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Bluesy New Year

Bluesy New Year

Who: The Shuffle Kings
Where: Grand Junction Hotel
When: Sunday December 20, 1998

ON Saturday night at Maitland's Grand Junction Hotel, bluegrass champions The International Goat Band will serve up the first slice of a tasty musical pie that will be nothing but crumbs come New Year's Day.

The Junction has an appealing music menu between The Goats and New Year's Eve.

Sydney jazzers The Shuffle Kings are playing in the backroom from 5pm on Sunday and are sure to attract a throng of hangovers from the previous night.

The Shuffle Kings debuted at the Junction, near Maitland Railway Station, in November and had the packed house jumping and jiving their worries away.

Novocastrian favourites The Incredible Slots will deliver their V8-charged, guitar-driven blues on Christmas Eve.

It is a mockery of fairness that Nick Raschke's three-piece is relatively unknown outside the steel city.

Australian rock 'n' roll icon Ray Hoff and his band Juke Joint Jump has been confirmed as a late replacement for Red Rivers and the Rocketones on New Year's Eve.

Johnny O'Keefe discovered Hoff at a Leichhardt talent show in 1955.

Hoff is plenty like the Wild One: singing you can't ignore, meaty hooks and an aura of great experience. Celebrating his 57th birthday two days before the Junction gig, Hoff also plays passionate blues guitar that makes your spine shift.

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