Ah Jordie, we’ve missed ya. Songman Jordie Lane may hang up his guitar in the US these days, but his heart is still in Australia. And so will he be shortly. Heading back our way for his first national tour in 18 months, Jordie will take in over 30 dates, including a few festival spots here and there. Lane’s musical career has been tracking okay for a guy born to a comedian and a clown. He has performed at major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia and toured with a string of names including Billy Bragg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, Ruthie Foster and The Moody Blues. You may have heard about his album Not Built to Last. It has been finding a lot of love locally and abroad, with the Sydney Morning Herald giving it a pleasing 4.5 star review. The album was released internationally in August 2014. FBi Radio: “Take pieces of Jeff Tweedy, Ron Sexsmith and Jackson Browne, melt them down in a beautiful crucible of music and you end up with Jordie Lane: a truly diverse folk musician.” He will perform as part of a duo with Clare Reynolds. Ararat Live – April 22 & Beav’s Bar, Geelong – April 23.