500 Pounds of Joy (NSW)
A Blues & Roots based duo from the Illawarra region of NSW Australia. The duo comprises Steve Cocksedge (Vocals/Harmonica/Percussion) and Dan Stephenson (Guitar).
Steve has a deep appreciation for all styles of blues and roots music however it is the vintage tones and playing styles of legendary harmonica players like Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and George Harmonica Smith (as well as many modern players that pay tribute to vintage styles such as Al Blake and Jon Atkinson) that influence Steve's music the most. The stripped back, stomp blues style of 500 Pounds of Joy provides Steve with a platform to not only perform vocals and play harmonica but also perform percussion via a home made stomp box.
Dan has been playing guitar in Illawarra blues bands for close to 20 years. Initially with The Taildraggers and later with El Caminos he has earned a reputation as one of the regions most well known and respected blues guitarists. Dan's guitar playing is influenced by various players however 500 Pounds of Joy sees him playing more traditional styles in the vain of Robert Lockwood Jnr, Lighting Slim and Lightnin Hopkins. During his musical career, Dan has shared the stage with several notable blues artists including Ian Collard, Chris Wilson, Ray Beadle and more.
Winners of the 2017 Australian Blues Music Festival Buskers Competition
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