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“Welcome back, Wilson Pickers. After a five-year hiatus — initially brought on by the 2011 leukaemia relapse of vocalist/guitarist Danny Widdicombe — the bluegrass supergroup return with new single, “Pulled Apart By Horses”, the first preview from forthcoming album, You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train, exclusively premiered today via Rolling Stone.
Right from the outset, it’s clear their trademark tongue-in-cheek larrikinism hasn’t faded, as lead Ben Salter “jacked up on gin and gatorade” darts from religious references to film metaphors to solemn poetic punches (“I really miss my mother”), before charging the troupe into a mid-song hoedown. The group’s candour playfulness is further extenuated by the lo-fi clip, featuring all five dancing and prancing along to the song’s smirking tone.
You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train is set to be released on August 26th via ABC Music. [J.N.]”
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The Wilson Pickers launch their third album –
“You Can’t Catch Fish From A Train”
with a string of shows this spring.
The Wilson Pickers are hitting the road this spring with a string of shows to launch their third album, You Can’t Catch Fish From a Train.
Recorded in the round at Church Farm Studios in Billinudgel, NSW over three days in February this year, the album returns The Wilson Pickers to the bluegrass instrumentation and five-part harmony singing that propelled this side project to centre stage in 2009. Both their previous albums have been nominated for ARIA awards and the band are calling this release their best work yet.
Ben Salter, Sime Nugent, Andrew Morris, Danny Widdicombe and John Bedggood formed the fabled Wilson Pickers as a side project and went on to record two studio albums – The Land Of The Powerful Owl (2009) and Shake It Down (2010). Along the way they built a reputation for their live shows and the group’s skill and eagerness to have a great time playing music together. This made them a crowd favourite at major festivals across the country.
The Pickers had a long pause while beloved band member Danny Widdicombe underwent treatment for leukaemia. But this album is more than a reunion for five of Australia’s finest singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists. They had unfinished business. Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine) mixed and mastered the album. There are guest appearances by Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and Rod Coe (Slim Dusty) making this highly anticipated release a very well credentialed recording with a lot of heart.
You Can’t Catch Fish From a Train is out through ABC Music / Universal on August 26.
Here are the shows –
FRI 30 SEPT – LAZYBONES LOUNGE Marrickville NSW – Tickets
SAT 1 OCT – DASHVILLE SKYLINE NSW – Tickets
THU OCT 13 – SOUND LOUNGE Gold Coast QLD – Tickets
FRI OCT 14 – THE TRIFFID Brisbane QLD – Tickets
SAT OCT 15 – BISON BAR Sunny Coast QLD – Tickets
SUN OCT 16 – A&I HALL Bangalow NSW – Tickets
NOV 18,19,20 – MULLUM MUSIC FEST Mullumbimby NSW – Tickets
FRI DEC 2 – BASEMENT DISCS INSTORE , Melb VIC – Tickets
SAT DEC 3 – CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, Oakleigh VIC – Tickets
SUN DEC 4 – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB Northcote VIC – Matinee – Tickets
Recorded in the round at Church Farm Studios in Billinudgel, NSW over three days in February this year, the album returns The Wilson Pickers to the bluegrass instrumentation and five-part harmony singing that propelled this side project to centre stage in 2009.
Both their previous albums have been nominated for ARIA awards and the band are calling this release their best work yet.
What people are saying..
I’m a sucker for some blues harp and slide guitar, but combine it with John Bedggood’s mandolin.. someone get me a mop and a new pair of pants. My already high expectations for the night are blown away like McCain’s chances in 2012.- Rave Magazine
Barman Blues is the kind of loose party blues, complete with false start, that sounds like The Wilson Pickers are sitting right there in the room with you and passing the bottle around.- The Courier Mail
Each of the five vocalists put in their standard excellent performances, suiting the music perfectly.. There’s an authenticity to these songs, but also a laidback versatility. ..Land Of The Powerful Owl is a superb debut, full of the rich soul that each of these musicians bring to every performance.- FasterLouder
There is a fantastic mix of sounds and songs, made possible by the assembly of the five talented singers and songwriters that make up this collective.. ..delivered with the enthusiasm and honesty of a bunch of guys who not only love music, but obviously respect each other and enjoy each other’s company.- The Dwarf