Bo Jenkins bring his blues to Maitland

IN THE BLOOD: Bluesman Bo Jenkins who will make a number of appearances in the Hunter.
IN THE BLOOD: Bluesman Bo Jenkins who will make a number of appearances in the Hunter.

ARKANSAS-raised Australian bluesman Bo Jenkins will be getting well-acquainted with the Hunter in the coming weeks.

As part of his east cost tour the left-handed guitar maestro will perform at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel on Saturday. After that he will stop in at Cooks Hill’s Orient Hotel on Sunday.

Bo's music is a combination of Blues, Country and Rock. He was raised where music was a part of everyone's life, however it wasn't until later in his career that he began to play Blues. He felt that it actually came rather naturally to him.

"It was in my blood all along, I just wasn't aware of it," he said.

Bo and his Australian wife Vanda visited Australia in 1993 and he liked it so much that he wanted to move here. In 1994 the family uprooted from Arkansas to Melbourne, where he currently resides. 

His music has certainly made a mark. Here’s what Rhythms magazine had to say about him after witnessing one of his performances at the Byron Bays Blues Festival: “His mere talent puts him in the same league as Hendrix and Clapton".

Bo’s first CD was titled Razorback Road, which is a combination of Rock n Roll, Blues and Country.

His second CD is called Skin It Back - a musician's phrase used in Arkansas. It reflects his growing talent as a songwriter and guitarist. 

You can also catch Boat the Clare Castle Hotel in Raymond Terrace (September 22), Gloucester’s Roundabout Inn (September 23), East Gresford’s Hotel Beatty (September 24) and Karuah RSL (September 29).