A Letter From Tex Perkins
Ladies and Gentlemen!
How are you? Good? Me? I’m fine, thanks. In fact, I’m more than fine, I’m fuckin’ great! Why….I hear you ask? Well, for a start I’ve been in this game for 27 years now – the entertainment industry that is… y’know… the music caper, show biz. That alone is reason enough for me to be pleased with myself. But apart from what a great life I’ve had, It means I’ve now been around long enough to have my own greatest hits collection; well, let’s call it a ‘best of’…. a retrospective of my most important works… or even, a bunch of songs that I’ve sung a thousand times and can still stand hearing, OR, songs that I’ve noticed people seem to like more than others over the years… Anyway, I think you get the picture.
You probably know of my work with ARIA award winning groove and roots specialists The Cruel Sea, and someone may have told you I was once in a horrible band called The Beasts Of Bourbon, but THIS collection (“Songs From My Black Cattle Dog”) is more about Tex Perkins the singer/songwriter; Perko the storytelling balladeer; Tex the hung over melancholic philosopher… SO if you want Tex the rootsy groover get The Cruel Sea’s best of (“The Most”), or, if you want Tex the angry ape get The Beasts Of Bourbon’s best of (“Beyond Good And Evil”). BUT, if you want to hear a world weary journeyman spin a few yarns, spill some beans, spit out some bile, spread a few rumours and shed one or two tears whilst stumbling through some of most joyous musical collaborations of his life with some of the world’s greatest musicians (Charlie Owen, Tim Rogers, Don Walker, Murray Paterson, Jim White… to name but a few), then THIS IS the collection for you….
Oh yeah, and I’m playing some shows – wanna come to one??
The tour kicks of Nationally Friday August 21st in Melbourne, with singer songwriter Jordie Lane supporting on selected shows across the country. Dates and venues below.
Best Of Tour 2009
Fri 21 – Northcote Social Club – Northcote
Sat 22 – Carrara Stadium – Gold Coast
Fri 28 – Tanks Art Centre – Cairns
Fri 18 – The Gov – Adelaide w/ Jordie Lane
Sat 19 – Rosemount Hotel– Perth w/ Jordie Lane
Sun 20 – Fly by Night – Fremantle w/ Jordie Lane
Fri 25 – Live at Lizottes – Newcastle
Sat 26 – Sounds of Spring Festival – Brisbane
Fri 2 – Republic Bar – Hobart w/ Jordie Lane
Sat 3 – Meeniyan Town Hall – Meeniyan w/ Jordie Lane
Fri 9 – Prince Of Wales – Melbourne w/ Jordie Lane
Sat 10 – The Metro – Sydney w/ Jordie Lane