Went to see Ron Sexsmith at the Corner hotel in Richmond. Its black cube which is the premier rock club in Melbourne due to its location and its size. People know where it is. Its right next to the station which is a junction for a lot of suburban lines and is also the closest stop to the MCG. I first went there in about 1989. It was a bikers pub then and they had the run of the joint. Music existed on the margins. Now its a rock club and there is an entrance and exit.Everybodys in on it. No barbarians grunting and bellowing upstairs as they snort speed from their Bowie knives and no pizzas being expressed through the crowd and through the doors crossed with pool cues.
Saw Love play there a couple of years ago and they trancended the situation. Music sounds great in there. They sounded spectacular. Also saw Pere Ubu doing their "Modern Dance" set there and the Dictators as well. KINGS! The joint has some gteat acts.
Ron Sexsmith is another to add to that. I have two of his albums, the one with "idiot boy" on it and the follow up , "blue boy" which was produced by Steve Earle. He casually mentioned that he was embarassed that his new album wasn't out in time enough for the tour. He proceeded to play an hour or more of songs that were so fresh and direct that they existed and hung in the air and then blew away as he conjured another cloud from the air inside him. It was a privelege to be there. Acoustic guitar, bass and drums. No bass amp for the guitar, just a modelling kind of pedal. No guitar changes, just a Taylor acoustic for the whole set with a brief trip to an electric piano. Ron has great songs and sings across the lines, the chords, in a free and smoky way that is simply amazing. A bit like Tim Hardin but a lot more songs in his book. He is coming at the music rom an area of rare expertise and confidence. He is playful where others begin in a sweat and grab at the chords and notes and try desperately to fill up the spaces. There are no other mics, no harmony vocals, just the bass, drums and the acoustic. In lesser hands it would be pretty dull. He picks the strings with his fingers, no plectrum.
Its rare to see such blazing talent.
- dave graney
- WORKSHY - 2017 memoir out on Affirm Press. Let's get Tight - 2017 CD with Clare Moore. Moodists - Coral Snakes - mistLY. I don’t know what I am and don’t want to know any more than I already know. I aspire, in my music , to 40s B Movie (voice and presence) and wish I could play guitar like Charlie Christian or Grant Green -but not in this lifetime, I know.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
2014 solo album from Dave Graney. *****"If I've learnt anything in my years of writing about music it's that if you are going to do anything of worth in this tough game, you better have your own thing. Today's generic is easily replaced by tomorrow's. And yet you need to be flexible, to follow wherever the songs demand. In the case of this, only the second credited as a solo album among 30 or so Graney releases, it's a curious yet welcoming lane he walks you down, with acoustic guitars, not much percussion, vibes, smooth sounds. At the end of it you feel like you've awoken from a strange yet pleasant summer's dream. As shot by Luis Bunuel. It ranges from off-kilter reveries (A Woman Skinnies Up a Man, The Old Docklands Wheel) through to the softly seductive (How Can You Get Out of London) and the downright arch (Look Into My Shades, Everything Is Great In The Beginning.) This is music that is neither folk, nor blues, nor country, but it's all Graney, somewhere out to the left field beyond Lee Hazlewood's raised eyebrow. It's astringent on the tongue but sweetens in the telling." Noel Mengel Brisbane Courier Mail
you've been in my mind
June 2012 super high energy pop rock album - blazing electric 12 strings - total 70s rock drive. Greatest yet! available via paypal - $20 pp
SUPERMODIFIED - August 2010 remixed/re-sung/re-strung//remastered/replayed comp via PAYPAL
also available as a digital album
Knock yourself (2009)-first ever dg solo set-filthy electro r&b-available via Paypal- $20
available as a digital album too
We Wuz Curious (2008)-blazing R&B jazz pop album available via paypal-$20
UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL album
Hashish and Liquor (2005 double disc by Dave Graney and Clare Moore) available via Paypal $25
UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Single album HASHISH available as a digital release