"Waz e James writes from the gut, with an almost brutal honesty, which is then delivered with this unique raw voice, much in the spirit of a Tom Waits or Bob Dylan. He follows no influences. He walks in nobody's shadow. Waz brings something new to the table, snapshots of real life, love and lost love, the long road, mates, lovers and family... from his pen to us. I believe in his music and feel that we could use a little more uniqueness in today's music." John Beland
Waz's new CD Noisy Trucks produced by legendary Texas producer John Beland is available now.
Stream tracks and order your copy here - gravelroadrecords.com.au
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Noisy Trucks and Watermelon are also available on iTunes
Saturday 17 January 2015
5.00pm - 7.30pm
Tamworth Country Music Festival 2015
Sunday 18 January 2015
9.00pm - 12.00am
Monday 19 January 2015
3.30pm - 6.30pm
Tuesday 20 January 2015
9.00pm - 12.00pm
Thursday 22 January 2015
3.30pm - 6.30pm
Friday 23 January 2015
1.30pm - 4.30pm
ALBERT Hotel Beer Garden
Calling it his "second home", legendary country rock guitarist and former leader of The Flying Burrito Brothers, John Beland, will be returning to Australia in September  to produce the Waz E. James Band. This marks John's first return to Australia in 8 years.
For over three decades John has shuttled between Australia and the USA, producing and recording behind many Oz country artists such as Bec Willis, Michael, King, Kel-Anne Brandt, Marg Manfield, Shayne Parley, Michael O'Rourke, Chris Webbe, Diana Woods, Lee Conway and Brian Cadd.
Besides his long recording history in Australia, John has also toured the country extensively as a solo artist,and with his band the Flying Burrito Brothers. He's also hosted several songwriting workshops, as well as guitar clinics throughout the coastal region.
John's credits are truly amazing, having recorded and written for such major stars as Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kim Carnes, Bobby Bare, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, the Bellamy Brothers, Brian Cadd and many more.
Says John, "Waz and the boys have a style of music that's right up my alley. They remind me of all the great singer songwriter artists that sprang out of LA in the early 70's, such as Little Feat, The Burritos, Ry Cooder etc. I'm very excited about this project, and to be returning to a country I truly love."
Download press releases for Waz and Gravel Road Records, high resolution images of Waz and the band and EPS files of band and label logos.
Publicity, Europe - Peter Holmstedt, Hemifran - www.hemifran.com
Waz e James and his band, Pete Fidler, Lap steel and Lead Guitar, Dave Major drums and Alan Brooker on bass, have established themselves as one of Australia more popular pub bands, rocking venues with their own blend of country rock. The bands popularity is growing into international markets and their high energy country blues has been catching the attention of music lovers throughout the World.
The release of Watermelon in 2009, saw the bands music move onto the international stage, with rave international reviews and commercial success in the US market.
With the release of his new CD, Noisy Trucks produced by John Beland, Waz has firmly cemented his position in the US country song writing market. Now as well as the live shows the songs come alive on the radio and the band is currently enjoying airplay throughout the US as well as Europe, Australia, France and Germany.
When at home Waz & his Friends still enjoy they're Tuesday night residency St.Kilda's Claypots Bar. This residency, now running over three years, features Waz on vocals and guitars, Pete Fidler on lap steel, guitar and mandolin, Alan Brooker on double bass and virtuoso Craig McDowell on the upright piano. Rhythm is provided by Waz's spare foot hitting the "basnare drum", a foot pedal on a snare drum and Pete's banging his foot Tamborine. These legendary nights featuring swing dancing and general roudiness has become a legendary gig south of the Yarra, and a stop off for many US Tourists. So if you're in Melbourne on a Tuesday night try and catch the band.
L - R: Scooter, Peter Fidler, Dave Moll, Dave Major and Waz E James