John-Luke Shelley with his band High Speed Steel has been thrilling their audiences for over 6 years. Hailing from Geelong and in great demand, they regularly perform around Victoria, particularly in Melbourne and Geelong Regions, and at local and interstate Blues and music festivals.
The band were delighted to be participants in 2012 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's 'Blues Challenge' coming in a very close second place to the very talented Andrea Marr Band. John-Luke never being one to give up, entered the competition again in 2013 as part of the '3 Tones' featuring Stephen Bowtell and Jesse Valach. Once again they came in a very close second place and both times narrowly missed out on a trip to Memphis to represent Australia in the USA.
At 26 years of age, JL (as John-Luke is known) is an absolutely awe inspiring guitarist. He has been described as having a "great feel for the work of Jimmy Hendrix, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan", but his has his own unique style leaving audiences spellbound. With his band, JL regularly receives great applause for his performances of both the blues classics and his own original material.
Through sample songs & videos, and our photo gallery, High Speed Steel demonstrate some of their diverse performance styles - from festivals, private functions, pubs, clubs and hotels to lazy Summer Sunday gigs.
High Speed Steel Band members include:
The combination of talented youth, substantial experience and musical craftsmanship makes the band both original and stunning in it's 'Modern Blues' style sound.
JL is very proud to have recorded his first all-originals CD. Self-titled with 12 tracks recorded at Mike Brady's Studio (JL had the pleasure of meeting Mike when he participated in the 2009 Variety Bash and was the winner of their talent contest), the CD includes JL's own tribute piece to Stevie Ray. Fellow High Speed Steel members Mick and Jared support on the CD, with very special guests Chris Wilson and Mike Elrington featuring on a track apiece. This CD follows the very successful 'I Could Be Your Man' CD launched in 2009 which is now fully sold out along with 'John-Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel Live @ The Pulse'. This was released in 2012 and due to popular demand has also sold out. The CD was recorded live at the wonderful Geelong Community Radio Station 94.7 The Pulse and digitally mixed by Daniel McCrohan, this CD shows the amazing talent of J-L and High Speed Steel.