Waz E. James Band

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Waz E. James Band - Waz and his band, bassist Scooter Owen and percussionist Dave Major plus guitar regulars Peter Fidler and Dave Moll, have established themselves as one of Melbourne's more popular pub bands, rocking venues with their own blend of country rock, as well as backing artists Johnny Green & Grunter (Blues Cowboys), Tracey Bunn (Toe Sucking Cowgirls) and Den Hanrahan. The bands popularity has been growing steadily over the last two years and their high energy acoustic driven country blues has recently been catching the attention of established artists such as Bill Chambers and Neil Murray.
Waz E. James Band
The band has become regulars on the festival circuit and the gigs with country artist Rob Luckey and rocker Ray Hoff, as well as backing Tracee Bunn, have placed the spotlight on the high level of musicianship within the band. They also recently partnered up with Den Hanrahan from Canberra, another emerging songwriter, showcasing Waz's and Dens songwriting in partnership shows.

The new CD, Watermelon, has Waz and the now renowned rhythm section that forms the main band joined in the studio by lap steel virtuoso, Peter Fidler. Ccompleting the all star line up, is one of Melbourne's best country guitarists/pianists, Dave Mole. These two great guitar players playing alongside Waz makes for some great moments - reminiscent of the famous Allman Brothers.

Waz's own skillfull blending of the edgy and raw style honed in the grunge scene with his traditional knowledge of acoustic instrumentation showcases the guitar playing savvy of a seasoned performer.

The songs on this album have raised the bar yet again and stand out tracks, The Plainsman, Back Again and Long Time Coming, show a maturity and understanding of a true country rock balladeer. With a strong desire to emulate the songwriting prowess of artists such as Delbert McClinton, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, this recording also sees a maturation in his songwriting style.

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