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Monday, December 12, 2011

Smokestack Lightning - Backsliders

The Backsliders are a three piece Australian band; self described as playing "Delta blues wall of sound". The current line up (as of Dec. 2007) consists of Guitarist/Vocalist Dom Turner and drummer/percussionist Rob Hirst joined on alternating nights by either Brod Smith or Ian Collard on harmonica.
The Backsliders formed in 1986 in Sydney, Australia with Dom Turner on guitars, mandolin and vocals, Rex Hill on harmonica and Peter Burgess on washboard,drums, percussion and backing vocals.

In 1989 Hill was replaced by Jim Conway on harmonica. This line up of the band recorded several critically acclaimed albums including 1999's Poverty Deluxe which was nominated for an ARIA award in the Best Blues and Roots album category.

In 1996 Dom Turner guested on the Ghostwriters album "Second Skin". This marked the beginning of his collaboration with Rob Hirst who replaced Peter Burgess in 2000. Since that time The Backsliders have toured extensively both in Australia and around the globe. 2006 saw the departure of Jim Conway from the band. His spot has been filled on a rotating basis by either Brod Smith or Ian Collard.

In 2002 Turner and Hirst formed the "Angry Tradesmen" and began performing live in 2007 with guitarist Martin Rotsey. In 2008 guitarist Matt Walker joined as alternate guitarists in the absence of Martin Rotsey. In 2008 the band released the debut album Beat the House
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