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Kerry B Ryan
Kerry B Ryan

Acclaimed Perth blues guitarist, Kerry B Ryan will be taking a trip through a selection of blues songs from the ’30s to the ’60s at the Duke of George in Fremantle on Friday 30 August.

Coming on the back of two sold-out shows at the Ellington, the night will feature a selection of songs from artists such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Albert King, BB King, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Lead Belly, Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and more.

The upcoming show has special significance, as Kerry explained to Around The Sound: “August 16th is the anniversary of Robert Johnson’s death, so I’ll probably put in an extra song or two of his for this show.”

As an originator of what we now know as the blues, Johnson is a key figure and Kerry is reverential in his esteem for the bluesman, who, as legend has it, sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads outside Clarksville, Mississippi, in return for his guitar playing genius.

“Robert is a fundamental part of any guitar player even if they don’t know it,” Kerry told us.  “Everyone who’s ever picked up a guitar owes him a debt.  He’s one of the most influential musicians of all time.

“I love to play the blues, as it has a freedom of expression to it and a way of lifting the soul.  That’s what it is about the blues that anyone can relate to.  With any show I do, I always bring everything of myself to the stage and ask the same of my band.  When we play, it’s us presenting the music in our way but staying as true to songs as possible. We always have a good time preforming and our audience does too.”

Kerry B Ryan And The Blues Experience features Ryan on guitar and vocals, Paul O’Neil on bass guitar, Ian Ironside on drums and special guest Mark Constable on Harmonica and vocals.

Frequently described as a must-see artist for true blues lovers, Kerry Ryan brings a wealth of experience to the stage, having performed live for over 30 years. He has also written, arranged and recorded his own original blues music, which has received airplay and acclaim across Australia and the US.

This is going to be a wickedly good night of live music presented by a master guitarist and his band.

Bring your soul and trade it in for a night of the blues.

More information and tickets here.

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