“A superlative guitarist” Danny Murphy, FHM Australia
“The finest Strat tone Down Under!” JP Stratoblogster USA
Australian Blues sensation PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. In the last few years 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 legion of new fans and a swag of awards: 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 and Song of the Year, ‘Chain’ Australian Blues Awards. Driven by a hard-edged Chicago/ Texas style guitar, PJ’s Blues are given a contemporary twist with award-winning song writing and soulful vocals. Tom Hyslop of Blues Review USA has named PJ ‘a talent to watch’.
PJ has been well and truly under the Blues spell ever since he saw Chicago Blues legend Buddy Guy at the age of 17 at a local Perth hotel. The self-taught guitarist has been chasing the live Blues feeling since he first took to the stage of the Perth Blues Club in 1992 – only a year after he was inspired to pick up a Strat. From these beginnings, PJ has played with the best of the best in Oz Blues. He has played multiple times at festivals such as Blues at Bridgetown (WA), the Narooma Blues Festival (NSW), the Gympie Muster (QLD) Blues On Broadbeach (QLD), Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival (NSW) and the Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), as well as countless venues around Australia and overseas including Singapore, London and the US.
In 2005 he was awarded the Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year and the coveted position at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Following the release of his first solo, original album, Blues People, he won Best New Talent and Song of the Year at the 2006 ‘Chain’ Australian Music Awards.
Early 2012 will see the follow up CD release to his award-winning first solo album, Blues People (Blackmarket Music).
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)