ANNOUNCES NATIONAL TOUR FOR AU & NZ THIS NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
+ LIFE IS FINE DEBUTS AT NO.1 ON ARIA CHARTS
Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce one of Australia’s most loved and respected artists, Paul Kelly, will embark on a colossal national tour this November and December. In celebration of the release of his ARIA #1 debut Life Is Fine (out now through EMI), Kelly will tour Australia, visiting both regional and metro cities before heading to New Zealand for three performances.
Kelly’s recently released 23rd studio album Life Is Fine (out now through EMI) shows this stellar songwriting in firm command of his craft. The 10 time ARIA award winner has achieved his first ever number one album after almost 40 years 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’.
Don’t miss your chance to see 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
Begins: Wed 23 Aug (12noon AEST)
Ends: Thu 24 Aug (12noon AEST)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Mon 28 Aug (12noon local time)