Double Shot o’ Blues! Two of the country’s hottest guitarists in Simon Kinny-Lewis and PJ. OBrien with the best sidemen around.
Get set for a blues road trip starting in sunny California, southeast through Texas, stop off in New Awlins and then north to the Windy City by way o' Mississippi!
PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His blistering fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again.
Driven by PJ’s fat and funky guitar and accompanied by his smooth, soul-filled vocals, PJ’S music is receiving widespread acclaim. His Blues exude both a retro and modern feel, delivering award-winning songwriting and spine-tingling dynamics. Tom Hyslop of Blues Revue USA has labelled PJ ‘a talent to watch’ and Al Hensley of Rhythms Magazine Australia recently named him ‘one of the brightest talents to emerge on the Aussie Blues scene in a long while….an international blues star on the rise’.
PJ's most recent album, Jefferson Blues debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart. It held the top place for two months and spent the next four months in the top 3 and spent 5 months in the top 10 - showing a real dedication by DJs and listeners alike. The CD has received fantastic reviews in Australia, the UK and the US and is currently receiving airplay in Australia, Europe and the United States. PJ's music has featured in Blues Revue (USA), Blues Blast (USA), Blues Matters (UK), Classic Rock's 'Blues' (UK), Rhythms (AUS) FHM (AUS) and Australian Guitar Magazine.
PJ has won numerous music awards over the years and in 2006 received an Australia Council grant to represent the Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. In February 2017 the PJ O'Brien Band again represented the SBS at the 2017 International Blues Challenge reaching the semi-finals from a field of over one hundred and twenty American and International acts.
He has played multiple times at Australia's premier Blues festivals such as Blues at Bridgetown (WA), Great Southern Blues Festival (NSW), Thredbo Blues Festival (NSW) Gympie Muster (QLD), Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival (NSW), Blues on Broadbeach (QLD) Echuca Winter Blues Festival (VIC) and the Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), as well as top Sydney music venues including the Basement, The Vanguard and the Factory Theatre, where PJ and his band were chosen to open for the legendary Canned Heat in March 2018.
Simon Kinny-Lewis is one of the new breed of blues guitarists making his mark worldwide. He takes the audience with him on a seismic journey of compelling blues guitar – along with a voice that Steve Lukather (guitarist Toto, Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr) describes as being similar to American blues star Joe Bonnamassa.
Simon’s own original brand of contemporary blues and rock has created a loyal fan-base of guitar enthusiasts around the globe. He has performed and recorded with highly regarded musicians such as Chris Cain, Anton Davidyants, Nate Ginsberg (Herbie Hancock’s band), Christian Howes, Simeon Cain (Henry Rollins Band) and many more.
Over the past few years Simon and his band have been turning heads at some of Australia’s biggest festivals including Thredbo Blues Fest, The Australian Blues Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Manly Jazz Fest, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival, Blues at The Briars and Bluestone Blues Festival. Recording-wise, he has produced five albums to date with his most recent “Catfish” reaching #1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts. (Simon’s first solo acoustic album that also features Australian harmonica great Chris Wilson). The new album “Bad Whisky” is due for release in May 2018
2017 ended on a high note with a string of shows in California with US Blues legend Chris Cain. 2018 is shaping up to be another big year with international tours scheduled plus an Australian tour later in the year to support the upcoming “Bad Whisky” album.