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 initially formed the fabled Wilson Pickers as a side project and soon built a reputation for their raucous, virtuosic and often spell binding live shows at festivals around the country. They recorded two studio albums – The Land Of The Powerful Owl (2009) and Shake It Down (2010).
The Pickers had a long pause while beloved band member Danny Widdicombe underwent treatment for leukaemia. This album is more than a reunion for five of Australia’s finest singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists.
This is more a case of 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.
You CAN catch The Wilson Pickers this spring..
FRI 30 SEPT – LAZYBONES LOUNGE Marrickville NSW
SAT 1 OCT – DASHVILLE SKYLINE NSW
THURS OCT 13 – SOUND LOUNGE Gold Coast QLD
FRI OCT 14 – THE TRIFFID Brisbane QLD
SAT OCT 15 – BISON BAR Sunny Coast QLD
SUN OCT 16 – A&I HALL Bangalow NSW
NOV 18,19,20 – MULLUM MUSIC FEST Mullumbimby NSW
FRI DEC 2 – BASEMENT DISCS INSTORE , Melb VIC
SAT DEC 3 – CARAVAN MUSIC CLUB, Oakleigh VIC
SUN DEC 4 – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB Northcote VIC – Matinee