and Blue is a four-piece blues outfit from Melbourne, featuring
Steve Gibbs (Lead Vocals), Frank Breen (Lead Guitar), Pat DeGuara
(Bass & Vocals), and Kev Starling (Drums).
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.
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 King.
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).
'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).
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
In 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.
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.
These days the
band has returned to a four piece outfit....filling in a fifth
member when required.
Black and blue move forward into the
future and beyond. Come and see Black and Blue.....Dance,sing and
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?