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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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A young man with an old soul, MattyTWall is connected to music with a wealth of history as he distills a diversity of genres into his own blues-influenced soul, jazz and rock signature. As a guitarist, Matty wrings raw emotions from single notes, stretching and bending the strings of a Les Paul into sounds both persuasive and human. While he is capable of blazingly fast leads, he also drives the beat with percussive punctuation and solid assurance.

Matty is supported by Ben Catley (8pm) and Bob Patient's "Playing with my Friends" (10.30pm)

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Some time ago, local guitarist Gary Cox had the idea of putting together a hand-picked band to perform the Eric Clapton album 461 Ocean Boulevard. Now his idea has finally come to fruition. After many hours of rehearsals, Gary and the Band are ready to bring this amazing show to the Perth Blues Club on Tuesday 16 May.

Trevor Jalla will open the night with an unplugged Clapton set. Then a special band compiled by Gary Cox will perform the full version of Layla, followed by the original 461 Ocean Boulevard album in its entirety, plus Little Wing (featuring Geoff Eastwood), Can't Find My Way Home, The Core and Wonderful Tonight - all of which are included on the deluxe re-released CD edition of the album.

Members of the band are: Gary Cox (Guitar, Vocals); Malcolm Skinner (Bass, Vocals); Mike Hagarty Jr. (Drums); Bill Blissett (Keys); Rosie O'Brian (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar); Alan McCowat (Guitar, Vocals); and Geoff Eastwood (Guitar).

When asked the question "Why 461 Ocean Boulevard?", Gary replied:

"I chose 461 because I grew up with it as a child. I had a cool uncle with a cool car and 8 track player. We zoomed around listening to this and other classic rock and blues albums. This one really struck a chord with me when I was 8 years old ! When Alan McCowat and I talked about our favourite albums this one came up almost instantly for both of us. So I decided to make it happen, like a childhood fantasty."

"Our set will be, the whole Album in order with some select tracks from the Deluxe Edition and stuff played live by that band during that classic era."

"We will be singing our favourite songs and sharing around the solo's," he said.

461 Ocean Boulevard is a 1974 solo album by Eric Clapton that marked his return to recording after recovering from a three-year addiction to heroin. The album was released in late July 1974 for RSO Records, shortly after the record company released the hit single "I Shot the Sheriff" in early July the same year. The album topped various international charts and sold more than two million copies. It was also one of the first "pop music" albums to be released in the Soviet Union.

The album title refers to the address on Ocean Boulevard where Clapton lived while recording the album. The street address of the house was changed after the album's release due to fans flocking to the property. The house has long since been rebuilt and the street address restored.

A remastered two-disc deluxe edition of the album was released in 2004, which included a live concert recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon and additional studio jam sessions.

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