ARTISTS' INFO >Raw Earth & Kara Grainger
Kara Grainger
Kara Grainger
(Photo by Tony Byrd Photography)

Classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar. Very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger who exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues and soul music. With inspiration from greats like Ry Cooder, Mavis Staples and John Lee Hooker, Kara’s warm and accessible style is perfectly captured on her debut full-length record, Grand and Green River. On the album, Kara sings of love, loss and heartache across a rich palette of swamp-blues, contemporary folk and fresh soul-pop grooves.

It’s a captivating blend of sounds – big on swagger, sugar and spice – and comes packed with passionate storytelling and provocative guitar work from a simply stunning entertainer. The album also showcases some of America’s most celebrated musicians, including blues/jazz guitarist Eric Johnson, Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker), Jeff Young (Jackson Browne) Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Arnold McCuller (James Taylor), and Grammy Award winning pianist Joel Guzman (Los Lobos). The CD was released in Australia and the US through Independent Australian label “Craving Records”

Kara is a truly unique talent who continues to uplift and inspire audiences all around the world. ‘Grand and Green River’ received first prize in the IAP awards in Austin Texas and also ran in the top 30 of the US Americana charts for 34 weeks. She has opened the show for Buddy Guy, Marc Cohn, Peter Frampton, Heart and Russell Crowe to name a few, and has also performed her own show at many Festivals and venues throughout the US. She has also played at the Jakarta International Blues Festival for the last three years in a row. National tours in Australia also included supporting Eric Johnson, Amos Lee, Little Feat and Jeff Lang. Jeff Lang was so impressed by Kara’s performances that he also offered to produced an EP for Kara in 2010. She has also toured constantly in Japan, Indonesia, Europe and Australia. Her latest CD is due to be released through US label Eclecto Groove in June 2013.

"For my money, something in Grainger’s passionate performance reached out through the door, grabbed people by the figurative scruff of the neck, and propelled them inside." - John T. Davis, SXSW 2009

"Kara Grainger puts an irresistibly funky stamp on 12-bar standards" - Tony Hillier on the Woodford Folk Festival

“There's a whole lot of mid- and latter-day Bonnie Raitt in songs on Kara Grainger's debut full-length recording Grand and Green River… Grainger's alternately throaty and honeyed voice floats over a slickly produced bed of bluesy accompaniment” - The Tennessean, Nicole Keiper

For more information, please visit

Raw Earth

Bringing the Old School to the New School, Raw Earth is made up of a stellar line-up consisting of some of Singapore’s best blues and rock musicians including Danny Loong and Francis Chan (Ublues), Victor Chen (winner of Strip Acoustic at Wala Wala), Surath Godfrey and Hanrong from rock outfit Reverie combining to lock in a strong groove with an old school flavour and on stage improvisation and interaction which promises to keep things interesting.

The band performs an wide array of Old School music styles from the 50s to 70s such as blues, rock and roll, funk, soul and even some classic blues rock and their repertoire includes songs by Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, CCR, Grand Funk Railroad, Albert Collins, T-Bone Walker, BB King, The Beatles, Otis Redding among others.

While most current pop and rock music have gone more technical and predictable, Raw Earth attempts to retain the concept of soul and groove within their music through their performance. Sometimes you don’t know what you are going to get at a Raw Earth show however you will be assured of only a heartfelt, passionate and honest performance by each member.
Raw Earth & Kara Grainger will be performing together for the first time, promising an unforgettable opening to Thursday's show.

Performing on: Thursday, 21 March 2013