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A Chat With JJ Grey
Mar16

A Chat With JJ Grey

Read our interview with Florida’s soul singer JJ Grey Hi. Do your friends call you JJ or by your real name – is it John? It’s John and people call by both. JJ was short for Jon Jon which is what my family calls me. — I read somewhere that the term Mofro was originally a nickname bestowed on you by a co-worker? Does it mean anything or is it just made up. Yeah a buddy of mine called me that but not all the time....

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Bluesfest Day 5 And In The End …
Apr02

Bluesfest Day 5 And In The End …

Read our take on day five of Bluesfest 2013 Fiercely fighting festival fatigue, we trudged out to the site by about 1 pm, expecting to make an early exit. Thirty minutes of Melbourne roots band The Wilson Pickers was a fun way to start the day, then I rushed over to the far end of the site to catch the last few songs of another Australian performer, Kim Churchill. I was keen to see Current Swell, not knowing much about them at all....

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Bluesfest 2013 Day 4
Apr01

Bluesfest 2013 Day 4

Read our take on day four of Bluesfest 2013 Day four at Bluesfest was a triumphant one. Not because I saw a legendary, favourite performer. It was the sheer canvas of high-class acts that I was able to capture, most of whom for the first time. A quick look at Luka Bloom who received a great reception. Then to Chris Smither who’s a product of growing up in New Orleans, the Boston and Cambridge folk-blues scene of the 60’s, a seminal...

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Bluesfest 2013 Day 3 – Wilco Wilco Wilco!
Mar31

Bluesfest 2013 Day 3 – Wilco Wilco Wilco!

Read our take on day three of Bluesfest 2013 The weather had cleared with no rain for the day. The priority for the day was Wilco. So we watched Grace Potter and The Nocturnals as they were on the same stage beforehand. I have written about Grace Potter previously on this site and frankly was in two minds about her. She is certainly magnetic on stage, a superb voice and a tight three piece behind her. “Stars” was a high...

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The Road To Byron Stops Here
Mar27

The Road To Byron Stops Here

Read our lead-up to attending Bluesfest 2013 As The Hollies so wryly pointed out: The Road is Long With Many a Winding Turn… We’ve been on the road for a while and now here we are by the pool in Byron Bay. Tomorrow Bluesfest 2013 begins. Over ninety artists, plus interviews, a quiz show and radio broadcasts, almost sixty hours of music over six stages and five days. Here is what I am planning to see: Shaun Kirk, Apra...

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