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Friday, November 15, 2013

She's Going To Mexico

Gossip, rumours, and innuendo… we love it! What’s this -- 8 Ball’s in jail? And what’s this about a hillbilly disco? The fibre-optic bush telegraph is heating up overtime as rumours are flying faster than a jumbo jet taking off from Nashville International Airport. Some folks are saying he’s been busted by the culture police for having too much long, red hair to play country music. Some say he’s clocked up too many speeding tickets for playing guitar faster than the average chicken-picker.

A card-carrying one-off, the man himself has named his crime, and now he’s doing the time – sentenced to playing over 200 gigs a year, with no chance of parole (or a holiday). “Maybe you could call it musical break and enter,” 8 Ball laughs. “When nobody would open any doors for us, we just kicked a few in.”

Although his legions of devoted fans don’t seem to mind that he’s kicked in the doors to their local venues, 8 Ball has been busy all year serving his sentence in America. “I guess you can say I’ve been behind bars,” jokes the Ginga Ninja. “I’ve even climbed up on top of more than a few bars during my gigs!” He expects to get up to even more wacky shenanigans during his current Australian tour.

Throughout the rest of 2013 and early 2014, 8 Ball will be touring Oz – and coming to a venue near you. After two years of being based in Nashville, 8 Ball Aitken is releasing an exciting new album called ‘Southern Hemisphere’. 8 Ball wrote and recorded all of the songs in Nashville, working with producer Mike Flanders and some of Music City’s hottest session musicians -- including past and present members of Little Big Town, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as band members from Alison Kraus, Emmylou Harris, and Robert Plant’s ensembles.

Songs such as ‘I’m Going To Jail’ and the effervescent, party-in-the-sticks ‘Hillbilly Disco’ give the good ol’ boys a thumpin’ good time. You can check out 'I'm Going To Jail' here:

Due to budgetary constraints, we have a very limited number of pre-release, collectors' edition of Southern Hemisphere available at 8 Ball's shows. You can also mail-order these for just $30, postage paid. Please in-box 8 Ball or Bird to place your order.

Here’s where you can see it all happen live:

November 15 – Caledonia Hotel, Cessnock, NSW, 8:00pm
November 16 – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW, 8:00pm
November 17 – Marrickville Bowling Club, NSW, 4:30pm
November 20 – Royal Cricketers Arms Hotel, Prospect, NSW, 6:30pm
November 22 – Bligh Park Tavern, Bligh Park, NSW, 7:00pm
November 23 – Private Party (Western Sydney). For details - 0407 751 572
November 24 – Edwards Tavern, Wodonga, NSW, 4:00pm
November 26 – Star Hotel, Yackandandah, VIC, 7:00pm
November 27 – Standard Hotel, Fitzroy, VIC, 8:00pm
November 29 – Blues Train, 6:00pm, Queenscliff, VIC, 6:00pm
November 30 – Geelong Speed Trials, Geelong, VIC
November 30 – Blues Train, Queenscliff, VIC, 6:00pm
December 1 – Geelong Speed Trials, Geelong, VIC
December 1 – Rainbow Hotel, Fitzroy, VIC, 4:30pm
December 2 – Paynesville Wine Bar, Paynesville, VIC, 7:00pm
December 3 – Royal Standard, West Melbourne, VIC, 8:00pm
December 4 - Meningie Hotel, Meningie, SA, 7:00pm
December 5 – Gilbert Street Hotel, Adelaide, SA, 7:00pm
December 6 - Blacksmith's Inn, One Tree Hill, SA, 8:00pm
December 7 – Singing Gallery, Adelaide, 8:00pm (with Chris Finnen)
December 8 – Semaphore Workers Club, Semaphore, SA, 4:00pm
December 9 – Palace Hotel, Broken Hill, NSW, 8:00pm
December 13 – Taree Sports Club, Taree, NSW, 7:30pm
December 14 – Caloundra Powerboat Club, Caloundra, QLD, 7:00pm
December 15 – Marcoola Surf Club, Marcoola, QLD, 2:30pm
December 20 – Tamworth Tennis Club, Tamworth, 8:00pm
December 21 – Club House Hotel, Gunnedah, NSW, 8:00pm
December 22 - Mudgee Brewery, Mudgee, NSW, 4:30pm
December 27 – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Heads, NSW, 9:30pm
December 28 – Pier Hotel, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 8:00pm
December 29 – Park Beach Surf Club, NSW, 3:00pm
December 30 – Woodford Festival, (Bluestown), 4:00pm
December 31 – Woodford Festival, (Bluestown), 5:30pm

January 2014
January 1 – Woodford Festival, (Joyluck), 10:30am
January 1 – Woodford Festival, (Bluestown), 9:30pm
January 2 – Mustang Bar, Perth, WA, 9:30pm
January 3 – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
January 5 – Redcliffe On The Murray, Pinjarra, WA, 4:00pm
January 7 – Charles Hotel, North Perth, WA
January 8 – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
January 9 – Indie Bar, Scarborough, WA
January 10 – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
January 11 – Beerwah Hotel, Beerwah, QLD, 8:00pm
January 12 – Tyalgum Hotel, Tyalgum, NSW, 2:00pm

January 17 – Courthouse Hotel (front bar), 2:30pm – 5:15pm
January 17 – Joe Maguire’s, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
January 18 – Wests (Legends Lounge), 2:00pm – 5:00pm
January 18 – Kootingal Hotel, 8:00pm – midnight
January 19 – Tamworth City Plaza, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
January 19 – Joe Maguire’s, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
January 19 - Tudor Hotel, 10:00pm – 2:00am
January 20 - Wests (Legends Lounge), 8:00pm – 11:00pm
January 21 – Services Club, Writers In The Round, 8:30am – 11:30am
January 22 – Wests (Blazes), Fender Showcase, 11:00am – 1:00pm
January 22 – West Tamworth Pool Party, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
January 23 – Wests (Blazes), Maton Showcase, 10:30am – 12:30pm
January 23 - Joe Maguire’s, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
January 24 – Post Office Hotel, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
January 25 – Wests Diggers (Courtyard), 4:00pm – 7:00pm
January 26 – Joe Maguire’s, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
January 27 - Wests Diggers (Courtyard), 7:30pm - 10:30pm


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