This week's Down Under Beats is tinged with a bit of sadness. We lost a very special man in our musical family this week in Tom Fauvette, who played guitar like he was ringing a bell, and he was a part of lots of bands, including The Rick Hart Trio which I have featured on here many times and The Sweet Addictions which also features Rick Hart. We lost him way too young and he leaves behind a young family and many people who loved him. I had the pleasure of hearing him play, chatting with him and sharing all too few but special moments. We shall miss you Tom. He was just hitting his straps, musically and he had a big future. Life can be cruel. Patsy Toop lost her Dad on Saturday, shortly before I was to interview her and David from The Long and Short of It. He had a good innings, as we say in Australia (a cricket reference) but sometimes the longer that you have someone around, the harder it is to lose them. Craig Stewart, one of our finest singer/songwriters, lost his grandfather this week, as well. He was an amazing man. So, my love goes out to all of these folks and their families.
The Long and Short of It Jesus Money
Rick Hart and The Sweet Addictions
Craig Stewart Keep The Flame For Me
On a brighter note, I did do the interview with David Baird, the other half of The Long and Short of It at their amazing Cafe/Studio/Function Centre, Mantra at Yarraville in Melbourne. The full interview is on my blog, CountryAs, but it is and was an incredibly brave and massive venture that the talented duo have embarked upon. We had brunch and talked about their music as well as the Mantra. They have gigs there, the waiters are all musos or artists and they are setting up a studio so that Indies can record there. Thanks to David for doing the interview considering the sadness that effected them both that morning. Please take a look at the interview.
I then went to see my favourite Country Music Band, The April Family, who came down from Sydney to The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick to play with other Americana acts Matt J Ward (who was new to me but is awesome) and The Heggarties (both from South Australia). They were all wonderful. I love hanging with The April Family and it was good to see some other live acts that are new to me as well. I will be reviewing The Heggarties album on CountryAs this week and the review is up of the gig.
Matt J Ward
The April Family
I also reviewed Brad Cox's debut album this week. This young man has a huge future. He won the Toyota Starmaker Award at Tamworth this year, which has been won (and lost) by many great artists over the years. He is only 23 and he has so much talent. A young man really worth watching and listening to of course!
Brad Cox - Lake House
From one of our newest and youngest stars to one of our legends, Allan Caswell, or Sir Allan as a lot of us call him. He is releasing his new album "Mexico" later in the week. In Australia, Victoria is given this nickname because it is south of the NSW border! Allan recorded this album with many of our finest in Victoria and Jen Mize from Queensland via Vegas. I have been lucky enough to have a sneak preview and it is just brilliant. I will be talking more about that next week.
It has been a full week in and out of music and work this week. It is Mother's Day in Australia on Sunday, here's one for the ladies from one of our legends, Troy Cassar Daley
Troy Cassar Daley The Ladies in My Life