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8 Ball Aitken
8 Ball Aitken is touring with his new live album ‘Alive In Tamworth’. With his trademark electrified slide guitar, sense of humor, interactive 3D audience participation and Queensland swamp antics, 8 Ball Aitken has come up with a barnstorming riot of a recording. Averaging 200 gigs a year, 8 Ball is right on his game throughout his new album, ‘Alive In Tamworth’. He takes the country music capital of Australia by surprise with a fun night out. 
8 Ball Aitken is the redneck preacher at the shotgun wedding between country and blues. It doesn’t matter which part of the family you’re from -- what does matter is the funky foot-stomping hullaballoo at the all-night party afterwards. Hailing from Far North Queensland, he grew up as a teenager in a run-down tobacco shed, making a living picking tropical fruits by day and picking guitars by night. 8 Ball’s first break came when he was hired to play nightly at the infamous Johno’s Blues Bar in Cairns.
 
Since the release of his first album ‘Behind The 8 Ball’ in 2003, 8 Ball has toured to date across every state and territory of Australia. He has also built a strong international profile, having played festival and club shows throughout Europe, USA, Canada & Japan. Highlights include gigs at the Americana Festival in Nashville, The Folk Alliance in Memphis, Canadian Music Week in Toronto and many others. He’s toured in Japan four times, where he headlined the popular Rokko Sun Music Festival. He has also performed extensively in Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway and the UK.
 
8 Ball Aitken is authentic -- a real-deal character who rattles the roof, stomps the planks, and gets his audiences whooping and hollering along in a frenzy of pure exuberance. He started work as a farm labourer aged fifteen, doing back-breakingly hard work on the mango and banana plantations of the Atherton Tablelands, a man's work for a boy's pay.  A life-changing conversation with an Aboriginal elder, who told him he should pursue a career in music, convinced 8 Ball to pack his bags, grab his guitar, and leave the farm to meet his destiny.
 
8 Ball’s had several award wins including a Southern Star Award and two QLD Song Awards (for ‘Outback Booty Call’ & ‘Yellow Moon’). His singles ‘Rogue Pony’, ‘Cyclone Country’ & ‘Hands On Top Of The Wheel’ have all been top 10 country hits around Australia. ‘Cyclone Country’ earned 8 Ball his first Golden Guitar award nomination while single ‘Cowboy Movie’ was a finalist for APRA Australian Blues & Roots Song of The Year

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