Hailing from Queenslands Sunshine Coast -"Vix and the Slick Chix" are an energetic, 3 piece, all-female band that pumps out a BIG sound.
This award winning Blues Band originated in West End in 1997 after completing a successful season as the house
band with the "Vulcana Womens Circus".
The girls’ love affair with the blues can be traced back to meeting Florida Blues Man, the late great Wiley Reed a moment that changed their lives forever. For three wonderful years 'The Chix' honed their passion for the Blues as part of the "Wiley Reed Band", adding a real depth to their own interpretations of some Blues Classics & cleverly crafted original material.
'The Chix' are known for their tight grooves, dynamic vocals & upbeat style, all delivered with a fun-loving attitude. But what really sets this band apart is their joyous energy, It's purely contagious and makes a Chix performance everything a live music experience should be, and more!
The band is driven by the smoking powerhouse vocals of Vix (Vicki Sheather), whose boundless energy is in full force at every show. The Courier Mail called Vix an "accomplished Blues Aficionado, with a huge presence and a voice to match". Blues Assoc SEQ Blues magazine called her an " Amazing Aural Force" stating "Vicky's voice is awesome-plenty of grunt, passion and power -just gorgeous".
Coupled with the sweet & melodic harmonies from Bass Player Aleathea Monsour the girls create a vocal landscape that can melt the hardest of hearts!
Joining Aleathea in setting the rhythmic grooves is Drummer Clare Smith, whose style is so laid back and effortless it appears she's doing very little, but your feet will affirm, she's the boss of the beats.
Their repertoire embraces the many and varied sounds of the blues, from the Classic Chicago Style Blues of
Jimmy Reed and Koko Taylor to the soulful grooves of Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and James Brown. But their style is tinged with so many other flavours including, Country Blues, Gospel, jump blues, Swing & 60's
style R&B all included in the mix. The Bands sets, focus on high energy Blues, reminiscent of the smokey swinging juke joints frequented by many to let their hair down after a long hard day’s work.
The band released their first CD in 2000 to wide acclaim, picking up several Blues Association SEQ's Blues Excellence awards including Band of the year , Album of the year, Female vocalist of the year & Song of the Year.
Driven by their pursuit of excellence The Chix own original music is in a constant state of evolution. Citing influences as varied as Janis Joplin, Tampa Red, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin & Odetta as just some of the amazing artists who inspire and influence their art.
The Chix are currently hard at work writing and arranging their next album, and due for completion by early 2020.
If you like classic Chicago style blues and gritty honest lyrics broaching lifes many colours, joy ,heartbreak and the nuances of the human nature then Vix and the Slick Chix music is for you.
Get ready to Laugh & Boogie with this Good Time Band!!
Festivals & Recent Highlights
Maleny Music Festival-2019
Gympie Music Muster-2019
Brisbane Blues & Rythmn Festival - 2019
Time Warp Festival 2019
Bayside Blues Festival - 2019
Esk Camp & Jam Festival-2019
Wiley Reed Blues Festival -2018
Brisbane Blues & Rythmn Festival - 2018
Supported Kevin Borich -2018
Time Warp Festival- 2018
Eudlo Music Nights- 2018
Ladies sing the Blues
Brisbane Blues Festival
Guitar & Vocals
Leading the Band is Vicky Sheather aka VIX.
This woman has won fans everywhere she has played. An amazing Aural force, you could swear Aretha Franklin & James Browns souls have met and joined in Vixs' vocals. Husky & caressing, she will take you with her, and then hurl you passionately & unexpectedly with a power and a force to be reckoned with. But that's not where it ends; in this band Vicki also takes on the demanding roll of rhythm & lead guitarist, laying down some righteous licks on her tasty Gibson Blues Hawk or Purple Fender Telecaster.
Vix has been a stalwart of the Brisbane music scene for more than 3 decades & a part of many successful musical enterprises, covering a vast musical territory.
From her early roots in Country Music Vix progressed through many musical styles before being overwhelmed by a deep passion for Blues and Soul music & spent many years developing her Blues style & techniques,with the legendary pianist, MR WILEY REED.
Seeking bigger and better challenges Vix set off for foreign shores & toured throughout South East Asia, playing a chain of 5 Star Hotels, Resorts and Executive Nightclubs, where she delighted the foreign audiences, with her buoyant personality and incredible knowledge of music. It was on the small island of Koh Samui she saw the opportunity to further nurture her passion for the Blues, joining the house band at the Legendary "Blues Bar"- Lamai Beach
Jamming nightly with musicians from all over the Globe only served to expediate Vix mastery of the Blues! After leaving THE BLUES BAR vix spent 2 years touring through Europe, Playing gigs in Spain, Portugal, France and England.
Upon her return to Australia , Vix began working as a solo act in small clubs, cafes and bars & also returned to her regular gig as Bass Player with the Wiley Reed Band. Adding Roving musical/comedy to her repertoire she later joined the very successful “Flying Esmereldas" who performed regularly at Brisbanes 'Southbank' & River Festival as well as 'Dreamworld' on the Gold Coast.
Over the course of her career Vix has had the opportunity to work with a long and diverse list of notable performers, Some of which Include -
"Australian Country music sensation"- Keith Urban
"The Masters Apprentices Legend"- Doug Ford
"The Sheik from Scrubby Creek"- Chad Morgan
Hey Hey it's Saturdays- Dezzy 'ANIMAL' Mckenna
In 1997, Vix was offered a job as assistant Musical director for the "Vulcana Womans Circus" , it was here that she met the two women she would soon collaborate with to form the Award winning, all girl Blues Band....."Vix & the Slick Chix"
Bass Guitar & Vocals
Laying down the grooves on the Bass is the enormously talented Aleathea Monsour. Along with Vix, she is responsible for some of the knock out vocals and exquisite harmonies that make this band so unforgettable. Aleathea is a singer/ songwriter in her own right as well as a guitar teacher, choir mistress & the creator and facilitator of STOMP Ukulele – a successful music business that runs ukulele workshops across the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane.
With partner Katy Forde, Aleathea has composed, starred in and produced several musicals in Brisbane, including 'Of Our Own Volition', 'Lottie – the Musical' (‘Best New Australian Musical’, OzMade Musicals, 2010), as well as the creative development reading of Cooper and King. Aleathea recently composed the entire original score for their most recent production,‘A Girls’ Guide to World War’ which recently enjoyed a sell out season on the Sunshine Coast.
Drums & Vocals
Clare Jellyroll Smith
Clare Smith is a veteran of the Brisbane and Sydney music scenes, from her first gig way back in 1982,at the (now demolished) Atcherley Hotel in Brisbane, she was hooked on the high of live performance.
Her signature style has been the driving force behind a vast number of successful alternative bands over the years including, "Acid World", "The Jiving Gargoyles", "Alien Virus", and her own band "The Surly Girls", who all enjoyed a large underground following.
Clare later turned her focus to musical theatre projects including "Women In Voice 1" and several seasons of "Vulcana Women’s Circus" before bringing her inimitable, laid back style to "Vix and the Slick Chix".
With a seemingly effortless technique she slaps the snare to life & brightens the songs, instinctively creating just the right amount of dynamics & excitement.
Clares' musical influences are vast and varied and include Kate Bush, Lou Reed, Pink Floyd, New York Dolls, Nina Hagen, Blind Willie & David Bowie just to name a few. In her spare time Clare enjoys restoring drums, reading, gardening and painting.