and Blue is a five-piece blues outfit from Melbourne, featuring
Steve Gibbs (Lead Vocals), Frank Breen (Lead Guitar), Pat DeGuara
(Bass & Vocals), Chris Canning ( Sax & Harp ) and Kev
Once upon a time : Frank, Pat, Kev and
Aaron Richard ( Keys ) used to play in a band called Dirty Work,
but it had been a while, and the guys were keen to return to the
Melbourne blues scene. Fast forward to 2006 and enter Gary Webb (
Guitar ) and Steve Gibbs, two fresh blues warriors itching to get
playing with some pros.....or with the ex-Dirty Workers if no
pros were to be found.
The result was a much rockier,
dirtier blues groove than any of them had played in before,
blending Aussie blues tracks from artists like Chain and the
Bondi Cigars with classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top and BB
Black and Blue's first gig was as the featured
artist before an M.B.A.S jam session on March 7th, 2006 and the
guys lay down a couple of smokin' tracks to CD the following
weekend (check out the sounds section).
During '06, Black
and Blue played pubs and shindigs all over Melbourne, from Ruby's
and the Scarab Bar in Belgrave, Rattlers in Wallan, the John
Barleycorn in Collingwood, to the Maldon Blues Club in Maldon (in
case the name hadn't tipped you off).
In early 2007, the B
and B lads had a reshuffle, with Gary Webb leaving the band. The
band chose to keep the lineup at 5 members, allowing a bit more
space for Frank and Arron to crank out sounds. This was also the
starting era of Black and Blue original Blues tunes.
2007 and 2008, the boys played a few private gigs for
appreciative audiences ranging from footballers and motorcycle
clubs, to road construction workers. We also settled into a
residency at the Brunswick Hotel, playing Sunday Arvo Sessions in
the beer garden over summer, concluding with a show to a packed
house at the Sydney Rd Festival in February.
We turned our
attention to releasing our debut album in 2009, and we can
proudly announce that "Stopping All Stations"
A reshuffling of seats occurred again in 2010
by saying farewell to Aaron who had been our keys since the Dirty
Work days, and welcoming in Ted Guzowski, who's adding some sax
and harp as well!
Sadly After a year and a half "Big Ted"
left the band to spread his wings overseas.
And now we all
welcome our newest member on sax Mr. Chris Canning. Chris sure
knows his stuff and has helped Black and blue move forward into
the future and beyond.
Blues Appreciation Society:
the MBAS hold weekly blues
jams where you can hear some great musos come on down. They also
have a different host band each week - our first gig was as
featured guests of an MBAS night back in March 2006.
a great bunch of folk promoting blues music in
the area around Maldon, Castlemaine and Bendigo. Some top local
bands up that way, we've played up there for their Sunday
shindigs, good chance to hear some cool tunes and meet some of
the other bands out there.
an old-school rock pub, featuring us on occasions,
both on our own and with Tinsley Waterhouse.
rockin' pub in Kensington where we've played a couple of times,
always a good time had by all, even might see some Aussie Blues
and/or rock legends play with us here.
Blues Times" CD Review:
see Page 8 of The Sydney
Blues Society's February 2011 newsletter for a review of our
Stopping All Stations CD. "Someone should invite one of
Victoria's great secrets to play at a gig or festival in NSW
soon" according to Anthony Mouritz. How 'bout it NSW?