Welcome to the 23rd edition of the Lazy Eye Newslettter Bluesletter!
Happy New Year! What an incredible year 2016 was. We started off with the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and finished the year performing in front of nearly 40,000 people at the Official Adelaide NYE. We performed for the first time in America and Japan as well as 2 successful tours of Australia. We were thankful to be nominated as a finalist at the South Australian Music Awards in the Most Popular Roots & Blues Artist category. Our new album Pocket The Black debuted at number 4 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts and hasn't sunk below since. Huge thank you to the contributors in radio land! We were very proud to have Pocket The Black named Blues Album Of The Year by the Adelaide Roots & Blues Association and to see it then nominated for the Best Self Produced Album at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in the United States. To cap things off we're exited to announce the album has been awarded a finalist nomination for Album Of The Year at the Australian Blues Music Awards. Also called the Chain Awards, it is the highest accolade a blues musician can receive in Australia and will be announced at the Australian Blues Music Festival on the 11th February. As impressive as all this sounds, with out you we would have achieved none of it. Thank you and we look forward to catching up with you at a show somewhere around the planet in 2017.
If you're in Adelaide this Saturday night, the Big Backyard BBQ is the place to be. A part of summer festival, the family friendly event will be held from 5pm at the West Thebarton Memorial Gardens, 1 Booker Tce, Hilton. Lazy Eye appearing at 9pm.
In other festival news we're looking forward to our 3rd appearance at The Australian Blues Music Festival. Held in Goulburn, NSW from the 10-12th February, the entire festival is a free event so don't miss out on some of the best blues acts Australia has to offer in one place for one weekend all free to the public!
Lastly a big shoutout to everyone who came to "Walking In Memphis" at The Gov last Friday. It was the official send off to the acts representing ARBA & Australia at the International Blues Challenge. Featuring a sublime set from Nikko & Snooks, a cranking performance by The Associates and we got to perform with one our favourite Aussie blues artist, ARIA award winning Ian Collard on harmonica. The night was capped off with a super jam featuring all the artists on stage together. A fitting send off! Photos courtesy of our good friend David Baker http://www.davidsartprojects. All the best for 2017!!