Mal Eastick Band (NSW)
Mal Eastick is Australia's premier electric blues guitarist and one of Australia's finest blues-rock guitarists.
He has a passionate, explosive and soulful style that has been featured with some of Australia's biggest recording and performing acts for over 30 years.
Mal Eastick is widely considered to be Australia's finest musical protagonist of the blues. Playing guitar since his mid-teens, Mal has achieved a standard of playing that is, at once, both envied and admired. He has played with Robert Cray, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Tommy Emmanuel, Jimmy Barnes and Kevin Borich, just to name a few. Mal's early career was epitomised by his time with legendary band, The Stars, and his work on the Andy Durant Memorial concert and album. In the 1980s Mal played in the Jimmy Barnes Band and also formed his own touring outfit. Two critically acclaimed albums, Southern Line and Spirit have followed.
In 1993, after experiencing two seizures, Mal was diagnosed with an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins (known as an "AVM") in the left temporal lobe of his brain, but it was not until 2001 that surgery became possible. After several major neurosurgeries, as well as six carpal tunnel surgeries, major rehabilitation and almost 4 years away from the stage, Mal returned to playing live.
He returned to the stage at the 2004 Longview Concert as a special guest of old friend and inspiration, Kevin Borich. Mal's performance at that event was both emotional and powerful. He jammed that night with Kevin and Longview headliner, Joe Walsh. This event has already become part of Australian musical folklore - a Fender Stratocaster onslaught for the ages.
Mal has now crafted a dynamic new show which draws on some of the highlights of his 30 year career as one of Australia's leading guitar players. He is making up for the lost years with a vengeance. Mal has been widening his musical horizons, through honky-tonk and rock. He has created an acoustic duo with vocalist John Makey and has been performing in select gigs around NSW. He has resumed promotion of the re-released 'Spirit' album and is passing on his talents and experience to guitar students of all abilities.
Mal has had significant festival appearances since 2006 and has appeared in various shows as a guest with Bluezone at the Basement, as well as a guitar show featuring Kevin Borich, Phil Emmanuel, Phil Manning and others.
Mal Eastick was also a headliner for the "Experience" shows with Kevin Borich & Steve Edmonds in March 2007. These shows celebrated the music of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. They were incredible events for blues and guitar lovers around the southern nation.
Mal has played a great show with Dutch Tilders at Warners on the Bay and is regularly playing in areas like Canberra and Newcastle with great success and an excellent response from the audiences.
Mal Eastick sure knows the blues, but his musical ascendancy and versatility make his live shows, as they ever were, the stuff of legend. If you like your music tight, and you love the blues, move heaven and earth to catch him in Goulburn in 2008.
The Southern Line (1995)
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Mal Eastick performed with his band and in a trio format at the 2008 Australian Blues Music Festival. We welcome Mal back as a special guest with the Doc Neeson Blues Band at the 2011 Australian Blues Music Festival.
Visit the Mal Eastick's website at: www.maleastick.com
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