John Williamson is one of the headline acts in the latest Bluesfest line-up announcement.
John Williamson is one of the headline acts in the latest Bluesfest line-up announcement. Supplied

Hey True-Bluesfest – John Williamson joins line-up

FOUR weeks before their 25th festival, Bluesfest has announced more names for their 2014 line up.

The performers announced today are:

JOHN WILLIAMSON: Having released over 40 albums, selling over 4,000,000 copies in Australia alone, it's easy to see why John Williamson is a national icon, treasure and institution.

Few artists have experienced and earned the longevity of such a career as John Williamson. After forty-three years in the music industry, touring continuously, Williamson's career is stronger than ever. Still writing and recording new songs but managing to shun celebrity and resist offers to take his music to the international stage, John Williamson prefers to stay true to his passion: Australia.

TROY CASSAR-DALEY: Troy's career has spanned 8 studio albums over 20 years. His latest album HOME, released in March 2012 debuted on the official ARIA album chart at #9 and the National ARIA Country album chart at #1. The album won the Deadly for Album Of The Year in 2012 and 4 Golden Guitars, including Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2013 CMAA Music Awards.

CORONET BLUE: Coronet Blue who will bring their newly released third album, Better Day make their much anticipated Bluesfest debut.

Singer song writer John Rooney always has a knack of putting together a stellar super group which will excite every music fan. Their songs and performance will surprise, they are not to be missed.

- John Rooney - Vocals

- Blondie Chaplin - Guitar (Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys)

- Mitch Easter - Guitar (Big Star Reunion, Lets Active, produced REM, Ben Folds, Pavement)

- Ken Stringfellow - Keyboards (REM, Big Star Reunion, The Posies)

- Don Dixon - Bass (Produced REM, The Smithereens, Kim Carnes)

- Rob Ladd - Drums (Don Henley/Eagles, Roger Daltry, Alanis Morissette)

Rooney was a member of the notorious 80's group, The Lonely Hearts. Then he switched his microphone for a scalpel to become an orthopaedic surgeon! However, song writing was never far from his heart. His most recent album Better Day was recorded and produced by Kevin 'The Caveman' Shirley.

ZANE CARNEY: Zane Carney is the lead guitarist of the Rock Quartet CARNEY and will be performing with John Mayer.

Confluence is Zane Carney's long-awaited and much anticipated debut record as a solo artist. Zane will be performing a special solo show at Bluesfest on Thursday, 17th of April in the afternoon, before joining John Mayer for the final Bluesfest show of the night.

Referred to as "the best guitarist in NY and LA" by U2's Bono, Zane has collaborated with the likes of John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, Bono and Edge and David Foster to name a few.

THE MASTERSONS: They are both deft instrumentalists and have spent years playing in others' bands before coming together as a unit. They're bound by music and an uncommon depth of companionship, they're good enough to make Steve Earle swoon, and all of that sounds quite nice.

Listening to The Mastersons - either live or on their immediately engaging, musically expansive debut album, Birds Fly South (due out April 10) isn't akin to eavesdropping on two soulmates' impossibly intimate conversation.

The Mastersons. Husband and wife, singing and playing together.

And it sounds quite nice.

PHIL MANNING: One of Australia's best known guitarists, Phil has a single handedly turned more Australians onto the Blues than any other performer.

Since the mid-seventies, Phil has forged a brilliant solo career for himself. He has featured at all the major festivals and venues throughout the country, and the list of international artists he has toured with, performed alongside or recorded with is impressive.

ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS: From humble beginnings in a shed atop an isolated outcrop, to one of the main stages at this year's Bluesfest - the phenomenon of the Round Mountain Girls has etched itself into the 'strange but true' annals of Australian musicology.

These five disparates who - legend has it - escaped from the clutches of an ancient tribe of virgins who lived on Round Mountain in northern NSW - already have three albums and an EP of covers to their name.

2013 BUSKING WINNER CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR: Claire was born in a barn. A barn located in a valley in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine Rainforest. Music has been a driving force in Claire's life.

"I have always had a sense that music is a deep, intrinsic part of me. Without it I would be a pod without peas.

"Since the completion of her studies at the end of 2012 she has been devoting herself wholly to her music and is already making quite a noise.

In April, 2013 she travelled to Byron Bay and took out the crown for the Bluesfest Busking Competition and has since been making waves with her music.

NORTHERN RIVERS HIGH SCHOOLS: Showcasing local school talent on the Cavanbah stage. Students from Byron Bay High, Kadina High, Brunswick Public School & the Steiner Schools are giving us a taste of their incredible musical talents.



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