Bender – Not the cartoon robot!

(Guitar Technical, one in an occasional series by Ross "Scoey" Colledge) While "benders" are mainly used by country players to replicate a pedal steel sound of sliding from one note to another, David Thompson recently displayed that a bender in the hands of a skilled guitarist can really do great things in the blues (it's a pity I don't have a youtube video of the event to give a link ... but if you see David Thompson playing somewhere, check him out). So what is a bender, [...]

By |2022-02-23T01:11:42+10:00February 23rd, 2022|Behind The Scenes|

Vix And The Slick Chix Go To War!

So ... you know the blues trio of Vix and The Slick Chix, and Vix's backstory involving Wiley Reed? Well .... forgive the pointlessness of doing a theatre review of a show that you've missed, but this was the second "outing" of "A Girls Guide To World War" ... and if good fortune smile on the troupe that put it on, you may get another chance. The trio of Vix and the Slick Chix feature promently in this production. Aleathea Monsour (bass in the 'Chix and [...]

By |2022-02-23T00:41:55+10:00February 22nd, 2022|(default), The Groove|

Presidents Pen – Barry B Signing Off.

So, I'm sitting in the Mt Glorious Cafe, with blues playing over their sound system, after a quick mid-week blast up the twisties (refresh skillz!), writing what will be my last Presidents' Pen, reflecting back on my involvement of BASEQ over many years. It was my good friend, Jules Victor (former BASEQ president), that urged me at the time to "upsize" my BASEQ membership to be part of the committee, as part of a larger effort to "restablise" BASEQ, and get back to it's mission after almost being [...]

By |2021-09-25T21:57:58+10:00September 25th, 2021|Club Stuff|

New Album Review – Craig Claxton – “Azure Blue”

Craig Claxton and the Barbarians "And here is someone that needs no introduction" For the local blues scene, that fits Craig Claxton to a tee. But for those that might not know, Craig has been a professional Australian musician and talented guitarist from an early age, now with a career spanning decades. Want to find out more? Go here: Bio | Craig Claxton And just like some of his older local contemporaries like the late great Ewan MacKenzie, has mastered many styles, notably rock, [...]

By |2021-08-25T16:50:12+10:00August 25th, 2021|(default)|