PJ O'Brien

PJ O'Brien

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS

The PJ O'Brien Band are exponents of fiery, soulful brand of electric Blues led by the multi award winning Australian guitarist PJ O'Brien. PJ's playing displays a skill and passion that embodies the sounds of his influences such as Buddy Guy, Joe Louis Walker and Albert Collins.


“O’Brien is a talent to watch!” Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine USA
“A superlative guitarist” Danny Murphy, FHM Australia
“The finest Strat tone Down Under!” JP Stratoblogster USA

*Best Blues Artist – Musicoz Awards (2004)
*Performer of the Year – Sydney Blues Society (2005)
*Best New Talent – Australian Blues Festival ‘Chain’ Awards (2006)
*Song of the Year – Australian Blues Festival ‘Chain’ Awards (2006)
*Sydney Blues Society Rep – International Blues Challenge, Memphis USA (2006)
*Semi-finalist – Compo10 International Blues Song writing Contest (2007)

Australian Blues sensation PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. In the last few years his blistering fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again. Along with frequent flyer points PJ has gathered a legion of new fans and a swag of awards: Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year; Best New Talent and Song of the Year, ‘Chain’ Australian Blues Awards. Driven by a hard-edged Chicago/ Texas style guitar, PJ’s Blues are given a contemporary twist with award-winning song writing and soulful vocals. Tom Hyslop of Blues Review USA has named PJ ‘a talent to watch’. 2010 is set to be another big year with PJ returning to the studio to record the follow up to his award winning album ‘Blues People’ (Blackmarket Music).

PJ has been well and truly under the Blues spell ever since he saw Buddy Guy at the age of 17 at a local Perth hotel. Too young to get into the venue, PJ had to watch through the back door of the venue and was hooked. The self-taught guitarist has been chasing the live Blues feeling since he first took to the stage of the Perth Blues Club in 1992 – only a year after he was inspired to pick up a Strat. From these beginnings, PJ has played with the best of the best in Oz Blues. He has played multiple times at festivals such as Blues at Bridgetown (WA), the Narooma Blues Festival (NSW), the Gympie Muster (QLD) and the Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), as well as countless venues around Australia and overseas including Singapore, London and the US.

In 2005 he was awarded the Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year and the coveted position at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Following the release of his first solo, original album, Blues People, he won Best New Talent and Song of the Year at the 2006 ‘Chain’ Australian Music Awards.

PJ is a striking ambassador for Australian Blues. He is excited to be heading into the studio in Nov 2010 – following a full recovery from a career-threatening neck injury – to record an all-original follow up to his award-winning first solo release, Blues People (Blackmarket Music).


'Blues People', Black Market Music Australia
'Young Rider Blues' Compilation, Black Market Music Australia,