February Newsletter from jamiemcpherson.com.au
Hello and welcome to the inaugural newsletter from jamiemcpherson.com.au. Not only is this February’s Newsletter, but also the wrap up for 2010.
The big news for 2010 is the soft launch of my debut CD, Meeting Place, in December. After 3 years of hard work, the CD is finally here and it both looks and sounds great! I’m just chuffed with the way it came out. The stunning photography on the album is done by one of my dearest friends and one of this country’s greatest photographers, Jeremy Watson.
Also, the back cover of the album features the wonderfull painting “Meeting Place” by my very talented wife, Tikarma Vodicka.
This 45 minute CD takes you on a musical journey through my world of sound and song, with nine original tracks plus the Rolling Stones classic “No Expectations”. Here is the first review for the CD by influential Italian rock critic, Paolo Caru-
“A very personal cocktail of blues, rock and folk, McPherson draws inspiration from Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen and invites us on a very personal journey through his musical microcosm. Ballads, folk rock, singer-songwriters, a cross between blues and rock for a diverse disk.”
Paolo Caru – caru.com (Dec 12, 2010)
Also, this just in, a new review from altcountry.nl in The Neatherlands –
“The wide Australian space blows through the lungs of Jamie McPherson. In short, a rural landscape. Slowed movements. Singing with a certain reverence. That sums up what Meeting Place (home) by Jamie McPherson has to offer. The landscape is most clearly experienced in the first number of the album, A Midsummer In a Southern Land. It tells of the surroundings of Stathalbyn, South of Adelaide, where McPherson lives. On the one hand the sound of the wide open space, reminiscent of the The Triffids, on the other, a passionate approach reminiscent of Kim Salmon, both confirming his authentic Australian roots. Just as in America, Australians also have other roots further ashore and for McPherson that is Scotland. The title number confirms this. McPherson began with music after his son passed away. He records in his own studio, this is evident given the still somewhat amateur like sound quality . A little more dynamics and tighter playing wouldn´t have gone astray. Nevertheless, certainly enjoyable this Meeting Place. Available via CD Baby”
3 stars out of 5
John Gjaltema – altcountry.nl (Feb 05, 2011)
December saw the launch of my website www.jamiemcpherson.com.au . This site provides a one stop shop to purchase a CD or merchandise, listen to a few tracks, leave a message or catch up on the latest news. Also, you can veiw some of the pictures Jeremy Watson took for the Meeting Place shoot. Hopefully in the new year, we can get some more of his stunning shots from this session online. At the moment, he is off in Sri Lanka doing wonderful work with the kids there, teaching them photography and helping to heal a country through children sharing their photos and lives.
Besides buying direct from jamiemcpherson.com.au, there are plenty of places to now buy Meeting Place. We welcome our first retail partner, Jeff’s Books in Strathalbyn, to be the first shop to offer Meeting Place. Also, there are plenty of online retailers to buy the CD from including CD Baby, CD Universe, Caru.com and Amazon in the USA, UK and Japan. You can also download the album in MP3 format from CD Baby, Digstation, iTunes, Amazon, Shockhound, Last FM, Zune and eMusic.
2010 was a great year for live shows too! After the sad demise of Macrocarpa in Mount Barker, we saw some good shows during the year. The highlight was definately The Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale with Rob McDade, Andy Salvanos, Paddy Montgomery plus the poetry of Tikarma Vodicka. Such a magical night! Other great gigs were a couple at Higher Ground including my SCALA debut, an afternoon at the wonderful 90 Mile Wines, Foster and Relative Kinship Care Week at Dunreath Homestead, The Victoria Hotel for the Strathalbyn Antique Fair and The Jade Monkey as part of the Nefarious Nine. I got the oppertunity to play these gigs with some fantastic musicians including Tristan Newsome (The Self Preservation Society), Mosby, Daniel Pitman, Anthony D’Antonio, The Kemp Brothers, Matthew Hill, Rachel Cearns, Peter McIvor, Sleepless and many others.
2010 was also a good year in radio, as I appeared on Radio Adelaide’s Songcatcher programme for a chinwag about my songwriting and music as well as playing a few of my tracks from the album and artist influence songs from Wall of Voodoo and The Band. I also got some brilliant playtime on 5EFM on the Fleurieu Penninsula. So, it was such a great joy to switch on the radio and then here my songs come on. A real blast!
Also I got to see some great shows from friends such as The Self Preservation Society, Matt Reiner and the Aunt Sally’s and Colonel Kernal.
It was a year of ups and downs personaly, but on the whole perseverance proved to be a good bet to make and I am happy with the way things have turned out. So, it’s upwards and onwards.
January has been a quiet time, doing admin, plugging the CD and organising shows. March will be a special time as I will be turning 40, and to celebrate there will be a special show at The Singing Gallery on 03 April with some special friends to help ring it in. It will also be the official launch of the CD! Hopefully, to continue the celebrations, in March there may also be a joint 40th birthday celebration show with Rob McDade, who also shares this milestone. Something we are trying to organise. Also I will be performing at The Great Australian Shave on March 10 in Mount Barker, to raise money for Leukemia research. More details of these shows will appear next month as we get things finalised. So, stay tuned.
Other plans for 2011 including hopefully upgrading the studio, writing and recording, playing more live shows as well as working with Tikarma to record some of her wonderful poetry. We did a test disk last year and it sounded fantastic! She has a wonderful voice for reading her talented poems and we got some great feedback. I’m definately looking forward to that!
Thank you all for your support and encouragement during 2010 and hopefully 2011 will be a brilliant year! Remember to visit www.jamiemcpherson.com.au to purchase a CD or tee and get all the latest news.
Beannachd leibh (Brightest blessings)
Songwriter/balladeer/composer/live performing artist