Finger-picking 8 Ball to launch album
CATCH country-blues supremo 8 Ball Aitken, when he performs at the Australian Institute of Country Music in Gympie on Friday, February 17.
8 Ball will be launching his new live album, Alive In Tamworth and support act on the night will be none other than local Gympie singer Olivia Nolan.
The flaming red-head picker from far north Queensland has just had his first shave in nine years to help raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation research.
"I had a dear musician friend die of leukemia last year, so I wanted to do something in his memory, and something to help future sufferers of the disease and research into a cure," 8 Ball said.
"I have plenty of hair to share, and it was almost a decade between shaves for me."
After clocking up more than 200 shows last year, 8 Ball is releasing his new live album, Alive In Tamworth, during his current tour.
The dynamic live show is not just a regular pub gig, it's a multi-dimensional explosion of sizzling sound which invites the audience to get up and dance the night away.
"I am really excited about my new album and I want people to have a mental vacation to the land of country, blues and swamp music at all the gigs on this tour.
"I am cruising back to Gympie to launch my new album because the last gig went off well and that is why I am coming back. This time I am going smooth."
Alive In Tamworth is out now through Phoenix Movement Records / MGM Distribution.
To watch the shave on youtube go to youtube.com and search for 8 Ball Aitken Worlds Greatest Shave.
So far he has raised more than $2500 and the lines are still open. To donate, go to my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au, search for 8ballaitken.