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8 Ball Aitken8 Ball Aitken is the redneck preacher at the shotgun wedding between country and blues. It doesn’t matter which part of the family you’re from -- what does matter is the funky foot-stomping hullaballoo at the all-night party afterwards. Hailing from Far North Queensland, Australia (now Nashville based), he grew up as a teenager in a rundown tobacco shed, making a living picking tropical fruits by day and picking guitars by night. 8 Ball’s first break came when he was hired to play nightly at the infamous Johno’s Blues Bar in Cairns.

8 Ball Aitken is touring with his new live one-man-band album ?Alive In Tamworth?. With his trademark electri-fried slide guitar, sense of humor, interactive 3D audience participation and swamp antics, he has come up with a barnstorming riot of a recording. Averaging 200 gigs a year these days, 8 Ball is right on his game. 8 Ball has performed at festivals and clubs throughout USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe. He’s toured in Japan four times, where he headlined the popular Rokko Sun Music Festival. He has also played extensively in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the UK.

8 Ball Aitken is authentic -- a real-deal character who rattles the roof, stomps the planks, and gets his audiences whooping and hollering along in a frenzy of pure exuberance. He started work as a farm labourer aged fifteen, doing back-breakingly hard work on the mango and banana plantations of the Atherton Tablelands, a man's work for a boy's pay. A life-changing conversation with an Aboriginal elder, who told him he should pursue a career in music, convinced 8 Ball to pack his bags, grab his guitar, and leave the farm to meet his destiny.

8 Ball’s had several award wins for both country and blues music including a Southern Star Award and two Queensland Song Awards (for ‘Outback Booty Call’ & ‘Yellow Moon’). His singles ‘Rogue Pony’, ‘Cyclone Country’ & ‘Hands On Top Of The Wheel’ have all been top 10 country chart hits around Australia. 8 Ball has also had Golden Guitar and APRA award nominations for songs he has written. His fourth album ‘The Tamworth Tapes’ went to number 2 for a month on the Australian blues & roots national chart.

For more information, check out his site, 8ballaitken.com

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 14:19