Bluesfest 2019

Bluesfest 2019 interviews for airplay

hmurray, 28th May 2019

Exclusive interviews and performances from the community radio tent at Bluesfest 2019.

Since 1990, the Byron Bay area has come alive each Easter for Bluesfest – one of Australia’s most celebrated and famous music festivals

In 2019, the festival featured a community radio tent, with a team of community radio presenters and producers – from Melbourne’s 3RRR to Byron Bay’s own Bay FM (who ran the production) – interviewing many of the festival’s standout guests including Dallas Woods, Kasey Chambers, Markus King, Imelda May, Colin Hay and Baker Boy.

All content is available through the Community Radio Network, with cue sheets for local presentation of each piece. See the end of this article for access details.

Bluesfest 2019 - Interview Segments (29)
1. Dobby

Dobby is a 24 Year old rapper, drummer, speaker and workshop facilitator. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land.

Interviewer: Terra Nullis - BayFM

2. Marcus King Band

Marcus King is a Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer and Bandleader.  At only 23 years of age, he has been writing songs and performing onstage for half his lifetime, delivering a southern fried brand of blues and psychedelia inspired by rock n’ roll.

Interviewer: Brian Wise - 3RRR

3. Electrik Lemonade

Electrik Lemonade are a merry band of funklords that play a repertoire of funk, hip hop, blues, soul and dance music. Drawing on a unique blend of influences while combining their comedic, fun attitude toward life they present an energetic, visual music show.

Interviewer: Rachael Torise - BayFM

4. Gromits Busking Competition

The Bluesfest Busking Comp is for unsigned artists to play to a national audience. The Comp is held in and around Byron Bay in the weeks leading up to Bluesfest and The Gromits are the under 18’s segment of the Buskers Competition.

Interviewer: Rachael Torise - BayFM

5. Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy are a collective of up to 25 musicians traversing contemporary Jazz and R&B. At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world.

Interviewer: Seth Jordan - Independent

6. Imelda May

Imelda May is an Irish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Described as "a unique vocal talent," May is known for her musical style of rockabilly revival and has also been compared to female jazz musicians such as Billie Holiday.

Interviewer: Brian Wise - 3RRR

7. Anderson East
Anderson East is an American R&B musician from Athens, Alabama, who currently is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Interviewer: Jane - Eastside Radio
8. Melody Angel

Melody Angel is a musician from the south side of Chicago. Rock N Roll took over her life at age 7 where her obsession with Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and Chuck Berry shaped her musical education.

Interviewer: Rachael Torise - BayFM

9. Hussy Hicks

Hussy Hicks have made a name for themselves locally and on the international stage the old fashioned way – by playing their music and connecting with audiences one passionate performance at a time. The Hussies run the gamut of musical genres incorporating blues, folk and riffy rock with gypsy, surf, alt country and soul, all cheekily woven together with beautiful vocal harmonies.

Interviewer: Vanessa Hill - BayFm

10. Colin Hay

Colin Hay is a Scottish-Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He came to prominence as the lead vocalist of the band Men at Work, and later also as a solo artist.

Interviewer: Brian Wise - 3RRR

11. I’m With Her

I’m With Her is a band rooted in a rare alchemy: three celebrated songwriters Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan have imbued their songs with a sharply detailed lyricism, graceful musicianship, and—perhaps most powerfully—mesmerizing harmonies that endlessly reflect their extraordinary chemistry.

Interviewer: Brian Wise - 3RRR

12. Kasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers is an Australian country singer-songwriter and musician born in Mount Gambier. Having spent her entire life as a performer, she recently became the youngest solo female artist to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2018.

Interviewer: Brian Wise - 3RRR

13. Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo' is an American blues musician and four-time Grammy Award winner. He is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, living in Nashville, Tennessee. His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz, pop and country.

Interviewer: Seth Jordan - Independent

14. War and Treaty

The War and Treaty are a husband and wife team creating music that represents the pull between trauma and tranquillity, music inspired by darkness and despair that ultimately finds a higher spiritual purpose.

Interviewer: Sista Mary - BayFm

15. Dallas Woods

Dallas Woods, is an Indigenous Australian rapper, MC and personality. Woods is known for his role on ABC Kids "Move It Mob Style" and in 2018 as Baker Boy's support act on his national tour.

Interviewer: Jayne Franco – Eastside

16. Baker Boy

Baker Boy is an Indigenous Australian rapper, dancer, artist, and actor. Baker Boy is known for performing original hip-hop songs incorporating both English and Yolŋu Matha.


Interviewer: Terra Nullis - BayFM

17. Little Georgia
Little Georgia are an Australian folk-rock duo known for their powerful live performances, collaborators Justin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix deliver beautiful harmonies and compelling lyrics amongst a sea of acoustic storytelling and crazed out electric jams.

Interviewer: Mel Christodoulou - Eastside
18.  Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra are a ska band formed in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. The group has up to 34 members, and is led by bandleader Nicky Bomba, formerly of the John Butler Trio.

Interviewer: Seth Jordan - Independent

19. Allen Stone

Allen Stone is an American soul and R&B singer and musician who is deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop conventions

Interviewer: Jimi James - Bayfm

20. Fantastic Negrito

Fantastic Negrito is an American singer-songwriter whose music spans blues, R&B, and roots music. His 2016 album The Last Days of Oakland won a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

Interviewer: Jimi James from Bayfm

21. Deva Mahal

Deva Mahal is a soul and R&B singer living in New York. Mahal is the daughter of US-American blues musician Taj Mahal. Her songs draw on a deep well of personal experience, serving as revelations, cautionary tales, and empowerment anthems.

Interviewer: Seth Jordan - Independent

22. Benny Walker

Benny Walker is a Yorta Yorta man from Echuca. His killer voice and epic tales are mixed with a deep groove and passion for the land. Recent offerings “SAVE” and “Oh No You Don’t” shot to No. 1 on the AMRAP charts; the latter earning him four NIMA 2016 nominations and the award for “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards.

Interviewer: Terra Nullis - BayFM

23. Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff is an American singer and songwriter based in Denver, whose influences are described as folk, Americana and vintage rhythm & blues. Rateliff has garnered attention with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, the soulful R&B combo he formed in 2013.

Interviewer: Tex Miller – Pulse FM

24. Jessie Lloyd Mission Songs Project

Presented by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is performed as a quartet with a range of Indigenous performers from around Australia. 

Interviewer: Terra Nullis – BayFM

25. Larkin Poe
Larkin Poe is an American roots rock band from Atlanta, Georgia fronted by sisters Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell. Featuring strong southern harmonies, heavy electric guitar riffs, and slide guitar, they are often touted as "the little sisters of the Allman Brothers".

Interviewer: Sista Mary - BayFm
26. Ward Thomas

Ward Thomas are an English modern country-pop duo, composed of 25-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas from Hampshire. The band has been called "Britain's first country stars".

Interviewer: Jimi James - Bayfm

27. Vintage Trouble

Vintage Trouble is an American rhythm & blues band. The band formed in Hollywood, California in 2010. They have released three albums, The Bomb Shelter Sessions, "The Swing House Acoustic Sessions" and "1 Hopeful Rd”.

Interviewer: Jimi James - BayFm

28. Lucy Gallant
Lucy Gallant is hailed as one of the most talented indie artists on the scene. The British-born virtuoso plays an array of instruments, skilfully producing intricate, high-energy rhythms on the Cajón, while simultaneously singing and playing guitar, drums, ukulele or melodica.

Interviewer: Jimi James - BayFm
29. Elephant Sessions

Elephant Sessions hail from the Scottish Highlands, their music combines the very best of trad, funk and electronica resulting in a new and exciting sound.

Interviewer: Jimi James - BayFm

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