SONGS FROM THE LOST HIGHWAY
THE POETRY AND WESTERN OF HANKS WILLIAMS
Presented by Andy Baylor and his Country Ramblers
featuring Ben Franz, (The Waifs) Steel guitar, Jeff Mercer (Slim Dusty) guitar , fiddle champion, Donal Baylor, Gold Guitar winner, Dave Patterson(The Cartwheels) , double bass, Ron Mahony on drums ,
with special guests:- Leslie Avril, Wendy Phypers (The Cartwheels)
Alanna Egan, (The Egan Sisters), Paul Wookey, Tanya Lee Davies
At the hottest honky tonk in town, The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick
Friday 29th June …8pm
Andy has brought together some of the most renowned country roots musicians and singers in the land to present SONGS FROM THE LOST HIGHWAY… the Poetry and Western of Hank Williams …songs of life, songs of love, free-wheelin’ good times, blues-filled hard times ….so if you are sad and lonesome , got no place to go , come along now sweet people come and see the show
“It seems that ever since I picked up my first guitar, I’ve been hearing the name of Hank Williams. His songs are everywhere and he’s influenced just about everybody. Whatever style of popular music you’re into- country, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, singer-song-writer, rock, pop, Americana, folk and gospel- somewhere in the back of it all sits Hank Williams with his crackling’ voice and his guitar a’ strummin’.
At once, traditional and completely modern, Hank sings of a time in the American South when the war was over and the new world was wide open. You could do anything, go anywhere and be anyone. But this new freedom brought with it a whole lot of heartaches and disillusionment. The best songs of Hank Williams not only chronicle the emotional landscape of that era but, like other great works of art, stand outside time and genre; they tell us who we are and touch our souls.”
Andy Baylor has been interpreting the music of Hank Williams since the heady days of ‘70’s Melbourne when hip hillbilly country was heard a’ ringin’ down the streets of old Fitzroy and Carlton. With The Dancehall Racketeers, he toured the backblocks and back-roads of Australia spreading the sounds of Hillbilly Swing, Bob Wills and country fiddle; with his famous Cajun Combo, he single-handedly introduced a Cajun/ Australian hybrid form of bar-room music which re-interpreted Hank’s most famous songs and demonstrated stylistic connections between Hank Williams’ melodies and traditional Cajun music along the way. Over the last few decades he has recorded many independent CD’s which offer a broad range of styles and he has shared the stage with everybody from the world’s biggest rock stars to the most humble country busker.