The most unique and sophisticated voice in contemporary retro soul today, Clayton Doley is a giant of the Australian Blues Scene, cutting his teeth with legendary Sydney band, The Mighty Reapers and going on to form his own bands The Hands and The Organ Donors. Over the last fifteen years Clayton has played with a who’s who of international artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, Harry Manx, Steve Cropper & Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn (Booker T & the M.G.’s, Blues Brothers), David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Jimmy Barnes, The Divinyls, The Dead Daisies, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Louisiana Red, Guitar Shorty, Renee Geyer, The Mighty Reapers, Eugene Hideaway Bridges and Jackie Orszaczky – to name a few.
His current project Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong captures the essence of the New Orleans Blues piano tradition while fusing contemporary Australiana and Americana with all the might and power of a 10 piece band. Featuring a powerful 4-piece horn section, the ‘Hi-Fi-Doley-T Horns’, and the ferociously sweet vocals of the fabulous ‘Clay-tones’.
“Clayton Doley understands the groove to a T – Booker T., that is”. Steve Leggett – All Music (USA)
“Doley matches his rock-solid chops with sophisticated songwriting and wraps a class-act production around it”. Duane Verth – Roots Music Report (USA)
Clayton Doley- Piano, Organ & Vocals; Bec Jensen & Virna Sanzone – Vocals; Dave Brewer – Guitar & Vocals; Franco Raggatt – Guitar; Evan Mannell – Drums; Jan Bangma – Bass; Matt Keegan – Tenor Sax; Ray Cassar – Trumpet; Stephen Schafer – Baritone Sax; James Greening – Trombone