Due to a media leak the organisers have now confirmed the first list of acts who will play the Victorian festival on New Years Eve.
Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear tweeted today that… “Finally some info is out! We are indeed coming to the Falls Festival in Australia!! So excited!!!”
Doubtful Sounds is pretty excited about a few of the acts (in red) and hopefully we will see sideshows in other major cities…
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
The Temper Trap
King Khan and the Shrines
Philadelphia Grand Jury
Art Vs. Science
Major Lazer (Soundsystem)
Future of the Left
Yves Klein Blue
The John Steel Singers
The first run of acts for the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2009 Blues & Roots Festival has been announced.
Leading the pack is Ben Harper and Michael Franti and Spearhead (surprise, surprise). These guys must surely be honorary Australians by now.
Of the other acts, the most notable inclusions in the humble opinion of Doubtful Sounds is Drive By Truckers, Tinariwen, Seasick Steve and Lucinda Williams. There are many Lucinda fans that were gutted when she cancelled her tour a few years back due to the death of her mother. Fingers crossed we get sideshows for these and other acts in Sydney and other parts of Australia and New Zealand.
The full line up announced so far is:
Ben Harper and Relentless7, John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lucinda Williams, Zappa Plays Zappa, Angelique Kidjo, Tinariwen, Eric Bibb, Seasick Steve, Tony Joe White, Ruthie Foster, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Drive-By Truckers, Toni Childs, Ayo, Luka Bloom, Alpha Blondy, The Easy Allstars, Special Beat, Watermelon Slim & The Workers, The Easy All Stars, Special Beat, Augie March, Alabama, Blue King Brown, Saltwater Band, Sonny Landreth, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Hot Club of Cowtown, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, The Bamboos, Watussi, Lowrider, Nu Yorican Nights, Benny Gallagher, Bob Log III., Lowrider, Nu Yorican Nights.
The 20th anniversary of the festival takes place on the 9-13th April 2009 at Belongil Fields and full info on tickets, camping etc can be found at www.bluesfest.com.au
Drive By Truckers:
Steve Wold returns with his third record and the follow on from 2006’s Dog House Music which caught the ears of the discerning music community and led to appearances on TV shows, award shows and features in magazines.
The new record keeps things autobiographical, exemplified by the title track and opening cut which touches on his life as a hobo and traveller around the USA after leaving home at the age of 14.
Interestingly he incorporates additional instrumentation, primarily in the form of drums and backing vocals which add another level and texture to the grooves. These touches, along with cleaner production, show a progression to the sounds he presented on the last record without sacrificing the rawness and simplicity that made Dog House Music such a refreshing success.
One of the most interesting tracks is Just Like a King which is a duet with Nick Cave and a bluesy (boozy?) Grinderman. It comes on like a long lost delta blues slow groove with slide guitar wailing away before settling into a moaning shuffle. Cave adds a darker, more desperate edge behind Steve’s earthier tones which works brilliantly.
Fly By Night conjures up a moonlit creaking porch lament about sticking around while Thunderbird lives up to it’s name with a charging finish, all clattering sticks and strings like the Black Keys in a bathtub.
Steve has built on his unique take on the blues with the raw swing and drones of his three string guitar and delivered a record that steps up from Dog House Music to be a contender for our music geek top 10 lists in 2008.
Check out this Black Cab Session of Steve performing Chiggers which ended up on the new record: