PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started.
Driven by PJ’s fat and funky guitar and accompanied by his smooth, soul-filled vocals, PJ’S music is receiving widespread acclaim. His Blues exude both a retro and modern feel, delivering award-winning songwriting and spine-tingling dynamics. Tom Hyslop of Blues Revue USA has labelled PJ ‘a talent to watch’ and Al Hensley of Rhythms Magazine Australia recently named him ‘one of the brightest talents to emerge on the Aussie Blues scene in a long while….an international blues star on the rise’.
PJ’s most recent album, Jefferson Blues debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart. It held the top place for two months and spent the next four months in the top 3. The CD has received fantastic reviews in Australia, the UK and has featured in Blues Revue (USA), Blues Blast (USA), Blues Matters (UK), Classic Rock’s ‘Blues’ (UK), Rhythms (AUS) FHM (AUS) and Australian Guitar.
PJ has won numerous music awards over the years and has twice represented the Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, reaching the 2017 semi-finals from a field of one hundred and twenty American and International acts.
He has played multiple times at Australia’s premier Blues festivals such as Blues at Bridgetown (WA), Great Southern Blues Festival (NSW), Thredbo Blues Festival (NSW) Gympie Muster (QLD), Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival (NSW), Blues on Broadbeach (QLD) Echuca Winter Blues Festival (VIC) and the Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), as well as top Sydney music venues including the Basement, The Vanguard and the Factory Theatre.
Best Blues Artist – Musicoz Awards (2004)
Performer of the Year – Sydney Blues Society (2005)
Best New Talent – Australian Blues Festival ‘Chain’ Awards (2006)
Song of the Year – Australian Blues Festival ‘Chain’ Awards (2006)
Sydney Blues Society Rep – International Blues Challenge, Memphis USA (2006)
Semi-finalist – Compo10 International Blues Song writing Contest (2007)
Group Of The Year – Australian Blues Festival ‘Chain’ Awards (2013)
Semi-finalist – International Blues Challenge , Memphis TN (2017)