DIARY - 12 MAY 2004 - LUKE O'SHEA UPDATE
O'SHEA FROM TOTTENHAM TO GYMPIE
O'Shea has returned to Nu Country TV after making his debut at the
Buck N Bull in Tottenham and Armadale Hotel in our first series.
O'Shea first appeared during a rare Victorian tour in 2003 to build
on his national TV and community radio exposure.
This time he is captured live at the Gympie Muster in Queensland.
The former teacher was discovered on ABC TV show Live At The Basement.
The Sydney Basement shows are broadcast live to the net and feature
artists diverse as singing Texan crime novelist Kinky Friedman, kicker
cowboy Billy Joe Shaver, Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch and former U.S.
President Bill Clinton playing air saxophone at a concert by Canadian
jazz legend Maynard Ferguson.
ON THE ROAD
O'Shea wrote all 12 tunes on his debut disc No Day Like Today and
exploited the raw material unearthed from his travels in the U.K., Ireland
and Indian reservations in the U.S.
He named his band after the Native American medicine wheel and showcases
12 tunes diverse as Telephone Lines, Cigarettes For Sale, Wild Pony
and David Lynch inspired Bourbon Coloured Sky.
The latter song, the follow up single to Standing In The Rain,
had a vivid source.
"I was watching a movie on TV late one night - David Lynch's Twin
Falls," Luke explained on the release of his album.
"I was half asleep but the last scene of this movie featured this
fiery red sunset and in my mind came up with the phrase 'bourbon coloured
sky.' The word 'bourbon' had been bouncing around in my head for a while
evoking strong, manly western images."
Medicine Wheel features guitarist David Bova, drummer David Sleishmann,
backing vocalist Sigrid Langford, bassist Stewart MacClennan and fiddler
O'Shea followed with the single 9 Out of 10.
"The song was born during one of many long trips home after a gig,"
"I heard the phrase '9 Out of 10' on the car radio, and the lyrics
started to form.
It sounded to me like a cheeky come-on line to a good sort, and we've
had a lot of fun with it. It's probably the most country song on the album,
and it makes you want to get up and move. In fact, it's pretty hard to
sit still and listen to it!"
Further info - www.medicinewheel.com.au
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