Louis KING (aka Tommy McEwan) is one of Australia’s most creative songwriters and performers. After 7 CDs, numerous awards, national and international tours, including numerous shows in Europe, the Pacific and the U.S.A, he starts a new chapter in what has already been a notable career.
His compositions have featured in movies, TV shows and CD players all around the Globe and have been covered by artists from New Orleans to Austin, and from Amsterdam to Bucharest. His new new project pulls in some of the country’s most explosive musical talents – Jake Mason, Hammond Organ (Cookin’ on 3 Burners); the great Phillip Collings on drums (Kim Salmon), and the mighty Tim Burnham (LLoyd Spiegel) on drums – unleashing a new set of Gutbucket Blues material. Dubbed The Royal Blue trio they are creating one of the Roots music world’s most individual acts.
Bill BARBER, at 22 years of age – guitarist, singer, songwriter – is at the forefront of a new generation of Australian Blues artists. He took an interest in the Blues at a young age and by 14 was making the rounds, performing in Melbourne venues alongside Australia’s most respected Blues artists.
A move to Bendigo (a hub for Victorian blues) at 16 saw Bill take enormous steps towards a career in music, appearing on local television and radio as well as festivals across Australia, including the Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Australian Blues Music Festival, Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival and Mojo Burning.
It’s around that time that Bill’s talent caught the attention of multi-award winning Australian blues legends Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel who have since become mentors and had Bill as both support act and special guest at countless shows. He has also played support for Wolfmother, Dr. Feelgood, Shane Howard, Yirrmal and Hat Fitz & Cara among others.
In July 2017, Bill won the competition to represent the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society at the International Blues Challenge, making him the youngest winner in the Society’s history. He was sent to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge in January 2018 where he was one of the 32 semi–finalists out of over two hundred acts from across the globe. While in Memphis a recording session also took place at the legendary Sun Studio, which discovered artists like Johnny Cash, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King and Jerry-Lee Lewis.
What sets Bill apart is his dedication to the Blues. While most young artists enter the Blues via the Roots music movement, Bill’s passion is for the Blues in its true form.
Bill Barber is the next in line to become one of Australia’s Blues greats – Lloyd Spiegel
Bill is a fantastic young Blues player who keeps getting better and better every time I see him – Geoff Achison
The most exiting musician I’ve heard in a very long time – James Blundell
Absolutely loved what he did, took us all by surprise – Robert Kane (Dr. Feelgood)
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