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8 Ball Aitken / Press

“One listen to Alive In Tamworth has you living the blues, feeling it, understanding the primal grooves raining down in spades. This is blues from the swamp and you need to get on board.”

Samuel J. Fell - Rhythms Magazine

“Classic blues riff with an awesome voice to top it off... It's no wonder this dude is going so well around the world, and this song's picking up awards! Whoo!”

Sarah Howells - Triple J

"To those who say 8 Ball Aitken can't bring the blues, I say screw your head on straight - one listen to Alive In Tamworth has you living the blues, feeling it, understanding the primal grooves raining down in spades. This is blues from the swamp and you need to get on board."

Samuel J. Fell - (Rhythms Magazine / Rolling Stone Australia)

“There's no one remotely like 8 Ball Aitken. From the flowing red hair and beard, to his deep north Queensland roots, he's a one off. And there's nothing like his music either, with its swampy, mesmerising beat, left-of-centre take on life and sheer, unadulterated energy. His latest album is a product of Tamworth's Enrec Studios, with 8 Ball playing every instrument. It is everything a live album should be - raw, vibrant, full of power and passion. The songs are brilliant, and 8 Ball is in fine form performing them in his inimitable style. The stunning 'We Are The Circus' is a consummate piece of songwriting - subtle, compelling and irresistible. Other tracks that stand out are 'Deep North Town', 'Nobody Looks Ugly After Midnight' - a musician's view of the world - 'Run With The Pack'. I also loved the sweet quirky 'Chocolate, Jack Daniels and LSD'. This is not a slick, over-produced album. Instead it's one that captures what it's all about. It is impossible not to love.”

Sue Jarvis - Capital News

"If you like roots music this red-headed Queenslander is the real deal."

Darrell Croker - Newcastle Herald

“There is a gentleman named 8 Ball Aitken who hails from Far North Queensland who is making some of the most bona fide sounding country, blues and rock around at the moment. Settling in on his National Guitar, this flaming red haired and wild bearded dude is a true Aussie larrikin. With 3 CD’s under his belt (since 2004) and a non-stop worldwide touring schedule, 8 Ball is making a name for himself in Nashville and Tamworth and all points in between.”

“Yellow Moon is a fantastic tune - classic blues riff with an awesome voice to top it off... It's no wonder this dude is going so well around the world, and this song's picking up awards! Whoo! ”

“The fire-haired lad from far North Queensland shredded his way through one scorcher of a set last night. With a voice reminiscent of John Fogerty and guitar playing prowess that would put many to shame, 8 Ball more than left his mark.”

“8 Ball is a phenomenon. Yep! Our very own “wild-haired boy”. The guy has some chops on the git, that’s gospel. ”

“A very good hard-hitting album... country rock and Aussie blues / swamp music. ”

“Swampy, catchy, capturing the spirit of his own patch of Australia and making it universal and appealing to us all... very distinctive and original. 8 Ball is clocking up the credentials... with this album he is set to take another quantum leap.”