‘Black and Blue’ with Chain

(I was lucky enough to have Matt Taylor talk with me about the early days of Blues in the 60s and 70s. Here, Phil Manning provides us with some additional insight, and Kylie Cowling tells us about performing the re-released ‘Black and Blue’ with Chain at Mitchell Creek 2017) Matt Taylor (harmonica, vocals) and Phil Manning (guitar) with Chain. What can you tell us about the 50 years story? Well I don’t know that anyone can truly fully remember the early days because it was so complicated, [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:30:37+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Big Picture|

Shane Pacey – Bondi Cigars and the Shayne Pacey Trio.

(Shane Pacey chatted with me about the Bondi Cigars and the Shayne Pacey Trio) Bondi Cigars: Eben Hale (guitar/vocals), Frank Corby (drums, vocals), Shane Pacey (guitar vocals), Alan Britton (bass, vocals). Hi Shane, that was an awesome gig. Thank you, yeah it was good fun. It was quite intense. But you know, that’s how we operate, we’re not a particularly laid back band. And you had a bit of trouble getting up here and missed out on playing your Friday night set so that would get a [...]

By |2019-07-25T14:47:36+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Big Picture|

Foreday Riders (University of the Blues)

Known as Sydney’s ‘university of the Blues’, the Foreday Riders celebrated 50 years as a working band in 2017. The Groove caught up with Ron King for a chat about how it all started. Foreday Riders (L-R): Two original members from 1967 remain: the King Brothers, Ron (harmonica, vocals) and Jeff (guitar, Dobro). Rosscoe ‘Stinger’ Clark (drums) has been a Rider since 1982, Stan ‘Sleepy’ Mobbs has been on bass with the Riders since 1990. Fronting the band is singer/ guitarist Shane Pacey whose presence they [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:31:09+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Big Picture|

Wiley Reed, You’ve Got Mail!

Wiley Reed preserved on cavas by Cath Butler. On Monday October 7, Labour Day in Queensland, the dust kicked up in the warm wind blowing gently outside the Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna, the old pub we fondly refer to as the Mail. The street was lined with the purple haze of jacaranda flowers as the intense heat of the day shimmered thickly from the road with all the promise of summer just around the corner. We had arrived to meet with others at the Wiley Reed [...]

By |2019-07-25T14:28:51+10:00July 25th, 2019|Blasts From The Past|

Blues Brothers: Still on a Misson from God!

The Original Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers movies (1998 and 2000) need no introduction and at Byron Bluesfest in 2018 we’ll witness the amazing band that created the soundscape behind comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. I spoke with Rob "The Honeydripper" Paparozzi (vocals, harmonica) from his home in New Jersey, USA about the new album and the upcoming show in Australia. The band has 16 albums including a brand new one, The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, recorded live in the studio and [...]

By |2019-07-25T13:28:25+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Big Picture|