The last Stone Pony show of the year finishes with a joyous bang as well-loved Australian singer-songwriter Fred Smith comes to the stage with his new double album titled ‘Great’, a rollicking hayride through American history, politics and pathologies.
The new double album features his brilliant balladry balanced with some raucous piss taking, and brings to the fore his reverence and comprehension of American musical stylings and mythology. It’s a riot and a romp through songs and stories with American settings – mostly wry but sympathetic accounts of characters fictional and otherwise. The lead single, What Could Go Wrong, lampoons the contradictions in the Trump platform while celebrating compelling mix of ebullience and bald-faced egotism that makes Donald J Trump great television.
So what’s an Australian songwriter doing writing American stories? “Fair question” says Fred. “Like most of us, I grew up steeped in American culture: writers from O’Henry to Steinbeck, television from CHiPS to the A-Team, and 20th Century America produced musical stylings so sublime they have become universal mediums of musical expression.”
Stone Pony audiences will be treated to two sets of pure Fred Smith, accompanied for these performances by South Australian songstress Jen Lush and bass guitarist Mark Seddon.
You won’t want to miss this one, tickets will sell out so get in quick! Early bird tickets on sale until 19th October.
“…one of our finest lyricists…he shows true mastery of crafting melodies and marrying them to the words without recourse to a shotgun. Add his natural wit, keen powers of observation, unassuming delivery and understated accompaniment and he effortlessly draws you into the world of each of these character-driven songs.”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Smith is great…again”.
Chris Lambie, Forte Magazine.
Friday 2nd November
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketebo F $23 / C $20
$20 Early Bird tickets available until the 19th October
Doors open 7pm / Music starts 8pm
Willunga Show Hall, Main Road, Willunga
After booking tickets online, for table reservations of 6 people or more please call Dave Greenslade on 0405 130 910
Please Note: No BYO food or alcohol.
Stone Pony will have a licensed bar and food menu available from 7pm
Variety Concert with
Eileen Darley Helen Bock
Catherine Fitzgerald & Pat Rix
Semaphore Guitar Band
Info Jane : 0439 181 404
Tickets from Try booking
Saltwater Taffy CD Launch – Long Time Travelling
Wakefield Hotel Dec 2 @ 2pm
Opening Night! It’s going to be a great night of Bluegrass, Old Time and Acoustic Music. Camping, jamming, everything on site. Get set for a fabulous weekend. Program coming soon, check out some of the bands on our website www.wirrinabluegrass.com.
Free event at the wheatsheaf hotel
When you look at modern country music you can identify a diverse range of styles that have evolved from the traditional roots form. From pop country to bush ballads, acoustic folk-leaning songs to rousing country rock and the polymorphic blend of Americana. One Australian artist that can lay claim to all of these strains is Catherine Britt, a songwriter who has already packed a respected and highly acclaimed career into her first two decades as a recording artist. Now, in 2018, a new chapter begins with the release of her seventh studio album, Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts.
From Newcastle to Nashville, Catherine made the move to the home of country music at just 17 years old. It proved to be a brave decision that gave her immeasurable experience as a musician, insight into the machinations of the industry and a contract with the legendary RCA Records. Upon returning to Australia in 2009, Catherine set about recording her debut full length album Dusty Smiles and Heartbreak Cures, the first of five consecutive albums nominated for Album Of The Year at the CMAA (Country Music Awards of Australia). The accolades didnâ€™t stop there. Along the way she has received five Golden Guitar Awards, the CMA Global Artist of the Year award in 2010 and six ARIA Award nominations for Best Country Album.
The critical acclaim for her albums and reputation as a performer has seen Catherine tour and perform with some of the biggest names in music, including Sir Elton John, Don McLean, Kasey Chambers, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Chris Isaak and Keith Urban.
Life has a way of throwing curveballs, both good and bad, and the last three years have seen Catherine fight and win a battle with breast cancer, marry her husband James and most recently, give birth to their first child. Out of those highs and lows comes Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts, an album that rattles and rolls with life, energy and honest, autobiographical songwriting.
â€œSince Boneshaker, Iâ€™ve been through so many things that have shaped this record and that Iâ€™d never have written before. Life experience, recording it while I was pregnant and having gone through all the sickness stuff as well. I personally feel like these songs are from a totally different place than anything else and even more honest and real than Iâ€™ve been before. It feels like youâ€™re reading my diary when youâ€™re listening to it.â€
The album was recorded in Catherineâ€™s own studio, built in her backyard and dubbed the Beverley Hillbilly Studios. With engineer Jeff McCormack behind the desk, Catherine and The Cold Cold Hearts (Michael Muchow & Andy Toombs) self-produced the album with Bill Chambers guesting on all the tracks.
Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts conjures up vibrant Australian imagery, from the bush to the coal mines via the white lines of the coastal and desert open roads; the beauty and scale of the landscape juxtaposed with songs of personal challenge and the power of love and family.
Special guest on the tour is Melody Moko, an Americana artist not afraid to push the limits of the genre.