“A Backsliders show is like no other..” Far from the Mississippi delta, they took us to the water’s edge, ‘til we felt the riverbed beneath our feet” Rhythms Magazine 2015
2011 ARIA Blues and Roots nominees and I-Tunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year winners, Backsliders have been playing, touring the festival circuit and recording for over 30 years.
The latest release (August 2016) ‘Heathen Songs’ the band’s 14th to date, is a varied and eclectic mix of 21st Century original blues as well as a number of versions of songs by artists as diverse as diverse as Robert Johnson, Dock Boggs and John Fogerty.
Slide Guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist, Dom Turner, is the founding member of the group. Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music, has been with Backsliders for 16 years. Joining Dom and Rob some of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic harmonica players; the legendary Brod Smith (Dingoes, Brod Smith’s Big Combo), ARIA award winning harmonica genius Ian Collard (Collard, Greens & Gravy) as well as young prodigy, Joe Glover.
These guys are renowned for captivating live shows – an eclectic mix of blues styles moving from driving delta blues riffs and jungle-like rhythms to ‘Piedmont’ blues influenced ‘all-acoustic’ unplugged treatments of 1920’s songs by blues heroes such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Robert Johnson.
“The Backsliders, Dom Turner’s over-driven steel guitar and Rob Hirst’s hyper-bombastic drumming wield a blues
that is much louder, much more raucous, than blues-inspired rock acts like The
White Stripes and The Black Keys” FasterLouder.com.au.
“From Turner’s resonator came menacing
voodoo-blues sounds that conjured images of a bad moon rising over a fog-laden
bayou; while Hirst provided the sound of your heart drumming as you feared what
lurked beneath” FasterLouder.com.au.
“Dom Turner is my all-time favourite guitar player” Bill Hauritz, Founder and Director Woodford Folk Festival – 8th May 2007
“An ocean of beats and blues” – Pacific Longboarder
“this is the best acoustic blues band in the country” – Doug Mulray
“move over Jon Spencer, Dom Turner’s blues explosion has come of age” – Drum Media
“taking the sounds and smells of the delta blues
and giving it an Australian taste” ..”contemporary roots music at its best” –
‘…Australia’s top blues act….” – Rhythms Magazine
“without a dispute the best blues band in
Australia. Their material is impeccable and their musicianship is a wonder to
behold” – Sydney Morning Herald
“A Backsliders show is like no other..” Far from the Mississippi delta, they took us to the water’s edge, ‘til we felt the riverbed beneath our feet” – Rhythms Magazine 2015
“It is no wonder that The Backsliders are regarded as Australia’s greatest blues outfit: they consist of four world-class exponents of their respective instruments.” – Glam Adelaide 2015
“If the band was any tighter it would burst.” “This is one tightly rehearsed outfit, which may have something to do with the fact that they have been working together for many years and are masters of their respective crafts.” – BWW Reviews