After their hugely successful start in 2017, The Sound Doctor Presents crew are bringing music to the ears of Surf Coast residents. The focus is again on exceptional vocal talent An Evening with Ainslie Wills with special guest Jordie Lane coming to Anglesea Memorial Hall on Saturday 24 March.
With a career spanning nine years and eight releases, named in Melbourne Magazine’s 100 most influential people and nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s ‘Barry Award’ (no surprise given he was born to a comedian and a clown), Jordie Lane is widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters. His incredible voice and rhythmic guitar playing seem like they come from another place and another time and he’s stopping by Anglesea as part of his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand. We chat to Jordie ahead of the gig.
Hey Jordie, thanks so much for chatting to Forte. How are you and what have you been up to?
I am doing very well thank you. Although running on empty at times, between time zones, unfinished breakfasts and the general wear and tear of being addicted to the road.
You’ve spent a lot of time touring North America – what were the highlights and how does that compare to Aussie shows?
A tour I did with The Stray Birds, an amazing 3 piece bluegrass/folk band from Pennsylvania back in 2014. It was my first big US tour, and to be in the Van with these guys gave me a whole new appreciation for the joys and challenges of touring. Some shows feel very similar in terms of the feel of venue and the audience, but then others are completely foreign and alien-like. I guess that’s why US Immigration calls us ‘Aliens’ on our visas.
Where did you get your inspiration for ‘In Dreams of War’?
From a multitude of reoccurring dreams I have. It’s always full of energy. Atom Bombs, Alien invasions, Tidal Waves. Strangely, these don’t feel like nightmares to me, but more just my body clock, saying wake the fuck up Jordie and get out of bed you lazy bastard. The dreams are a realisation that I only seem to save myself within the dreams and I feel a sense of guilt for the innate selfish qualities of human beings.
Have you got a favourite song off the album?
My favourite is probably that song, ‘In Dreams Of War’, or Frederick Steele McNeil Ferguson.
Have you got any pre-show rituals to get you pumped?
I stick my tongue out real far and try say my name and address over and over. That warms the throat and muscles. I have an espresso shot, and sometimes vodka if that’s available. And Clare Reynolds and I often do a schoolyard style hand clapping pattern shouting ‘Get pumped, get pumped’.
You have had a career spanning just 9 years, and 8 album releases, what is your all-time favourite thing about being a musician? What keeps you going?
The never-ending new challenges that arise every single day, it never gets boring, you can never master your craft, you can never actually conquer the world, but you keep trying.
Having toured with the likes of Billy Bragg, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Moody Blues, & The Waifs, what’s been the highlight? Is there anyone who are hoping to tour with soon?
Yes. the list is massive, but if they are out there listening or reading, Paul Kelly, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris.
Are you looking forward to performing with Ainslie?
Can’t wait. We played a magical first gig together a few years back at Woodford, and then again just this month at Melbourne Museum. She is an amazingly gifted singer and writer and we are getting super pumped for this show.
What can we expect to be next for you?
We are playing a farewell to Oz show in Melbourne on April 12 at Spotted Mallard to say bye bye as we head over to Nashville, Tennessee. But we’ll then be touring the States and recording another album while we are there. So I don’t know what it will sound like but you can expect some new music by the end of the year!!
Thanks so much for chatting, any last words?
A pleasure, nice chatting to you too. My last words, “GET PUMPED”
Tickets are onsale now for this very special night of exquisite song writing and stunning vocals – coming to the coast for your listening pleasure.
When: Saturday 24 March at 8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)
Where: Anglesea Memorial Hall, 1 McMillan St, Anglesea