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Album of the Week – ‘Bayou Billabong’ by Clayton Doley

‘Bayou Billabong’ by Clayton Doley is Eastside Radio’s Album of the Week.

It’s been some time since fan’s have had the pleasure of hearing a fresh and new body of work from Doley, justifiably lengthy given his hectic international touring schedule as one of the best Hammond Organ players in the world, playing in his own projects as well as supporting the mastery of Bluesman Harry Manx and Texan guitarist Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, but it’s finally here. Now back in Australia, ‘Bayou Billabong’ is a record reflecting on the past five years of traveling and making music. The eight track original album is a shining amalgamation of Americana and Australiana like only Doley can imagine and deliver. Recorded across two continents and three countries, New Orleans, Louisiana and Sydney, the artist has truly captured the roots of blues music steeped within US history and given it the youthful twenty first century feel of such as young country like Australia.  If his musical calibre wasn’t enough to impress you, the album’s artistic line up sure will. Featured artists on the release include past and present members of legendary blues musician Jon Cleary’s band, ‘The Absolute Monster Gents’ as the rhythm section. Added to this is the brass marching band of ‘The Treme Funket’ with members of Galactic and Trombone Shorty’s Orleans Avenue. Also on the line up vocally is Australia’s own Mahalia Barnes, with Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins alongside virtuoso Didgeridoo player Ganga Giri and lap slide guitar Manx.



1. Disbelief

2. I Live for You

3. Bayou Billabong (feat. Harry Manx & Ganga Giri)

4. Lose It

5. Truly Amazing

6. Waiting for the Coffee

7. We’re Still Changing

8. Starting Right Now


Clayton Doley (Hammond Organ, Keyboard, Composer, Bandleader)

 Harry Manx (Slide Guitar)

Ganga Giri (Didgeridoo)

Mahalia Barnes (Vox)

Jade MacRae (Vox)

Juanita Tippins (Vox)

Eddie Christmas (Drums)

Cornell Williams (Bass)

Big D Perkins (Guitar)

Trumpet Black (Trumpet)

Drew Calhoun (Saxophone)

Corey Henry (Piano)

James Greening (Trombone)

Matt Keegan (Saxophone)

Nick Garbett (Trumpet)

Lachy Doley (Hammon Organ)


You can follow Clayton Doley’s career via his FACEBOOK page or at his website http://www.claytondoley.com/

Be sure to tune in this week to 89.7FM EASTSIDE RADIO for your chance to WIN a copy of ‘Bayou Billabong’ by Clayton Doley.

You must be a supporter to win so make sure to sign up at http://eastsidefm.org/support-us-2/. Don’t forget you can also stream the station at www.eastsidefm.org.


Bayou Billabong Front Cover

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