|Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and Chugg Entertainment are thrilled to announce today that award-winning outlaw singer-songwriter GARY ALLAN (USA) will be embarking on his first Australian tour in six years this September/October. The hard-living Californian will be joined on all shows by the legendary genre-bending party band THE MAVERICKS (USA), and four-piece “redneck rock band” BLACKJACK BILLY (USA).Australia’s love affair with GARY ALLAN (USA) began fourteen years ago, when he made his first trip out to Australia, winning over local crowds with his whiskey-soaked voice, raw charisma and intense live performances, including a show where he confronted a power failure at a venue by playing acoustic to a rowdy crowd while perched on the edge of the stage, singing “songs that make you laugh and make you cry, and songs that piss you off.”
Multiple return trips have cemented his reputation as an artist whose down to earth rock’n’roll swagger makes him just as home here, as in his own US home, where his unique blend of hard-core Bakersfield country and Southern roots rock has captivated a diverse crowd for two decades.
“I had a following before I had a record contract that was made up of die-hard punks, bikers and ranch cowboy guys,” Allan recalls. “When I really decided I wanted to do this, it was during The Highwaymen tour – Cash, Kristofferson, Willie and Waylon. I was probably about 15; that’s when country became like rock’n’roll to me. It was nothing fancy they were doing, but it was hardcore.”
When THE MAVERICKS (USA) finally touched down in Australia for the first time last year, it was as if a dam had burst, with crowds whipped into a frenzy at their festival show and their sold-out standing-room-only Sydney club date. It had been a long wait for fans of the country-steeped garage band with the Cuban American lead singer, that emerged from Miami in 1989. Their sultry debut was equal parts innocence, intensity, and vintage influences.
The spine-tingling musicianship of the band, the soaring sensuality of singer Raul Malo’s vocals and the indelible grooves inherent in their timeless songs, sent the crowds into instinctive swaying, jiving and twisting through relentless performances that end with each Maverick drenched in sweat. The Mavericks are a unique live musical experience. They defy easy classification, drawing on a dozen genres to create a sound all of their own.
“Our relentless pursuit of fun and our selfish notion of pleasing ourselves has always driven us,” says drummer Paul Deakin. “But pleasing ourselves creatively has also always worked for us, creating an immediacy that makes us true to the songs. We don’t create for a niche or a genre, but to capture the spirit – and that has always been our strong point.”
BLACKJACK BILLY (USA) are the definition of fun – a group whose on-stage alchemy is impossible to describe in words but makes audiences holler and dance in delight. Their breakthrough signature hit, “Booze Cruise”, raced up the charts when it was released last year – an indelibly catchy ode to summer living. They were the surprise breakout hit at this year’s CMC Rocks the Hunter festival, where they made their Australian debut, as the crowds were won over by their energetic on-stage antics and commanding presence. Their debut EP, “Get Some”, immediately shot to #1 the following week.
“To have these three artists together on one bill is a real once in a lifetime scenario”, says promoter Rob Potts. “They’re three totally unique acts who can blow the roof off any venue in their own right. The combination of Gary Allan, The Mavericks and Blackjack Billy is going to make for an explosive run of shows”.
Already announced for the CMC Rocks North QLD festival in Townsville and the Deni Ute Muster, Allan and his special guests will join forces for one-night- only theatre shows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. With this unique bill of performers, who have each been the subject of intense demand by local fans, the shows are sure to be the hottest ticket of the moment.
Tickets for all theatre shows will be on sale Friday 18 July.
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
GARY ALLAN / THE MAVERICKS / BLACKJACK BILLY
Thursday 25 September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets available at ticketek.com.au
Saturday 27 September – CMC Rocks North QLD, Townsville QLD
Tickets on sale now at cmcrocks.com
Sunday 28 September – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD
Tickets available at ticketek.com.au
Wednesday 1 October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.au
Friday 3 and Saturday 4 October – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin NSW
Tickets available at deniutemuster.com.au