'The Bluetonics' - a classic electric blues band from Perth, Western Australia play a mixture of upbeat blues from the early Chicago sounds of the fifties, London blues of the sixties, modern Texan blues, and some of their own unique songs which draw from a cocktail of guitar based blues music from the last fifty years.
Founding member Kim Wainwright formed the band in 1998 out of a strong desire to play music he was passionate about rather than for short term financial gain. The result of that passion is obvious when you listen to the band.
With a pedigree extending back to the late seventies, and a wealth of experience across a diverse range of musical genres, 'The Bluetonics' have returned to their first love - the blues.
Vocals and guitar playing are shared between Kim, and ex 'Backbeat' guitarist Peter Nessfield. Both have been playing in bands since the late seventies and toured many times with previous outfits 'The Prefects', 'Full House', 'Rockit' and 'The Zoo'.
Stewart McAllister on bass and Bruce Savage on drums are the rhythmic backbone of 'The Bluetonics'. Both Stewart and Bruce have been playing music for more years than they can count numbers in such bands as 'Ichinen' and 'Banana Fishbone'. Floating fifth members are either David How (harmonica) or Doug Jones (saxophone).
The band was most active for a five year period between 1999 and 2003 playing regularly at The Charles Hotel North Perth, the Fly By Night Club Fremantle, Parkerville Tavern Parkerville, Indy Bar Scarborough and many regional hotels in WA.
Highlights of that era were:
Nov 2001 - Performances at 'Blues at Bridgetown Festival' (Perth Blues Club Showcase and also Freemasons Hotel shows).
Dec 2001 - Support act for Ian Moss at Waikiki Hotel Rockingham.
2001 - Regular support act for iconic Perth blues band 'The Sneekers' at The Indy Bar Scarborough.
Feb 2003 - Appeared at the first ever 'Araluen Blues in the Hills Festival' with Blue Shaddy headlining.
1999 to 2002 - Regular performances at Perth Blues Club.
Since the band dissolved in October 2004 there have twice been reunion shows in April 2006 and most recently in January 2017 with the addition of harmonica player David How. Read about the last show here.
Having proven that the individual members of this great band are a natural fit when playing this timeless genre of music together 'The Bluetonics' may go there separate ways from time to time, but will always reunite when given the opportunity to share great blues music to a willing crowd.
More info here: Kim Wainwright Press Kit - www.kimwainwright.com/epk