Buddy Guy & James Cotton For Bluesfest


Today Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over the Easter long weekend (April 17-21) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, announced the fourth round of its 25th Anniversary special edition. There will be at least one more artist release before Christmas. (Reports also say that Bluesfest 2014 Tickets, in particular the 5 day Festival ticket will sell out in the near future).

While the first three announcements focused on headliners Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, as well as The Doobie Brothers, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Aaron Neville and Gregg Allman plus contemporary musicians Passenger, Iron & Wine, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many more, this latest artist release is all about the blues.

The latest announcement adds Buddy Guy, The James Cotton Blues Band,  Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite • Eric Bibb, Beth Hart • North Mississippi Allstars, Devon Allman • Walter Trout • Candye Kane Band Feat. Laura Chavez •Saidah Baba Talibah

Peter Noble, Festival Director said, “I am honoured that the World’s Greatest Blues Guitarist is coming to Bluesfest and to play, not once on our 25th Anniversary Festival, but twice! There is no greater live Bluesman performing today than Buddy Guy….he simply IS the Blues. Every one of the truly great guitar players hail him as the best of the best. 2014 also marks 25 years of my touring with Buddy – Yes – I first brought him here in 1990 – the same year Bluesfest started and the year before ‘Damn Right I Got The Blues’ was released and his career went in to the stratosphere.

We played clubs on that tour and I tour managed, as well as promoted dates, driving to every show and got to know Mr Guy along the way. Buddy Guy is such an interesting man – he tells great stories, road stories and stories of Blues greats and what they got up to and did they EVER get up to things. His memory and recollection of events is just incredible – astounding in fact. Buddy Guy has a GREAT sense of humour.

I have toured Buddy Guy almost every two years for a long time, taking such pleasure in seeing him sell out theatres time and time again as his legend spread and his popularity grew.

I am advised that Buddy Guy is going to be pulling back on international touring and so, as much as I would hesitate to ever say this is his last tour of Australia, it really is going to become more difficult to get him back to our shores in future.”


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 (rrr.org.au) 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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