8 Ball Aitken

If you want all the steamy heat, the intensity, and the wild spontaneity of the real Australia, 8 Ball Aitken is authentic – a real-deal Aussie outback character who rattles the roof, stomps the planks, and gets his audiences whooping and hollering along in a frenzy of pure exuberance. You can forget your troubles, just for one night – the thrill is tangible. 2017 Golden Guitar finalist, 8 Ball Aitken is impossibly dedicated to his six string muse and absolutely devoted to entertaining the masses. On the Australian leg of his “Tour in A Million” unbridled audiences have given themselves up to the funky, foot stomping, hurricane blues and driving country rock at sixty shows. The tour spanned the country on a hectic schedule of non-stop pubs, clubs and festivals, over 60 venues including the Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival. At the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival, 8 Ball played 20 venues, all to packed houses.

When 8 Ball was nineteen years old, a radical conversation altered his life path. “I used to work on a farm all week, then party all weekend,” he explains. “An Aboriginal elder from Townsville was visiting my town, and we were talking on Sunday morning after he had been watching me play guitar all weekend. He sat me down and told me off sternly – ‘I will be really disappointed if I visit next year and see you still here drinking and smoking, just wasting your talent and your life away,” explains the ex-farm worker, recalling his labouring in the Atherton Tablelands fruit plantations as a young teenager. He packed his bags, grabbed his guitar, and hitch-hiked south to the Big Smoke of Brisbane. “This was a ‘time stands still’, life-changing experience”, adds 8 Ball. “From that point on, I have stayed true, and followed my dream of making music and taking it out to the people”.

Don’t miss 8 Ball before he heads back to the USA for the US leg of his tour.

Video clips for the achingly beautiful Girl In A Million and Seven Bucks An Hour in A Chicken Suit from The New Normal, and the #1 hit (She’s Going to Mexico) I’m Going to Jail, may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/8ballaitken

Saturday, May 13, 2017

6:00 am

– 11:00 am

Outdoor Stage

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