Artist info


Indie, Roots

Sounds like

Alabama Shakes, Prince, Hendrix, SRV

band members

Benny Cunnigham Angela Portolesi Steve Portolesi Kelvin Sugars.


Prince, BB King, Jnr Walker, P-Funk



'the Associates' combine the thump of true blues and soul with an eclectic mix of influences from funk to folk. Fronted by the enigmatic Benny 'C' Cunningham.....who's vocal tone and guitar playing is straight from the pages of classic blues and 60/70's funk.....with the Associates song writing duo of Steve and Ange Portolesi, along with drumming sensation Kelvin Sugars..... BCA bring an intense musical dynamic.

BCA have just released their debut album RED DRESS both on line and live at Adelaide's premier band room the Gov on Saturday April the 11th. The album which has already reached no.1 on the Australian ITUNES blues charts is getting interest from people all over the globe and the guys are super excited to out show casing the album live at various venues.

Red Dress was tracked in various studios around Adelaide's from April to June '14 with the guys heading to Nashville for final production and mixing with Andrija Tokic in July. Andrija mixed the Grammy nominated smash debut album for the Alabama Shakes 'Boys & Girls', and also recently recorded and produced the latest album from Hurray for the Riff Raff which subsequently was nominated by Rolling Stone Mag as a top 20 'must listen' album of 2014. The album also features some of Nashville best musos including the amazing Ikey Owens (dec) from 'Jack White' on keys.

The band rounded out an inspired 2014 by winning the ARBA/SA Blues & Roots Association 'Most Outstanding New Act' award, and has its first US tour booked for later this year in June starting in Chicago and heading through the surrounding states.

Be sure to catch the guys live for a night of screamin' blues, soul and funk, or check out their FB and web sites for everything Benny C and the Associates.