Well I caught some great shows recently. Steve Winwood AND Steely Dan at a big arena show. Only been to that place in Melbourne 4 times. The Highwaymen, Cindy Lauper,Willie Nelson and Johnny Paycheck ( or was it Bobby Bare?) and now these two. Loved both sets. Steve Winwood played mainly Traffic stuff which suited me. I would have listened to him do anything. same with Steely Dan. I find it pretty silly how people can whinge as to how artists dont do what they did 20 or 30 years ago. I'm happy to see them rise to the challenges of life and a performing life. How they negotiate the moment with people who know them. Like a hyper kind of relationship.
Bon Dylan cops it a lot but hes out there playing HIS SONGS . Imagine if the Rolling sTones played as much as him. I think they'd be a pretty interesting act to see if they did. They'd have to pull out a lot of material to keep interested and try a lot of arrangements. Wouldn't have all the drama . Maybe thats just as important too?
Went to a great show by Go Go Sapien. One of my favourite bands trying to cut through the scene at the moment. They have an album out called "this bodies wrong for us". It comes with a MOVIE they made to accompany it.
Go see 'em. they're great! All dressed in silver.Or white.
Also saw Laura Jean launch her album. Stellar album she has and the night was great. Slow burning dynamics. Great lyrics. Folk rock I guess. Laura is over six foot with a Gibson SG set to a great clean tone.
Funny thing with a lot of indie types is they put out an album and then go away and hide! I don't understand. They don't try to get to a level of playing with a lineup where you play so much that the players relax and its not so traumatic. Maybe they like the trauma and the drama? What if they never get to experience the joys of walking on to a stage and its a situation you're in control of. Maybe the only one?
On BLB recently we've talked to football icon Tommy Hafey, Aboriginal activist Gary Foley and writer of "the street sweeper" Elliott Pearlman. Top shelf stuff!
Tomorrow (Tuesday 8th) we talk to Graham Bond. Most noted for creating AUNTIE JACK and probably NORMAN GUNSTON. the following week we will be talking to Robyn Hitchcock. When I say 'we" I mean myself and Elizabeth McCarthy , midday-2pm on RRR in melbourne.
Looking forward to playing more dates. I was a little down in my feel for the idea of the immediate future of recorded music. I am still unsure of what will happen. i was talking to an engineer friend at one of these gigs. He was going to email me a link to where I could download some music software. I marvelled at the age we are in . He said "yes, the best of times and the worst of times..." I could not have expressed it better.
Playing a solo show (no pa !) upstairs at La casa in Drummoyne- Thursday Nov 10th
Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist - the Camelot Lounge - Marrickville Friday 11th Nov
Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist - the Great Northern Hotel - Newcastle- Saturday Nov 12th
The Alley cat- Elizabeth st Hobart- (solo show) Friday Nov 18th
Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist- two sets at the GREYHOUND - St Kilda - from six pm - Dec 4th
The Sherriff Of Hell by dave graney L.Y.M.
- 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
UNAVAILABLE-COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!!!
Single album HASHISH available as a digital release