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Head out on the highway of your mind! Inspired by the Louisiana town of the same name, Australian trio Opelousas are a double female fronted electrical attack on your senses with a unique swamp-soaked, sometimes dark psychedelic blues sound.

Their debut album Opelousified is a feast of grit and glory and was voted best blues album in 2019 at the Music Victoria awards. Their sound is a roux of Kerri Simpson’s powerful raw vocals, Alison Ferrier’s dirty lead electric guitar and sultry vocal tones, seasoned with Anthony “Shorty” Shortte’s expert swamp-soaked percussion. The rhythms of Opelousas seep right into your bloodstream.

Opelousas was formed by Kerri Simpson in 2018. Kerri and Alison Ferrier had made an album together in 2017, called Bluebirds, along with friends and Melbourne legends Barb Waters and Suzannah Espie. Kerri's vision for a blues/rock band was born after she heard Ali's raw electric guitar style. Long-time friend and musical partner, Anthony 'Shorty' Shortte, was the third ingredient to complete their swampy foreboding sound.

The band have wowed audiences throughout venues nationally and also featured on St Kilda Blues Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

In 2024 the MIGHTY Opelousas have launched their new album Opelousafried which made PBS and RRR album of the week with a national tour to celebrate it along with festival appearances at St Kilda Blues Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Aireys Inlet Music Festival.

Opelousas... Bare-boned blues for free-wheeling minds...

"...perhaps they sound like a blues band that doesn’t sound like a blues band. Are they a blues band? Opelousas are different, authentic, and good. Very good..."
- JVG Radio Method (3RRR)

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