Barn Lovers have been asking us to include more blues bands in our lineup so in 2021 we are going to deliver! We are kicking the year off with one of Australia’s best….Kings and Associates! Although Adelaide based this great bunch of musos seem to spend most of their time touring the world. How lucky are we to be able to hear them in The Barn at Wombat Flat! At 50% Covid capacity these tickets will go like hotcakes. Be there!
INTRODUCING THE AUSTRALIAN NEO-SOUL BAND KING AND ASSOCIATES
Led by husband-and-wife duo of singer and lyricist Anjii and songwriter and bassist Steve Portolesi, the award-winning Adelaide, Australia group thread blues, soul, funk, R&B, and gospel together in an eight-track vinyl patchwork stitched tight by live virtuosity and thought-provoking vulnerability.
Since coming together in 2014, Kings & Associates introduced themselves on 2016’s Red Dress and reached critical mass on Tales of a Rich Girl a year later. Produced by seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Jim Scott and mixed by four-time GRAMMY® Award winner Vance Powell, the latter picked up three honors at the 2018 Australian Blues Music Awards, including “Best Group of the Year,” “Best New Talent,” and “Best Producer” out of six nods. They received acclaim from Huffington Post, Blues Blast Mag, and more as their total stream count approached 1 million. Additionally, they made fiery appearances at Summerfest and Bluespalooza, sharing stages with everyone from Buddy Guy to Trombone Shorty.
In 2019, they shifted gears to record what would become Neighbour in Los Angeles. Re-teaming with Scott, the band took a different approach, recording the bulk of material live and simultaneously playing alongside US organist Louie Higuera and Australian organist Paul White for the first time.
“This body of work is really about the human struggle and having love for each other,” says frontwoman Anjii.
“The new recording was a natural expression of where we are,” adds Steve. “We changed it up and added more energy and fire.”
“…. the album promises to be a humdinger.”
Randy Radic, HuffPost
“You are left emotionally drained after this soulful experience…… expert musicianship and top notch production propel this effort into greatness.!”
Peter Szalony, BluesBlast Magazine
After spending many years living in the red sands of outback South Australia Jimmybay decided to put music to his long told campfire stories and bush poetry. He left South Australia and travelled to the tropical north, taking only his suitcase kick-drum filled with his possessions and carrying his guitar. He Slept in the long grass on the outskirts of Darwin and walked into town each day to busk on the streets.
This was the beginning of what would evolve into Jimmybay performing in Festivals across Australia, including: Illawarra Folk Festival, Deep South Blues and Roots and the National Folk Festival
Blues-folk-alt country vagabond Jimmybay has been travelling from town to town in his beat up kombi van for the past five years. In that time this multi-instrumentalist has captured audiences with his honest storytelling style and mesmerising live performances. Drawing inspiration from his own experiences and stories told by other travellers.
Utilising guitar, harmonica and his suitcase kickdrum, his offbeat character and intuitive songwriting have combined to create a unique live show of genuine storytelling, emotive lyrics and a quirky charismatic stage presence.
Ricca Terra Wines, Food stall, Eudunda Bakery goods, beer, soft drinks, hot drinks for you to purchase on the night.
NO BYO FOOD OR DRINK PLEASE.
Gates open 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm