Nashville-based blues-rocker 8 Ball Aitken and Sydney soul singer Taya Chani join forces for a feel-good night of swamp and soul blues. Expect to be entertained while you groove, laugh, and singing along at this rockin’ show. 8 Ball and Taya are good friends and frequent collaborators. Check out the new single ‘Ice Cream Man’ for a cool taste of what’s in store: https://youtu.be/8M59q72TfM8
8 BALL AITKEN – For more than a decade, blues-rocker 8 Ball Aitken has toured the world – performing his swampy, slide guitar-driven grooves at music festivals across the US, Australia, Europe, Canada, and Asia.
Since relocating to Nashville in 2012 from his native Australia, he has honed his songwriting, guitar playing and showmanship with some of the best in the business today. During lockdown 8 Ball produced three new albums with Buddy Guys Grammy winning producer Tom Hambridge behind the drum kit. The albums are being released one at a time throughout 2021. The newest ‘Ice Cream Man’ drops this February.
His most recent release, Swamp Blues 2,8 Ball delves deeper into the Delta. It’s a groove-heavy, funkier follow-up to the success of last year’s Swamp Blues album release that hit #2 in the Australian Blues Charts and produced the 2019 APRA Song of the Year Shortlisted “High Water.” The album reached #2 in the Australian Blues Charts in March, 2020.
TAYA CHANI – Sydney based singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With a soothing voice, she effortlessly incorporates blues, soul, Americana, jazz, funk, and R’N’B.
Taya delivers a genuine and comforting set that digs deep. Her debut album Restless Heart features an incredible lineup of her Sydney musician friends.
Her showmanship and strength in dynamically leading a band shines through, and her powerful yet silky pipes are the highlight of her show.
Taya has shared stages with many of Australia’s top blues and roots artists including Ian Moss, Simon Kinny Lewis, Ray Beadle, Clayton Dolley, Adam Pringle, Mitch Anderson, Harry Bruce, Jesse Redwing, Matt Ross, Rob Susz, Pat Powell, Lisa Ohlback, Sally King, Big Mamma Fran Liddle, Shane Pacey, and many more.
Taya has performed at many festivals including Woodford, Australian Blues Festival, Echuca Blues Festival, Marrickville Blues Festival, Surry Hills Blues Festival, Sydney Blues Festival, Girrakool Blues Festival and others.
Taya has traveled to the Deep South of America and performed in New Orleans, Clarksdale, Nashville, and Memphis. Taya always returns to her native Australia, with a stronger goal, greater drive and overflowing with inspiration to write and create authentic music.