Bio

Hard Working Man Blues

New CD from

 Keith Hall and Pat Dow Blues Band

 

 ‘Hard Working Man Blues’ marks a decided return by the Keith Hall and Pat Dow Band to a raw, stripped back blues sound. Opening track Red Heels is  New Orleans funk with classic blues slide guitar. The Best I Ever Had Chicago blues with harp.While Down To The River is a Mavis Staple inspired gospel swamp funk. Title track, Hard Working Man Blues and the rural themed  Big Sky add a piquant of country blues to the album, tracks Cruel Night, Hells Gonna Get My Bones and Hallelujah Wind move through a gamut of blues references, from John Lee Hooker dark and brooding to eclectic Hendrix/Cream like ‘wah’ funk high. Once again Hall and Dow provide an album of eleven interesting and lovingly crafted original tracks. Building yet again on their panache for memorable melodic themes, this album is a fine selection of definitive blues.

           With their last two original albums, ‘Blues Hall’ (2013) and ‘A Love Divine’ (2014)  making it quickly to no.2 in the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart, the Keith Hall and Pat Dow Blues Band continue to stamp a solid mark on the Australian blues music scene.

            Currently touring their latest album, Hall and Dow contribute a unique and distinctive style and sound, developed over more than thirty years of solid work in NSW and around Australia. While they draw on inspirations including John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Ray Charles and the British Blues scene, their original sound and song writing traverses the traditional blues base to a unique blend of blues, soul and roots sounds and themes.

Pat Dow’s ‘searing electric blues’ guitar combined with Keith Hall’s power vocals ensure a rich, earthy and melodic journey.

            A distinct ability to diversify sets these guys apart, being able to move seamlessly from a full band feel (replete with keyboards and sax) to a bare, stripped back acoustic duo. Hall and Dow have one of those all too rare, lasting collaborations built on an inherent trust to travel musically as one.

 

Further Info

 

Keith Hall  and  Pat Dow Band are a national ,and international Blues/Roots   Band from  Australia.

 

 They have developed a distinctive sound of their own,being part of the Australian Blues music scene since the early 80's..Drawing on traditional blues of people like John Lee Hooker,Buddy Guy,as well asthe British Blues Scene of the 60's Eric Clapton/John Mayall and Eric Burdon(keith hails from Manchester)

 

Keith vocals/bass/acoustic guitar and Pat guitars/harp are the mainstays of the band, with Dave Neudegg and  Peter Allan Drums in the current line up.t

 

Keith started his musical career in Adelaide .One of the first gigs was supporting Mike Rudd and Ariel with his band Windfall.Playing on the local Adelaide scene with other young bands such as  Fraternity, Windfall recorded two Albums, "Windfall" and "Odyssey". One memorable tour was supporting Kevin Borich in the outback towns of Whyalla and Port Pirie.

 

Moving to Sydney in 1979 keith played on "The Balmain Blues Scene" in the bands Hot Ice with Shayne Pacey(Bondi Cigars) and The Stumblers with  Dom Turner (The Back Sliders).Putting out a solo album in The Labels featuring Julian Gough and Craig Walters.

 

After coming from Queensland where he toured with people like Elliot Randall(ex Steely Dan)Pat joined Keith to form the duo  Spectacular Feets in 1985. The Feets where soon holding down 6 gigs aweek (yes there was gigs aplenty back then) . Becoming one of the most popular acts in Sydney, with residencies at The Coogee Bay hotel,North Cronulla Hotel and TheOrient Hotel at the rocks to name just a few.

 

Rob Grosser (now with Don Hopkins) joined Spectacular Feets on drums,recording the albums "Meet Me At The Station" and "Lightning Ridge". Occasionaliy joined by Marcus Knoffner saxaphone and Tina Faimetea vocals/keys for live gigs.

 

The boys were now gigging from the suburbs of Sydney to the snowfields of Mt Kosiosko ,north to Newcastle and the beachs of the far North Coast of NSW.Playing an average of 200 shows a year.

 

The late nineties saw Robby Seracusa (Richard O) on drums ,with the album "The Stealer".featuring Gary Jelfs on guitar.

 

 Steve Fearnley (The Flood) has been in the drumming seat for the last three albums, "Let Love Surround You" with Jim Finn (Finn) sharing the drumming  honours  on  "Summerrain" 2010 and   "This Kind of Blue " 2012

 

"This Kind of Blue" also features John Tweed on keys ,who has now joined the band for live gigs.  

 

 

Adelaide 2016

Audio

Next Five Gigs (full list go Gig page)

  • Oct 27
    Federal Hotel Port Pirie, 
     
  • Oct 28
    The Vines Tav Golden Grove, 
     

Broken Hill 2016

The Gov 2015

WA BLUESFEST 2015

May 2014 Adelaide

For bookings and avails

      mob   Keith  0415145537

email keithalanhall@hotmail.com.au 

                     

Keith Hall & Pat Dow Band 2013

Goulburn Australian Bluesfest 2016