- 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, June 20, 2013
two nights in to the butterfly club season
An interview about the show from the AGE
a review of the first night from the AGE
I've enjoyed playing the songs. Its been developing its own momentum. Some songs are heavier than ever. Actually the whole show packs quite an emotional wallop for me.
I'm playing my Maton 6 string, my KYairi 12 string and my Ibanez Salvador archtop...
La Mascara caught the show on the second night....
"Though solo acoustic shows are an anathema to this rock'n'roll heart, I couldn't resist the temptation of an early [7pm] seated show on a winter weeknight a few blocks from work. Also I was releaved the show's billing - Early Folk - referred only to the timeslot not the musical style.
It's the third of Dave's Butterfly Club apperances - preceeded by Point Blank and Live in Hell. The [now relocated] Butterfly Club is an intimate cabaret venue that lends itself to Graney's informal chat style. He opens by saying he's best at introducing himself and lets the audience know the evening's theme will be songs inspired by his hometown - Mount Gambier S.A.. But he's quick to point out it's not going to besome misty eyed nostalgia trip nor is it a colour supplement style "musical journey". Instead it's Dave's ascerbic anecdotes interspersed with songs from throughout his 30+ year musical career .
The big surprise for me was how well a handful of early Moodists songs came accross acoustically. Where the Trees Walk Downhill, Chad's Car, and Swingy George all revealed unexpected subtleties when presented on the twelve string - with all due respect to the mighty Machine Machine of the Moodists rhythm section. Perhaps previously I really just hadn't paid much heed to the lyrical content of these songs - let alone known from wence they came. Even the later Coral Snakes and Lurid Yellow Mist's stuff benefits from this "closer" inspection. [Again I accept it may just be my own lazy rhythm lover's appreciation of the originals that is at fault here.] But in this situation Dave's playing and half talked / half sung style really does highlight the narative of these tunes.
And songs aside some of his interludes - particulary those about "sperm stock clearance" - border on stand up, yet are just as effective in painting a picture of a time and a place.
More than a musical memoir - an amusing evening's entertainment. [And home by 9!]"
Was honoured that Margret Roadknight was there last night. An actual FOLK icon!
Strangely, for a show built around songs concering Mt gambier, two relatives I'd never met before showed up on the first night and came for me out of the darkness!
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