First of all, Happy New Year and I hope you all had a great Christmas break. If indeed, you had one. But if you didn't, I hope you enjoyed whatever it was you were doing, you workaholic. Jeez, take it easy...
So, first up on the CP news front is that my record Excuses Excuses is to be released nationwide (in a new package with additional tracks, I might add) by our good friends at think/Fuse Music Group. The first 'single' from the record is 'Save Your Breath', and to support it I am about to embark on another tour. The band is coming and playing all the gigs on this one so you should definitely come down to your local capital city venue and check it out. Dates and venues are:
Melbourne: Northcote Social Club, High St, Northcote; Thursday Feb 5th 8:00pm - support from Ryan Meeking and Chad Mason. Tickets are only $10+b/f and are available now! Get yours online at www.northcotesocialclub.com or by phoning (03) 9486 1677.
Sydney: The Supper Club, 134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst; Friday Feb 6th 8:00pm - Support from Matt Joe Gow. Cover is $10.
Brisbane: Live Spark at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm; Sunday Feb 8th 3:30pm (that's in the afternoon, people) - support by The Sunburys. Free Entry.
Now, after this tour I am heading back to the United States to perform and showcase at The North American Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN. After that, I'm going to stay over there and do as many gigs and write as many songs as I can. I may also try to learn Spanish. I will also be continuing my ill-advised and potentially life-threatening quest to eat at each of the major fast-food chains in the U.S. I've got quite a few to go, so this may take me some time.
So, suffice to say, I don't know when I'll be back at this stage, so this tour willl be your last chance to see me for quite a while. You'd better not miss it. Or you'll kick yourself. Which is physically possible, by the way. The cultural part of your brain will lead a commando raid on the lame part of your brain for even thinking that you should just stay home and watch TV that night, and subsequently infiltrate your brain's nerve center and force one of your feet to lash out and kick the other. There have been recorded events of this very situation, where one part of the brain mutinies and revolts against the rest, occuring throughout history. For example, in 1812 and two weeks into his campaign to invade Russia, it is recorded by his Generals that Napoleon suddenly lost control of his right foot and struck himself hard and quite painfully on the shin.
It is also reported that on the opening night of his new musical endeavour, The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table (on Ice), composer Rick Wakeman (the keyboard player from 1970's prog-rock band Yes) suddenly and unexplicably kicked himself very hard on the ankle, causing him to lose his balance and fall on his Moog synthesiser. His close friends claimed the imprint of the twiddly knobs remained on his face for weeks afterward...
So don't tempt fate, my friends. You have been warned.
For those Brisbane residents, you will also be able to catch me with The Black Alles Band playing at the Joynt in South Brisbane on Sunday afternoon January 25th from 4:00pm. It's a public holiday the day after so you've got no excuse not to come. If you came to our pre-Christmas shows at this same venue you will know what you are in for so don't miss it, and if you didn't, you should get in on the action and hear what all the fuss is about. The Band is mighty.
That's all for now. Expect more updates in the next few weeks...