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Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Diamond Dave and the Doodaddies are a four-piece Chicago-style blues band featuring the red-hot guitar chops of Dave Brewer and the sensational harmonica playing of 'Diamond' Dave Billing, propelled by the shufflemaster himself Yugon Chobanoff and the driving bass of John Wilson.

'Diamond' Dave masterfully demonstrates a full understanding of the many styles of the harmonica - from the expressive acoustic approach to the 'driving' amplified style. Using the chromatic harmonica, Dave has developed one of the most distinctive styles heard in Australia - such a great tone with ideas to match!

The Doodaddies cover a solid selection of uplifting grooves including swinging shuffles, soul, boogaloo, 'cry in your beer' blues and more. With a number of live shows and CD releases, the Doodaddies prove that the roots of the blues are not only strong and far-reaching, but that the future of the blues is bright! If you love gutsy, emotive, dance-able music, played with originality and virtuosity - check them out.

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In their live form, Tedeschi Trucks Band's songs are malleable things – often extended to more than double their recorded length, pushed to their breaking points and back with astounding instrumental excursions. The group, led by husband-and-wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, show off that exemplary live interplay with a set-closing rendition of "Let Me Get By" from their new live album and first-ever concert film Live from the Fox Oakland.

It's the kind of performance that syncs up nicely with the song's theme of pushing toward something better, which Tedeschi and Trucks note in a joint statement:

"'Let Me Get By' is something of a mission statement for our band and this version is a special one. We've been playing it live for a year or so now and it always goes to new and interesting places. The Oakland show was an amazing night and the band was firing on all cylinders for the last song of the set."

Recorded on September 9th, Live from the Fox Oakland includes 15 songs from Tedeschi Trucks Band's performance at the Oakland Theater. In addition to originals like "Let Me Get By" – the title track from their 2016 album – the group tries out covers of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on the Wire" and Bobby "Blue" Bland's "I Pity the Fool." 

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The Wal*tones are CW (vocals & guitar), Hank (double bass & some vocals), Pablo (drums & vocals) and Train Wreck (electric guitar & some vocals). The band plays an intoxicating mix of Alt-Country, Americana, Cowpunk, Rockabilly and Spaghetti Western. 

Founding members CW and Pablo are probably best known as members of legendary Perth band ‘The Waltons’ who first met Train Wreck when he was a member of ‘The Dixie Outlaws’ when both bands were supporting ‘Stray Cats’. Hank has played in many roots influenced bands including ‘Electromen’ and ‘Vibrolators”. 

They have performed in many Pubs and Clubs, and at numerous Festivals over the years and offer an entertaining mix of originals as well as their own take on some classic '80s pop songs.

The Wal*tones single ‘Minimum Wage’ recalls the blue collar heartland rock of ‘Bruce Springsteen’ and ‘Steve Earle’, while the B Side ‘From Bollywood To Hell’ could be best described as ‘Ennio Morricone’ meets ‘The Clash’.

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By Christie Eliezer - © The Music Network

The Federal Budget for 2017/8 helped repair the damage caused to the arts and entertainment sector with savage funding cuts in recent years.

But the general response of the sector was profound disappointment that the Budget showed no long-term vision for the arts in terms of stimulating investment and innovation, increasing productivity and reaching a global market.

The two major items – the return of funds to the Australia Council and funding for at least two years for community radio to transfer to digital – had already been announced in recent weeks.

The most positive outcome from the Budget was it was the final nail in the coffin of previous Arts Minister George Brandis’ controversial attempt to set up the National Program for Excellence in the Arts (later the watered down version, Catalyst) as a second funding source by diverting money from the Australia Council.

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The Jus’ Blues Music Foundation have announced that Eugene Hideaway Bridges is to be their 2017 honoree for the Albert King Lifetime Award, “The Lucy Award”, for his outstanding contributions in continuing to keep the style of traditional Blues alive.

 

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