BLUES LEGENDS: Backsliders.
BLUES LEGENDS: Backsliders. Chuck Bradley

Midnight Oil's Hirst can't get enough blues

AUSTRALIAN blues band Backsliders will play its only Queensland gig for its album tour next Friday, October 7, at The V Room at The Villa Noosa Hotel.

The Sunshine Coast gig, presented by Hostile Entertainment and Noosa Regional Gallery, is part of the Making of Midnight Oil exhibition at the gallery.

Backsliders' latest album Heathen Songbook, released to critical acclaim, is a collection of driving Delta and Mississippi Hill country blues sounds with original 21st century new-blues anthems with Australian overtones. Dom Turner, Rob Hirst and Joe Glover will play tracks from the new album as well as songs from their 30-year history.

As 2011 ARIA Blues and Roots nominee and I-Tunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year winner, Backsliders has been playing, touring the festival circuit and recording for more than 30 years.

Slide guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist Turner is the founding member of the group.

Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Hirst (Midnight Oil) - a name synonymous with the best of Australian music - has been with Backsliders for 16 years.

Joining them are some of Australia's most innovative and dynamic harmonica players: Brod Smith (Dingoes, Brod Smith's Big Combo) and ARIA award-winning Ian Collard (Collard, Greens and Gravy), as well as young prodigy Joe Glover. These guys are renowned for captivating live shows - an eclectic mix of blues styles moving from driving delta blues riffs and jungle-like rhythms to Piedmont blues-influenced unplugged treatments of 1920s songs by blues heroes such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Robert Johnson.

Local bands Transvaal Diamond Syndicate and Touch (Hobo Magic) will be playing as support acts. Doors open at 8pm for this great night of blues music and tickets are on sale now.

Tickets are $25 pre-sold plus the booking fee.

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