PJ O'Brien Band (NSW)
Blues sensation PJ O'Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His
blistering fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis,
Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again. Along with frequent
flyer points PJ has gathered a swag of awards including: Blues Song of
the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year;
Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year; Best New Talent, Song of the
Year and Group Of the Year 'Chain' Australian Blues Awards.
Driven by PJ's hard-edged, Chicago and Texas style guitar and accompanied by his smooth, soul-filled vocals, PJ'S music is receiving worldwide acclaim. His Blues exude a retro and modern feel simultaneously, delivering award-winning songwriting and spine-tingling dynamics. Tom Hyslop of Blues Revue USA has labelled PJ 'a talent to watch' and Al Hensley of Rhythms Magazine Australia recently named him 'one of the brightest talents to emerge on the Aussie Blues scene in a long while….an international blues star on the rise'. The PJ O'Brien Band also features legendary bass player Al Britton (Bondi Cigars), Dave Fester (Glen Cardier and the Sideshow).
PJ's new album, Jefferson Blues, was released in February 2012 and debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart. It held the top place for two months, spent the four months in the top 3 and spent 5 months in the top 10 - showing a real dedication by DJs and listeners alike. The CD has received fantastic reviews in Australia, the UK and the US and is currently receiving airplay in Australia, Europe and the United States.
PJ has won numerous music awards over the years and in 2006 received an Australia Council grant to represent the Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.
Best Blues Artist - Musicoz Awards (2004)
Performer of the Year - Sydney Blues Society (2005)
Best New Talent - Australian Blues Festival 'Chain' Awards (2006)
Song of the Year - Australian Blues Festival 'Chain' Awards (2006)
Sydney Blues Society Rep - International Blues Challenge, Memphis USA (2006)
Semi-finalist - Compo10 International Blues Song writing Contest (2007)
Group Of The Year - Australian Blues Festival 'Chain' Awards (2013)
He has played at the major Australian Blues festivals such as Blues at
Bridgetown (WA), Great Southern Blues Festival (NSW), Thredbo
Blues Festival (NSW) Gympie Muster (QLD), Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues
Festival (NSW), Blues on Broadbeach (QLD) Echuca Winter Blues Festival
(VIC) and the Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), as well as top
Australian music venues including the Basement, The Vanguard and the
" O'Brien is a talent to watch!" Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue
"A superlative guitarist" Danny Murphy, FHM Australia
"An international blues star on the rise", Al Hensley, Rhythms magazine AUS
PJ is a fantastic ambassador for Australian Blues music and looks forward to taking his blues to the people in 2015.
Jefferson Blues (2012)
Blues People (2010)
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Visit PJ O'Brien website on: http://pjobrienblues.com