Grizzlee Train take the sound of vintage blues and drench it with filthy modern guitar licks and pulsating percussion. Dubbed “a new take on old standards”, longtime best mates Brandon Dodd and Josh Dufficy begun busking on the streets of their hometown as fresh-faced teenagers in 2008.
They’re a romping stomping roots duo from the NSW Central Coast, but they’ve been spending a bit of time up this way lately, having come to prominence by taking out Bluesfest’s Busking Competition earlier this year.
Since officially launching in late 2013, this energetic pair have already won a stack of awards, including being runners-up in the prestigious 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships and being crowned winners of the 2014 Central Coast Home Grown Acoustic Awards. They’ve shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest blues and rock acts, including national icons The Angels, The Radiators, Jimmy Barnes and Kasey Chambers.
Their debut EP ‘Come Back Around’ was released earlier this year, just months before they made the trek to Bluesfest. Blank GC caught up with Josh ahead of their appearance at Buskers by the Creek.
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How important has busking been to your career?
Busking has always been a massive part of our career, it’s where all of this playing music business began We started busking in our home town when we were about thirteen and from there people noticed us and asked us to play gigs which led to more gigs, recording, EPs, etc. And even though we’re busy with gigs and being on the road lately, we still LOVE it when we can find some time to busk!
What was the significance of winning the Bluesfest Busking competition?
We attend Bluesfest up in Byron every year, and ever since our first visit we’ve promised each other that one day we would make it up to play on one of those stages. It’s always been our favourite festival and was literally a dream come true to win the comp and open up the Delta stage this year, particularly considering how many people showed up! We had to drive 16 hours in one day to make it up there in time for the semi final, but we managed to make it and somehow pull off a win, STOKED!
How has the response been from your fans since then?
Things have just gone from strength to strength since the comp. The fans that we had prior to Bluesfest have been so happy for us and continued their ongoing support, and the new fans that we’ve gained have been amazing. Gigs have been bigger and better than ever and the comments on social media have blown us away!
What can we expect from you at Buskers by the Creek?
Energy, gut-busting stomp and a whole lotta fun!
What’s on the horizon for Grizzlee Train?
We’ve just kicked off our east coast tour which will be going until the start of November. While we’re on the road we’re also stopping by the studio as often as we can in the lead up to the release of our next EP which will be available in January next year.
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Grizzlee Train will play the Aquavan stage on Sunday 18 October at 4.15pm. Get the full Buskers by the Creek program here.