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November 15, 2013

NEW!!! The Blues Preachers E-book version 2.0

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The Alternating Bass Style as performed by
THE BLUES PREACHERS.
This new version is fully type set and optimized for Adobe Acrobat Reader X

It includes “Divine Justice Coming Down”
Chosen by Yoko Ono as runner-up in the John Lennon 70th. anniversary song writing contest.
The accompaniment, intro, outro and both slide solos have been transcribed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzh9ULTM1e0

A total of 13 tracks transcribed from their highly acclaimed albums:
‘Next Stop Beulah Land’, ‘Dry Long So’ and ‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’

Includes TAB for songs by Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Robert Wilkins, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake and more.

Each page contains an embedded audio file. Click on the speaker icon to hear the track as you read the TAB.

Just $10 (USD)

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November 16, 2011

John Lennon Song Writing Comp.

The Blues Preachers were selected by Yoko Ono as RUNNER-UP in The John Lennon 70th Birthday Anniversary Song Contest,
for “Divine Justice Coming Down.”

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an internationally renowned songwriting contest that is currently celebrating its 14th anniversary of providing opportunities for amateur and professional songwriters alike. Participants may enter as many songs as they like in any of 12 musical categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel/Inspirational, Latin, Electronic, Folk, and Children’s. Entries are judged on originality, melody, composition, and lyrics; instrumental compositions are also encouraged. Neither performance nor production value will be considered during the adjudication process.

The Blues Preachers song “Divine Justice Coming Down” was also one of 5 nominations in the sing out for social action category of the 2009 Independent Music Awards and a runner up in the folk and open sections of the 2009 Australian Songwriting Awards.
An Interview with The Blues Preachers is available on the Independent Music Awards website.

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August 10, 2011

Protest Songs For A Better World

Vol 4 available soon from itunes and  The Association Of Artists For A better World Web Site

The Blues Preachers along with fellow Aussies Damian Coen and The Fathers Of Necessity were recently chosen by The Association Of Artists For A Better World to include a track each on the soon to be released compilation: Protest Songs For a Better World Vol. 4

Track listing as follows:

Janet Bates – LET THAT RICH MAN PAY FOR A CHANGE
The Blues Preachers – The Free Train Agreement (from the album: Dead Catz Can Bounce)
Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party – it’s good to have faith in the Lord
The Monkey Bunch – Don’t Let Your Cars Idle
William Florian / Formerly of THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS – Time For A Change (original political freedom song)
Molly Hamilton – Make a Wonderful Day Wave File
Sara Thomsen – Is It For Freedom
The Kathryn Mostow Trio – I Give Thanks
The Human Revolution – Hill Folks Coal Song
Damian Coen and the Fathers of Necessity – In The USA (from the Album: We Gotta Move)

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IMA interview

A recent interview with The Blues Preachers for The Independant Music awards website following their recent nominations for “Divine Justice Coming Down” and “The Free Train Agreement”

ARE YOU SIGNED OR SELF-RELEASED? We are self released.

NAME OF LABEL: We currently have 3 releases available through our own label, Soap Box Records.

HOMEBASE/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Sydney, Australia.

WHICH GENRES BEST DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? Acoustic, Blues and Roots, Contemporary Folk.

ALBUM NOMINATED TRACK IS ON: The nominated Track is available on our current CD release “Dead Catz Can Bounce”.
ARTISTS FEATURED: The Blues Preachers.

WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS TRACK TO SUBMIT TO THE IMAs?
We have many songs both contemporary and traditional that are social action songs.  This particular track (Divine Justice Coming Down) is a song that was inspired by the recent and in some countries the current financial crisis. It is our most popular social action song.

DESCRIBE THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS TRACK:
Sounds from the Great Depression for The Current Depression.
The inspiration for this track was the recent financial meltdown. It has some important things to say about the nature of the corporate beast and it reminds us of the fact that the train very nearly ran off the tracks. It calls for all of us to awaken from our places of oblivion and at the end of the day to realize that the corporate monsters who suck the life from every corner of the globe will be brought down.

WHY IS THIS TOPIC IMPORTANT TO YOU?
This topic is the big one …. It is how the pharaohs control the slaves. It is the battlefield and we look forward to a time when the good guys win and the inhabitants of planet earth are free.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVE SOCIAL ACTION SONGS?
The Times They Are A Changing,  Doctors Fees Are Ruining My Health, You Can’t Touch Me I’m Part Of The Union.

WHICH, IF ANY CAUSES DO YOU ACTIVELY SUPPORT – AND HOW?
We support all causes that seek in some way to move the planet one step closer to peace. We do not throw money at the problem (we don’t have any) We Sing.

DID FANS HELP FUND THIS PROJECT? No

DESCRIBE YOUR AUDIENCE: Our audience on one hand is made up of baby boomers who love the traditional folk and blues tunes that are a big part of our repertoire. On the other hand at least 50% of our audience is the 20 to 30 year old sons and daughters of baby boomers. They appreciate acoustic music. They love slide guitar. They recognize that what we do is the roots of many forms of contemporary music and they connect in a big way to our social action songs.

WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE? They think …. They drink but not much.

WHERE IS YOUR MUSIC AVAILABLE?
www.bluespreachers.com
And iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=303956738&s=143460

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY?
The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Byron Bay NSW Australia.
The Woodford Folk Festival in Woodford QLD Australia.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE BANDS’ MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE? Our most memorable achievement was being put forward on a list of 32 for an Australian Record Industry Award nomination for our CD “Dry Long So”.

WHAT’S IN THE WORKS FOR 2011?
More writing and an Australian tour.

FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS
Just another blood sucking corporate monster.

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS?
1.To  be free enough to write and perform meaningful and truthful songs without fear or prejudice.
2.To earn enough money to pay our bills.

WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS?
Ali Akbar Khan.

NAME SOME ARTISTS YOU ARE CHAMPIONING: Mississippi John Hurt, Ali Akbar Khan, Jimmie Rodgers and The Beatles.

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March 21, 2011

NeXt BiG EvEnT

Now all you people of every nation there’s a train comin’ to your station  You don‘t need no luggage & you don’t need to pack  You don’t need a ticket to ride on this track  GET ON BOARD THE FREE TRAIN with THE BLUES PREACHERS:-
Chosen by YOKO ONO as runner-up in the recent JOHN LENNON 70th. birthday anniversary song contest and twice nominated in the Independent Music Awards for: ‘Divine Justice Coming Down’ and ‘The Free Train Agreement’ from their highly acclaimed album:  ‘DEAD CATZ CAN BOUNCE’ www.onlybluesmusic.com

The Boys Are BACK ON TRACK with their Song Remedies For An Ailing Planet Tour
You Can Catch Them Thursday 5th. May at The Vanguard Newtown.
SPECIAL guests:
Jesse Morris and The Three Beans


Doors open  7 pm … $15

TICKETS

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October 3, 2010

“Divine Justice Coming Down”

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YouTube Link

View it here in High Definition.
Be patient as this HD clip may take a few minutes to load, but we think it’s well worth the wait.

Divine Justice Coming Down from The Blues Preachers on Vimeo.

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September 15, 2010

The Birth Of The Blues 2011




Click The Player below to listen to the Blues Preachers performing : COME ON IN MY KITCHEN


In May 2011 we will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the birth of blues legend and arguably the father of contemporary music, Robert Johnson.
The Blues Preachers, as caretakers of prewar acoustic blues feel that it is important to pay homage and respect to Robert Johnson during the upcoming centenary year of 2011.
Bob Dylan locked himself away in a room for months trying to understand Robert’s music.
He said “His use of metaphor goes beyond metaphor”.
Robert Johnson was one of Robert Plant’s biggest influences.
Without Robert Johnson there would be no Led Zeppelin.
The Blues Preachers are renowned for their ability to faithfully reproduce the country blues sounds of the 1920s and 1930s. We feel that it is fitting in this upcoming centenary year to pay tribute to the master in all of our 2011 appearances.

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April 18, 2010

The Blues Preachers BIO

Last year, with the release of their second record, ‘Dry Long So’, the Sydney based Blues Preachers in my opinion, put out one of the best blues records of the decade.
Samuel Fell / Rhythms Magazine May 2010.

The Blues Preachers will take you to another place and time, somewhere between 1920 and 1940. Their music paints a landscape of pre-war struggle and determination with sounds reminiscent of the Deep South. The Blues Preachers perform a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. The powerful simplicity of driving finger-style and slide-guitar combined with the sounds of tasteful harmonica and old-school vocal harmonies create a traditional and untarnished sound that will have you on the edge of your seats. The Blues Preachers will make you want to get up and dance with their joyful country and ragtime blues, and send a shiver down your spine with their atmospheric feels, echoing and paying homage to the sacred sounds of early artists such as Blind Willie Johnson. Their 2008 album ‘Next Stop Beulah Land’ and their highly regarded 2009 release ‘Dry Long So’ showcase the talents of the Preachers :- Brother John on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Captain Bluetongue on harmonica, mountain dulcimer and vocals.
Their latest release ‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’ goes one step further. It contains many original songs about the big issues of today: the global financial crisis, greed, relationships, global warming, materialism, life and death and the search for truth and meaning in the great age of misinformation. After highly acclaimed performances at The Woodford Folk Festival, The Australian Blues Festival (Goulburn), The Blue Mountains Folk Festival, The West Coast Blues Festival and The East Coast Blues Festival, The Blues Preachers are building a reputation as one of the best acoustic blues and roots acts in the country.

Recent Achievements:
5th. overall in the Australian Songwriting Awards 2009 for
“Divine Justice Coming Down”.
Nominated top 5 position in the Sing Out For Social Action category of The Independent Music Awards 2009 for “Divine Justice Coming Down”.
“Divine Justice Coming Down” is currently featured on juke box playlists across the USA along with C.W. Stoneking and Cephas and Wiggins.
“Divine Justice Coming Down” was chosen by Yoko Ono as runner-up in the John Lennon 70th. birthday anniversary song contest.
Nominated top 5 position in the Acoustic category of The Independent Music Awards 2011 for “The Free Train Agreement”.
“The Free Train Agreement” was selected to be on a Canadian compilation due for release in May 2011 called “Protest Songs For A Better World”.

Recent Gigs:
The Woodford Folk Festival
The Blue Mountains Folk Festival
The Australian Blues Festival
The Sunshine Coast Blues Festival
The East Coast Blues and Roots Festival
The West Coast Blues and Roots Festival
The Cairns Blues Festival
The Gympie Muster
Sell Out shows at the Vanguard and Raval
Successful tours of WA, QLD and VIC.

Discography:
“Next Stop Beulah Land” 2008
“Dry Long So” 2009
“Dead Catz Can Bounce” 2010
Available through:
www.onlybluesmusic.com
or order online at:
www.thebluespreachers.com
or as a digital download from iTunes

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February 5, 2010

The Independent Music Awards

The Blues Preacher’s song “Divine Justice Coming Down” about the recent and soon to be revisited financial crisis is one of six songs to be nominated in the Sing Out For Social Justice Section of the Independent Music Awards.
PLEASE VOTE FOR US ……. FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW

Past Shows / Reviews

March 10, 2012

The National Folk Festival

The NFF ……. Easter Weekend 2012.

C.D. Lyons ( Captain Bluetongue) has been arrested by the British Harmonica police and unfortunately was unable to make it back to Australia for the National Folk Festival.
Brother John was very pleased to have Christian Marsh stand in for Bluetongue and a truly great time was had by all.

Drowsy Maggies stage Good Friday 2012.

John and Christian performed a beautiful instrumental version of Hallelujah in the Leonard Cohen Competition.

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August 10, 2011

NeXt BiG EvEnT

Now all you people of every nation there’s a train comin’ to your station  You don‘t need no luggage & you don’t need to pack  You don’t need a ticket to ride on this track  GET ON BOARD THE FREE TRAIN with THE BLUES PREACHERS:-
Chosen by YOKO ONO as runner-up in the recent JOHN LENNON 70th. birthday anniversary song contest and twice nominated in the Independent Music Awards for: ‘Divine Justice Coming Down’ and ‘The Free Train Agreement’ from their highly acclaimed album:  ‘DEAD CATZ CAN BOUNCE’ www.onlybluesmusic.com

The Boys Are BACK ON TRACK with their Song Remedies For An Ailing Planet Tour
You can catch them on:
Saturday, September 17, 2011
at The Clarendon Guesthouse
Katoomba, NSW 7:00 PM
Bookings:http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/whats_on.html