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Watch Dan Sultan Sit Down With Mushroom Boss Michael Gudinski

Mushroom boss Michael Gudinski and Melbourne blues and rock dynamo Dan Sultan recently met at Melbourne’s historic Junction Oval in St Kilda where the two discussed the process behind Dan’s acclaimed new album Blackbird, the woes of being a Saints fan, and the LP’s promotional junket.

Under My Skin, is it true that was specifically something that came out of that Nicky Winmar incident, or the Nicky Winmar incident added to it, or it had nothing to do with it?” Gudinski asks, referring to a famous incident in 1993 involving Indigenous St Kilda football player Nicky Winmar.

“Never entered into it,” laughs Dan. “It’s been brought up once or twice… but people are going to take out of the song whatever they want.” In fact, Dan explained to Music Feeds that the song is about “an obsessed, murderous, drug addicted stalker who eventually plays out their fantasies.”

When Gudinski queries Dan about the meaning behind the album title, he admits that while he has a love for the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, the album was named after Blackbird Studios in Nashville where the album was recorded. “I just wanted to pay my respects to the studio itself,” says Dan.

As for the recent promotional grind, he says, “You click into a bit of autopilot, it’s almost like a script. It can be a bit of a pain in the ass, but it’s a lot worse when you can tell that someone who’s interviewing you [is] just asking basic questions, they could be asking anybody those questions.”

Watch: Mushroom Presents – Michael Gudinski with Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan – Blackbird National Tour

w/Stonefield, Way of the Eagle (DJ Set)

Thursday, 26th June

The Venue, Townsville QLD

Tix: Ticketek

Friday, 27th June

Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD

Tix: Tanksartscentre

Saturday, 28th June

River Sessions Festival, Mackay QLD

Tix: River Sessions

Wednesday, 2nd July

Solbar, Maroochydore QLD

Tix: Oztix

Thursday, 3rd July

Spotted Cow, Toowoomba QLD

Tix: Oztix

Friday, 4th July

Soundlounge, Gold Coast QLD

Tix: Soundlounge

Saturday, 5th July

Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane QLD

Tix: Oztix

Tuesday, 8th July

The Northern, Byron Bay NSW

Tix: Oztix

Wednesday, 9th July

Port Panthers, Port Macquarie NSW

Tix: Oztix

Thursday, 10th July

Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW

Tix: Oztix

Friday, 11th July

Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW

Tix: Metro Theatre

Saturday, 12th July

Waves, Woollongong NSW

Tix: Moshtix

Thursday, 17th July

The Forum, Melbourne VIC

Tix: Ticketmaster

Friday, 18th July

The Wool Exchance, Geelong VIC

Tix: Oztix

Saturday, 19th July

Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC

Tix: Oztix

Friday, 1st August

Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA

Tix: Oztix

Saturday, 2nd August

Astor Theatre, Perth WA

Tix: Show Ticketing

Friday, 8th August

Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart TAS

Tix: Tixtas

Saturday, 9th August

Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS

Tix: Tixtas

Thursday, 14th August

The Gov, Adelaide SA

Tix: Oztix

Saturday, 16th August

Roebuck Bay Hotel, WA

Tix: Oztix

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