Tony Cini's Blues Explosion


Artists who appear on Volume 6

Owen CampbellPhotograph - Owen Campbell

Owen Campbell is one of Australia’s most talented slide guitar player and songwriters.  With his gravelly blend of blues, roots, soul & country, Owen has the unflinching ability to sing it sweet and play it dirty.


John McNamaraPhotograph - John McNamara

Taking cues from soul greats such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke & Bobby Bland, John McNamara delivers an emotionally charged performance of fiery Blues and slick guitar playing making him the new artist to watch on the Blues scene.


WolfiePhotograph - Wolfie

A lifetime of living amongst the trees and cliffs of the Blue Mountains has manifested inspiring, soul-grabbing, roots/rock/reggae outfit Wolfie.  Each track on their debut album has a different spirit as Wolfie creates a new unique sound. 


The Urban ChiefsPhotograph - Blake Saban

Mixing psychedelic blues and slide guitar and voted as one of the Top 5 Blues and Roots Artists of 2013 by MUSICOZ, The Urban Chiefs sets the stage ablaze with their original take of Blues and their raw energy on stage.


Hussy HicksPhotograph - Hussy Hicks

These Queensland girls, Hussy Hicks, are well loved for their unique take on the Australian roots style, Julz Parker dropping jaws with her guitar prowess and Leesa Gentz winning every heart in the room with her soul staggering vocals and enormous smile.


The Bella ReunionPhotograph - The Bella Reunion

Brisbane-based band The Bella Reunion possess a rich shared history steeped in the legacy of Chicago and Memphis blues with the timeless emotional spirit of the great Stax and Motown soul legends.


The JHD Revival BandPhotograph - The JHD Revival Band

The JHD Revival Band is guitarist John Hardaker’s 9-piece horn-driven blues-soul juggernaut. They draw on a potent mix of soul, jazz and Santana, but the heart of the Band will always be The Blues.


The StreamlinersPhotograph - Streamliners - colour

With some of the cream of South Australian roots and rock musicians, The Streamliners have released 6 CDs over the past few years, supported many international acts and won countless awards including SA “Best Roots & Blues Album” in 2011.


Chris HarlandPhotograph - Chris Harland

Guitarist Chris Harland brings the tradition of British-made Electric Blues and the authentic riff-driven Chicago sound. The Chris Harland Blues Band’s sound is strong, assured and enticing. When this trio works a room, people buy another drink, applaud and shout for more!


Cameron James HendersonPhotograph - Cameron James Henderson

Cameron James Henderson is a blues guitarist/singer from Sydney.  Cameron’s music includes big bluesy shuffles, funky grooves and stripped back old school style blues tunes. Cameron is also a member of ‘Dubious Blues Trio’.



DreamboogiePhotograph - Dreamboogie

Dreamboogie are a modern Blues band from Melbourne, Australia.  Fronted by vocalist Rebecca Davey, they base their sound on the traditions of the Blues, re-working them for today’s audiences.


Doggn’ ItPhotograph - Doggn' It

With an uncluttered sound, powerful lyrics and a stage presence that captivates, Blues storytellers and songwriters, John Cupit (vocals, harp) and Graeme Druce (vocals, guitar) Doggn It, perform original Blues music from a unique Australian perspective. 


Steve EdmondsPhotograph - Steve Edmonds

Australian Roots artist Steve Edmonds ventures back in time to pay tribute to his 1950’s era influences.  MESCALERO combines Blues, Rockabilly, Swing, Surf and Country styles into a reverb drenched retro stew. Clever guitar treatments of crafted songs parody and challenge any purist notions, revealing Edmonds’ wicked humour.

Artists who appear on Volume 5

19-Twenty19-Twenty - photograph - DSC_0208

2012,  2013 People’s Choice winners at Bridgetown Blues Festival – 19- Twenty is a fusion of blues, rock, rockabilly and folk. A highly energetic trio, festival favourites and an amazing live show, guaranteed to getting you up on the dance floor with their foot-stomping tunes.


Zevon and the Werewolves of MelbourneZevon and the Werewolves of Melbourne - photograph - WOM Media

Zevon & the Werewolves of Melbourne are a thunderbolt of electric boogie blues.  A four-piece all-original band welding a sound rising from the haze of the Mississippi delta region, the Blues clubs of Chicago and the hellfire streets of Melbourne.


Blue Eyes CryImage 2

Blue Eyes Cry, a fresh sound on the Australian Blues scene, have topped the Australian Blues/Roots Airplay chart for 2 months.  The band is award-winning vocalist, Iseula Hingano, Nathan Brett (guitar), Stuart Prendergast (bass) and Cameron Smith (drums).


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Lily and King are a quirky, musical junkyard – blissful, beautiful, dirty and wicked.  They play Dixieland punk, sailor songs, Blues, bluegrass, Burlesque, weird ‘carnie’ show tunes and the odd bit of curious pop and street corner stomp.



Transvaal Diamond SyndicateTDS Press Shot Late2013 COLOUR

The Transvaal Diamond Syndicate have been canvassing high-energy original blues rock across Australia since 2010.  Hard-touring and hard-playing, this band are the manufacturers of some of Australia’s finest foot-stompin’ swamp and dirty blues rock.


Morgan BainMorgan Bain - photograph - _LI_0737_brighter

Winner of the 2013 Blues and Roots Act of the Year at the West Australian Music Industry Awards, it is only a matter of time before Morgan Bain becomes a household name in Australia.


TobyToby Beard photo

West Australian roots artist, Toby is a stand out performer – with 7 Canadian tours up her sleeve, she also tours throughout Europe, America and Australia playing major festivals, and performing her own headline shows.


Lachy DoleyThe Lachy Doley Group - photograph - IMGL5964filtered

Lachy Doley has been dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond.  A dynamic hybrid of soul and blues layered with his powerful vocals crying as he pumps, pampers and pounds the most unbelievable sounds from his organ and clavinet.


Liza OhlbackLiza CD Cover

Triple Chain Awards winner, Liza Ohlback is a world-class entertainer and keeps her audiences spellbound with her sensual driving voice and chilling lyrics. She has a voice that can howl, growl or soothe a furrowed brow.



An Australian take on Blues / Roots / Country and Folk, Stormcellar are described as ‘powerhouse songwriters’, and have produced 5 albums in 5 years, with an innovative and original take on traditional sounds.


Laura ZarbLaura Zarb - guitar

Earthy tones, infectious folk grooves, with thoughtful and inspiring songwriting and poignant guitar playing, Laura’s sparkling and energetic personality shines on stage. She is a star in the making.


Johnny Cass BandThe Johnny Cass Band - photograph - 00_JohnnyCass_01

Johnny Cass has the uncanny ability of writing songs that meld tremolo-infused guitar based blues with the best of Southern US rock with stomping bluesy gutsy guitar sounds.


Nick RheinbergerNick Rheinberger - Photograph - Nick_Acoustic_Cab_Grainy

Nick Rheinberger is one of the most versatile entertainers in Australia, playing blues, reggae, folk and funk on instruments such as Greek Baglama, slide uke and galvanised iron guitar. He calls his style “Acoustic Cabaret”.


Artists who appear on Volume 4

Vdelli - featuring Michael VdelliVDELLI

Ingeniously combining elements of blues, indie and mainstream rock, WA’s VDELLI are considered one of the shining lights in the genre. With over twenty successful European tours since 1997, VDELLI’s future has never been brighter.



Jesse Valach and Blues Mountain - Jesse Valach (Cropped)Jesse Valach and Blues Mountain

Rising stars in the Australian blues scene, Melbourne’s fiery blues/soul infused, reggae/roots inspired trio Jesse Valach and Blues Mountain are attracting the attention of blues followers around the country.



Minnie Marks - Minnie MarksMinnie Marks

With a smile compared to sunshine and a right hand like a machine gun, Minnie Marks is making a name for herself as one of the finest young guitar players in Australia.



Pete CorneliusPete Cornelius

Endorsed by Fender and with 8 albums under his belt, Tasmanian Pete Cornelius has cemented himself as one of Australia’s premier rhythm and blues artists.



Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson - Hat Fitz and Cara RobinsonHat Fitz and Cara

Referred to as “Queensland Blooz with a Twist”, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson’s music is raw and raucous straddling Country Blues and Celtic Folk. 2013 Chain Awards nominees, this duo has a big future in Australia and internationally.



Cath Butler's Joynt Venture - Cath Butler 2Cath Butler’s Joynt Venture

Winner of the 2010 Best New Talent and Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the Australian Blues Music (Chain) Awards, Cath Butler is one of Queensland’s most respected blues musicians.



Lloyd Spiegel - Lloyd Spiegel (Photo by John Snelson, Get Shot Magazine)Lloyd Spiegel

Included in the Australian Guitar magazine’s 50 greatest Australian guitar players, Lloyd Spiegel is one of Australia’s finest with Cole Clark Guitars planning to release a signature model guitar in his honour in 2013.



Fiona Boyes - Fiona BoyesFiona Boyes

Fiona Boyes is a distinctive guitarist, singer and songwriter. Performing original material deeply grounded in the Blues tradition, she’s played stages around the world and earned international recognition, including 4 nominations in the USA Blues Music Awards, Memphis.



The Mojo Web Band - Coojee Timms, Mojo Webb and JB LewisThe Mojo Webb Band

Brisbane’s Mojo Webb has been the purveyor of some of the sharpest blues coming out of Australia over the last decade. He brings a fresh and unique sound to the Australian Blues scene.



Jungal - Jessie Jungalwalla, Leisha Jungalwalla and Victoria BeardJungal

Indie-roots trio, known for their powerful and energetic performances, the women of Jungal bring their own original brand of music to the global blues and roots scene.



Mark Easton - Mark EastonMark Easton

Sick and twisted bluesman from the Gold Coast who plays guitar, bass drums, harmonica, growls like a delta bluesman and ties it all together with a loop machine to sound like a full band.



Eli Wolfe - Eli WolfeEli Wolfe

A curious and creative soul, Eli Wolfe has toured Australia and the world extensively. He’s performed to full houses across Canada and Germany, campaigned for respectful relationships and contributed to Matt Groening’s cartoon classic Futurama.



Nick and Liesel - Liesel and Nick EverittNick and Liesl

From their critically acclaimed debut album Feather. “13 tracks of amazing lyrics and sound. Honestly, Feather is one of the best albums I’ve heard in forever” (Rhythms Magazine, 2011).




Artists who appear on Volumes 1, 2 and 3


Talented newcomers 19-Twenty are armed with nothing more than 0.55c and a couple of 6 packs, and have played their own brand of country blues in every state of Australia.



Ali Penney and the Vibrolators

With Sydney representative at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2009 at the
 helm, sultry sassy Ali Penney and the Perth-based Vibrolators swing,
 rock, jump and jive around the country in a match made in heaven!


Ashleigh Mannix

Ashleigh’s uncompromising talent and truthful approach combines an ideal blend of folk, rock and blues with that hint of pop to get the blood pumping.



Blue Shaddy

Blue Shaddy’s infectious amalgam of country / roots and blue’s could only be described as ‘loud feral and unpretentious, performed with physical presence and power. Throw in a good dash of outright country charm and you have ‘Blue Shaddy’.



BlueTongues have created a reputation as the band for punters who want to boogie. The band mixes a distinct interpretation and originality into a grass roots Australian urban blues sound.



Bridie King

Well known for her bluesy, New Orleans pianistics over more than 30 years, Bridie King plays it with exhilaration and ineluctable swing.



Buddy Knox

Influenced by all the Kings of the Blues, Male Vocalist of the Year 2012, Buddy Knox is guaranteed to “smoke ya boots off” with his deadly guitar and vocal talent!


Cass Eager

Cass Eager’s mix of raw blues, soulful ballads and light-hearted ditties are all driven by her husky-soaked vocals and driving rhythmic guitar.




Chase the Sun

Combining elements of old-school acoustic blues, Texas boogie, hillbilly
finger picking and Hendrix flash; three-piece multi-award winners
 Chase the Sun crank out a new take on a classic sound.



Christina Crofts

Armed with a road weary Strat, there are few women who play with as much verve and conviction as Christina Crofts. Described as “Lucinda Williams meets Rory Gallagher”.



Claude Hay

Relying on a homemade double-neck guitar/bass named Betty, Claude Hay invokes the best of stomping traditional blues and booty shaking funk, all delivered with chops to burn.


Dallas Frasca

One very loud woman stands out musically and vocally from the rest. Australian Underground retro riff rocker, Dallas Frasca is a hard-working independent juggernaut who is carving the way with her band in Australia and internationally.


Darren Jack

Playing soulful rock, rhythm and blues for 15 years, Darren Jack 
is one of the Australia’s leading Blues musicians and has appeared
 at just about every major Blues Festival in Australia.



G. Nunan Band

In the style of Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy and Texas Blues, the G. Nunan Band digs to converse, skat and entertain, with its own stamp of voice and soul giving it authenticity.



Gail Page

“Australian Female Artist of the Year” & “Best New Artist” in the Australian Blues Music Chain Awards, Gail Page has been described as having an African-American musical soul.



Genevieve Chadwick

Armed with a guitar, stomp box and sultry soaring smokehouse vocals,
 on-the-rise pocket-sized Genevieve Chadwick plays like a demon and
 has the power within to bring an entire venue to a complete standstill.



Ginhouse Bluesband

The Ginhouse Bluesband is a high energy rock/blues band with gritty vocals & a pounding rhythm section. Formed by Tony Cini in 1993, they are one of the hardest working bands in NSW.



Isaiah B Brunt

Representing Sydney at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2010, a true gentleman of the Australian blues scene, Isaiah B Brunt performs his
 own style of blues music influenced by delta blues and Hawaiian slide.


Jay Howie

Jay Howie is starting to make quite a name for himself in the Blues industry.  With his songwriting and arranging, he takes the listener on a journey through “the wild lands” of the blues.



Jenny Marie Lang

Singer/Instrumentalist/Songwriter Jenny Marie Lang has captivated
 audiences with her soulful voice and sensual presence and is regarded
 as having “one of the hottest females blues voices” in the country.



John Meyer’s Blues Express

Inducted into the West Australian Music Industry’s “Hall of Fame” in 2003, John Meyer is a guitarist who embodies the blues-rock guitar sound.



Jonno Zilber

Multi-award winning musician and purveyor of sinister swing, droll blues and fearful gospel, Jonno Zilber
 has been described as “Tom Waits meets Brownie McGhee”.



Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill creates a unique sound from the guitar. With body percussion, tapping and techniques of his own, he is likened to guitarists like Michael Hedges, Andy Mckee and Thomas Leeb.



Marshall and the Fro

Raucous purveyors of roots music with a harder twist,
 Marshall and the Fro are known for their powerful, pulsing 
roots/rock – the soundtrack to summer for many a carefree festival freak or surfer.



Marisa Quigley

Singing from the depths of her soul with her powerful vocals and her diverse style, Marisa Quigley will stop you in your tracks – in a flash you will want to find out more about this amazing voice.



Mason Rack

With drum duels and lap side genius, Mason’s vocals are described as broken glass at its sexiest.



Matt Southon

With a guttural, barbed-wire wail and a guitar style crafted
 from dirt and the sticky mess of a hundred bar room floors,
 Matt Southon strangles life into the blues.



Michelle Van der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers

Those who have witnessed the delights of Michelle
Van der Meer’s big blues voice will attest to her skills.
 Her band of 18 years, the Midnight Ramblers, represented
 Sydney at the Memphis Blues Challenge in 2010.



Penny and the Mystics

Smatterings of folk, country, blues, reggae and rock all nicely coated with a very appealing popular sound, Penny and the Mystics, are a band making waves in the blues and roots scene.


PJ O’Brien

Australian Blues Music “Chain” Award winner and superlative guitarist with truckloads of talent, PJ O’Brien is known for
 his fiery, skilful guitar playing and songwriting.



Ray Beadle

Undoubtedly Australia’s premier guitarist, Ray Beadle is the genuine
 article who plays with pure class and has shared the stage with many
 international artists thrilling countless festival audiences.



Shaun Kirk

Playing six percussive sounds with his feet, while delivering world-class vocals, guitar and blues-harmonica performances, Shaun Kirk is travelling like that proverbial steam train running down a railway track, straight ahead, no breaks, there ain’t no turning back!


Tangled Weed

An acoustic mix of blues/roots combined with a rich blend of vocal harmonies,
 Tangled Weed is based in Mudgee (NSW) and its members are Fiona Harris
on vocals, Andy Garland on vocals and guitar and Scott Lillis on guitar.



Tom Richardson Project

Tom Richardson’s infectious personality combined with his funky blues, reggae grooves and foot stomping rhythms are bound to have your toes tappin’ and your bum shakin’!



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