DIARY - 15 JULY 2003
AND WELCH RETURN TOURS
troubadour Fred Eaglesmith and popular Nashville singer-songwriter
Kevin Welch will perform return concerts in Melbourne in spring.
Eaglesmith, 46, is one of nine children of a minister whose family
lost their Ontario farm when Fred was 15.
The singer, who sleeps with a guitar by a his bed for instant access
to dream song ideas, is double billed with Kasey Chambers at her Palais
concerts on August 28 and 29.
Eaglesmith he will also do his own shows at the Corner Hotel, Richmond,
and Cornish Arms, Brunswick, in early September.
Fred debuted at the Corner with Jim Lauderdale, Kim Richey, Jason
McCoy and Audrey Auld in January, 2002, and returned there this year.
Fred is making
his third Australian tour to promote his 12th album 'Balin,' released
here on Tasmanian born singer-songwriter Audrey's 'Reckless Records.'
The latter day farmer and singer appeared in the rare 'mockumentary' called
'Return To Nowhere' about an outlaw returning to his home town.
His songs have been cut here by Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Kasey Chambers
and her dad Bill and international acts diverse as 'The Cowboy Junkies'
and Dar Williams.
'Drive-In Movie' - covered by Newcastle born Britt on her debut disc 'Dusty
Smiles And Heartbreak Cures' - was the title track of his 1996 album.
He also wrote Chris Knight's second album title track 'A Pretty Good Guy'
with Chris who lives in a trailer on 40 acres near Slaughters, Kentucky.
Eaglesmith was once wed to fellow Canadian singer Lynn Miles with whom
he wrote the tune 'Ordinary Guy.'
The seasoned singer is also the subject of two tribute discs featuring
international artists and Aussie performers Kasey and Bill Chambers and
WELCH RETURNS FOR TOUR #5
singer-songwriter Kevin Welch returns here in October-November for
his fifth Australian tour since debuting with New York born Kieran
Welch, born in California and raised in Oklahoma, owns indie Dead
Reckoning Records with Kane with whom he cut a live CD at the now
defunct Continental Café in Prahran in 1999.
But this time Kevin, 48 and on the road since he was 17, will tour
with Sydney band 'The Flood' with whom he played at the Gympie Muster
Welch is touring to promote a follow-up album to his seventh disc
'The Millionaire' that he cut with Scandinavian band 'The Danes.'
The singer returns to the Corner Hotel, Richmond, on October 31 and
also plays 'Cornish Arms' in Brunswick and Loxley Winery.
Rob Hall is seeking another rural or regional concert to enable Welch
to cater for fans living outside the city limits. Former Nu Country treasurer
Kip Karpik has been approached to provide photos of the singer for a live
DVD recorded at Sydney's 'Basement' venue.
Karpik's pix of Kinky Friedman, Billy Joe Shaver, Little Jewford, Washington
Ratso and Jesse Taylor were used on their 'Live Down Under' disc also
cut at The Basement.
Welch's songs have been recorded by artists diverse as Garth Brooks, Trisha
Yearwood, Moe Bandy, Gary Allan, Ricky Skaggs, The Judds and the late
Roger Miller and Waylon Jennings.
Ironically, Kevin was about to produce an album by veteran outlaw Waylon
when he died at 64 on February 13, 2002.
"We didn't really think Waylon was ever gonna die," Welch told
his captive Corner Hotel audience in Richmond during his last tour. "Billy
Joe Shaver was here in Australia when Waylon died. He was a great friend
of Waylon. Waylon was a real badass. It wasn't something a newspaper made
up. He really was a badass."
Waylon was also a performer with eclectic and discerning taste as Welch
proved when he performed 'Untitled Waltz' - one of his historic originals
cut by Jennings.
"Waylon's album was going to be a really cool record," says
Welch who returns to the Corner Hotel on October 31.
"I was going to bring some of my Danish friends, The Danes, who played
on my new album 'The Millionaire.' He had some really cool Waylon songs
and a bunch of mine. We were pretty excited about that. It was a real
shame but least I got to hang out with him."
But Welch is finding solace from Oklahoma superstar Garth Brooks who rewrote
and recorded 'Pushin' Up Daisies' as a tribute to his dead mother - country
singer Colleen Carroll - for his latest big selling album 'Scarecrow'.
"Garth was kind enough to call my publisher and ask him for songs,"
Welch said, "we sent him about 30 songs. Garth and producer Allen
Reynolds looked at over 5,000 songs. It's unique for me to allow lyric
changes but I thought his motive was really clean. The song had a new
function at that point. I also thought he did a good job."
The title track of Welch's new album was written to his partner - Norwegian
singer Claudia Scott.
But it was equally relevant to Wyoming reared rodeo rider-singer Chris
LeDoux - a 35 album veteran, now celebrating a successful liver transplant
at the age of 54.
"I don't really know Chris but from what I do know I'll like the
guy if I get a chance to meet him," says Welch, "I like his
version of Millionaire. It's ironic that Garth offered to give Chris a
chunk of his liver when he became ill."
Check back here for more details of the Eaglesmith and Welch tours and
others including Don Williams, Jason Ringenberg and major national artists.
CHICKS EXTRA GIG
Chicks will also add an extra gig at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne
- September 29 - after rapid response to their headline grabbing TV exposure.
The Chicks, touring with a U.S. rock band and award winning Melinda Schneider
as supports, have also earned a column by singing Texan crime novelist
Kinky Friedman in the July issue of Texas Monthly.
FRIEDMAN RETURN TOUR #6
and Little Jewford are tipped to return to Australia for his sixth tour
in January-February, 2004.
By then The Kinkster will have 16th crime novel 'The Mystery Of The Missing
Puppet Head' available here through Penguin.
Friedman, now the subject of two biographies at the ripe young age of
58, hosted his Melbourne biographer Melita Granger as a 'house pest' at
his Echo Hill Ranch at Medina in the Texas Hill Country.
He also took her to his other homes in Austin and Greenwich Village and
introduced her to a vast variety of 'Kerrverts' in hill country HQ Kerrville.
More later as Melita polishes her two years of research and photos into
hard copy for her publisher.
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