What happens when you combine an evocative vocalist possessing an impressive technical range with a virtuoso guitar player fusing blues and roots with folk, country, jazz, punk and rock? Let me introduce you to hillbilly jazz. Expertly delivered by Two Tears in a Bucket, the musical collaboration of Nathan ‘Slyde’ Petersen and Michelle Fitness, this unique interpretation of traditional blues and roots tunes is something you’ve got to see (or hear) to believe.
Nathan Petersen is a journeyman songwriter with street kid punk roots and a hearty respect for folk traditions as well as virtuosic skill. Songbird Michelle Fitness has 20 years experience singing blues, jazz, fusion and roots music up and down the east coast between Brisbane and Melbourne.
Together they are Two Tears in a Bucket. And they deliver some good ol’ foot stomping gritty blues. These two self-acclaimed hillbillies from Lismore dfinitely know what’s what when it comes to laying down the groovey blues.
From the very first moment Nathan Slyde Petersen and Michelle Fitness met on stage they knew they had something special together. Intuitively, they blend to make magic musical moments, playing off each other with a depth of understanding to match any of the great musical partnerships of the last century. They’re constantly evolving and strengthening their musical partnership, adding new original songs and instruments and exploring all aspects of blues and roots.
You can expect a repertoire of original songs and unique interpretations of traditional blues and roots tunes when they hit local venues this month.
Two Tears in a Bucket are at Little Big Fest, Saturday 9 June in Mackay (hosted by Mason Rack) and 17 and 27 June at The Scottish Prince at Palm Beach. Which is totally on point, because this hoe-down is paired perfectly with whiskey!