Ali Penney and The Money Makers.
Ali Penney – “She gotta lotta soul,” says Andrew Junior Boy Jones.
She has opened for an impressive list of legends including Johnnie Johnson, Chris Cain, Lucinda Williams, Cephas and Wiggins, The Tailgaitors and Chris Wilson. She has been performing, recording, and composing music in bands for over 15 years.
These bands include The Hippos, Midnight Ramblers, Supro and Wayne Jury’s Dry Bones as well as international acts such as Andrew Junior Boy Jones ( Freddy King’s guitarist ), Kid Bangham ( Fabulous Thunderbirds ), Lloyd Jones and Todd Sharpville.
She has recorded with Fiona Boyes. She recorded recently with those west coast hipsters The Vibrolators and The Chris Mawer Band. Ali has just formed her own band The Money Makers and has recorded her first album, Temptation. Ali has played all across Australia at all sorts of festivals her brand of Blues, Soul, Boogie.
She loves West Coast Jump, Swing and New Orleans music. Her band won Sydney Performer of the Year September 2009 and represented Sydney in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2010. Ali Penney and The Money Makers received The Australian Blues Music “Chain” Award for Best Band 2010. This year Ali and the Money Makers recieved another Chain award for Best Blues Album of the year. ‘ (Wait A Minute’)
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“Ali Penney & The Money Makers”
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The Chain Award Winning Blues Album at Goulburn Blues Festival 2012. – (itunes link)
PJ O’Brien Blues Band
Well that’s that then. The winter solstice has passed and tax time is here again. I myself celebrated the solstice by combining the two this year and spent a frosty night naked on a camp chair, collating …my receipts by the firelight of a 20ft Wickerman. I’m expecting a big refund but I fear I may have to spend it all on Aloe Vera moisturiser for my severely roasted buttocks. Um right, back to the music.
Well a very big thank you to everyone who turned out for the Blues Explosion Vol 3 launch last week featuring the Mason Rack Band and myself. Hands down the best show i’ve played this year. It was one of those great gigs where the guitar seemed to play itself, rather than the usual gigs where it feels like it’s being wielded by an arthritic Orangutan. Of course it’s not all about me so big ups to Davo Fester, Al ‘Coach’ Britton and Danny Tsun for being the lowdownest , most funkiest cats they is. (Yeah that’s right, it’s my newsletter and i can play fast and loose with grammar if i want) And of course lets not forget the headliners! Mason Rack and his band, who were absolutely incredible and a great bunch of guys to boot. Finally a big thanks to the organisers Tony Cini and Leah Peakman for their tireless support of Australian blues and roots music. Legends.
Well the my CD ‘Jefferson Blues’ is still going strong. It scored a great review in Blues Matters UK which is nice and It’s still sitting at number 3 on the Australian Blues and Roots Chart. Two months at number 1, a month at 2, and now sitting at number 3. Say what you like about it but it’s sure got staying power. It’s like the Cliff Young of Australian blues music. If anyone’s keen I’ll be talking about the album and many other pressing issues as the featured guest on the Alive 90.5 Australian Spectrum show with Ross Fear on Tues July 17 @ 9pm EST. Along with my cd we’ll be covering the usual topics, puppetry, Meso-American pottery, the two state solution, Original verses Hot and Spicy etc. Join me.
The gigs – Rocks Rhythm Boat harbour cruise with Ginhouse on Sat July 28 – 1200 Call Tony Cini for tickets (0414854749) PJ O’Brien Band – Sydney Blues Society Jam (House band) – Botany View Hotel, Newtown – 6pm Until then, be good to one another. Much love. PJ