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Band headlines at Grand Prix

SINGER and guitarist, Neil Murdoch, has been dreaming of the rockstar lifestyle ever since he was 14-years-old.

SINGER and guitarist, Neil Murdoch, has been dreaming of the rockstar lifestyle ever since he was 14-years-old.

Now the Balsall Common musician has teamed-up with drummer Jon Hooker, and bass guitarist Ade Derbyshire.

The talented trio make up Blue Nation – the latest group to emerge from the vibrant and varied Midlands music scene.

The Solihull News spoke to their down-to-earth frontman, who has previously played two solo tours in the States.

“My accent was enough to persuade the Americans to let me play! It was a really great experience,” he says.

“Nerve-racking, but great. We’re planning to go out there next year with the whole band.”

Neil, who grew up in Knowle, described the group’s music as “a harder-edged blues sound”.

Blue Nation have already created a buzz, playing a headline gig at the O2 Academy Islington to celebrate the launch of their new EP, New York City Lights.

But their biggest achievement yet is securing a set at the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, on July 8, where they will perform to a crowd of thousands.

And the sudden success has caught Neil totally by surprise.

“A few years ago, if you told me that I would be headlining in London and playing at the British Grand Prix I would never have believed it. It’s amazing.”

Blue Nation’s New York City Lights and their album, Tales of a Liar, are available to download from iTunes.

 

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