The Wrap Artist

‘Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams’, ‘Wrapped Up In You’. Anything that comes in wrapped form usually means there is a hidden treasure inside just waiting to be revealed. Brown paper packages wrapped (yes I realise it’s actually ‘tied’ in the lyrics) up in string must be favourite things for all of us. ‘Wrap it up’Continue reading “The Wrap Artist”

The Loveless Cafe, Music City Roots and the Missing Biscuit Recipe

There’s only one way to describe the final Bushwackers show in Nashville and that is simply Going Out With A Bang (and a broken Lagerphone). Staged live at the Loveless Barn behind the famous Loveless Cafe we performed a set of tunes on the weekly two-hour Music City Roots radio show hosted by Jim Lauderdale.Continue reading “The Loveless Cafe, Music City Roots and the Missing Biscuit Recipe”

Peanuts in Coke Bottles and The Time Jumpers

To say that Nashville has opened my eyes, ears and taste buds to new heights is an understatement. The level of musicianship is sky-scraperingly good. The food options vary from organic, wholesome, tasty goodness to off the Richter-Scale sugar and cholesterol levels. And sights like the monstrous Opryland atrium spanning nine acres of lush indoorContinue reading “Peanuts in Coke Bottles and The Time Jumpers”

There’s No Salad Here Darlin’, This Is A Honky-Tonk !

If you happen to be a deep fried food fanatic and like all of your meals to contain large components of melted cheese laden with potato chips, a Honky-Tonk is the restaurant most accommodating.  Alternatively if you are a calorie-counter, satisfaction will not come in the form of food but from listening to the bandsContinue reading “There’s No Salad Here Darlin’, This Is A Honky-Tonk !”

Hot Pickin’ and Even Hotter Chicken

I was given a great tip-off for a gig tonight in Nashville. There was to be a house concert staged at The Violin Shop where none other than fiddler extraordinaire Aubrey Haynie would be appearing accompanied by a band of Bluegrass elite starring Sam Bush, Dennis Crouch, Alan O’Bryant and Brian Sutton. This gig wasContinue reading “Hot Pickin’ and Even Hotter Chicken”

Joy McKean, Anne Kirkpatrick and the Heart-Shaped Scones

In one week from today an incredibly famous and talented woman will be visiting me and I am a tad nervous. During my recent trip to the Gympie Muster where she was also attending, I spent a little bit of time with her at the Artist World and was lucky enough to be part ofContinue reading “Joy McKean, Anne Kirkpatrick and the Heart-Shaped Scones”

Yellow Polka-Dot Zucchini Linguine

Judging by warmer temperatures and Christmas decorations now appearing in department stores, Winter is officially over in Sydney. As a cold weather lover always happy to embrace the commencement of Winter I actually look forward to the oncoming months of slow cooked roasts and stews brewed up all day to be consumed in my kitchenContinue reading “Yellow Polka-Dot Zucchini Linguine”

Imam Bayildi and the Eggplant Song

In the world today it’s doubtful any more than one song exists where the subject and title is Eggplant. A quick Google search reveals that yes there is indeed more than one song with Eggplant in the title like ‘The Eggplant That Ate Chicago’. The band Train also has a song called Eggplant and thereContinue reading “Imam Bayildi and the Eggplant Song”

Tangled Up In Darwin and Rudd

The life of a full-time travelling musician is rarely dull. Not only are we lucky enough to have the privilege of performing alongside greatness on stage, we also on occasion get to travel to some tasty destinations for work and today is no exception.  Just the mention of the name Darwin conjures up exotic imagesContinue reading “Tangled Up In Darwin and Rudd”

Govindas and The Gympie Muster

Driza-bones, Cowboy Hats, Bundaberg Rum, Pluto Pups, XXXX, Boots, Dust and Country Music. These are just some of the elements in no shortage at the Gympie Muster where I have spent the last four days performing.  Set in the beautiful location of the Amamoor Forest Reserve in Queensland Australia, this festival is not for theContinue reading “Govindas and The Gympie Muster”