Drove in to play a solo set or two at a cafe in the Docklands. Listened to Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers and Bert Jansch and John Renbourn on the way. I had my 12 string acoustic and my six string and my acoustic amp. The Docklands is the new , well, built over the last decade or so, part of Melbourne by the river . I take the wrong turn off the freeway and drive around in a circle, past the Docklands stadium twice and then do an illegal U Turn to get to the right street. The address is a curved building. i walk all the way around it and the numbers keep changing. There is an incredibly evil, hot wind blowing through all the new multi storey apartments.
I make the gig and set up my gear. Its a funny vibe, lots of "downsized" retiree types. I feel like I'm in Miami or the Borscht Belt. Maybe even a new Canasta Belt.
I am ready for anything nowadays though. I sit and play my music facing the river and the newest skyline of Melbourne. My amp is singing and I just pick the strings and sing my songs. I'm down to my skills. People are inside and outside,eating. I figure its no place for a performance so I just run through dozens of songs as if I'm rehearsing. New songs, instrumentals, old songs, stoopid songs. Its a new society here. We're making it all up. People walking their toy dogs. The river in front of me is a forest of yachts and powerboats. I am getting paid. I have a couple of diet cokes and plough through the changes. I play for two and a half hours. I wish there were more gigs like this. For the lone wolves. The independents. If you were a precious artiste , this joint would smoke you. Same if you were an entertainer. I keep it suspended.
I have a cool time and sit around with the young fellow who is getting the gig together. His family have lived on the dock for six years. He has seen the skyline across the river get built. I ask what the tram is that I can see. He says its Collins street, now its crossed the river too. Its a whole new city.
I pack my gear and drive back to the hills listening to Grant Green, drinking some more pop. Here I am typing up a report. For the players.
- 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.
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
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Single album HASHISH available as a digital release