Derek Lee Goodreid

Derek Lee Goodreid | Musician | Creative | Mental Health Advocate

5 Best Australian Blues Artists

This is like, just my opinion man. Since returning home to Perth, Western Australia I have been catching up on all the exceptional blues music coming from the land down under. Just a disclaimer before we get into it – The order is not a rating system. As far as I am concerned they are all number ones who deliver the goods. Also there are plenty who didn’t make it on the list it’s just the ones that sparked my ears this time around. Now that we have got that out of the way let’s just enjoy some killer blues from some of Australia’s best blues artists.

Mike Elrington – Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Recorded live at The Flying Saucer Club in Melbourne on Friday 1st April, 2016. This makes me grateful for live concerts and yearn for the restrictions to be lifted Australia wide so we can see more great acts of Mike’s calibre again. 

Devil n Gin is a fictional tale of betrayal skilfully blending the metallic twang of a steel guitar with raw soul-filled vocals. Roshani spent the early days of her career busking around Australia with her partner. Her music is guaranteed to induce goosebumps on the back of your neck.

Shaun Kirk’s Howlin’ at the Moon is a great example of footstomping Aussie blues at its best. If his music doesn’t get you up and dancing then I don’t know what will. 

Amazing vocalist and songwriter. Really love the fingerpicking style of her guitar playing and her staccato delivery.

Haunting is the best way to describe Ash Grunwald’s voice. An authentic blues singer songwriter and guitarist and one of Australia’s best example of our rich blues legacy.

Here’s my list. A pretty damn cool one. It’s awesome that Australia has so much great Blues & Roots artists. Let me know who I should check out for my next top 5 best Australian Blues artists. 

Derek Lee Goodreid began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences. After moving to Norway for love Derek’s music and lyrics evolved influenced now by Jeff Buckley, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, and Robert Johnson. Derek’s blues-inspired rockabilly won his newly formed band, Howling Light, a place to compete at Notodden Blues Festival and several festival gigs in Norway and established venues such as Cafe Mono and Buckley’s Blues and Roots Bar. Since then Derek has released four solo albums and has returned to his home town of Perth Western Australia. He continues to write, record, and perform his own special brand of Americana, Delta Blues, and Rock with his howling vocals red, hot rocking guitar, and heart of gold. Follow Me On Facebook