Listen again below to the outstanding live session we had recently when bluesman Shaun Kirk graced the Southern FM studios to give us a sneak peak of his new album Thank You for Giving Me the Blues, ahead of its official launch this week. In this podcast, Shaun plays a few new and old numbers live, unveils some of the studio tracks off the new album, and chats about his career (and new hairstyle!) with Mark Missen.
January 2 – Greg Walsh
January 9 – Shaun Kirk
January 16 – The Whole Molko
January 23 – Reece Dillon & The Jelly Babies
January 30 – This Public Life
February 6 – None The Wiser
February 13 – Vitruvian Man
February 20 – Courtney Barnett & The Olivettes
February 27 – The Kalaharis
March 6 – Buried Feather
March 13 – Damen Samuel
March 20 – Anythium
Having only picked up a guitar for the first time in 2004 at age 16, Melbourne born Shaun Kirk has achieved a great deal in such a short time. Discovering a gift for story telling and an undeniable connection with the guitar, Shaun won the 2006 Basin Music Festival Youth Songwriting Competition. 2008 saw the release of his first independent EP, ‘Seagulls’ and in January 2010 Shaun launched his award winning debut album, ‘Cruisin’; to a capacity crowd, closely followed by his first national tour. ‘Cruisin’ demonstrates Shaun’s increasing professional maturity and passion for the blues/roots style. Featuring five self penned tracks taken from life experiences and three covers from classic, new and local influences, showing Shaun’s “sense of tradition”– (Lloyd Spiegel) for the genre.
Although based in blues/roots and folk, Shaun’s sound is “authentic, exciting and compelling”– (John Carver – PBS FM). Whilst his influences range from Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Lang and John Lee Hooker, Shaun continues to develop his own sound; mixing his natural groove with elements of other musical styles, and is now one of the country’s hardest working independent solo artists.
With constant performances to large crowds on some of Australia’s best known stages including St Kilda Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Shaun has also supported and played alongside many of Australia’s best blues/roots artists such as Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, Marshall & The Fro, Lloyd Spiegel, Carus Thompson and Jimi Hocking just to name a few… Shaun’s reputation as one of Australia’s most promising upcoming artist is growing bigger day by day.
Now he is heading down to 88.3’s Live Sunday Sessions for a full live hour of blues from the heart on the 9th January 2011. Tune in to hear Oz’s next great bluesman.