Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce one of Australia’s most loved and respected artists Paul Kelly will embark on a colossal Antipodean tour this November and December. Touring in celebration of his album Life Is Fine (out now through EMI) which just debuted at the top of the ARIA Album Chart, Kelly will tour Australia, visiting both regional and metro cities, before heading to New Zealand for three theatre performances.
Kelly will be joined by a stellar line-up of special guests across the tour, with Steve Earle and Middle Kids supporting for the Brisbane to Perth leg of the tour, Busby Marou supporting in Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and on the New Zealand leg of the tour, The Eastern supporting for all New Zealand shows and Sahara Beck as support at the Rockhampton show.
Kelly’s recently released 23rd studio album Life Is Fine (out now through EMI) showcases this stellar songwriter in firm command of his craft. The 10-time ARIA award winner has achieved his first ever #1 album in his almost 40-year career as a recording artist. The deliberately ambiguous album title – on one hand affirmative, and the other a nod towards interpretations of ‘fine’- is in Paul Kelly’s own words, about ‘never knowing what’s around the corner’. The title track’s lyrics are from a poem by American writer Langston Hughes.
One of his strongest and most evocative albums, Kelly takes backing vocals on tracks My Man’s Got A Cold (lead by Vika Bull) and Don’t Explain (lead by Linda Bull). “I wonder why I hadn’t thought of it sooner, to have another voice on my records besides mine,” Kelly comments, “A lot of my favourite bands have that.”
Joining Kelly as very special guests for his shows from Brisbane to Perth is American folk singer-songwriter Steve Earle and Sydney’s indie-rock trio Middle Kids.
Three time Grammy Award winner Steve Earle, whose songs have been recorded by such legends as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Carl Perkins gained attention from 1986 breakthrough album Guitar Town. Earle’s current release So You Wannabe An Outlaw (out now through Warner) sees him return to his country roots, bringing in Willie Nelson for the title track, roaring a powerful anthem for The Firebreak Line and If Mama Coulda Seen Me.
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, with their international profile bolstered by Elton John announcing he was a fan. Their combination of hooky tune craft, ripping Music Row-inspired slide guitar leads and soaring melodic vocals carry through in Your Love, Never Start and Doing It Right.
Also joining Kelly as special guests on his Darwin, Cairns, Townsville and all New Zealand shows are Rockhampton duo Busby Marou. Recognised for their delightful harmonies blending with melodic, acoustic tunes and heartfelt lyrics, the band won the APRA Award for Blues & Roots Work of the Year for 2012 hit Biding My Time. Recent release and ARIA number one Postcards From The Shell House champion Busby’s breezy croon and Marou’s earthy guitars in tracks Best Part Of Me, Paint This Land and Getaway Car.
Joining Kelly as a special guest on his Rockhampton show is Brisbane songstress Sahara Beck. Nominated for 2012 Song of The Year at the QLD Music Awards for You Could Be Happy, Beck’s infectious, restless spirit stretches her beyond her folk-rock. Soft, sultry vocals caress songs Here It Comes and Spinning Time from latest album Panacea with Beck singing with the wise witticisms of a world-weary blues artist.
Don’t miss your chance to see one of Australia’s foremost singer-songwriters Paul Kelly in concert this November. Fans are encouraged to act quickly in securing their tickets; all shows are on sale Monday 28 August.
Frontier Members pre-sale via frontiertouring.com/paulkelly
Wednesday 23 August (AUS shows: 12noon AEST | NZ shows: 2pm NZST)
to Thursday 24 August (AUS shows: 12noon AEST | NZ shows: 2pm NZST)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
General public on sale from 12noon local time, Monday 28 August