first Bluesfest announcement arrived on
August 1 but by the time you read this there will
have been at least two more announcements.
Leading the first announcement for Bluesfest
2019 are exclusive Bluesfest shows for:
Jack Johnson, Ben Harper & The Innocent
Criminals and St. Paul & The Broken Bones
with Kasey Chambers celebrating the 20th
Anniversary of her ground-breaking album ‘The
Check out rhythms.com.au for Bluesfest
updates as they happen.
BLIND DATE RECORDS
You will notice that our sampler CD features
five fabulous tracks from the Blind Date Record
label. Launched at Melbourne Museum during
Melbourne Music Week in 2017, Blind Date
Records is a boutique, independent record label
focusing on blues, folk and Americana music.
Founded by Tim McCormack and Phoebe
Wynne after a brainstorming session at the
Standard Hotel and named after a 1971 Daddy
Cool song, Blind Date is about musicians
nourishing other musicians. Distribution,
publicity, events, digital management and social
media is all run from Tim and Phoebe’s kitchen
table. The label works closely with the sublime
Union St Studios in Brunswick, Yes Studios in
Nashville and Zenith Records in Brunswick.
Find out more at: blinddaterecords.com.au
Returning for its second year this October,
the Byron Bay Guitar Festival is rounding up
some of the country’s best ‘fretsperts’ – male
and female – to celebrate the guitar. Taking
place at the Byron Brewery (the site of the
inaugural Bluesfest), this year’s two-day event
presents performances from the likes of Dallas
Frasca, Hussy Hicks, Jeff Martin, British India,
Ash Grunwald and Lloyd Spiegal alongside
exhibitors, workshops and seminars.
Find out more at: byronbayguitarfestival.com
Festival founder Nick Sergi, of Byron Music,
says, “It was just something that developed.
I love guitars and the venue was the perfect
match. I’m trying to drive an interest in the
“A diverse lineup is something that I had always
set out to achieve. This year we have some
fantastic female talent to rival the guys – Dallas
Frasca, Legs Electric, Hussy Hicks, Minnie
Marks and Tullara. I wont lie – getting those
names was a lot of work! Last year I had made a
Byron Bay Guitar Festival takes place at the
Byron Bay Brewery, October 6-7.
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