Walking with Brett Newski

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Walking with Brett Newski

What happens when you are without a job, your girlfriend has left you and your band is no more? Write a country song? Buy a one-way ticket to Bangkok? Meet Brett Newski, a guy who, in 2011, was down on his luck when he headed for Bangkok, spending the next six months wandering around while recording in makeshift studios.
Still feeling lost, he then moved to Saigon, where he would earn the title of ‘The Vagina King of Vietnam’. You see, he wrote music for tampon ads for Saatchi and Saatchi and the creative director felt it was an appropriate nickname. But he was feeling free, even though he was forced to occasionally bribe local cops. He wrote nearly 100 power-folk songs across a two-year stretch before returning home – except home is on the road, with the songman clocking up 200+ dates per year. If you have the time, you may wish to check out Rabbit Hole: A Musical Journey with Matt Vend and Brett Newski, a short doco captured on a train from the East Coast City of Durban, South Africa to the heart of the country, Johannesburg. Saints & Sailors, Portarlington – January 9; Ararat Live, Ararat – January 10; and The Loft, Warrnambool – January 20.