Brian Fraser Trio (VIC)
Brian Fraser's song-writing and finger-picking guitar-playing talents, combined with his gruff vocal style and entertaining showmanship, have been acclaimed around the country. With 3 solo albums and years of constant touring he has built a reputation as one of Australias finest acoustic blues performers.
In 2004 Brian did a few shows with harp player Mick Reid and percussionist Benny Owen, the collaboration was so successful it has become The Brian Fraser Trio.
With many successful tours up and down Australias East coast, the Trio brings a fresh approach to the blues, with three part vocals, driving rhythms, wailing harp and Frasers finger-picking the act is constant demand around the country. Whether playing standard acoustic guitar or acoustic slide, Brian showcases everything from slow heart-rending ballads, foot-stomping, blues and traditional delta styles to some well-known standards.
Brian has a unique style and versatility that is thoroughly enjoyable to the entire audience... youd be crazy to miss such a well polished show - Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society
The Brian Fraser Trio CD titled Passing The Time is released through Black Market Music. It has 14 tracks, 9 Brian Fraser originals and 5 cover songs from the live show.
Brian Frasers fourth album Passing The Time heralds a new band and a new sound. Frasers trio incorporates harmonica, percussion, lap slide guitar and didgeridoo. The result is his best work to date.
The Brian Fraser Trio weave their music around ancient tribal rhythms. The album finds Geelong-based Fraser moving away from his traditional fingerpicking technique to embrace the slide steel guitar, his style suggesting that of 1920s Bluesman Blind Willie Johnson.
Mick Reid, on harmonica and backing vocals, hails from Boston, USA and has 20 years of blues harmonica experience behind him. Benny Owen, on percussion, didgeridoo and backing vocals, has previously toured with blues legend Matt Corcoran and has performed with Ash Grunwald.
The addition of lap slide guitar, percussion, harmonica and three vocalists has added a depth to my music thats exceeded my expectations, says Fraser. Its rare to find musicians who compliment my music so well. Benny is simply ferocious on percussion and Micks playing creates a haunting atmosphere, says Fraser.
Passing The Timeis drenched in dark, pensive tones absent in his previous work. A rendition of Bobby Blue Blands Aint No Love laments a cold and brutal world. Back Up Against The Wall paints a portrait of a life going nowhere. Frasers version of Blind Willie Johnsons Nobodys Fault But Mine is a tense glimpse at religious paranoia. The Cap Fits and Bo Diddleys Cant Judge A Book By Its Cover injects the album with buoyant pearls of wisdom. The albums finale, Noones Coming Home, is a cathartic release of nervous tension.
There isnt a weak link anywhere on this splendid CD, performed by a monumentally talented man - Rhythms Magazine
The Trio is:
Brian Fraser - guitars, vocals
Mick Reid - harmonica, vocals
Benny Owen - percussion, vocals
2004 - Melbourne Blues Performer of the Year Runner-up
2003 - Victorian/Tasmanian Blues Music Awards Male Artist of the Year
2000 - Australian Blues Music Award Album of the Year with Dont Ask Me
Passing the Time (2005)
Finger Pickin' Blues (2003)
Sitting on the Corner (2000)
Don't Ask Me (1999)
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Brian Fraser featured at the Australian Blues Music Festival in 2006, 2005, 2002 & 2000. Brian returned to perform at a special pre-Festival performance with guest Mick Reid in 2008. He'll be back with Benny Owen in 2009 to perform as a duo and solo in 2009.
Visit Brian Fraser's website at: www.brianfraser.com