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Bob Evans announces Australian tour and tells Jen his top 5 songs of last year.

Here are Bob Evans top 5 songs of last year. Check out the tour details below and watch his music video for ‘Drowning’.

RYAN ADAMS – Baby, I Love You

I’m listening to a lot of Ryan Adams at the moment, maybe too much.  This was a stand alone single so it’s not off any album.  I think he has his own studio and label and can just do whatever he likes whenever he likes.  That’s the impression I get and that kind of a situation must be incredibly creatively satisfying and exciting.  This is a pretty simple song but it’s just executed so well, his voice and the production are both really beautiful.

CHARLIE COLLINS – Wish You Were Here

This kind of lives in a similar world to Ryan Adams to me, in it’s atmosphere.  I liked Charlie’s old band Tigertown but I must admit the more pop they got the harder I found it to stay on board.  This is both a return to her roots but also a big leap forward at the same time, in terms of it’s content and overall maturity.  Charlie’s voice can carry drama really well and I just think she is mining gold at the moment.  I can’t wait to hear a whole record.

EMMA LOUISE – Wish You Well

This was one of those songs that stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it.  She has slowed her voice down so I’m guessing she must have recorded her vocals to a sped up version of the track.  The first time I heard this effect was listening to Ween in the late 90’s.  They used it to make everything psychedelic and trippy but Emma uses it to embody a whole different persona.  It’s just strikingly beautiful and incredibly intimate and can just about move me to tears.  When I Iisten to this song it feels like she is whispering in to my ear. 

CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS – Better Than That

This one also stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it on the radio while driving in my car.  I stuck around to catch the back announce and it was Cash Savage, who I’d never heard of, but I loved the sound of the guitar and the lyricism.  Then, that very next weekend, I walked in to the bedroom and my wife was watching rage while having a little sleep in and this great, loud, urgent rock song was playing that she was really in to and I asked her who it was and she said “Cash Savage”, only this song was completely different to the one I heard.  It must have been a single.  Anyway, we bought the record that day.

KYLIE MINOGUE – Dancing

I’ve never really enjoyed a Kylie Minogue song before, ever.  Even the songs that other people who didn’t necessarily like Kylie told me they liked, like Confide in Me for example, I still didn’t like.  No Kylie song had ever moved me before.  But then I heard this song and I didn’t even recognise it was her.  It’s such an unusual pop song but it moved me because it feels like for the first time ever she is singing about something of substance.  The song is clearly about facing your own mortality, “When I go out I wanna go out dancing”.  That sentiment moves me.  It’s both incredibly joyous and gut wrenchingly sad.

After a massive 2018, which saw one of Australia’s most loved troubadours Bob Evans receiving the Best Of treatment via new album Full Circle alongside a hugely successful national tour to boot, the distinguished artist has today announced an intimate run of regional shows for March 2019.  Kicking off at Narrabeen RSL in Narrabeen on March 14, the tour will head through Newcastle, Bulli, Mornington, Belgrave, and wrap up in Ballarat at Karova Lounge on March 30.  On support duties will be Madeline Leman in Victoria, and Caitlin Harnett in New South Wales.

BOB EVANS NATIONAL ‘FULL CIRCLE’ TOUR

THU 14 MAR | NARRABEEN RSL, NARRABEEN NSW | 18+ * WITH CAITLIN HARNETT
Tickets available from www.bobevans.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 15 MAR | 48 WATT ST, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+ * WITH CAITLIN HARNETT
Tickets available from www.bobevans.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlet

FRI 16 MAR | HERITAGE HOTEL, BULLI NSW | 18+ * WITH CAITLIN HARNETT
Tickets available from www.bobevans.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
THU 28 MAR | THE PUBLICAN, MORNINGTON VIC | 18+ * WITH MADELINE LEMAN
Tickets available from www.bobevans.com.au or www.eventbrite.com.au
FRI 29 MAR | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC | 18+ * WITH MADELINE LEMAN
Tickets available from www.bobevans.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 30 MAR | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC | 18+ * WITH MADELIN LEMAN
Tickets available from www.bobevans.com.au or www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

 

With five solo studio albums down the track, Bob EvansFull Circle – which also features new single Drowning – is not the traditional ‘greatest hits’ or ‘best of’, as Kevin Mitchell explains, I like the idea of it being presented more like an introduction to my work if you had never heard of me. This would be the record for that person. So I didn’t want to just bundle the singles together or present the songs in the order they were released. Some singles didn’t make the cut, in favour of album tracks that have grown legs of their own and found some kind of special place of significance without ever necessarily being on the radio or anything… I’m proud of what I’ve managed to create.

Fans of Bob Evans are in for a real treat with the upcoming regional shows, as Kevin enthuses, It was always my intention to do some regional shows to celebrate the release of Full Circle.  The capital city shows I played in 2018 were such a joy, but these shows are going to be a little bit different.  I will be performing solo, which allows me to change the set list up a bit each night and play longer and more spontaneous sets.  One thing that will carry over from the last tour however will be the song raffle, whereby everyone who enters the room will receive a raffle ticket and if your number is called out you get to request any Bob Evans song ever recorded and I will do my darndest to remember how to play it!  This part of the show was pretty fun last time so I’m looking forward to finding out what happens this time around.  I also can’t wait to get behind the wheel and do some long drives, listen to a bunch of music and spend time in some quality country pubs.  It’s one of life’s great pleasures!”

Victoria support artist Madeline Leman has been tearing through Melbourne’s Americana scene for a number of years, singing about not only the every day experience of being a women, but also the absurdity of the gendered experience of being a woman in the music industry.  NSW support Caitlin Harnett’s songs evoke Laurel Canyon of the early 70s.  Combined with her guitar, banjo and harmonica, her music has the lilt of folk, a touch of pop and the honesty of Americana. 

Mitchell was already under the Australian music spotlight as singer/guitarist for indie-rock-darlings Jebediah when in 1998 he found a t-shirt in a Perth op-shop with the number 15 on the back, and the name ‘Bob Evans’ printed on the front. Coincidentally at this time he was embarking on his first solo shows in Perth and a random name on someone’s discarded basketball shirt took hold.  He may have grown out of the t-shirt, but the name fit and has stayed for an impressive solo career.

This Bob Evans guy has been hitching a ride in my life for 20 years,” Mitchell laughs. “It’s an unusual relationship to have with something that isn’t real.

 

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