FORGET the Little River Band, the Big River is where it's at, in Clarence country at least.
With its iconic water source running the length of their hometown area, the Big River Band will travel to its upper reaches this Friday to perform in South Grafton.
Recently trimmed from five to four members, the outfit, while instrumentally lighter with bass, drum and guitar driving the sound, is still heavy with experience. Guitarist Dom Ferry said the stripped back sound was perfect for the style of 60s/70s music in which they specialised.
"The wonderful sounds of Cream, Hendrix and Santana.... a three-piece band tapestry of amazing guitar work. It's a challenge but we are hugely inspired by these guys and love carrying their legacy on. Eric Clapton, Jimi are fading away, you don't hear them played lived much anymore so we put everything into it. Hendrix is my role and sometimes my teeth come into it.”
Dom said there had been a mass exodus of legendary performers this year "BB King, David Bowie, Greg Allman, Prince. Rock and roll in not as easy life but if it was easy everyone would be doing it. That's the joy of playing this music, it's an amazing feeling.”
Dom said whether they were performing at Bluesfest level or doing a small public bar they got right into it - "the chemistry is still there”.
Big River likes to keep their audiences moving.
"Until the mid 60s blues and rhythm and blues songs were short. People would get up to dance and suddenly the song was over. We keep the song going so people continue to dance. It's a bit like DJs do today.”
Catch Big River Band at the South Grafton Post Office Hotel on Friday from 6pm.