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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF
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self-titled debut EP (released 2010)



"I love the Backwood Creatures! They always take me away when they jam out on one of their swampy songs. Hard-hitting rhythm section and Jeb Cardwell is a killer guitarist too, so what's not to like?" Jeff Lang, 2010.


Backwood Creatures is a Melbourne based swamp blues trio, featuring Jeb Cardwell (lead guitar, vocals), Grant Cummerford (bass, vocals) and Tim Burnham (drums). Spawned from the deepest, darkest depths of St Kilda's Espy public bar in 2004, Backwood Creatures was an accident waiting to happen.

Drummer Tim Burnham and bassist Grant Cummerford were the house band in a tragic open mic night, full of butchered blues renditions and train wrecks. One sordid evening, Adelaide escapee Jeb Cardwell appeared out of the smoggy cesspit and introduced the boys to his brand of guitar driven swamp blues and soulful vocals. The trio locked in from the word go and the jam night is now a distant memory. But Backwood Creatures lives on.

Jeb Cardwell has been playing guitar for over twenty years and has toured extensively throughout Australia and overseas. A two-time winner of South Australia’s ‘Most Outstanding Guitarist Award', he has supported artists such as Tony Joe White, Steve Earle, The Motels, Ian Moss, The Waifs, Dave Graney, Jeff Lang, James Reyne and Mark Seymour. ABC Music describe Jeb as “a mean guitarist who plays slide like he just walked out of Austin, Texas.” An accomplished songwriter, Jeb is also a past winner of the American BMI songwriting competition.

Grant Cummerford is recognized as one of Australia’s best blues & roots bass players. Along with Backwood Creatures, Grant also plays bass with Jeff Lang. He has spent the last 12 years touring and recording with many fine artists such as Chris Whitley, Xavier Rudd, Mia Dyson, The Audreys, Kevin Borich, Chain and Ash Grunwald.

Tim Burnham is one of Melbourne’s finest drummers. For the past ten years, Tim has been touring and recording with great Australian artists such as Chris Wilson, Jimi Hocking, Lloyd Spiegel and many more.

For the past year Backwood Creatures has had a permanent residency at 'The Labour In Vain Hotel', situated in Melbourne's most popular live music district, Brunswick St., Fitzroy.

The trio most recently toured New South Wales in September and were the highlight at 'The Towradgi Blues Festival' in Wollongong.

Their self-titled deput EP is now available.