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Bluesbreakers: The Graveltones

The gritty guitar and drums duo from London via Australia.

“It sounds a lot more romantic than it actually was,” says The Graveltones’ Jimmy O about the birth of the band. Guitarist/vocalist Jimmy and drummer Mikey Sorbello are antipodean transplants who only met by chance while working on Denmark Street in London. “Mikey was in the drum shop, I was in the guitar shop across the street,” says Jimmy. “I just walked over there and said, ‘Hey, do you know anybody who wants to have a jam?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, me’ so that was it.”

To say they hit the ground running is a huge understatement. “I booked a gig at the 100 Club,” says Jimmy. “I thought, I’ll try to put a band together and if that fails I’ll play it as a solo act. I put a rehearsal together with Mikey and I said, ‘Do you want to play a gig in two days?’” So they tore up the 100 Club after one rehearsal.

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