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Geoff Achison / Bio

A jaw dropping, crowd pleasing guitar virtuoso, Geoff Achison invokes the spirit of the great blues & soul artists to create his original sound. Geoff began playing music in his father's dance band at the age of 13. He switched to bass at 15 playing mostly jazz but eventually discovering an affinity for American blues music. Inspired by the likes of Freddie King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck, Geoff honed his guitar skills searching for his own unique voice via the blues. By his early 20's he had moved to Melbourne and was hired as lead guitarist with bluesman 'Dutch' Tilders. Through Dutch's influence he also began to develop a keen interest in acoustic blues. After several years and three albums with Dutch's revered 'Blues Club' band Geoff departed to form his own group, 'The Souldiggers'. With a focus on writing original music that was funkier and more adventurous than the more traditional blues styles, Geoff set his sights high and began travelling internationally. In 1995 he represented the 'Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society' at the 'International Blues Challenge' in Memphis TN and won the 'Albert King Award'. This event also led to a relationship with Gibson Guitars' acoustic division and an invitation to conduct workshops at Jorma Kaukonen's 'Fur Peace Ranch' guitar camp. He toured relentlessly from the late 90's and throughout the 2000's counting the UK, US and Australia as his main markets. In 2007 Geoff relocated temporarily to Atlanta GA to work closer with his US management. Touring & recording resulted in broadening his ever growing fan-base and a new studio album, 'One Ticket, One Ride'. Along the way Geoff won several awards including the 'Albert King Award' in Memphis and Australia's 'Chain' blues award for Best Band. Geoff made Guitar Player Magazine's '10 Hot New Guitarists' list in 2008 and Truefire's "100+ Gifted Guitarists You Should Know" list in 2011 and was named 'Official Patron' of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society'. In 2014 he celebrated 20 years of working with the 'Souldiggers' by staging a live concert in his hometown of Melbourne which was filmed & recorded and ultimately released as a combined CD/DVD package. In 2016 Geoff began work on a new studio album, his first in eight years. The project featured 14 new songs and titled 'Another Mile, Another Minute'. He lives in Melbourne, Australia and continues to record & tour regularly.

General Info

Band Members
Mal Logan, Roger McLachlan, Gerry Pantazis
Artist Name
Geoff Achison
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/geoffachison
Active Since
06/94
Genres
Blues / Funk / Rock

Contact Info

Location
Melbourne, VIC, AU
Manager
AUS: Jupiter 2 Records/Michelle Weiner, USA: Brilliant Productions/Nancy Lewis-Pegel

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