Chris Cain (USA) + Simon Kinny-Lewis

Blues aficionados – get ready for it! Bluesman Chris Cain is coming to Oz in May for a string of must-see shows!
Chris has released a dozen albums, each filled with soul-stirring songs pulled from his own blues drenched heart. His latest album, simply titled “Chris Cain” has been nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of 2018 and he’s also nominated as Male Blues Artist of The Year at this year’s Blues Music Awards in Memphis.

“One of my favorite, and criminally underrated blues players of all time. Chris has influenced me for as long as I owned a guitar. Tone, and magic phrasing. Killer voice and songs to boot.” – JOE BONAMASSA

“When I interviewed B.B. King back in ’05 I asked him if he had heard the album Cain does King and BB paused, got a huge ear-to-ear grin and said “Chris Cain? Now that boy can PLAY the guitar.” He loved Chris!” – MARK FREDELL, The Big Blue Train Radio… BUY TIX HERE ..

Mark Wilkinson – The Blue Eyed Girls Tour

Singer-songwriter, Americana, Indie Folk, Acoustic – these are all labels that could aptly apply to Mark Wilkinson, but ultimately he lends his voice to the human condition. Those moments in life that bear memory, those questions that drive us all. So universal they aren’t bound by time or place, but so few can ever put into words.

It’s this simple but all too rare ability to connect that’s brought him acclaim the world over. His music has risen the charts on two continents, his shows have sold out in half a dozen countries more. He’s shared arena stages with some of music’s most enigmatic names like Brian Wilson and Rodriguez, but he can still be found performing on the street, forging connections through song without barrier or contrivance.

With three full length albums under his belt already, 2019 sees Wilkinson return to the live stage in support of his fourth record, “Blue Eyed Girls”. Set for release in March 2019, this new collection of songs comes hot on the tail of “Wasted Hours” which hit #1 on the Australian independent album charts in early 2018.

The ‘Blue Eyed Girls’ tour will encompass a lengthy 20+ date run across Australia throughout March, April and May before heading to North America and Europe for a slew of shows in the northern hemisphere.

Don’t miss the chance to catch one of his powerful and moving live performances as he showcases songs from his new album along with fan favourites from his ever growing catalogue.

“He truly has a gift for poetic lyrics…There’s a glow of warm around him and richness to his supreme voice, sending shivers down spines as he pulls you into the soul of him.”

- Hazel Buckley, TheMusic.com.au … BUY TIX HERE

Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA)

Born 1963, USA. Raised in Texas and Louisiana, while still a small child Bridges performed on stage with his father, guitarist Slim Hideaway Bridges. Briefly forsaking the guitar, he joined his brothers to form a gospel group, the Bridges Brothers, and he also sang with the choir of his local church. He continued to perform both sacred and secular music, the latter with his own R&B band, the Five Stars. In his mid-teens Bridges served in the US Air Force and in his late teens, military service now behind him, he sang and played in the New Chosen Singers and then the Mighty Clouds Of Joy.

A later group was the Eugene Hideaway Bridges Band, with which he toured nationally from his Houston, Texas home base. He also visited Europe as a solo act, playing in France and the UK where he became popular first with the Memphis Blues caravan and later in his own right, becoming highly rated in blues magazine polls in both countries. It was a UK company, Armadillo Records, that saw Bridges potential and signed him in 2000.

In addition to touring Europe, Bridges also visited Australia and New Zealand where he attracted enthusiastic audiences. A vibrant and enthusiastic singer and guitarist, Bridges brings fire and intensity to contemporary blues, which he laces with hints of his gospel singing past.

Skyhooks Legend: Bob ’Bongo’ Starkie ‘Skyhooks Show’

BOB ’BONGO’ STARKIE SKYHOOKS LEGEND GUITARIST Presents Bob ’Bongo’ Starkie ‘Skyhooks Show’ is a celebration of the music of SKYHOOKS and the the extraordinary song writing skills of GREG MACAINSH

BOB’BONGO’STARKIE- guitarist from the SKYHOOKS has put together a band and Show Playing all the hits and a few more that need to be heard, in between songs Bob shares Humorous anecdotes and Insights into the inner workings of the SKYHOOKS.

Sharing entertaining recollections of Australia in the 70‘s and playing in the band. Sharing the stage with the likes of AC/DC SHERBET then to AMERICA Uriah Heap, Joe Cocker,Little Richard, Roxy Music. Fleetwood Mac, Carlos Santana,– mind blowing for boy in a band from the inner /outer suburbs of Melbourne

We have a female singer only because no male can match “SHIRLEYS ‘ range and they are so much better to look at, so no apologies there.(Bob)

BOB’BONGO’STARKIE’S SKYHOOKS SHOW

-RAZOR SHARP Riffs and a lotta laughs!!!

LINE-UP:
BOB ‘BONGO’ STARKIE guitar/vocals
LAURA DAVIDSON lead vocal
MICHAEL CRISTIANO guitar/vocals
SEAN MCLEOD drums
KIM MAY bass

DIESEL

While still in his teens, American born guitarist/singer Mark Lizotte was snatched from his bar band in Perth and launched on to the Australian charts as the leader of Johnny Diesel and the Injectors. A career was born and now some 30 years later Diesel is still rocking Saturday nights around the nation. Johnny Diesel and the Injectors moved from Perth to establish themselves in Sydney in 1987. They quickly became known for Diesel’s extraordinary versatility on the guitar and his rich, soulful voice. The debut album shipped platinum and entered the charts at #2. It was the biggest-selling album of 1989.

‘Hepfidelity’, Diesel’s first album under his own name in 1992 was a mega-platinum smash and earned him ARIAs for Best Album and Best Male Talent. He is one of only a select few Artists to win a Best Male Talent ARIA three times (along with John Farnham, Alex Lloyd and Gotye).

The next albums –‘The Lobbyist’ and ‘Solid State Rhyme’ confirmed his status as one of Australia’s most significant recording artists. A non-stop six years that included extensive touring, recording and starting a family was capped in 1996 with the ‘Short Cool Ones’ project that he cut with blues harp player Chris Wilson. Diesel then scored a residency at the prestigious club Arlene’s Grocery. He was discovered all over again, this time by Mammoth Records who teamed Diesel with legendary producers Jerry Harrison and Gavin Mackillop for the ‘Lost Soul Companion’ album. In 2002, Diesel and family moved back to Australia. He assembled a band and also began gigging as a solo artist. The 2005 album ‘Singled Out’ put Diesel back on the radio and gave him a hankering to pump up the volume again. It also marked a new phase in Diesel’s career, and time for a new album. 2006′s ‘Coathanger Antennae’ was recorded in two months with Diesel backed by bassist Richie Vez and drummer Lee Moloney. Back in Australia, and back on a roll, the albums and the tours kept coming – original albums adorned with radio hits followed with ‘Days Like These’ in 2008 and ‘Let It Fly’in 2013 interspersed with his now signature original and masterful renditions of rock, soul and blues classics via the themed albums ‘Saturday Suffering Fools’ in 2009, ‘Under The Influence’ in 2011, and the triumphant ‘Americana’ album in 2016. Diesel is celebrating 30 years in music with a newly curated collection of songs.

The new album Diesel 30 – The Greatest Hits is out now and features 14 Top 40 hits, including Tip Of My Tongue, Come To Me and Soul Revival… plus the new song, Give Me Saturday Night. Continuing to light up Saturday Nights on this special 30th anniversary tour, Diesel has now added a bunch of solo shows to his Give Me Saturday Night National Tour. Don’t miss Diesel performing a ‘best of’ collection of tracks in solo mode in venues across the country.