Longtime friends and collaborators Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers are about to hit the road together for the first time in a co-headline run of shows, after a decade of playing on one another’s records and guesting at each other’s shows. The ‘Sooner or Later’ tour kicks off this week in Tamworth and we are delighted to welcome Garrett Kato who will be supporting the superstar duo throughout the regional tour. Ziggy Alberts will also be joining the bill in Ballarat exclusively. Tickets to the Albury show are now sold-out, with Bendigo, Canberra, Wollongong, Toowoomba & Grafton shows soon to follow suit. Tickets to all other shows can be purchased via the tour page.
Garrett Kato is a Canadian born musician and songwriter who has lived in Byron Bay, with his Australian partner and daughter, for the last four years. In 2015 Kato released his second LP That Low and Lonesome Sound, with Rolling Stone Australia praising the album as a “Gentile gem rich with songwriting nous and emotion leaking from every pore”. Kato’s single ‘Sweet Jane’ was recently featured in the Hollywood Motion Picture Bad Moms and has racked up over 1 million Spotify streams since the film’s release.
And for a special treat for Ballarat locals Ziggy Alberts will be joining the bill for a one-off support slot. Ziggy is a coastal folk singer/songwriter, free surfer & environmental enthusiast from the East Coast of Australia. Highly anticipated following his hit single ‘Runaway’, Ziggy’s latest record Four Feet In The Forest went to no. 1 in the singer songwriter charts and proves to be a favourite compilation by many of his listeners.
To get you in the mood, you can watch a spectacular live rendition of ‘Sooner or Later’, performed by both Bernard and Kasey and filmed at Bernard’s sold-out show at the stunning Palais Theatre in Melbourne
Both Bernard and Kasey will also be playing at this year’s 45th annual Country Music Awards of Australia – the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards. The Awards can be streamed LIVE via ABC Landline and http://www.tcmf.com.au/live to audiences across the country from 7.30 pm (AEDST) Saturday 28 January 2017.
With a sold out national tour behind him, Bernard was honoured to receive an ARIA late last year, taking home the Best Adult Contempory Album award, for his third solo record Civil Dusk , part one of a two part project (the second LP Brutal Dawn is due 2017). While Kasey’s August EP release, Ain’t No Little Girl gave fans a taste of her eleventh studio LP, Dragonfly, a double album that sees her collaborating with Australian music legend Paul Kelly in the producer’s chair for one session, and Nash Chambers producing the other.
What a crazy week it’s been. I must say what an honour and delight it was for The Black Fins and I to be invited to pay tribute to Crowded House alongside one of my favorite people Missy Higgins at the 2016 ARIA Awards as they were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Beautiful songs that people will carry in their hearts and whistle on their lips for generations. Thanks to all of the Crowdie team for having us.
Also, I was honestly and genuinely so surprised to win an ARIA that I forgot to thank a whole lot of people! So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who bought Civil Dusk and came along to the tour. You, the fans are the most important people in the process because without your support, none of us would have anything to do. So thanks. Dad rock wins again.
With the Civil Dusk tour now wrapped up, it’s exciting to share some further tour news with you!
We, Bernard Fanning and The Black Fins, do hereby declare our joy in announcing the birth of the ‘Sooner Or Later’ tour with Kasey Chambers through regional QLD, NSW and VIC. We have been having such a ball playing each other’s shows over the last ten years that we finally decided to take it on the road. Looking forward to getting to some places that I have never played in and sharing the stage with a great mate and total legend, Kasey.
To get you in the mood, I’m happy to share a performance of ‘Sooner or Later’ below which we filmed and recorded live at the stunning Palais Theatre in Melbourne back in October. If you came along to this show on the Civil Dusk tour you might want to take a closer look – you could spot yourself in a cameo!
Through the 70’s and 80’s I sat in the shared bedroom of my family home with my brother Paul and listened to the music of our older brother stream through the vee-jays. Our end of the house hummed and thrummed to the sounds of The Beatles, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Bob Segar, Steve Miller, Elton John, Dire Straits and ACDC. But one particular artist always made my ears prick up….. James Taylor. Who could ignore ‘sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground’? Even as a seven year old that lyric and song had an effect on my imagination, without understanding its context.
Amongst all of that classic songwriting JT’s music stood out to me as the most evocative. Eventually I got my hands on my brother’s cassette of James Taylor’s Greatest Hits with the rerecorded version of Something In The Way She Moves and wore it out. It was a plain white cover with the songs listed on the front. The artwork was a beautiful representation of the simplicity and almost spiritual purity of the music inside. Direct, uncomplicated hymns and the most under rated guitar playing of all time.
Years later in Powderfinger we used to play a cover of JT’s song Lo and Behold from his first record Sweet Baby James. All around us people were listening to Primus, Jane’s Addiction and Faith No More. I never got it. My heart was with Sweet Baby James. I guess, judging by my last record, it still is.
So, to be invited to play some shows with an artist of this stature is a true career highlight for me and my band The Black Fins. We are beyond excited.
For the uninitiated, start here and you will never look back………….A 1971 concert featuring JT, Leland Sklar, Ross Kunkel and Carol King tinkling away on the piano.