8 Ball Aitken at the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival.
8 Ball Aitken at the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival. Mike Richards

8 Ball Aitken's 'best album' yet

AWARD-winning global superstar and Ipswich born-and-bred musician 8 Ball Aitken is returning home after a successful overseas tour.

The performer will play new music from his latest album, The New Normal, when he hits Goodna's infamous blues venue, The Royal Mail Hotel, on Saturday.

"I've been on the road for 12 years now, playing my own fusion of blues and rock," he said.

"I went to Dinmore State School. I found out about the blues in my school days and I've been hooked ever since."

The musician is currently living in Nashville and said the US country music capital inspired his eighth album.
"I think this is the best album I've ever made," he said.

"I just love the thrill of writing, recording, travelling and performing. It's all I've ever wanted to do."

Aitken is also set to headline his own Grass Roots Music Festival at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha on Sunday.

The drug and alcohol-free festival started out as a TAFE assignment by two event management students at Southbank and, 11 years on, has become one of the area's most popular blues, roots and alternative country live music events.

"Every year we try to get the best line-up we can, families come along, the kids dance and it's just about enjoying the music," Aitken said.

"Spring is the start of the music festival season in Australia - so it's my favourite time of year, and Grass Roots kicks it off in style.

"It is our goal to highlight the best new talent our region has to offer, all in a family-friendly environment where people of all generations can come to the mountain with a picnic, and spend Sunday frolicking to the music."

Entry to the festival, which will feature artists such as Hussy Hicks, Brendan Radford, Nigel McTrusty and Livi Robbins perform, is free.

The all-ages event runs from 11am-5pm.

For more, visit grassrootsmusicfestival.com.au

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