Aria award winning band Collard greens and gravy have been forerunners of the Australian blues and roots seen since their formation in 1995. Since that time the band have clocked up countless kilometres performing their gritty driving blues to thrilled audiences at major festivals across Australia as well as in the United States.
In 2001 the band travelled to Memphis Tennessee to compete in the international blues challenge where their raw harmonica driven blues saw them take second place,their 3rd cd “Silver Bird” was awarded best independent cd the following year at the same competition.
In 2018,the current line up featuring,Ian Collard on vocals and harmonica, Dave Birtwell on guitar,Dale Lindrea on bass and Jason Liu Soon on drums released their latest CD “Luedella which was won the Age, Music Victoria award for best blues album.
“Eerie, haunting blues...it reminded me of a dark night on the Delta.”
Bruce Iglauer, President Alligator Records
“Collard has dug deep into some wellspring of blues... and dug out a sound similar in trance-like rhythms to north Mississippi hill country blues.”
Jeremy Loome, The Edmonton Sun (Canada)
“They do what the Brits did in the 1960s, absorb the work of Delta Blues masters and synthesize those influences into their own sound, while still upholding the tradition”
Eric Thom- Blues Revue (U.S.A) Feb 2008