This month Mal’s Blues Bar is proud to welcome back to Yamba one of Australia’s finest soul/blues singers, Milena Barrett. On the back of shows in Sydney and on the Central Coast, Eastick and Barrett will debut several new original tunes they are crafting for their forthcoming duet album. “Flavoured a little with the influential touch of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Redding, B.B. King and Freddie King, the pure and unique way that Milena can vary a melody, yet stay in charge of the song just blows people away,” says Eastick. The pair performed together in Sydney prior to Eastick’s move to Yamba in 2015 and, in January 2014, the Mal Eastick & Milena Barrett Blues Project represented NSW in the International Blues Challenge competition in Memphis, USA. Eastick has been on the road over the past month, gigging in Melbourne and Sydney, and is looking forward to playing a home town show at the Yamba Golf & Country Club this Sunday July 30, from 4.30pm on the back deck; entry is free.