Our Story

Acclaimed for their gritty, driving, down home-sound, Collard Greens and Gravy play a repertoire of stripped back,harmonica driven,Chicago blues in the style of greats like, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters to name a few. Originally formed in 1995 the band features Ian Collard (vocals, harmonica and guitar) as well as recent additions,Sean(Juke Boy) Emmett (guitar) and Jason Liu Soon(drums).

The band have received many awards including second place at the 2001 International Blues challenge in Memphis. In the same year the band’s second CD More Gravy won an Aria award for Best Blues and Roots Album. Their third CD Silver Bird won the Best Self- Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in February 2005. Their fourth CD Devil In The Woodpile has won numerous awards including Best Album 2008 and Best Band 2008 at the Australian Blues Awards and Best Album 2008 and Best Band 2008 at the Vic/Tas Blues Awards.

In 2010 they released their latest c.d “Juke Joint Boogie” which was voted best blues in the Rhythms Magazine readers poll.
“Eerie, haunting blues...it reminded me of a dark night on the Delta.”

PBruce Iglauer, President Alligator Records
“Collard has dug deep into some wellspring of blues... and dug out a sound similar in trance-like rhythms to north Mississippi hill country blues.”
Jeremy Loome, The Edmonton Sun (Canada)
“They do what the Brits did in the 1960s, absorb the work of Delta Blues masters and synthesize those influences into their own sound, while still upholding the tradition”
Eric Thom- Blues Revue (U.S.A) Feb 2008