DIARY - 13 DECEMBER 2010 - JETTY ROAD CD REVIEW
2010 CD REVIEW
LIFE AT A MILLION MILES (COMPASS BROS-SHOCK)
an old man by a corner store/ collecting change for a living/ and banging
on his guitar/ telling tales from when he was young/ singing if I could
have my time again/ I tell you what I would have done." - Rolling
Stone - Lee & Paula Bowman-Julian Sammut-Simon Ross
It's a long
journey from Nungurner on the banks of the picturesque Gippsland Lakes
to the music halls of France and honky tonks of Lower Broadway in Nashville.
Not to forget the rolling prairies of Canada and the high peaks and valleys
of Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and Austria.
But Victorian quartet Jetty Road, featuring twin sisters Lee and Paula
Bowman, made the trip a time or two to research and showcase its music.
Multi-instrumentalists Julian Sammut and Simon Ross help the group act
out the title track entrée of its third album.
But instead of factory floors greener pastures of foreign lands become
launch pads of a band confined here to ABC and community radio and CMC
and Nu Country TV.
Jetty Road exudes liberation from serfdom to challenges of the road in
Good Times and anthemic Running With The Wind.
But, even out on the lost highway, there are hurdles and roadblocks -
the character in Rolling Stone trades 40 years of 9 to 5 servitude
for a cash challenged raconteur's life of busking.
He may be luckier than descendants of the bush battler in pathos primed
World Keeps Turning who loses a sire to cancer while at secondary
This Time Around is a sardonic slice of social comment about image
driven marketing of the music industry.
Sure, there's the freedom to eke out dreams in travelling to far off locales
to maximise success but there's also the not so subtle pressures to play
the genre game.
They punctuate message metaphors with diverse shades of love - regret
in I Never Knew What I Had, jubilation in Something To Believe
and liberation in I Have Been.
The narrator in What A Beautiful Day rises above peers chained
to $12 an hour work wheels.
built for slowing down/ this life's too sweet for just one town."
- Road To Nowhere - Lee & Paula Bowman-Julian Sammut-Simon Ross.
it's no surprise art imitates life in the hedonistic finale Road
OK that's the song synopsis from afar - what about the music of
a band distinguished by a democratic four way split on songwriting
with Sammut in the production chair?
Well, this is accessible country driven by Sammut guitars and keyboards
and whipped up by Ross's dexterity on mandolin, ganjo, piano accordion
Queenslander Mark Moffatt - former Saltbush pedal steel guitarist
and prolific producer - and Music City ace Larry Franklin add guitar,
mandolin and fiddle on the finale of a disc countrified by Scotty
Sanders pedal and lap steel.
twins, whose quartet won best band Golden Guitar at Tamworth in January,
sing with sibling sweetness sown in a not so distant childhood.
They emerged from the ashes at resurrected Whittlesea Country Festival
from February 12-14 and perform the festival circuit here over summer.
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