Pacific Blues Union are an Australian blues rock band with a professional approach to their music providing strong electric/acoustic rhythmic overtones, tight vocal harmonies and soaring lead and slide guitar. Procuring it's repertoire from the blues, blues rock and good times music spanning over 5 decades.
Sounds like the Rolling Stones meets Muddy Waters and BB King sitting along side Howlin' Wolf, Stevie Ray and Chuck with a mix of well known blues and blues rock songs and also a mix of original songs including their recently released single ' Blue Morning ' currently getting radio airplay on blues radio around the country.
Formed in 2012 by singer/songwriter/guitarist Phill Raymond and, after some brief but intense rehearsal, the bands first show was as support act to and backing band for Phil Manning, lead guitarist from the legendary Australian blues band CHAIN, and also support to top Australian band SPECTRUM ( who released the top Australian classic hit song "I'll Be Gone. Someday I'll Have Money").
Pacific Blues Union have since been cutting the circuit hard with a steady stream of music work and have performed along side other top acts from the Australian Blues scene such as, Bo Jenkins, Salty Dog, Dave Diprose and a return show with Phil Manning in July 2013.
Pacific Blues Union have over 40 years music experience among it's members and delivers a professional show of good times Blues & Blues Rock and inject excitement into every performance.
Phill Raymond (Lead Vocal/Guitar) has been singing since childhood and playing guitar since 1968. He joined his first band as lead singer in 1966 at the age of 15 singing songs by BB King, John Mayall & The Blues Breakers, Taj Mahal, Cream and Hendrix. Not content with standing around while the rest of the band were jamming during lead solos, he started playing guitar two years later and it was around this time he also started writing his own songs. He has penned songs in a number of genre from blues, rock, folk and ballads and has a vocal range that can accommodate laid back melodies to soaring gutsy blues rock overtones. Some of the artists he has had the privilege to work with and support over the years are Noel Paul Stookey (from Peter Paul & Mary), Ralph McTell (Streets of London) and the late Andy Gibb.
John Marland (lead guitar) A classical trained pianist for 6 years, he decided that piano wasn't cool enough and picked up a guitar for the first time at age 11 and never looked back. Having studied Steve Vai, Satch, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Chet Atkins he has developed his own unique and diverse style of playing.
Jon is also one half of the husband and wife duo Jon & Bel who have been writing and performing music together to a vast audience and have obtained critical acclaim within the rural communities of central Victoria for a number of years and share a true passion for their art and entertainment.
Trevor Daly (Bass) and Barry Gray (Drums) came along when Phill asked them to be the rhythm section for some shows he had coming up in Bendigo Victoria. They got together and had some brief but intense rehearsal time and the bands first show was support act to and backing band for Phil Manning, guitarist for the legendary Australian blues band CHAIN.
Barry and Trevor have been a tight knit rhythm section playing together for a number of years and backing up a steady stream for front men and women and local performers. Totally adept in all styles of music it is very rare to find something they don't know how to play and if that ever happens they're the best wing men in the business.