Pete Cornelius is one of Australia's best kept secrets on the Blues & Roots scene. Over the past 11 years his style has evolved from hard hitting Texas blues into a more refined soulful groove, which is evident on his stunning new album Groundswell.
Recorded almost entirely live, this record has an honesty and directness to it that is integral to authentic roots music styles. The musicians here work as a close unit, and while Pete's guitar settle's into a more of a background role this time round, there are still just enough of those sizzling blues solo's thrown in at just the right places.
"For this new record, I wanted to tackle each song with a different amp and guitar combo, but I always found myself going back to my 68' bigsby Tele , 62' re-issue Strat, my Gretsch 6117 and the new Gretsch Power Fire-Jet.
They are the four guitars that I cannot live without, especially paired up with my Vibro-King, '64 Bassman or little Blues Junior!
I've been experimenting with a few different pedals lately, mainly different fuzz and overdrives, but I always seem to go for a clean boost and let the amp do the driving.
Pair it all up with a nice ribbon mic and valve pre, you can't go wrong!"
Sunday 15th Falmouth Community Centre Falmouth TAS 1pm-4pm $10 entry / $25 family
Thursday 19th Republic Bar Hobart TAS 9pm $10 pre / $15 door
Friday 20th Tapas Bar Devonport TAS 9pm $10
Saturday 21st Royal Oak Launceston TAS 9pm $10
Sunday 22nd Bridge Hotel Forth TAS 4.30pm $5
Sunday 29th Longley International Hotel Longley TAS 3.30pm Free
Saturday 5th Great Southern Blues Festival Narooma NSW
Wednesday 9th The Brass Monkey Cronulla NSW 8pm $12 pre / $15 door
Thursday 10th The Vanguard Newtown NSW 8pm $15 pre / $20 door
Friday 11th Manly Boatshed Manly NSW (solo)
Saturday 12th Heritage Hotel Bulli NSW 8pm $12 pre / $15 door
Sunday 13th The Junkyard Maitland NSW 5-8pm Free
Friday 18th The Loft Gold Coast QLD 8.30pm $15
Saturday 19th Joes Waterhole Eumundi QLD 8pm $15
Sunday 20th The Joynt Brisbane QLD
Friday 25th Great Northen Hotel Newcastle NSW 9pm $10
Saturday 26th Kidgeeridge Music Festival Lake Conjola NSW
Wednesday 30th Northcote Social Club Melbourne VIC 7.30pm $12 pre / $15 door
Thursday 31st Babushka Bar Ballaratt VIC 9pm $10
Friday 1st Semaphore Workers Club Semaphore SA 9pm $8
Sunday 3rd Hickinbotham Winery Dromana VIC 1pm (solo) 1pm Free
Sunday 3rd Elwood Blues Club Greyhound Hotel St Kilda VIC 5.30pm Free