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|Blues guitarist Gerry Joe Weise.|
Gerry Joe Weise, Australian blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, was born and grew up in Leichhardt, Sydney.
His primary influences were, and still are today, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher.
About Weise's Jimi Hendrix connection: recently, Juma Sultan was a member of the Gerry Joe Weise band, for several concerts and festivals in the USA and in Europe (2013-14). Weise has also played with Noel Redding in Ireland and France during the 1990's.
In the beginning, Gerry Joe Weise had the guitarist spot in several Sydney bands that opened for AC/DC, Midnight Oil, Angels, Rose Tattoo and Dragon. His own school blues rock band Skid Row in 1974/75, the semi-professional rock band Siren in 1976, the professional touring rock band The Class in 1977/78, and high profile jazz-rock band Corroboree in 1978/79. He later moved to Europe in 1980 searching for new musical experiences, while living in Germany, Switzerland and France, establishing contacts with touring agents and record companies in Europe and the USA.
When Gerry Joe Weise initiated his solo career as leader of his own band in 1991, that led to appearing on the European 1992 Chicago Blues Festival Tour, and the European 1992 San Francisco Blues Festival Tour. He and his band also made admirable performances at important festivals in France: Cahors Blues Festival, Cognac Blues Passions Festival, Bordeaux Blues De Graves Festival, and the Amiens Jazz Festival with Buddy Guy.
During his tours of Europe in the 1980's and 90's, he has had the chance to jam on stage with B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton and Albert Collins. While at other various European events, he has opened for Ray Charles, Gary Moore, the Yardbirds, Canned Heat, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Jimmie Vaughan and Joe Louis Walker.
The year 2008 had Gerry Joe Weise sign a contract deal with the Chicago Illinois based record label, Blues Breaking Records. Since then, he has become co-producer with the record label for his albums, singles and Dvd projects. As a songwriter, Weise has published over 80 original songs, ranging from blues to rock to jazz.
|Blues guitarist Gerry Joe Weise.|
The last 10 years, 2008 to 2018. The last ten years have been significant for Gerry Joe Weise. After signing with Chicago based record label Blues Breaking Records USA, in 2008, and re-releasing former albums. The year 2009 saw his new opus "Blues Down Under", which met with critical success, that led to numerous tours of the USA and Europe.
In 2010 he opened for Robert Cray and Buddy Guy in the USA, and added to the European and USA tours: Hawaii, Polynesia, Fiji, Tahiti, Poland, North Africa and New Zealand. 2011 saw the "Live Blues World Tour" album with live recordings from the previous year's touring of the North and South Pacific, USA, Europe and Africa. Also in that year was released the single "Blues For Gary Moore" which has become Weise's most popular downloaded song.
The year 2012 had again tours of the USA and Europe, while adding to that year's tour list; Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. During the same year, the definitive Gerry Joe Weise live album "Live and Proud", a compilation of his best live tracks appeared, which was well received by the critics.
All of 2013 was devoted entirely to touring Western and Eastern Europe including Russia, Scandinavia, and around the Mediterranean Sea on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica; while preparing for the following year's album release.
That brings us up to 2014, with the release of "Stormy Sydney, 20th Anniversary", celebrating 20 years as a solo recording artist, representing twelve of his finest songs, and Weise's most popular album to date. After the February album launch, he embarked on a tour of Vietnam, Australia including the Broadbeach Blues Festival QLD, on a USA tour culminating at the Gardenstock Festival with band member Juma Sultan (ex Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock 69) in Dixon IL. A stopover in Fiji, over to Europe organized by Sony, then back to Australia again.
The main 2015 festival with Juma Sultan on percussion, was at Sunshine's Ride and Awareness event, Warehouse 66, Kernersville, North Carolina USA.
The album "Blues Gone Wild", was released worldwide in April 2016. 12 songs (including 3 songs in concert), with 28 musicians featuring Juma Sultan on percussion. Recorded in the USA, Australia, France, Switzerland, by Blues Breaking Records USA. The album was voted number 1 Best Australian Blues Rock Album by the Australian Blues Rock Magazine website, both from the Critic's Choice and the Reader's Selection. The 2016 single with Weise's classical music composition "Blue Concerto for Orchestra, Slide Guitar and Violin", where he performs slide guitar, violin and piano, was recorded with the St Peters Orchestra and Choir in Sydney.
Last year's live album released worldwide in July 2017 to 148 countries, titled "Laon Blues Festival", was recorded in concert at the Maison des Arts et Loisirs, in Laon, France. In 2017, they were one of the headlining bands along with legendary Chain, at the Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues Festival, in Queensland, Australia.
2018 promises to be a busy year with the new 2018 album "Live and Lost in the Netherlands". With tours in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland lined up in Australia. Playing prestigious Australian venues like the Basement in Sydney, the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra, and Lizotte's in Newcastle. They will be one of the headliners at several festivals in New South Wales and Queensland.
2018: Live and Lost in the Netherlands (Blues Breaking Records USA)
2017: Laon Blues Festival (Blues Breaking Records)
2016: Blues Gone Wild (Blues Breaking Records)
2014: Stormy Sydney, 20th Anniversary (Blues Breaking Records)
2012: Live And Proud (Blues Breaking Records)
2011: Live Blues World Tour (Blues Breaking Records)
2009: Blues Down Under (Blues Breaking Records)
2005: Sydney Paris Blues (Blues Breaking Records)
1999: Bushman Boogie Deluxe (Blues Breaking Records)
1996: A Letter To Jimi (ABM, Australia)
1994: Live In Paris (Blues Breaking Records)
2016: Blue Concerto for Orchestra, Slide guitar and violin (Blues Breaking Records)
2011: Blues For Gary Moore tribute (Blues Breaking Records)
2010: Gerry Joe's Houserocker (Blues Breaking Records)
Gerry Joe Weise Top 12 DVD Videos:
01 Broken Hill Blues (G J Weise) studio recording.
02 Dreamtime Shuffle (G J Weise) TV New Zealand 2010.
03 Funky Train (G J Weise), Lubaczow Poland 2011.
04 Down Chicago Way (G J Weise), Lubaczow Poland 2011.
05 Aussie Boogie (G J Weise), Lubaczow Poland 2011.
06 Inside Looking Out (E Burdon, C Chandler), Dixon IL USA 2014.
07 Voodoo Child (J Hendrix), Dixon IL USA 2014.
08 All Blues (M Davis), Dixon IL USA 2014.
09 Johnny B Goode (C Berry), Dixon IL USA 2014.
10 Steamroller (G J Weise), Paris France 2012.
11 Red House (J Hendrix), Paris France 2012.
12 Funky Train Jam (G J Weise), Paris France 2012.