Chloe Kay and The Crusade are the newest blues rock band taking Australia by storm and with mentorship from Aussie icon Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock), exposure from blues guitar royalty Joe Bonamassa, and encouragement from Derek & The Dominos’ Bobby Whitlock behind them, they’re ready to take on the world and give the blues a much-needed facelift!
The Sydney based group released their debut single ‘Just Got Burned’ in February this year. The fierce, riff focused single was met with tremendous support, it received international airplay including Triple J (and was also added to the Roots n All Spotify playlist), the accompanying music video was added to CMT rotation, and Joe Bonamassa added the song to two of his Spotify playlists leading to a multitude of new fans worldwide. Triple J radio host Nkechi Anele dubbed the track ‘absolute fire’ and praised Chloe’s ‘powerhouse’ vocal.
Chloe Kay was moved to write the track after Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble’s iconic drummer Chris ‘Whipper’ Layton recounted a story to her during an interview about him and Stevie overcoming challenges together to make it in time to one of their concerts.
Chris told Chloe “We were going to do a gig early on and we left Austin, Texas and we were running late and Stevie decided he wanted to drive, so we were in his car a ’65 Chrysler New Yorker with our stuff in the back seat and the trunk…as we were turning the corner to go north up into the panhandle of Texas we blew a tire and Stevie didn’t have a spare. It was one of those moments where you look out and go ‘well, there are no cars at all’….”
“The story goes that he and I start jacking up the car, we take the wheel off, and push the wheel towards the gig for two miles or so, hoping we’d run into anybody. We happen to see a gas station open where the guy’s getting ready to leave, and he fixed the tire for us, and got it back on the car, we finally made it to the gig, as late as we were, we made it.”
“That’s a good story to me. Two guys standing there on the side of a highway out in the desert in west Texas going ‘well here we are by ourselves with no way to go anywhere, how are we going to move forward?’ Which is pretty poetic….”