Artist info


Indie, Rock, Roots

Sounds like

Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, T Bone Walker

band members

Pete Hachel - Guitar & Vocals JR Barling - Trumpet, Flugel & Trombone Matty B Davis - Bass Guitar Roc Drinkwater - Drums


Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Trombone Shorty, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix



Chicago Dime is a Melbourne based Blues band. They say “we don’t just play the blues but the blues is in everything we play” by taking big elements of blues music with other influences to create a fresh and exciting sound.

Led by Pete Hachel and JR Barling, the band’s raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues and improvisational music that Australia has ever offered.

Chicago Dime have the feeling that makes the blues real by involving the audience, dancing on tables, and impromptu band members.
​One thing is clear about Chicago Dime; they’re never going to repeat themselves.

"Chicago Dime take you to a free-spirited blues party deep down in a basement bar. It’s hot, sweaty and steamy, but will leave you feeling like a million bucks” -​Lara Smetannikov (Happy Mag)

“Amazing how the sound has been achieved in Melbourne! Great brass section. Vocals with grunt from Peter are outstanding. Ripper electric guitar solo.” -Alyssa Borda (AMNplify)

"It reminds me of when I used to live in Chicago. I could listen to this all day long. Great job and so much talent!"
-ReverbNation Curator

“Chicago Dime are so much more than their recordings. As anyone who has seen them live will tell you, this is a band you have to meet in person.” -Happy Mag Editor