Kevin Borich (QLD)
With a professional career spanning 30 years, Kevin Borich has done it all.
Beginning with the LA- DE- DA'S in New Zealand, writing the classic hit `Gonna See My BabyTonight', to his KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS and The PARTY BOYS, Kevin has performed at some of the biggest Rock events Australia has seen including the ROCKARENAS in the 70s with 60,000 people, featuring FLEETWOOD MAC, SANTANA (with whom he was invited onstage to play) and THE LITTLE RIVER BAND.
New Year's Eves at the Sydney Opera House with 70,000 people, telecast live, nationally and internationally to Japan, at that time, a first! Numerous support shows for international acts, ELTON JOHN, STATUS QUO, JEFF BECK and BUDDY GUY to name a few!
From your local to the biggest, Kevin has carved out a revered reputation in the Australian Music Industry, performing his music with a youthful exuberance, - giving extra meaning to the word LONGEVITY. The energy that is generated at a Borich show leaves his audience pleading for more, as seen at the Eastcoast Blues Music Festival - Byron Bay '97, where Kevin's performance created five minutes of standing ovation before being stopped by the stage manager from doing an encore and subsequently disapproving booes from the crowd.
Kevin has played and recorded with artists such as Renee' Geyer `Blues License' - Dutch Tilders `The Blues Had a Baby '- Richard Clapton
`Prushan Blue'. Jammed with Carlos Santana on two of his tours, also with Bo Didley, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Living Colour, Joe Walsh and The Party Boys, of which Kevin was a founding member.
Overseas tours and tours with Jimmy Barnes, Mark Hunter, Renee' Geyer have added spice to his career.
Kevin is well known for his high energy electric guitar style, as seen at the Gimme Ted Benefit Concert for Ted Mulry where Kevin's performance is hailed throughout the music industry as world class. Kevin starred in the hugely successful Australia wide "Sold Out" 18 date "Long Way To The Top" Show in 2002.
In the last few years Kevin has taken up a 1930's National Steel acoustic guitar in his show. This "laid-back" acoustic style is a very well received addition to Kevin's performance on a selection of electric guitars, including slide guitar.
Kevin is touring with his Express, playing material from his extensive catalogue. Some of which was re-released on CD by Festival (Kevin Borich - Collection) and EMI (Kevin Borich - Goin Down Town) a double pack of the Kevin Borich Express first two albums, `Celebration' and `Lonely One').
Due to popular demand, Kevin has independently produced and released a double live CD `Live at the Big Kahuna' a blues-based cd which shows Kevin's versatile guitar style.
`Heart Starter' is Kevins latest independently produced and released studio cd - strong powerful and sensitive playing from guys who have tons of cred, Harry Brus (bass) and John Annas (drums). Kevin's son Lucius Borich (drums) is featured on 2 tracks.
The Express, featuring Mark Kennedy (drums) & Harry Brus (bass) completes the package with their onstage presence. Mark Kennedy is described as Australia's finest, number one groove drummer, has worked extensively with Marcia Hines and Renee Geyer. Harry Brus, an original band member has worked with just about everybody (including Australian Crawl, Renee Geyer), Harry is definitely a unique stylist.
1977 - Australian Rock Music Awards - Best Guitarist
1978 - Australian Rock Music Awards - Best Guitarist
1978 - Concert of The Year Award (Marconi Club)
1983 - Ampex Golden Reel Award
1983 - The Party Boys - LP EMI Gold Record
1983 - Live at Several 21st (Party Boys) EMI Gold Record
1987 - He's Gonna Step on You (Party Boys) EMI Gold Record
1999 - Australian Blues Music Festival - Heritage Award
Some things the press have had to say...
AUSTRALIAN BLUES / ROCK LEGEND
Kevin Borich. KB has been at the pinnacle of the Rock, R&B and Blues music scene since he came to Oz from NZ with the La De Das in the mid 60's. From that time he has maintained a reputation for high energy performances and musical excellence.
Kevin has played/ recorded or jammed with Renee Geyer, Carlos Santana, Bo Didley, Ritchie Blackmore, Ron Wood, John Mayall and Taj Mahal. He was a founding member of the Party Boys who undertook tours with Joe Walsh, and is truly a guitar playing legend.
BORICH, Kevin (g) ......`WHO'S WHO OF AUSTRALIAN ROCK'
Borich has established himself as a major guitarist in Australia, maintaining a hectic touring schedule and gaining high praise from all sources. If Borich was American, he would be treated the same way as Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and have a major record deal...................>
If licks could kill......the incredible Kevin Borich
One of Kevins Borich's biggest moments was in 1979 when he jammed with Carlos Santana before 80,000 at the Rock Arena megashows in Sydney and Melbourne. Santana would say of the Australian, "He's amazing. He sounds so much like Jimi Hendrix yet has an individual style. He presents his music honestly and is one of the best guitarists I've heard."
More to the point was a message scribbled on the walls of the famous Newcastle Star Hotel -``if licks could kill, Kevin Borich would be doing hard time".
For close on thirty years, Borich has been thrilling audiences with his dynamic brand of blistering boogie. Hailed by rock and blues audiences alike, Borich is one of the few artists who successfully straddles the two genres, loved and revered in both as a wicked songwriter, performer and guitarist.
With sheer guitar - driven ecstasy loaded with passion and raunch, Kevin Borich will take you on a musical epic from the deepest blues to the potent force that made him one of our hottest rockers and a phenomenal ax-man. -Brisbane Hilton
ROCKN BLUES WITH A FUNKY SOUND - Robert Dunstan`Rip it Up'
Those who witnessed Kevin Borich when he blasted thru town earlier this year would agree that the musician has lost none of the blues rock touch that saw him pick up many awards and accolades in the '70s as this country's best guitar player. His dazzling fretboard skills have also seen musicians such as Carlos Santana and Ritchie (Deep Purple)Blackmore, Bo Diddley, and John Mayall happily invite him on to stage to jam.
Towering over the local guitar-playing scene, Kevin Borich is rated one of the finest blues-based players in the world, a very special talent with an ever-present edge of excitement. - Sydney Basement
Kevin Borich is a vital part of the Live Music Heritage in Australia. It is one thing to listen to an artist on cd, you HAVE to see KB perform live. It is a must!! - Deb Morrice `RAVE' Brisbane
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