The Christmas blues at Cronulla

Out of Nashville: 8 Ball Aitken’s funky, foot stomping energy and infectious swampy-blues, has been heard at festivals around the world for a decade.
Out of Nashville: 8 Ball Aitken’s funky, foot stomping energy and infectious swampy-blues, has been heard at festivals around the world for a decade.

The Brass Monkey is set to host a blues music Christmas Party featuring performers 8 Ball Aitken, Mitch Anderson and Harry Brus on Saturday, December 15. 

Aitken’s funky, foot stomping energy and infectious swampy-blues, has been heard at festivals around the world for a decade. 

Nashville-based for the last seven years, Aitken, is back with a new album Swamp Blues.

The album debuted #2 in the Australian Blues Music Charts and single High Water went to #1 on the AMRAP AIRIT Radio charts.

Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas, Aitken laid down his guitar tracks through analogue tape machine for the warm guitar tones.  

Mitch Anderson

Mitch Anderson

“Swamp Blues is my salute to the rhythms and grooves of the Deep South and is my most stripped back studio recording to date,’’ Aitken said.

“Much of my US touring is traversing between Texas, Tennessee, and Florida, travelling through Louisiana, home to the gritty, sub-genre sound I love the most and birth place of one of my musical heroes, Tony Joe White.

“Of the 12 tracks, two were co-written with friend and 100 per cent certified Texas Bluesman, Guthrie Kennard, and it was such a thrill to be creative partners on High Water and Mama’s Cookin.”

Also performing at the Brass Monkey’s Christmas shindig is Australian bass player and guitarist  Harry Brus.

Brus is best known for his work with Matt Finish, Kevin Borich, Renée Geyer, Australian Crawl, Leo Sayer, Jimmy Barnes and Billy Thorpe. 

Harry currently performs in the band Mitch’s Brew, featuring the ever soulful Mitchell Anderson and performs on a regular basis with his own outfit, The Harry Brus Band.

Anderson rounds out the talent on show at the Brass Monkey on December 15. He is widely regarded as one of the best white soul singers of our time. 

With a career spanning more than 20 years, he recently won the hearts of millions of people throughout Australia and the rest of the world with his emotionally charged heartfelt performances on The Voice Australia where he was the top finalist on the winning team Seal.  

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