STARVATION BOX - BACK TO VINYL TOUR
Following on from the runaway success and critical acclaim of last year's Starvation Box, Backsliders are releasing a limited run of the album on vinyl. Starvation Box is an affectionate nod to the band's past heroes containing five covers of blues greats including Lead Belly, Robert Johnson and blues mandolin elder statesman and another key Backsliders influence, Yank Rachell. The album title itself is based on the story that Lead Belly's father Wes used to call his son's guitar a starvation box, "coz you ain't gonna make no money outta that thing!" Many of the album's original tracks follow the theme of paying tribute to musical heroes: "Failed Preacher Blues" is about the 'Father of the Delta Blues' Charlie Patton, for example, and "Bowie County" also mentions Lead Belly and the famous jail where he served time and escaped under an alias 'Walter Boyd'!
Backsliders features guitarist/vocalist, founding member and key songwriter Dom Turner (Supro, Ghostwriters), and drum and percussion virtuoso Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, Ghostwriters, The Break). The band has now notched up 25 years on the road serving up the finest, meanest blues, starting out before "blues and roots" was a well-known term in the Australian music industry. Live in concert, the band is a force to be reckoned with, fiercely blending an amped up authentic, original blues style, along with their evocative, unplugged 'deep south' acoustic delta blues mode. Backsliders has garnered an abundance of career awards, including 'Band of the Year' (Rolling Stone), 'Best Live Australian Blues Act' (Blues on Air Magazine) and 'Blues Album of the Year' (Rhythms Magazine), they are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre: the 'delta-blues wall of sound'.
Diners will be on the ground level directly in front of the stage for this night. Bar food will be available from the bar. General admission tickets will have access to seats on the mezzanine level and standing room in the bar area.