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This one will get Newcastle Blues lovers hearts pumping! Four of Australia’s leading blues players are joining forces to salute four of the blues ‘biggest and most influential artists. There are few blues fans and guitarists who haven’t fallen under the spell of the playing and vocals of B.B King, Albert King, Freddie King and Earl King. Now Australian performers Darren ‘Jacko’ Jack, Ray Beadle, Grant Cummerford and Rosscoe Clark have put together a show to salute these blues greats, putting their own stamp on best- known titles from the 4 icons.

While B.B, Albert, and Freddie were all masters of the intense single-line electric guitar lick, each is instantly recognisable, and Earl King, also a guitar boss, was one of the best and most original songwriters in the blues, and a major New Orleans figure. Guitarists Darren Jack and Ray Beadle are worthy exponents of highly charged -emotional attack style of the Kings and are widely recognised on The National Australian blues circuit. In recent years both have been voted ‘performer of the Year’ by the Sydney Blues Society and gone on to perform in The Memphis Blues Challenge. Another Memphis Blues Challenger is Rosscoe Clark, the go-to blues drummer in Sydney, and enduring member of the veteran band The Cyril B. Bunter Band and the Foreday Riders. Bassist Grant Cummerford, despite his tender years, has clocked up many years on the Australian Blues scene, especially with Darren Jack and globe – trotting guitar virtuoso Jeff Lang. These experienced players have an abundance of creed when it comes to the blues, and are ideally placed to serve up the best offerings of the four blues Giants.

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