Master of swamp blues to rock on Hawkesbury River

Still got the blues ... and then some! 8 Ball Aitken.

Still got the blues ... and then some! 8 Ball Aitken.

Blues rocker 8 Ball Aitken will serve up a swampy slide-guitar driven set on board the Hawkesbury Paddlewheeler on Sunday, March 21.

He will serve as the main course of the second Aussie Legends Blues Cruise for 2021.

Boarding at 12.30pm, the cruise along the Hawkesbury River will run from 1pm to 4pm and will cost $30 per person.

For more than a decade, 8 Ball Aitken has toured the world, notching more than 200 gigs each year.

His live shows have rocked music festivals across the US, Australia, Europe, Canada and Asia.

Since relocating to Nashville eight years ago from his native Australia, he has honed his songwriting, guitar playing and showmanship with some of the best in the business.

His eleventh and most recent album, Swamp Blues 2, shows the artist delve deeped into the Delta.

It's a groove-heavy funkier follow-up to the first Swamp Blues release, which hit the number two spot on the Australian Blues Chart and produced the 2019 APRA Song of the Year shortlisted track High Water.

Swamp Blues 2 features 13 tracks that replicate the energy of 8 Ball's live performances.

8 Ball co-produced the record at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas, and it features the powerhouse rhythm section of legendary drummer JJ Johnson (Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Mayer) and Austin bass player Glenn Fukunaga (Robert Plant, Dr John, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Dixie Chicks).

Buddy Leach, a member of George Thorogood and the Destroyers and good mate of 8 Ball's, plays guest saxophone and keys on the release.

It's no surprise that the album also reached the number two spot on the Australian Blues Chart in 2020.

If you've never seen 8 Ball on stage, do yourself a favour.

Food and drink will be available to buy throughout the cruise, however, it is cash-only on the boat.

For tickets and more information visit paddlewheeler.com.au.