Day 3 Americanafest

A bit sluggish today – too many late nights.

I finally made it to Dunn Bros coffee shop late morning to discuss with the gang how best we might fill the day.

We decided upon The Second Fiddle on Broadway where Sounds Australia were sponsoring an event – two hours of fine Australian music with free pizza – sounded like a plan.

Melbourne singer songwriter Damian Howard (who lives close by to yours truly) played a short set with some Nashville notables – Tim Carroll and Aussie Midnight Oil expat. “Bones” Hillman (both of whom recently toured with Elizabeth Cook in Australia).

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Damian Howard

Melody Pool followed up next playing some material from her newly released debut album The Hurting Scene.

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Melody Pool

The Bushwackers were next – 43 years strong.  I don’t believe I have seen them live before today.  Their rendition of “I am Australian” was a sweet experience.

I have heard so much about Catherine Britt but never seen her live.  The first song was immensely powerful about an orphan from Darwin.  The three-set performance was unfortunately over in a flash – a classy and seriously good artist who is no stranger to Americana.

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Catherine Britt

Mustered Courage rounded off proceedings, also from good old Melbourne Australia.  Now I’ve missed them at home for various reasons before so it was good to support them while overseas as they are an impressive outfit – again, only three songs!!  It was nice to catch up with Nick from the band and buy a signed CD.  Also the band may be in Austin when we are there, so it will be cool if we can hook up.

A great way to start the day – Sounds Australia – hats off to you.

A quick shop along Broadway followed and a return to the Conference Centre for the very tail end of a Billy Bragg interview, arriving in just enough time to hear him play “Handyman Blues” off his new release Tooth and Nail.

The next discussion was a beauty – about Mountain Stage which is a public radio show from West Virginia – over 30 years national broadcasting and 800+ shows.

Larry Groce is the show’s long-standing host and he discussed the show and its history, and he had some excellent artists who came along.

Tim O’Brien, who has a well-reviewed new record with Darrell Scott, and a career that impresses, played two songs.  Chip Taylor, writer of “Wild Thing” and “Angel of The Morning”, was so deeply moving, playing two emotional songs “Block Out The Sirens” off a new release and a delightful ditty “Fuck All The Perfect People” – he was accompanied by John Plantania (who worked on Moondance with Van Morrison).  Finally Kim Richey played two really good songs, the second one was “Angel Share”.

So back to the hotel for a relax before heading out to dinner.  Unfortunately we chose a place called Rock Bottom – it lived up to its name.  The rain had come – we scurried up the road and sought refuge in Ernest Tubb’s Record Store – I picked up three little audio treasures.

The rain was getting heavier – we were wet and getting wetter.

We made a strategic decision to retire, as tomorrow was going to be a big one.

Author: Rob Dickens

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