Garland Jeffreys Added To Bluesfest!


Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over the Easter long weekend (17 – 21st of April) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, has announced a sixth additional major stage for its 25th Anniversary – the return of the Juke Joint Stage as well as additional artists to go with it. 

Garland Jeffreys will be undertaking his first tour of Australia and will also appear at Bluesfest. The revered New York-based artist, who turned 70 in 2013, recently released the acclaimed, crowd-funded album Truth Serum. His albums from the late 70s Ghost Writer, One Eyed Jack, American Boy & Girl received heavy airplay in Australia. (Jeffreys will be touring the UK in March).

Other artists added to the Bluesfest bill include The Backsliders, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Joanne Shaw Taylor, the Ray Beadle Band, The Mojo Webb Band, Shaun Kirk, Claude Hay,Genevieve Chadwick, Daniel Champagne, Marshall OKell and the Pride and Hat Fitz & Cara.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble says: “For the first time there will be six major stages at Bluesfest on our 25th Birthday Festival plus our Buskers stage. Of course all the 5 ‘usual suspects’ will be back (from Mojo Stage, Jambalaya, Crossroads, APRA to Cavanbah but we are stoked to be bringing back the much loved and missed Juke Joint Stage.

“What incredible memories we have of this small Bluesfest stage at the Byron Rugby League ground – where the access for musicians was through a large window at the rear of stage – and where over the years some of our best ever shows occurred featuring the legendary Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys, Music Maker, RL Burnside and Ash Grunwald’s first Bluesfest shows, as well as Hat Fitz and so many others.”

Artists already announced performing on the Juke Joint Stage include:

The Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band, North Mississippi All Stars, Music Maker Relief Foundation featuring Pat wilder, Cool John Ferguson and Little Freddie King – WOW, Chain, The Paladins, Eric Bibb, CW Stoneking, Glenn Cardier, Devon Allman, Valerie June, Candye Kane, Nikki Hill, Seth Lakeman and more.

Peter Noble continues: “We have put the BLUES back into BLUESfest – with our best ever Blues & Roots bill of artists so far in our 25 year history.”

Bluesfest artists announced so far:

                                                                                  Buddy Guy                                                                                

Jeff Beck • Elvis Costello & The Imposters

 • Erykah Badu • Doobie Brothers

John Butler Trio • India.Arie • Michael Franti & Spearhead

Joss Stone • Aaron Neville • Passenger • Iron & Wine

Gregg Allman • Boz Scaggs • Dr John & The Nite Trippers

Gov’t Mule • Morcheeba • Gary Clark Jr

Steve Earle & The Dukes • Kasey Chambers • Jason Isbell

Jake Bugg • Devendra Banhart • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Wailers • WAR • Sly & Robbie and The Taxi Gang

KC & The Sunshine Band • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 • The Black Sorrows

The James Cotton Blues Band • Booker T. Jones • Robben Ford

Jimmie Vaughan • Beth Hart • The Charlie Musselwhite Band

Suzanne Vega • Kate Miller-Heidke • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Chain • Ozomatli • Chali 2Na • CW Stoneking

Allen Stone • Larry Graham & Graham Central Station • Eric Bibb • KT Tunstall

The Magic Band • Grandmothers of Invention

Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience • Dyson, Stringer & Cloher   • The Beards

Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes • North Mississippi Allstars • Walter Trout

Trixie Whitley • The Soul Rebels • Valerie June • Devon Allman

Seth Lakeman • Nikki Hill • The Paladins

Glenn Cardier and The Sideshow • Candye Kane Band

Nahko & Medicine For The People • Saidah Baba Talibah

Public Opinion Afro Orchestra • Cambodian Space Project •  Matthew Curry

Music Maker Foundation Feat.  Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King

RocKwiz Live

             Jack Johnson • John Mayer • Dave Matthews Band


Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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