Those staggered to learn Paul Kelly achieved his first ever number one album last week will be equally excited by this news. One of Australia’s most loved and respected songwriters, Kelly has announced he will be bringing both Steve Earle and Middle Kids to support him at a massive Kings Park show on Saturday, November 25.
A distinguished 40-year career has seen Kelly chalk up multi-platinum sales, 10 ARIA Awards and an ARIA Hall Of Fame induction in 1997, however a No. 1 album proved to be elusive. Life is Fine changes all that, the album delivering an energy reminiscent of Paul’s 80s recordings.
The album’s highlights include opener, Rising Moon, lead single Firewood and Candles and fun songs like Leah: The Sequel and My Man’s Got A Cold. The humorous tunes contrast with another of Kelly’s exquisite songs of regret, Letters in the Rain, and the rich imagery at the heart of Petrichor.
Featured on the album are Vika and Linda Bull on vocals, Dan Kelly and Ashley Naylor on guitars, Bill McDonald on bass, Cameron Bruce on keys and Peter Luscombe on drums.
Three time Grammy Award winner Steve Earle, whose songs have been recorded by such legends as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Carl Perkins, first gained attention for 1986 breakthrough album Guitar Town. Earle’s current release So You Wannabe An Outlaw sees him return to his country roots, bringing in Willie Nelson for the title track.
Sydney band Middle Kids blazed out of the gates with their anthemic alt-rock single Edge of Town, from their 2017 debut self-titled EP. Days after the release, Middle Kids made their live TV debut on US show Conan, while their international profile was bolstered by Elton John announcing he was a fan.
Paul Kelly, Steve Earle and Middle Kids play Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Saturday, November 25. Tickets on sale 12 noon Monday, August 28.