Proving Blues is alive and well in Australia, swamp-blues rocker 8 Ball Aitken is bringing his latest award-winning album launch to the Lounge at the Royal Hotel in Nundah this month.
During lockdown last year, 8 Ball composed and recorded three albums from his home in Nashville, USA. His single Ice Cream Man hit number one on the Australian Metro Radio Charts (AMRAP) and the album – which he is touring – hit number one on the Blues and Roots Charts this year.
“It was very productive for making music from home,” 8 Ball said. “It was just the best time to record, so I basically turned my little house into a recording studio and just made music every day.”
He said the Ice Cream Man official album launch at the Royal would be a special show for him after last year’s pandemic put a stop to live music.
“I just feel so blessed to have sold-out shows and to be touring and playing with my band, and just doing what I love,” he said. “I never take it for granted every day that I get to do what I love and make a living from it.
“There’s a lot of blues rock on this album; a whole lot of slide guitar and real big stage blues rock sounds that really get the place rocking.”
The red-headed guitarist said he moved back to Australia a few months ago and was living in his van while on tour.
“I’m going somewhere between Cairns and Sydney every week,” 8 Ball said. “I’m very busy but have a mobile recording studio I take with me too, so I’m recording people and I’m always up to something.”
8 Ball has toured in 20 countries over the past 19 years and just took out second place in the New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival – to add to his list of achievements.
“It’s an album of cool licks and sweet cones – Ice Cream Man,” he said. “We’re going to make sure this is the most entertaining night we can deliver.”For ticket information, check out 8 Ball Aitken’s website: www.8ballaitken.com/8ball-a...8 Ball Aitken – Ice Cream Man Official Album LaunchSaturday, 5 June, 8:00pmThe Lounge at the Royal Hotel1259 Sandgate Road, Nundah