Around 1998 4ZZZ, 4MBS, and Family Radio started broadcasting from the one installation at Mt Coot-tha. Prior to this 4MBS and Family Radio had merely leased land beside 4ZZZ but then Brisbane City Council decided that having three transmission towers and huts in the one place was an eyesore and encouraged the three radio stations to share facilities. This resulted in the three radio stations developing a company called Broadcasting Park to negotiate with the Council. This company consisted of three shares, one owned by each member station.
Desert Blues Cartel
Like stumbling drunkenly into Weimar Berlin, the Desert Blues Cartel transport you to a world of overt aural decadence steeped in the darkest elements of the of the blues.
From extensive musical backgrounds, the Desert Blues Cartel form a captivating and compelling post-post-modern musical outfit. Their eccentric mix of Blues, Rock, Southern Swamp, Gypsy, Country and Jazz overlayed with some pop sensibilities seemingly effortlessly form.
Desert Blues Cartel smashed the stage for the first time in 2013 and have become alternative radio favourites as well as festival highlights and talking points from their unique live show. Their music has drawn comparisons to Tom Waits, The Dirty Three, The Doors, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave & Leonard Cohen amongst others.
Desert Blues Cartel thank all that have thrown their support behind the outfit!
"There's a restless longing with Desert Blues Cartel... like a drunk wistfully staring at the empty void of a bourbon bottle. This is raw blues draped in crazed gypsy rock nailed to the trunk of mangled jazz. With a hint of Romanian gypsy displacement behind the bluesy, gnarled vocals of Dick Desert, DBC will transport you to a place where the sky is your ceiling and the highways your long suffering companion. Now where's my Maker's Mark?" Gareth Bryant - Editor of Scene Magazine
"Oozing with swagger and style, Desert Blues Cartel are a quartet you'd be best to acquaint yourself with ... They've been getting some love on airwaves of late, but their live experience takes it to a whole new level." Time Off Magazine
"Being at a Desert Blues Cartel event is akin to being in New Orleans imbibing the smooth tunes New Orleans is so well known for." Mouthzoff Magazine
“(Long Gone) A sturdy swamp blues song that makes you curious about the rest of the EP … In short: A good start to this band from Australia. Now it is waiting for the EP of the Desert Blues Cartel.” Harry Radstake – Blues Magazine (Amsterdam) “Winner European Blues Award “Best Publication