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    Collard Greens and Gravy

    Acclaimed for their gritty, driving, down home-home sound, Collard Greens and Gravy play harmonica driven, early Chicago Blues. Featuring Ian Collard (vocals, harmonica and guitar) Sean "Juke Boy"Emmett (guitar) and Jason Liu Soon (Drums), Collard Greens and Gravy was formed in 1995.
    The band has received many awards including second place at the 2001 International Blues challenge in Memphis. In the same year the band’s second CD More Gravy won an Aria award for Best Blues and Roots Album. Their third CD Silver Bird won the Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in February 2005. Their latest CD Devil In The Woodpile has won numerous awards including Best Album 2008 and Best Band 2008 at the Australian Blues Awards and Best Album 2008 and Best Band 2008 at the Vic/Tas Blues Awards.
    “Eerie, haunting reminded me of a dark night on the Delta.”
    Bruce Iglauer, President Alligator Records
    “Collard has dug deep into some wellspring of blues... and dug out a sound similar in trance-like rhythms to north Mississippi hill country blues.”
    Jeremy Loome, The Edmonton Sun (Canada)
    “They do what the Brits did in the 1960s, absorb the work of Delta Blues masters and synthesize those influences into their own sound, while still upholding the tradition”
    Eric Thom- Blues Revue (U.S.A) Feb 2008

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