Neil Hawker has played guitar on countless blues, funk, r&b, country, jazz, and rock gigs for over 15 years, including national and international tours, and is now on a mission to bring his own r&b-based blues to the world.

As a vocalist/guitarist/bandleader, Hawker’s influences include Robben Ford, Keb’ Mo’, BB King, Little Feat, Freddie King, Larry Carlton, Ray Charles, Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo, Ray Beadle and great singer-songwriters of the 70s.

His debut album, “South By East”, features some of Melbourne’s most seasoned and soulful musicians, and is produced by Mitch Cairns (Russell Morris amongst others). The resulting blues is brassy, classy and gutsy. And thoroughly enjoyable.