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Interview with Leo Sayer

Interview by Stuart Blythe
Photo Credit Maria de Vera

Leo Sayer @ Beats 4 Breast Cancer

Firstly, congratulations on the release of your new album – Restless Years.
This is your first album in six years. How was the recording process, the people involved and seeing the release of the album?

Oh, well I met Mitch Cairns, Danny Spencer and Johnny Salerno on the Good Times tour last year. They were the backing band and I loved their feel so I asked them to be my studio band. Bill Risby already was my keyboard player, and was on the tour as well, so together they became the recording band. I already had demos I’d made of all the songs so we got together at Mitch’s studio in Melbourne after the tour last winter and put the basic album together. Then we did overdubs there and vocals and backing vocals at my own studio in Sydney. It was a pretty painless operation really (one of the easiest albums I’ve ever recorded) thanks to the talent of all the great singers and musicians I was working with. Now these guys are my live band too.
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Live Review : Zac Brown Band at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – April 1, 2015

Review by David Jackson – sbj.rocks

Zac Brown Band at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney - Australia

Zac Brown put his “Toes in the water” in Sydney on Wednesday night at the Hordern Pavilion Sydney April 1st 2015.

Wednesday night, April fool’s day for some, serious business for others. Sydney was longing to be reacquainted with Zac Brown and his band. Touring Australia for the second time in two years, how the fan base has grown from 2013 when he was last here. With a swag of awards, music sales exceeding 7 million and a “greatest hits” album under their belt, the Hordern was about to have its roof raised off.
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Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015 – Day 3

Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015 – Day 3

Bluesfest Day 3

By Wanda Hill

The rain came down as spirits soared lifted by music unfazed by the weather or mud underfoot. Day three was a bit wet but who really cares when your safe and dry listening to The Gypsy Kings surrounded by warm bodies all captivated by sounds that make you feel like you’re thousands of miles away in the warm Spanish countryside having a religious experience. Being transported by Spanish Romini elder Nicholas Reyes’s vocals in combination with the magical flamenco guitar of Tonino Baliardo, supported by younger cousins on vocals and guitars is a cultural experience everyone should have in this lifetime.
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Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2015 – Day 1


Bluesfest 2015 Day 1

Review by Wanda Hill

It’s that time of year again when thousands of music lovers make their way to Arakwal Country in the Byron Shire for the annual Easter celebration of all things blues, roots and beyond. It is such a lovely feeling to walk onto the extremely well prepared festival site knowing that there are five days of incredible artists from around the world to be enjoyed amidst a friendly crowd and delicious food.
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It seems that Australians just can’t get enough of The Fray. The band’s last tour in March sold out in every city well in advance of the shows, and the performances themselves gripped crowds across the nation.

Luckily, The Fray can’t seem to get enough of us either. With that in mind, The Frontier Touring Company is very pleased to announce headline shows for the multi-platinum-selling band in addition to their performance at 2010’s Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
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News: Another electrifying artist announce for Bluesfest 2010!

The second major round of artists to perform at the 21st Anniversary Bluesfest has been announced! Australia’s most awarded and internationally renowned festival officially will be held at its permanent new home – at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm just off the Pacific Highway, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay. The Easter weekend dates for your diary are Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010!

Festival goers should also note that the new and updated playing schedule is now online, and one day tickets are now also on sale – just visit www.bluesfest.com.au to see it all. This announcement marks the first time so many artists (over 50) have been unveiled this early, along with the playing schedule – giving fans more time than ever to plan their Easter holidays. Continue reading

Jack Johnson to headline Bluesfest 2010

Jack Johnson  
Jack Johnson : Jack Johnson music available at iTunes

Bluesfest unveiled a major new announcement – that Jack Johnson will be the headline artist at the Bluesfest 21st Anniversary festival held in Byron Bay over Easter from Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010.

Jack Johnson’s exclusive 2010 Bluesfest appearances mark his first Australian appearances since March 2008, and his first Bluesfest appearances since 2005. These hotly anticipated Bluesfest performances are truly special as there will be no other Jack Johnson Australian shows on this tour!

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KELLY CLARKSON, the world’s first ‘American Idol,’ now a certified pop sensation, is bringing her All I Ever Wanted TOUR to Australia. Clarkson latest studio album, All I Ever Wanted has been dominating Australian airwaves since it’s March 2009 release, and in April 2010 she will be hitting Australian shores with her infectious, high-energy live show.
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UnderExposed: An Exhibition by Brisbane Music Photographers : Joshua Levi Galleries : 17th April – 4th May 2009

UnderExposed: An Exhibition by Brisbane Music Photographers has now officially moved to Joshua Levi Galleries @ Woolloongabba (4 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba), UnderExposed is hosting SIX live music nights during the three week exhibition.

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Greenfest Program Launch concert Sunday 26 April 2009 10am to 1pm

PLEASE NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for 5 April 2009. Due to heavy rain in Brisbane and continued heavy rain forecast through to Sunday , we have to advise the planned free concert and program launch will be postponed until Sunday April 26th. ****

Come and enjoy Australia’s leading new band The Boat People and family favourite Bunna Lawrie for free at the Greenfest 2009 program launch, as part of the Brisbane City Council’s community fair this Sunday 26th April 2009.
We have just received great support directly from the Director of the United Nations Environment Program, Achim Steiner. Read his letter encouraging the people of Brisbane to support World Environment Day at Greenfest and congratulating all those involved. View letter.
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Bring your friends and family to enjoy the following fun free Sunday morning together.
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The Basics “With This Ship” play The Globe, Brisbane 24 April 2009 + more

“Puts a musical punch right in the belly of pop mediocrity” –
Peter Cobbin, Senior Engineer, Abbey Road Studios.

2008 was a busy year for Melbourne trio The Basics; they toured relentlessly to some of the most remote outback areas Australia has to offer, making new friends and fans in high schools, indigenous communities, community centres and pubs and clubs along the way.

2009 already promises to be a huge year for the band. To kick things off, their new single With This Ship was released on Tuesday 22 February and is the first song from their ominously titled forthcoming album, Keep Your Friends Close.

In April, The Basics will play some very special shows taking audiences on intimate and acoustic journeys featuring never before seen photos, videos and many unseen rarities exclusive to the tour. Tickets will be limited, so don’t miss out on The Basics showcasing their exclusive offerings from Keep Your Friends Close!


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UnderExposed: An Exhibition by Brisbane Music Photographers: 17 April – 4 May 2009

Brought to you by Josh Levi Galleries, THE FORT arts hub & Keytone

… featuring local music photographers Dane Beesley, Stephen Booth, Justin Edwards, Kylie Keene, Aaron Sammut, Elleni Toumpas, James Adams, Kristen Ashton, Joshua Collings, Josh Woning, Charlyn Cameron, Chris James, Stuart Blythe and more.

UnderExposed is an exhibition featuring some of the best – established and emerging – music photographers in Brisbane. Bringing together those select shooters who have captured the visual side of Brisbane’s aural history – be it with emerging local bands, or international ones – UnderExposed aims to showcase that fleeting moment in time where a subject, ordinarily so intense and public, is caught in a period of stillness and reflection: the essence of the show, the artist, encapsulated in that one shot.
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PAUL KELLY – ‘More Songs From The South’ tour : April-May 2009

To celebrate the recent release of ‘Songs From The South – Volume II’, Paul Kelly and his band will embark on a national tour in late April and throughout May, visiting regional centres and capital cities across the country.   paulkellytourpromo1

It has been almost two years since Paul Kelly conducted such a vast tour of the nation. And how better to embrace the flavour of Australia and its people, than with the live music of one of the world’s great songwriters, Continue reading