Wow, I've been so busy with gigs, young kids, and rendering my house, that I've fallen waaaay behind with the ole blog! Add that to the fact I like typing about as much as having my finger nails pulled out with pliers, and any wonder I'm way behind!
Anyhoo, in order to catch up, I'm gonna let the pic do most of the talkin for me in this post. Starting from my first gig after the Twilight Rockabilly festival in Brisbane on the 28th of Jan, till my latest gig on the 24th of March, at the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival, Enjoy!
Back in late Feb, on the weekend of my birthday, I had a couple of gigs in Sydney, backed by my ole mates from the Pat Capocci combo. On the day of my birthday, Feb 23rd, I flew into Sydney, was taken straight to Star city Casino to perform in their 'Rocklilly' room. While I got changed, and shaved (in the toilets!...how 'rock n roll'!!!) Pat and the boys hit the stage
|Eating desert at a chinese Yum Cha Resturant with Georgio Rimi and Robyn Hayes (behind the camera!)|
|With Ramona Cachinero|
|Photo by Anna Key|
The very next night, back in my home town of Echuca/Moama The 3 Amigobilly's Hank, Kieron and I were booked to play at the Rich River Rod Run, and again on the Sunday morning on the oval
Sat night we were crammed on the tiny stage at Rich River Golf Club, and I was 1st cab off the rank.
|So little room on the stage we had to put the fold backs,on milk crates and mic stands on the floor!|
Kieron McDonald was next to hit the Stage, and the locals were very impressed!
Next morning we set up on the back of a truck on the oval, and entertained the onlookers there to check out the display of cars. Hank took the honours first
|My 50 Buick parked next to the stage on the carpet like grass|
I was next to perform to the onlookers
The last gigs in this busy time was the following weekend at the Kurri Kurri Nostalgia Festival
Once again My old mates from the Pat Capocci combo backed me, but this time we were joined by the extremely talented Rusty Pinto from Perth
We were booked to play the Saturday night as the Rockabilly all stars at the local workers club
|A group shot outside the club after loading in. From Left to right, Pat Capocci, Scotty Baker, Rusty Pinto and Damien Lawson. Greg McCunn (the goat) wasn't there yet, as his car had broken down on the way!|
While the crowed was in a good mood, Pat got up and did his thing!
Well this time, as the night was a huge success, we were asked to all come on stage together for an encore! Jamin' with Pat and Rusty over some Elvis, and Johnny Cash songs = heaps of fun!
Next day Rusty and I were down to play in the street, what we didn't realise was they meant for us to play with no band, no mikes, and no amplification! They wanted us to basically busk! I'd never done that before! They wanted Rusty to play in one spot, and me about 50 meters up the street from him, but we decided we'd work together and sing harmony for each other.
We made the best out of a tough situation, and even made up a couple of impromptu songs. One about the pie shop next door, called 'Finger pie', and the other was inspired by a passing pretty girl who's dress was caught by the wind, and blew up, that song was called 'Blow wind blow!'
|doin' it old school in front of the real estate shop!|
|Dancin' in the streets!|
|This girl claimed the baby belonged to Rusty! Check out his face! "What, What! I didn't do it!"....kidding!|
|Noelene on the left, and her hubby really looked after me that night, with a place to stay, and she ran me to the airport the next day! And Andrea on the right was a fantastic CD sales girl, selling heaps of Cd's for Rusty and I. Thanks girls!|
|We started to feel like a tourist attraction when people wanted their photo taken in front of us a-la the big banana!|
Take care guys, and thanks for readin'!