Category:Australian blues guitarists
Pages in category "Australian blues guitarists"
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Angus Young – Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He is known for his performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits. Young was ranked 24th in Rolling Stone magazines 100 greatest guitarists of all-time list, in 2003, Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The youngest of eight children of William and Alexandra Young, Angus was born in Glasgow, in 1963 he emigrated from Scotland to Sydney, with his parents, older brothers Malcolm and George, and older sister Margaret. He dropped out of Ashfield Boys High School at age 15 and his older brother, Alex, remained in Scotland and later formed the London-based group Grapefruit. His oldest brother Stephen was the father of his future AC/DC bandmate Stevie Young, Young first started playing on a banjo, re-strung with six strings. He first started playing guitar on an acoustic model purchased second-hand by his mother. I bought it second-hand, it was about a 67 and it had a real thin neck, really slim, like a Custom neck. Prior to forming AC/DC, Young played in a group called Kantuckee. Kantuckees line-up included Bob McGlynn, Angus Young, Jon Stevens, the band split and was later called Tantrum with the following line up, Mark Sneddon, Angus Young, Jon Stevens and Trevor James. Can I Sit Next To You Girl, their first single, was later re-recorded with Bon Scott as their vocalist and they decided upon the name AC/DC after seeing the letters AC/DC on the back of their sister Margarets sewing machine. To match this image the press and public were told that Young was born in 1959, the original uniform was created by his sister Margaret and when it fell apart from wear and tear, he used his uniform from Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney. I dont like to play above or below peoples heads, basically, I just like to get up in front of a crowd and rip it up. AC/DC released their album, High Voltage on 17 February 1975. Over the next 3 years AC/DC cemented themselves as a hard rock act, especially in Australia, with the follow-up albums. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock and Powerage and their 1979 studio album, Highway to Hell, became their best-selling at the time and launched them to new heights of fame. Shortly after this, however, lead singer Bon Scott died from alcohol poisoning, AC/DCs next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, cemented their position as the most popular hard rock act of the time. However, their 1990 studio album, The Razors Edge, brought back into the spotlight, reaching 5x multi-platinum in the US alone
2. Jeff Lang – Jeff Lang is an Australian songwriter, singer and slide guitarist. He is a performer in the Australian roots music scene and purveyer of his self-described disturbed folk style. He plays various types of guitar, both slide and standard, as well as banjo, mandolin, Chumbush and drums. He has won ARIA awards for his 2002 collaboration with Bob Brozman Rolling Through This World, in 2012, Lang was presented with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australias National Folk Recording Award. Langs interest in music was sparked at an age, inspired by records his parents played at home. His early influences were AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder, Roy Buchanan, after playing the clarinet for six years he took up the guitar after discovering his older sisters discarded nylon string acoustic. He played electric guitar in local bands in his hometown of Geelong before forming his own band. Lang split his band up and concentrated on playing solo shows, for the following two years he wrote the songs that later appeared on his first independently released CD, Ravenswood. Since then, he has known as a prolific songwriter, releasing 12 studio albums in the following 16 years. Seven of these albums have been nominated for the ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album, with his collaboration with Bob Brozman, Rolling Through This World, Lang is known as a strong live performer, which is reflected in the number of live recordings he has released. This approach has been influential in the Australian scene, particularly after the well-known guitarist John Butler was inspired by Langs playing. Some of the guitars he has used live and in the studio are, Churchill guitars – acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars and acoustic lap steels built by David Churchill in Ballarat, Australia
3. Ian Moss – Ian Richard Moss is an Australian rock musician from Alice Springs. He is the mainstay guitarist and occasional singer of Cold Chisel. In that groups initial eleven year phase from 1973 to 1984, Moss was recorded on all five studio albums, in August 1989 he released his debut solo album, Matchbook, which peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart. It was preceded by his single, Tuckers Daughter, which reached number two on the related ARIA Singles Chart in March. The track was co-written by Moss with Don Walker, also from Cold Chisel, Moss had another top ten hit with Telephone Booth in June 1989. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990 Moss won five categories, Album of the Year, Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Single of the Year and Breakthrough Artist – Single. Since then his music career has been more low-key, his other top 50 albums are Worlds Away, Lets all Get Together. In 1993 Cold Chisel, with Moss as a member, were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Moss has participated with periodic Cold Chisel reunion tours or new studio albums in 1998,2003 and from 2009 to 2012. Ian Richard Moss was born on 20 March 1955 in Alice Springs, to Geoffery Moss, during World War II Geoffery survived the 1942 bombing of Darwin, he enlisted in the army and later worked for the Allied Works Council in Alice Springs. Lorna was an employee at Allied Works Council when they married in September 1945. Moss has a brother, Peter Geoffrey Moss, an older sister, Penny. When Moss was four years-old he performed for his family and friends and at nine and he later recalled I was always keen on music and singing. I used to do little vocal concerts for my parents, Moss initially took piano lessons but switched to guitar at age 11, My older sister was learning classical piano and my older brother was a good rhythm strummer and right into Bob Dylan. I started off with classical piano aged about 7 or 8, in 1969 he joined a local band, The Scene, which included drummer Rod Martin and two brothers, Robert and John Fortunaso. Moss played rhythm guitar by plugging a guitar into the bass players amplifier. The Scene played at local centres and organised their own dances, Moss sang a couple of songs with the group and a year later, he bought an electric guitar to replace his acoustic. Moss recalled, I was with them for about a year, the following year he formed Hot Ice with Roger Harris - guitar, David Michel - drums, Wayne Sanderson - Bass and Paul Wiles - keyboards. There after they played at the Youth Centre Saturday night dances
4. Xavier Rudd – Xavier Rudd is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Several of Rudds songs incorporate socially conscious themes, such as spirituality, humanity, environmentalism, Xavier Rudd grew up in Jan Juc, near Torquay, Victoria. He attended St Josephs College, Geelong and his maternal grandfather was Dutch, born in Tilburg, a town in the Netherlands, before migrating to Australia. One of his grandmothers was from an Irish potato-growing family and grew up in Colac, Rudd showed a keen interest in music growing up in a family of seven children. While primary school-aged, Rudd used his mothers vacuum cleaner as a makeshift didgeridoo and he also played saxophone and clarinet as a child. Rudds brother can still play guitar, but went on to become an accountant in Orlando, as a child, Xavier Rudd sold recycled wood through his own furniture business. Immediately after finishing school, Rudd traveled to Fiji and he lived in villages around the country for nine months, returning to Australia at age 19. Before launching his solo career Rudd began playing music as part of the band Xavier and his music first took him overseas when he traveled to Whistler, British Columbia—Rudd was in a band and would play each night after a day of snowboarding. Rudd was in Canada when the September 11 attacks happened, Rudd felt spun out watching the American media coverage, including graphic imagery of the destruction of the World Trade Center. Rudd wrote the song The 12th of September, which would feature on his first studio album To Let, in 2006, discussing the song, Rudd said, Thats what the songs about, the world waiting. All of a sudden there was an attack and there was people who were equally as toxic that were going to retaliate. No one could really do anything about it and its about the next day and thats why I called it the 12th of September. In 2004, Rudd released Solace, his first album to be distributed by a major label—Universal Music Australia, rather than inviting guest artists to join him on the record, Rudd performed all the instrumentation for the album alone with only a few overdubs. Instruments included didgeridoos, slide guitars, stomp boxes, djembe drums, slit drums, in his live-show, Rudd came to be renowned for his one man band performance. Rudd recorded Food in the Belly in mid-2004 whilst on break from an extensive North American tour, the recording was made in May 2004 at Bowen Island, part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. The song White Moth was written about a moth that followed Rudds son Joaquin for several hours on his mothers 30th birthday, Rudd thought it was the spirit of his then wifes grandmother. Rudd and his family were holidaying to celebrate the occasion on an island off Sri Lanka, in 2007, Rudd partnered with Clif Bars GreenNotes program to create the Better People Campaign. The campaign was about expressing gratitude to the people in the world taking steps to make positive change, black Water the first track on Rudds 2008 album Dark Shades of Blue was named after one of Lutken-Rudds paintings
5. Nathan Cavaleri – Nathan Cavaleri is an Australian blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, and a former child actor. He issued two albums as a solo artist, Jammin with the Cats and Nathan and he has been a member of various groups including Dirty Skanks, and Nat Col and the Kings. At the age of six Cavaleri was diagnosed with leukaemia and has been in remission since he was 13, as a child actor he has appeared in two films, Camp Nowhere and Paws. Nathan Cavaleri was born on 18 June 1982 and grew up in Ruse and his father, Frank Cavaleri, was a bricklayer and part-time guitarist, his mother is Joanne and the couple also have a younger son. Cavaleri began playing guitar at the age of five, he began by using a guitar with a shaved neck – to accommodate his smaller hands. Cavaleri was diagnosed with leukaemia at age six, he continued playing guitar to take his mind off the disease and he received chemotherapy treatment and, by May 1993, he was in remission. Knopfler also donated a gold plaque awarded to his group, Dire Straits, for their album, regarded as a child prodigy, Cavaleri was later trained by, and at age thirteen, eventually toured with, B. B. King. King described Cavaleri as the future of the blues, in May 1992 Cavaleri released his debut single, Little Egypt, which was a cover version of Elvis Preselys track from 1964, and peaked at No.63 in Australia. Its B-side, Nats Blues, was co-written by Cavaleri with his father, on 12 April 1993 he issued his debut album, Jammin with the Cats, on Mushroom Records, which was produced by Buzz Bidstrup. Bevan Hannan of The Canberra Times described Cavaleri as a guitar technician and felt the album range from shuffle, blues. It is the type of music you would expect to hear on a chat show. For the album he worked with Jimmy Barnes, Diesel and Tommy Emmanuel and it peaked at No.33 on the ARIA Albums Chart. In September 1993 Cavaleri and Barnes released a version of The La De Das single, Gonna See My Baby Tonight. 50000 promotional copies were included as give-aways in Uncle Tobys breakfast cereal boxes, Barnes provided lead vocals, rhythm guitar and produced the track, Bidstrup was on drums, Michael Hegerty on bass guitar and Jeff Neill on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. AllMusics Erik Crawford noted that he delivers jaw-dropping solos on track after track as he offers up an earthy blues effort that fits nicely alongside other teen blues sensations, the album provided two singles, Workin on It and If Loving You is Wrong. For its United States release, Cavaleri signed with Epic Records and Michael Jacksons label and he released three albums with Epic Records. He has also played with Robben Ford, and Aaron Neville, His music is featured on the soundtrack for Free Willy 2, in November 2004 Cavaleri reflected on his early career When I was doing all of that stuff doesnt even feel like it was my life. It just feels like images in the head, almost like a western movie, Cavaleri was managed by Jane Barnes and, with his parents, he decided to pause his musical career – he finished secondary school and became a brickies labourer I just totally escaped music
6. Kevin Borich – Kevin Nicholas Borich is a New Zealand-born Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter. He was a member and of The La De Das, the leader of Kevin Borich Express. Borich wrote Gonna See My Baby Tonight, for The La De Das, which became a top 10 hit in 1971 on the Australian singles chart. He played in two New Years Eve celebrations at the Sydney Opera House with 70,000 people as well as shows for international acts including Elton John, Status Quo, Jeff Beck. Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane has described Borich as one of the most celebrated players in the history of Australian rock. He also remains an underrated songwriter, and his reputation has rarely been reflected in record sales. His son Lucius Borich joined Kevin Borich Express as a drummer and was later a member of Sydney-based progressive rock band Cog. Kevin Borich was born in 1947 in Huapai north west of Auckland on New Zealands North Island, he attended school at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu. In 1961, at the age of 12, Borich recorded a single on Astor Records with two sisters, Judi Donaldson and Sue Donaldson. As a guitarist, Borich formed The Mergers in late 1963 with fellow students, Brett Neilsen on drums, initially they performed covers of The Shadows material as an instrumental band after school and on week-ends. In June 1965 they recorded their single, Little Girl. From 1966 to 1967 they had five New Zealand top 10 hits, on Top of the World, Hey Baby, All Purpose Low and Rosalie. By 1968 they were based in Sydney and recorded their album, The Happy Prince. Line-up changes occurred with Borich and Key joined by Peter Roberts on bass guitar and Keith Barber on drums by 1971s Australian Kent Music Report top 10 hit single, Gonna See My Baby Tonight. In late January 1972, they appeared at the inaugural, Sunbury Pop Festival and featured on the subsequent double album, Sunbury, released in October by EMI/HMV. The La De Das recorded further albums and singles and despite critical acclaim had little chart success, after The La De Das, Borich toured with John Paul Young & the Allstars for some months before forming a new band. Kevin Borich Express was formed in early 1976 by Borich on lead guitar, lead vocals and occasional flute with Harry Brus on bass guitar and Barry Harvey on drums. They recorded a track, The End of Me before Brus and Harvey were soon replaced by Reuben San Fiansco on bass guitar, subsequent line-ups were typically a three piece with a succession of bass guitarist and drummers
7. Jackie Orszaczky – Miklós József Jackie Orszáczky was a Hungarian-Australian musician, arranger, vocalist and record producer. His musical styles included jazz, blues, R&B, funk and progressive rock, he played bass guitar – from the early 1990s he used a modified piccolo bass –. In 2006 Orszaczky was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit by the Hungarian government, also that year Orszaczky was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and died on 3 February 2008, aged 59. Jackie Orszaczky was born as Miklós József Orszáczky on 8 May 1948 in Budapest and his father, László Orszáczky, was an engineer, his mother was Giselle, and his brother was László Orszáczky. His family lived in District VIII, Józsefváros where, from the age of five, he studied classical piano, Orszaczky preferred listening to his fathers Spanish and Afro-Cuban records and the local gypsy music. Orszaczky was a member of his schools 60-piece orchestra, in 1965 Jackie Orszaczky started a rock band, Új Rákfogó, while attending Dugonics Utcai Általános Iskola in Josephtown. Other members were Miklos Cserba on guitar, Laszlo Mogyorossy on guitar, later additions included his brother, László Orszáczky, on keyboards, Mezei Aniko on vocals and Vadasz Ferike on guitar. They performed in clubs until dawn – Orszaczky would sleep in. In 1969 Orszaczky joined jazz-fusion and progressive group, Syrius on bass guitar, guitar. Australian backpacker, Charles Fisher, saw one of the groups gigs, Syrius toured there in 1970-71, including a performance at the Myponga Festival in South Australia in January 1971. In Melbourne they recorded an album, Syrius, with Fisher producing, in Australia they also issued a single, Ive Been This Down Before. According to Australian rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, Syrius were Hungarys top rock attraction, in October 1971, after the tour, the group returned to Hungary. Soon after he used a band of Peter Jones on electric piano, Graham Morgan on drums and John Robinson on guitar, to record his debut solo album. In May 1975 he joined Marcia Hines backing band on guitar and also became her musical director. In December that year, Beramiada was issued on the Real label and featured accomplished progressive jazz-fusion in the vein of Weather Report, George Duke, in December 1976 he released a solo single, Lets Go and Make It. He worked for Hines for four years and appeared on her album, Marcia Shines and its related singles including, Fire and Rain, From the Inside. Orszackzy created the arrangements for Hines Australian tour, which was recorded for her double-live album, Marcia Hines Live Across Australia. They performed West Coast rock and funk in the vein of Cold Blood, Tower of Power and Blood, the group released Jump Back Jack and Double Take
8. C. W. Stoneking – Christopher William C. W. Stoneking is an Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player. He has released three albums, King Hokum, Jungle Blues and Gon Boogaloo, on his own King Hokum Records label. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009 Jungle Blues won Best Blues and Roots Album, he was nominated for Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Best Independent Release. Gon Boogaloo peaked at No.17 on the ARIA Albums Chart, C. W. Stoneking was born in Katherine, Northern Territory, on March 151974, the son of Billy Marshall Stoneking. In 2005 Stoneking recorded an album of original blues compositions titled King Hokum, the album was received with great critical acclaim in the Australian media after its release in 2006. In 2006, Stoneking formed his band, the Primitive Horn Orchestra with whom he still performs. The current line-up is James Clark, Stephen Grant, Stu Barker, in 2006, radio presenter Tim Ritchie picked Stonekings King Hokum as his album of the year on Radio Nationals Breakfast program. Radio National also presented his February 2007 Australia-wide tour, King Hokum was nominated for the Best Blues/Roots Album in the ARIA Music Awards of 2007. It won the Best Independent Blues Release award in the 2007 AIR Awards, on 20 October 2008 Stoneking released Jungle Blues, his second album of original compositions, which peaked at No.45 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Jungle Blues won Best Blues and Roots Album, and was nominated for Best Independent Release, Jungle Blues was also shortlisted in the 2008 Australian Music Prize. With Jools Holland on 5 October 2010, playing Jungle Blues, Stonekings next album, Gon Boogaloo, appeared on 17 October 2014, which peaked at No.17 on the ARIA Albums Chart. C. W. Stoneking C. W.1 &2 - Hillgrass Bluebilly Records Official website Interview with C. W. Stoneking on Music Towers Interview with C. W. Stoneking on Yuzu Melodies Evangelist Record Company
9. Dutch Tilders – Dutch Tilders, born Mattheus Frederikus Wilhelmus Tilders, anglicised as Matthew Tilders, was a Netherlands-born Australian blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. He performed and released material as a solo artist and also issued an album with Kevin Borich, The Blues Had a Baby. He has toured with John Mayall, Brownie McGhee, and Taj Mahal, Tilders was diagnosed with oesophageal and liver cancer in May 2010 and died on 23 April 2011, aged 69. In May 2012 Australian Guitar magazine listed him in the top 40 on their Definitive Australian Guitarists of All Time, Dutch Tilders was born on 29 August 1941 as Mattheus Frederikus Wilhelmus Tilders in Nijmegen, Netherlands. His father was Frederikus Theodorus Tilders and his mother was Cathiarina Maria, his siblings are Wilhelmus B F, Johanna C, Frederikus T J, Johannes B M. From the age of ten, Tilders was a member of the church choir, after his voice broke he sang baritone and falsetto. The Tilders family emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1955, aboard the SS Fairsea, Frederikus worked as a furniture upholsterer. The family spent about a year at the Brooklyn Migrant Hostel, in 1959 Tilders bought his first guitar, to be able to accompany himself when playing in cafes around Melbourne. His early influences were Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, in 1961 he recorded a 10 album at a friends home studio. The following year he formed a duo with Shane Duckham on harmonica and they worked in the Sydney folk, during the mid-to-late 1960s Tilders performed less frequently. In September 1970 Tilders appeared on TV talent show, New Faces, Tilders released his self-titled debut album in 1972 with Brian Cadd producing and backing provided by members of Chain. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described the album, which proved the mans mastery of the blues form, One side featured Tilders playing down-home Mississippi delta acoustic blues, the flip Chicago electric blues. Tilders performed at Sunbury Pop Festivals in both January 1973 and the following year. Later in 1974 he toured the United Kingdom supporting John Mayall, he issued a split album with fellow blues-folk artist, Margret RoadKnight. The Canberra Timess Michael Foster described Tilders contributions takes side one with a selection of eight blues, all but one his own work. Like Miss Roadknight he sings the basic, 12-bar blues and like her he gets well into the feeling and expression which gave birth to the form and feeling of the blues. In the next year he used a band of Phil Colson on guitar, Keith Dubber on trumpet and flugel horn, Rick Lock on drums, John Power on bass guitar. They recorded his album, Break