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Dan Baird, chief songwriter for legendary Atlanta bar band The Georgia Satellites, is heading to Australia and bringing his new band Homemade Sin along for the ride.

Dan Baird and Homemade Sin

The Georgia Satellites were one of the most ferocious bands of the 80’s. What set them apart from the other 100,000 bands who cranked their amps up to eleven was that their wild riffs and tanked up cries came from a band who, from the start, understood it’s place in the rock tradition and fought hard to solidify it with each recording

The story starts in the early 80’s at Hedgen’s, a “country club for the spiritually impoverished and emotionally destitute” as chief songwriter Dan Baird would later identify it. Bassist Keith Christopher, drummer Mauro Magellan and guitarists Dan Baird and Rick Richards were all playing on the Atlanta circuit in various bar bands such as The Hellhounds, The Brains, and The Woodpeckers. These bands would gradually morph into the original Georgia Satellites, who signed to same the same management company as country-rock pioneers, Jason & The Scorchers, more of whom later.

#1 fan and road manager Kevin Jennings, sold an EP of early Satellites records to an independent UK record label, Making Waves, who released them as the Keep The Faith ep. The ep provoked an extraordinary response from the UK music press, which, in turn, woke up the previously indifferent US music industry. Elektra records quickly signed them and their first single, Keep Your Hands To Yourself, became a runaway hit. It reached #2 on the singles chart and their eponymous debut album reached the same position on the album charts. Both album and single only being kept off their respective #1 slots by Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and Livin’ On A Prayer. A second hit single, Battleship Chains consolidated their success.

Where the Satellites really earned their reputation though was with their live club shows. Whether as headliners, or special guests to everyone from Tom Petty, Bob Seeger, David Bowie, Johnny Diesel and The Injectors. All those years of three sets a night, paid dividends laid waste to audiences across the States and particular, Europe, which took the band to it’s collective heart, a love affair that continues to this day. Breakthrough appearances at the legendary UK Reading Festival and Denmark’s Roskilde established the band as European favourites in 1986.

In The Land Of Salvation And Sin

Two more Elektra LP’s, Open All Night and the remarkable In The Land Of Salvation And Sin, plus a cover of The Swinging Blue Jeans, Hippy Hippy Shake, on the Tom Cruise movie soundtrack, Cocktail followed, but by the early 90’s, all those years of incessant touring had taken their toll and the band split. Dan Baird went on to a successful solo career with Rick Rubin’s Def American, scoring major hits with the album Love Songs From The Hearing Impaired and the single I Love You Period. A second LP, the critically acclaimed Buffalo Nickel followed and Dan also developed as a career as a highly sought-after producer.

The rhythm section on both solo albums were Keith Christopher (bass) and former Georgia Satellites drummer Mauro Magellan, the duo responsible for a large part of Dan’s trademark sound.

Jump to 2007 and the band was completed by Jason And The Scorchers founder member and guitarist extraordinaire, Warner E. Hodges. The quartet released their debut album in 2008, championed by Alan Jones (Uncut), Scott Rowley (Classic Rock) and Bob Harris.

The band appeared at the Sweden Rock festival in 2009 and 2016 and Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 they headlined the prestigious Kilkenny Festival in Ireland. They have established an annual series of concerts in London that attract fans from all around the world.

In 2013, Circus Life, the long awaited follow-up to the debut album, was released and attracted great reviews across Europe. The album was also their first CD to get a full USA release and their first album to album to appear as a vinyl release.

2014 saw long-term bassist Keith Christopher replaced by ex Bonafide man Micke Bj rk as their touring schedule stepped up, seeing shows in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, UK, and USA. The last night of the 2014 tour will saw the band play their first ever acoustic show before a sold out London audience.

2015 produced the third Homemade Sin album, Dan Baird & Homemade Sin Get Loud!, which has proved to be their best selling album to date, the first full-length tour of the USA and a full acoustic tour of the UK and Europe.

2017 is due to get off to a great start, with the band’s fourth studio album scheduled to be released to coincide with a second tour of the US, plus their first tour of Australia. They will be appearing at festivals across Europe and Scandinavia during the Summer and finish the year with their biggest European tour to date.

Australian tour dates:

Apr 13 – The Corner Hotel, Richmond
Apr 14 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne
Apr 18 – Basement, Sydney
Apr 19 – Lizottes, Newcastle
Apr 22 – Bridge Hotel, Rozelle
Apr 28 – Triffid, Brisbane
May 02 – The Gov, Adelaide
May 05 – Th Charles Hotel, North Perth