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The Delta Riggs

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Delta Riggs ain’t no “nouveau-retro” affectation, wearing their blues credentials and big-band music pedigree on their sleeves. Call ‘em white-boy soul or rhythm ‘n’ blues, with a generous dollop of snake oil, spit and a sly wink, The Delta Riggs are as jubilatory, joyously gritty, and steeped in genuine Americana and good time classic freak ‘n’ roll as ever a band was.

The Delta RiggsThe songwriters behind this rollicking jamboree are shambolic front man Elliott Hammond and his bouffant-toting guitar player, Aaron Jackson. Both were raised on a staple diet of Bob Dylan, The Band, The Stones, Creedence, Led Zep and Grateful Dead. It’s a core unit of six common souls that fuses The Delta Riggs though, with Michael Tramonte (bass), Alex ‘Rudy’ Markwell (guitar), Simon McConnell (drums) and Alex Edwards (keys). “We’re a rhythm ‘n’ blues band,” states Hammond. “A jam-band of unified musicians who are all on the same page”.
“So long as it’s got three chords, a cool beat and our version of the truth, that sums us up,” laughs Jackson. But ask their snake-hipped, shambolic singer and he’ll tell you The Delta Riggs are a band borne out of their time. “The focus for us is all on the music, immersing ourselves in it and discovering it – when people listen to this band, we want them to lose themselves in our world.

This isn’t background music, a f*cking ringtone or some compressed MP3 file coming out of a shitty computer speaker. You were never meant to engage with Music … real music, like that. It’s meant to be played live, as a conversation with the listener… That’s where the magic sits, man.”

Sure enough, live is where The Delta Riggs hit their stride, and the hubbub has already started. With their rootsy soul, ramshackle R’n'B, stunning gospel harmonies and swaggering blues, the Delta Riggs have picked up the torch of rock ‘n’ roll’s free-wheeling spirit and are running with it.

Hallelujah, come join the jubilee – The Delta Riggs are coming to town, baby.

  • Who: The Delta Riggs
  • When: Saturday 21st May
  • Where:The CBD Hotel

Entry to the gig is free.

The Delta Riggs eponymous debut EP is out now through leading independent stores and online at or

Hank Green’s Blues

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

There’s a new live music venue officially opening in Newcastle this May and fittingly it’s one of the hottest new acts from the Hunter that will be kicking off the festivities.

Hank and JohnnyThe Seven Seas Hotel in Carrington has played host to a great many troubadours over the years but it’s latest incarnation as a destination for live bands is causing considerable excitement. The historic hotel’s current licensees have undertaken some dramatic renovations in recent times and the most recent work – building a raised stage in the hotel’s back bar – has been completed. Already host to the best Friday meat raffle in the inner city and some of the best Thai food in town in its Sticky Rice restaurant, The Seven Seas Hotel will now additionally host some of the spiciest tunes goin’ round. And getting it started will be Hank Green’s Blues.

Raised on a diet of ‘Down Home’ blues and boogie woogie in the Hunter Valley, Hank started on the ukulele when he was just 3 years old and got his first guitar shortly after. Now at only 13 Hank is an astonishing guitarist and emerging blues harmonica player. Hank’s style reflects his many influences, Hollywood Fats, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Hound Dog Taylor, J.B. Hutto, T-bone Walker, Luther Tucker, Robert J.R. Lockwood and the list goes on. Expect some electrifying instrumentals, soulful harmonica and guitar playing of a standard not seen before in one so young. In fact, Hank Green’s Blues will grace the stage of the Seven Seas just weeks after their Byron Bay, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival debut. And it’s little surprise that Hank is attracting such attention given that his father is frontman for the legendary Blues Cowboys. Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Joining Hank in the band is Aussie blues legend Johnny “Thunderbolt” Gray from “Junior and the Goldtops”, “The Hawaiian Housewreckers”, “The Bopcats” and “Rockinitis”. Also part of the team is ‘Grunter’ the ‘barefoot fisherman’ from The Blues Cowboys on his Gretcsh. Grunter loves a beer, the Blues, Rockabilly and a good time. And Hank’s father Johnny joins in on bass. Johnny Green and his band were featured in the A.B.C. documentary “The Lost Highway” and he is still singin’ up a storm and obviously enjoys playing bass for his son Hank.

Rockin Boogie-Woogie Blues is what you get with these guys and a load of fun to boot.

It is apt that a new generation performer, who performs his own take on an old style of music, christens a new incarnation of an historic hotel.

  • What: Hank Green’s Blues
  • Where: The Seven Seas Hotel, Carrington
  • When: Saturday 7 May

Entry is free.

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