Emma-Louise & Dusk ‘Til Dawn originally formed in 2002 when Emma-Louise O’Brien (Vocals) and Jackson Turner (Electric/Acoustic Guitar) met Dean Shultz (Guitar) and the original bass player at a warehouse in Fitzroy. In the wee hours of the morning after a big night out a mutual love of blues and country music was discovered and a plan for a band was made.

At the time the band was named Louise after the singer’s namesake middle name. Her father is Australian Country musician Bernie O’Brien (Saltbush), he had played the song Louise before she was born (written by Paul Siebel), and the song was made famous by Emma-Louise’s idol Bonnie Raitt. The song is in the band’s repertoire until this day, but the band name has since changed.

Throughout 2002/3 Louise performed throughout inner Melbourne and regional Victoria. In 2003 they went their separate ways with Emma-Louise and Jackson heading to Asia for a year long residency in a blues bar on the Thailand island of Koh Samui. Dean Shultz formed Finger Bone Bill (current) and played with Susannah Espie for some years. With drummer Mike ‘Kaos’(Hoss, The Fuck Fucks) Glenn remaining a permanent fixture around Melbourne’s music scene.

On returning from Asia Jackson formed band Chelsea Drugstore and Emma-Louise sang in alt country band Bullet for the next 3 years. It was at Jackson’s 40th birthday in April 2012 when Louise reformed on a balmy afternoon at the Labour in Vain and the chemistry and rich sound could not be denied.


With the reformation came a new name and Emma-Louise brought bass player Trent McKenzie from Bullet (Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel and Abbie Cardwell and her Leading Men) and her brother John O’Brien on keys (MHP).

The result is a group of supremely seasoned musician’s who have spent time apart and honed their individual craft. Although drawing heavily from the Blues/ Country genre the sound is as much Americana. The power and versatility of Dusk ‘Til Dawn is more akin to American heavy weights Bonnie Raitt and the Tedeschi Trucks band. Their first original single You Got Something is a country song with a smooth sound that’s both sensitive and passionate.