AMERICAN musical icon Brian Wilson has been confirmed for Easter Monday at Bluesfest 2016, with a full band and a small orchestra with a string section.
Brian Douglas Wilson (73) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys.
His life has been documented in the hit 2015 film Love and Mercy, still screening in Northern Rivers cinemas.
After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group.
He is a multiple Grammy award winner, who has been called the Mozart of Rock, the Gershwin of his generation, is a Rock'n'Roll, Songwriters and UK Music Hall of Famer, cited as inspiration by luminaries including Sir Paul McCartney, who acknowledged that Pet Sounds "was the big influence that set me thinking when we recorded 'Pepper'".
Because of his unorthodox approaches to song composition and arrangement and mastery of recording techniques, he is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in popular music by critics and musicians alike.
In the mid-1960s, Wilson composed, arranged and produced Pet Sounds (1966), considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
Brian Wilson will be performing Pet Sounds, one of the most influential album of all time live in its entirety including the hits Wouldn't It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows.
Since that time Brian has continued his association with The Beach Boys on a recording basis as well as the odd reunion tour including the 50th Anniversary tour in 2012.
He released his first solo album in 1988, his latest solo release No Pier Pressure released by Capitol records in 2015 proves his talents continue all these years later.
The album features his former Beach Boys band mates Al Jardine, David Marks and Blondie Chaplin, among other special guests and session all-stars.
Brian Wilson will be performing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay on Easter Monday, March 28, 2016, along with Tom Jones, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Isbell, Taj Mahal and many other great artists, plus more yet to be announced.
Noble is excited
Bluesfest director Peter Noble said Wilson's latest album confirms he is still a fantastic performing artist .
"The 2015 release by Wilson - No Pier Pressure - shows he is still at the top of his game and is another work of brilliance by a man who has seen the highs and lows in life and has emerged greater than ever," Mr Noble said.
"The recent movie Love & Mercy (2015) the story of Brian Wilson, has caused many to discover him, as well as re-discover this true genius.
"It is an honour to be presenting Brian Wilson at Bluesfest doing his hits as well as Pet Sounds - the way it was meant to be presented - with full band and small orchestra and string section. The only thing that will be missing at Bluesfest will be the trains and barking dogs from the original release".
Other performers announced
Also announced today for Bluesfest 2016 are American blues musician Taj Mahal, avant-garde American collective The Residents presenting Shadowland on their 40th Anniversary tour, American soul sensations Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats in their Bluesfest debut and Scotland's Celtic dance ensemble Shooglenifty.
Bluesfest 2016 will be held at Tyagarah on March 24 to 28, 2016.