8 Ball Aitken
8 Ball Aitken

8 Ball Aitken

Leichhardt Hotel (Rockhampton, QLD)
Saturday, 19 June 2021 8:00 PM
2 days away
18 Plus
Australian Artists

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8 Ball Aitken at Leichhardt Hotel (Rockhampton, QLD) on Saturday, 19 June 2021
8 Ball Aitken has toured the world for more than a decade performing his swampy, blues rock across twenty countries to date. He’s earned a loyal fanbase from his live shows and internet videos, while paying his dues as a singer, songwriter, producer and slide-guitarist. 

Since relocating to Music City, USA in 2012 from his native Australia, 8 Ball has worked with many of the best in the blues business today. During COVID lockdown 8 Ball self-produced three new albums from his home in Nashville. The musicians on the recording include Buddy Guy’s Grammy Award winning producer Tom Hambridge on drums, George Thorogood and the Destroyers saxophone player Buddy Leach, Sydney soul singer Taya Chani on backing vocals, and his brother Dillion James Aitken on organ and keys.  8 Ball played all of the guitars, bass and harmonica on all of the albums.

Home is where the heart is, 8 Ball Aitken has recently returned to Australia and has been performing at many sold out shows.

The three new albums are being released one at a time throughout 2021. The newest single and album of the same tittle ‘Ice Cream Man’ are available now on CD and vinyl from www.8ballaitken.com and at his live shows. The new single Ice Cream Man hit #1 on the AMRAP Australian Metro Radio charts in February 2021. 


8 Ball Aitken demonstrates that the blues are alive and well Down Under with this deep-in-the-pocket collection of modern blues and blues rock that’s built atop a swamp blues structure. Chicago Blues Guide
“For a guy from Australia, 8 Ball Aitken really has the Delta in his bones… I wouldn’t be surprised to find Mississippi mud on the soles of his shoes.” - Gonzo Okanagan
A lovely, enjoyable collection, start to finish, with the inevitable few songs that stand out, and invite you to hit the replay. Blues In Britain – Graham Munn
“A mixture of balladry, wordplay, and cutting edge guitar, Swamp Blues 2 from 8 Ball Aitken deserves to be in everyone’s collection.”  American Blues Scene
"Swamp Blues 2 is masterfully crafted, and indeed a wonderful listen."  
Philly Cheeze’s Rock & Blues Reviews
"I first saw him when he was young, hairy and straight outa Brisbane. Now he’s all growed up and going global. Unstoppable!” 
Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Eagle Rock), Melbourne, Australia
"8 Ball is not an act any band wants to follow! ....even a 5 piece band will have to do some quick and serious note pounding to get 8-ball's vibe off the stage, it just hangs in the air long after he is gone.....he's a freakin solo red headed infector...!"
Mitch Lind, owner/promoter of the Riverhawk and Stringbreak Music Festivals, Florida, USA
“This is outstanding. The way it should be done. You have a new fan.”
Ray Wylie Hubbard (Snake Farm), Texas, USA