Don Walker has lived the kind of life that is worthy of a book. He actually released one back in 2009, Shots. It is basically an autobiographical collection of smaller pieces that gives a small insight into rural Australian life and his time with Cold Chisel before they hit it big. There is plenty more to this man, however.
Olivers Army is a band littered with the music and ramblings of Barossa Valley-born singer-songwriter Ryan Oliver. It’s also the name of an Elvis Costello song. Ryan’s musical journey began around the same time of his travelling journey, with the aspiring songman penning tunes as he travelled North American as a teenager.
Where can you find yourself a good dose of country/folk, western swing and hillbilly rock ’n’ roll? Anywhere you find Nigel Wearne, a songman who has the spirits and influences of Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie deep down in his soul.
Love a good laugh? How about supporting a needy cause? Good thing you do, because so do we! Join Dave O’Neil, Hannah Gadsby, Sammy J & Randy and others in their Comedy4Karma show raising funds for the Daylesford Dharma School.
Here at Forte we love sharing the work of talented musicians in the area, and Cat Canteri is no exception to this. Luckily, we’ve got our hot little hands on the exclusive of her live video for the track ‘When We Were Young’ from her debut solo release also titled When We Were Young.
People don’t often think that playing in a cover band is something that is hard for musicians to do, but according to the guys from Surf Coast cover band Driver, it can be harder than playing your own original material. The band’s line-up consists of bass player Stewart Tyrer, guitarist Nathan Bennett, keyboardist Robbie Dalziel and drummer Adam Gilliver, four musos who says they’re just a part-time band playing “basic meat and potatoes rock ’n’ roll”.
The Eastern in Ballarat continues its fine entry into the gig-hosting game with The Rye Catchers set for a few tunes and drinks on September 13. The rockin’ five-piece dials the volume knob up to 11 as they break out classic-styled rock infused with grunge sensibilities. They pride themselves on doing rock the hard way, their own way.
Much has been written about open mic nights and just what can eventuate from them. One such success story is Cisco Caesar. The four-piece is the brainchild of Caesar Slattery and James Cisco, a couple of fellas who met at a Melbourne open mic night hosted by Jed Pickett.
It is a blessed person who can do what they do for near-on forty years and still love it. If after near-on forty years they feel as though they’ve got more to give, well, that is something pretty special. Songman James Reyne has been in the music world for a long, long time.