Messin’ around with 8 Ball Aitken

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

FOR­MER Ma­reeba ba­nana-picker (turned Nashville, USA gui­tar-picker), 8 Ball Aitken is re­turn­ing to Far North Queens­land for three shows on his big­gest-ever na­tional tour of the Lucky Coun­try. Catch him on Fri­day 25 Oc­to­ber at the Cen­tral Ho­tel in Port Dou­glas when he plays a free en­try show from 8pm.

Un­like many in the army of gui­tar slingers wing­ing into Nashville ev­ery week to try their luck, 8 Ball is killing them in the States. Three of 8 Ball’s songs have been used this year as sound­track mu­sic for hit Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion shows ‘Jus­ti­fied’, ‘Park­ing Wars, and ‘Break­ing Amish’. Not too shabby for a ba­nana picker from Far North Queens­land.

When not board­ing planes to get from gig to gig, 8 Ball has been mak­ing the rounds of his new home­town, Nashville. By day, he has been song writ­ing with some of Nashville’s most ta­lented tune­smiths, and by night he has be­come a reg­u­lar per­former of the coun­try honky tonks and steamy blues bars on the Nashville-Mem­phis cir­cuit.

Over the past few months, 8 Ball has toured and per­formed at fes­ti­vals and mu­sic venues right across the US and Canada. His re­cent trawls through the juke joints of Texas, Cal­i­for­nia, Florida, New Jersey, West Vir­ginia, North and South Carolina have re­sulted in him writ­ing and record­ing a swag of new songs. He’s ap­peared as an ex­tra on the in­ter­na­tional hit TV show, ‘Nashville’ and now the show is fea­tur­ing his unique gig posters dis­played as back­ground art at the venue sets fea­tured in the pro­gram.

Another ma­jor ca­reer high­light has been per­form­ing at Loretta Lynn’s ranch. As a re­sult, 8 Ball has been asked back to the ranch to play more gigs next year. In other fresh 8 Ball Aitken in­fo­tain­ment, a brand new an­i­mated mu­sic video has just been re­leased for world-wide dis­tri­bu­tion. By pop­u­lar de­mand, ’The Party’ ( one of 8 Ball’s mostre­quested songs) has hit screens around the globe - and be­yond. Ful­ly­fan funded, the an­i­ma­tion fea­tures many well-known Aus­tralian mu­sic fans in­clud­ing the gor­geous River Oak Cow­girls.

8 Ball will play Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 24, 7:30pm, at the Dow­nun­der Bar in Cairns and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 26, 6pm at the Ku­randa Ho­tel Mo­tel.

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