Tonight I saw the future of Rock and Roll…..

ImageLately, life hasImage been a roller-coaster, I get sick of thinking about it, but for Valentines day I got me and Jen tickets to Springsteen, won them off ebay, as money has been tight,they were behind the stage, but I didn’t care. I needed to see him. Again. He is a revival,a prolific magnificent master. High Hopes, his latest album is a cracker, still at nearly 65 pumping them out, enviable, for men a third of his age to write so often, so deep an inspirational. Wrecking Ball was a great record. I just got the Seeger sessions on vinyl, was a cool record. Working on A dream, cool, The Rising, masterpiece. Devils and Dust, killer. I really do feel for any fool that goes to his concerts and hasn’t bought anything since Born in the USA. A wasted life.

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Well tonight, heading the in the rain, we were stuck in traffic, me being my doomsday self, started to get down, and angry, but Jen guided us there the back way, and the concert started late, and as we took our seat, he came on. The first Miracle. For seats behind the stage, they were great, sound was great, and the band, well they are the best in the business and to top it off he had Nils, Little Steven and Tom Morello.. Bloody Hell, Lynard Skynard, sit down.

Tom Morello just brings something else to this already magnificent band. He is amazing on High Hopes, but the solo he does on Tom Joad is out if his world. 

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Then, just like a parent that saves the best present till last at Xmas, Bruce announces that we have never done this before in Australia, but tonight we are going to play Darkness at the Edge of Town, in full. Now this is a big record, a dark , heavy deep record. Racing in the streets, is a song for my soul, a record that gets men through divorce, retrenchment, disenchantment, life’s challenge.

Tonight I need the Faith that saves us, I needed to hear…

Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece,
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin’ in the street.”

You see my music has always been my “racing in the street”.I have needed to work day jobs to survive and provide for my family. I see this getting discussed these days on social media, musicians telling other musicians what they should play for, how much, whether you professional, semi professional, a hobbyist, and who thinks who is better or worst. Trying to regulate how much you should get paid. Good luck I say working that one out. If musicians can, help the rest of the professions out, get the tradies to all agree on a price to, save us al so bread.

I play, because I am a musician, I write because I am a songwriter. As an originals artist, music has always cost me more than I have earnt, cause I fund tours, I pay my band, I record albums and make film clips. Why? Cause it is inside of me, finding it’s way out, to go ” Racing in the Streets”

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Smoke em if you got folks, play where you can, for what you can I say, cream rises to the top, if you dedicated and any good,if you pull a crowd, and they have a good time, then you will be fine. Good luck to all my musical friends, may the force be with you.

You see, Mr Springsteen gives me faith, that if you stay true, and have a dream, then just maybe the light at the end of the tunnel, could be you.  I do wish I could meet him one day. All I would say is thank you, for having the balls, givin the world such hope, such love, for everything you had to give. God Bless you Bruce. You have saved men like me. Passionate, creative, blood pumping men, and given me a compass. For that, I am grateful.

High Hopes my friend, High Hpoes indeed…

 

I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got.
Now I believe in the love that you gave me.
I believe in the faith that could save me.
I believe in the hope and I pray that some day it
Will raise me above these

Badlands…

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Tomerong Live!

Three country Artist’s converged on Tomerong Hall last Friday Night, bringing their own version of what lives as Australian Country Music. All shows at this time of the year seem like the wind up into the Tamworth Festival, and Tomerong certainly got a taste of what’s to come.

Benn Gunn was in fine form, opening the night in Duo mode with Mark Thomas, and it was a perfect fit for the old country hall, and the sleepy country town that is Tomerong. The crowd loved it, and Benn’s voice and guitar were warm, and his songs had the crowd singing along, especially his single ”I love Girls who like Beer”.

Den Hanrahan is one of this country’s rough diamonds; he cuts his own path, that’s for sure. If you get him talking, his passion for the truth of a song becomes screamingly obvious. With Al Fisk on drums, fresh back from Canada, which he fell in love with touring with The Remains, and ended up living there for six months, and Dodge Dave provided the perfect backline for the Crazy Horse that is Hanrahan to ramble on. With a new album 8 days away from release, these songs featured in what was a dynamic set. For my mind though, Den played Forth Worth Blues , which I just can never get sick of hearing him play. Better than Steve Earle’s version, hands down. Just don’t tell him I said that!

Chucks Wagon had the pleasure to close the night, and it being the second show with the fabulous David Sleishman on drums, I just wanted to keep it tight. The focus for me at the moment is putting the new album “ I Play County” front and centre, while  still keeping the “Lipstick and Sin” songs spinning along to. We threw in Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues”, and “Honky Tonk Nightime Man”, as well as “I’m on Fire” by Springsteen, but our Hillbilly version, which John Wardle shined on all three, paying homage to the finger picking skills of Jerry Reed and Brett Mason , but still making it his own.

 Getting a new line up ticking along can take time, melting everybody’s individual talents in the village stew is an art, and if Tomerong Hall was any indication, we are on our way. I was excited to watch today with millions of folks around the world, the live telecast of the Rolling Stones  50th year Anniversary show. They still have IT! At nearly 70 years old. That is incredible. I have thought for ages that the Rolling Stones have changed the definition of what it’s like to get old, forever. There is no going back now. You give it all, or go home. From there anything can happen. Well, I am a foolish man. I share this belief, and on Friday night, in a sleepy little South coast town, that was bathed in a sweet summer drizzle of rain, we came, we plugged in, and we left it there on the boards. It ain’t over yet. Keef Rules!ImageImageImageImageImageImagepringsteenImageImageImageImageImage