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Australian Blues Legend, Lloyd Spiegel, Ushers In New Era With Some Old Tunes Live In Session

Between 2017 and 2019, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Lloyd Spiegel chronicled his journey through depression, life, love and personal growth with a trilogy of albums. ‘This Time Tomorrow’, ‘Backroads’ and ‘Cut and Run’ were all named Album of the Year at the Australian Blues Music Awards and collectively picked up 19 awards in all, including Blues And Roots Radio Worldwide Album of the Year and a Music Victoria award.

The new release, ‘Bakehouse Dozen’ offers re-imagined versions of songs from those 3 albums, recorded live in session and introduces a new ‘trio with a twist’ formed in 2021 with drummer Tim Burnham and trombonist/vocalist Lisa Baird.

Burnham is a long-tme collaborator of Spiegel’s, appearing on 5 previous albums and frequently joining him on Australian festval stages. His unique abilites and uncanny connecton to Lloyd’s frantic guitar playing have been integral in defning Spiegel’s sound over many years. Baird is a highly sought-afer multi-instrumentalist who has worked with some of Australia’s biggest acts. Having written and performed in a wide range of genres, her broad experience and vibrant energy have added a fresh take and new layers to the mix.

The show also features a brand-new guitar designed specifically for this trio. As sounding board and advisor to Cole Clark Guitars, a major Australian brand, Lloyd has long had a goal to perform with an instrument that comprised the perfect, uncompromising blend of amplified acoustic and electric guitar. The Cole Clark ‘True Hybrid’ range was several years in the making and was an instant hit with fans and guitarists alike. The previously impossible task of blending or shining effortlessly between electric and acoustic guitar tones, combined with the fresh sounds of a trio determined to dispel the cliches associated with the Blues genre has brought about Spiegel’s most dynamic and exciting show to date.

From the hard hittng rock’n’roll mayhem of ‘Lost Like Me’ to the brassy irreverence of the New Orleans inspired ‘Betcha Bottom Dollar’, the sparse darkness of ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ to the tongue in cheek funk of ‘All The Cats Are Grey,' Bakehouse Dozen captures the rollercoaster ride fans have come to expect from the trio’s live show and signals what’s to come from an artist who has long been known as a trailblazer in his field.

Bakehouse Dozen was recorded in a single room, live in session with no overdubs at Melbourne’s Bakehouse Studios. The beloved cultural icon has hosted the who’s who of Australian music over many years and was the perfect settng for the session. The studio, and owners Helen Marcou AM and Quincy McLean AM are inextricably linked to grassroots music activism in Melbourne as co-founders of Save Live Australia’s Music (SLAM), a movement that inspired Lloyd to become more active within his local music community through work with Youth in Blues, Music Victoria and Blues Music Victoria.



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