June Newsletter from The Official Jamie McPherson

Posted in 12 string guitar, Alternative Country, CD, chilli, folk music, Funeral, guitar, lyrics, Meeting Place, New Orleans, Newsletter, Songwriting, Strathalbyn, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2012 by Jamie McPherson

June Newsletter from The Official Jamie McPherson

Welcome to the June edition of www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

NEW BLOG ABOUT JAMIE!

That’s right folks. The laughing bard himself, Mat Drogemuller, in his quest for greater musical enlightenment, has featured yours truely in his blog. Besides being a serious musician, Mat has a brilliant writing style that is both funny, imformative and extremely entertaining. Mat and I conversed over many emails and this ripper of a blog was what came out of it. There were many other things we talked about that didn’t make it to the blog, but I suppose that is just for us to know and you to puzzle about. Maybe one day one of us will publish our other gems of wizdom, but until then, I highly recomend you read not only this part of the blog, but also the other extremely entertaining blogs.

You can read Mat’s blog, The Laughing Bard at http://thelaughingbard.com

NEW SHOW ANNOUNCED!

Who cut the cheese? Well, you can find out in September at The Cheese Factory Studio Gallery.

CHEESE FACTORY SESSIONS

The Cheese Factory Studio Gallery is open on the THIRD SUNDAY of each month offering a delightful afternoon of…

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, PRODUCE PLATTERS, LOCAL WINES, COFFEE, SWEET TREATS, VISUAL ARTS & CRAFT…

and

Songwriter and balladeer

JAMIE McPHERSON

Jamie’s songs are stories of love, life, death, family and friendship, strange people in stranger lands, observing the world around him and the people who have occupied it. Often his songs incorporate his love of the Australian landscape and his ancestral home of Scotland along with some good old fashioned penned cowboy ballads. His words and melodies are firmly rooted in all these worlds and have a definitive Australian take on folk and alternative country music. And he is never afraid to poke fun at himself or the society we live in.

So, come on down and cut some cheese!

at

The Cheese Factory

Great local food and wine served at 1pm and show starts 2pm. Get ready to taste some of the best South Australian wines and yummy platters and sweetie treats!

CHEESE FACTORY SESSIONS – between 1:00 – 4:00pm The Cheese Factory Sunday, September 16th, 2012 239 Kondoparinga Road Meadows South Australia 5201 Aus (08) 8388 3725  Price: Adults $10 – Children $5

http://www.cheesefactory.com.au/cheese/home.html

What’s been happening?

Well folks, Tikarma and I have been quite busy. It has now been a year since we settled into our new digs in Strath and we are wondering, where has all the time gone?

Besides a few stellar shows, I’ve been busy writing a few new songs. Two which I just love are ‘Love, Served Me Chilli’ and my all time favourite, ‘A Sunny Day in New Orleans’. One is a bit of a ballad and the other is a New Orleans jazz funeral song. I can’t wait to get the studio up and runnig again, as this one will be full of trombones, trumpet and clarinet, and who knows, maybe one day it might be played at my funeral. One day…far…far…away! You can check out the lyrics and the blog for these two songs in the Blog section of www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

Speaking of funerals, I suppose I can not go past the very sad passing of two great musicians who have been a real inspiration to me. Donald “Duck” Dunn and Levon Helm. These two great men have been pivitol in forming my love of music and who have been a great influence on my own music. They are both sorely missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones.

The website had had a minor tweak in my bio. Just to bring it more in line with the musical direction I seem to be heading. Nothing major, but if you want to check it out, just go to the Bio section of www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

And, as you know, I have had the great privilage of being featured on Mat Drogemuller’s blog, The Laughing Bard. We had a real blast and a lot of laughs conversing about all things musical, and you can read the results at http://thelaughingbard.com

Also, you will have seen that a new show has been added at The Cheese Factory. This venue just looks brilliant and I have heard by several sources that the food is just to die for! So, I urge everyone to mosey on down and check it out. Preferably for my show, but if you can’t make it, take a drive down there anyway some time to see some amazing artwork! And, they are on the net at http://cheesefactory.com.au

The good news is that CD sales have seen to be suddenly taking off again, with CD’s sold in far away places such as Austria and Germany and picked up by a major distributer in the USA. Also, Myspace plays have gone through the roof along with doing well on the Reverb Nation charts reaching number 3 for South Australia’s folk charts, and not too shabby on the national charts either.

Meeting Place is still for sale at www.jamiemcpherson.com.au as well as all the major international distributers on the net.

Tikarma’s been quite the busy little bee lately! She has finally finished the archive of all her poetry, and it is just brilliant! It has been a real joy to re-read these gems. Truely, a great talent! Now, she is building up a backlog of new poems to be put in the archive. When will she find the time?

She’s also done some wonderful paintings, and the one she is currently working on is a real gem! I can’t wait for this one to be completed! To check out her website, just go to www.tikarmavodicka.com

Also, we now have set up a Ravenwood Studios page on Facebook. This is for all things Tikarma and Jamie. Just head on over to www.facebook.com/Ravenwoodstudios

You might notice that for the next few months, both Tikarma and I will be quite quiet as she will be undergoing two lots of surgery. All will be good, but her health and recovery will be taking top priority for us.

So, that’s what’s been happening in our world. Wishing you a great musical June and in the meantime, feel free to check out all the webpages.

Beannachd leibh,

Jamie

Jamie McPherson Songwriter/balladeer/composer/live performing artist

www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

Love, Served Me Chilli

Posted in 12 string guitar, Alternative Country, chilli, folk music, guitar, Jamie McPherson, love, lyrics, Music, piano, Songwriting, Tikarma Vodicka, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2012 by Jamie McPherson

Hello all,

Here are the lyrics to my latest song, Love, Served Me Chilli. It is a song of love found and lost, like all good love songs. Below the lyrics, is a short little explanation on the songwriting process. If you are musically inclined, you can view the chords for the song on the Lyrics/chords section of my website www.jamiemcpherson.com.au where you can also listen to some of my other songs and catch up with all the latest news. So, here is Love, Served Me Chilli –

Love, Served Me Chilli

Chorus

Love, served me chilli, this morning

No eggs, no bacon to fry

Love, served me chilli, every morning

Since you left and didn’t say, goodbye

She served me in a diner, in Austin

She was the prettiest little thing, I’d seen

She looked me once over, gave a laugh and poured my coffee

And said “Cowboy, where the hell have you been?”

“You’re dirty and dusty and you smell kinda bad

I bet you haven’t changed or washed, for a week

So get on out back, wash that face and comb your hair

And I’ll fix you up something special to eat”

Chorus

I went out to the washroom, cleaned up and combed my hair

Checked the mirror, then went back, to the scene

She lit up when she saw me and came in real close

And whispered “Cowboy, tell me where you’ve been?”

I’ve been out, thirty days, driving longhorn

Six months, on a rig in the sea

Sellin’ snake oil in Coleman, to your mama, don’t cha know

Where you look, now that’s where, I have been

Chorus

She laughed, bit her lip, and said “Handsome, tell me more

I love a man, that knows where he’s been

Eat your eggs, chew your bacon and drink that coffee real slow

And tell me cowboy, what have you seen?”

I worked in Houston, for them boys, building rockets

I worked in Roswell cutting up, ET

And last week, in Lubbock, I serviced your car

And honey, that’s just the start, of me

Chorus

We went home, she made breakfast, every morning

While I told her tall tales, about me

But when the tales ran out, so did my love

She left a note, addressed, to me

It said “Cowboy, it’s been fun, to see where you’ve been

You really have, entertained me

But I don’t cook my breakfast, for no honest man

So get used, to eating chilli, and beans

Chorus

Written 20th April 2012

Copyright Ó 2012 Jamie McPherson

So, what inspired the song? Well, I had the line “Love served me chilli this morning” just pop into my head. I thought it was a good metaphor for being a single man. No married or attached man would EVER be allowed to eat chilli (chilli con carne) for breakfast. There is a sadness in a man that would 🙂

So, I sat down and started to write the story as it progressed in my head. The first thing I thought of was that it did have to centre around breakfast. You just can’t leave it at an opening line. So, what better way than have him find a woman who will cook him breakfast. But, what would compel a woman to do that? What would hold her there? That’s when the idea of having him tell her tall tales about himself every morning, that she would enjoy hearing and indulging in. As Tikarma rightly pointed out when I played it for her, a bit of One Thousand Nights and One Night. I didn’t think of it at the time, but it is quite true.

But, it is also a story of love lost. What could precipitate the ending of this relationship? I thought the logical thing would be that the tall tales ran out. After all, that’s what kept her there in the first place. No stories, no breakie 🙂

The song needed a setting, and I thought the place most synonymous with chilli, is the state of Texas. It wouldn’t make sense to have it take place in Australia. So, all the towns and cities in the song are in Texas. I like a good geographic journey in my songs. And, of course, my sense of humour always prevails with the line about cutting up ET in Roswell. I can’t help it being a cheeky bugger 🙂

So, the song is a ballad in 3/4 time. A bit of alternative country style. All up, it only took me a bit over an hour to write both lyrics, chords and melody. Just a quick flash of inspiration. Who knows when I’ll get the chance to record it, but hopefully not too far away. I picture this one with just vocals and either guitar or piano accompanying it. Well, I hoped you enjoyed the lyrics any way. 🙂

Beannachd leibh,

Jamie

A Sunny Day In New Orleans

Posted in 12 string guitar, Funeral, guitar, Jamie McPherson, Jazz, lyrics, Music, New Orleans, Songwriting, Trombone with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Jamie McPherson

Hi all,

I just wanted to share my latest song with you all. This song is yet un-recorded due to awaiting studio upgrades, but hopefully it will make its live debut soon. Just to let you know, this song is separate from my Lester Moore project.

I was walking along the streets of Mt Barker the other day enjoying the wonderful Summer sunshine when all of a sudden, I started hearing trombones in my head. It sounded pretty cool. It sort of reminded me of a New Orleans Jazz Funeral. I quickly grabbed a pen and paper and started to write down all the lyrics that came flooding in to go with these trombones. It was quite and experience as even the melody came flooding in! By the end of it, I was quite chuffed with it all.

Then, later on today, I sat down with the twelve string guitar and worked out the chords for it, that went well with the melody I had. I plugged in, gave it a whirl and Tikarma gave me the thumbs up! So…now I have a new song. I can’t wait to record this one as it will have a nice four part harmony for the chorus and a trombone and trumpet solo. But…that will have to wait.

So, here are the lyrics for A Sunny Day In New Orleans. If you want to check out the chords, just go to the Chords/Lyrics section at www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

So, ladies and gentlemen….I present…A Sunny Day In New Orleans –

A Sunny Day In New Orleans

Chorus

I’m just a funeral procession, processing

I’m just a professional confessional, professing

 

Lazy ways in the

Summer haze

What a way to

End my days

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

I’ve moved on up from the

Second line

I may be dead but it’s a

Hell of a time

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

The band’s in front followed

By my crew

And then some folks that I

Hardly knew

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

They’re carrying me out with my

Feet first

No need to worry about a

Big black hearse

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

It’s awfully hot in this

New Orleans heat

Travelin’ this style just

Can’t be beat

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

They called up dead Slim on the

Slide trombone

To play some swing to

Bring me back home

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

This casket’s nice, it is

Velvet lined

A good bed is

So hard to find

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

The road’s been long but the

Party’s been good

See all the folks come out from the

Neighbourhood

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

Chorus

When they get to the grave and they

Cut me loose

This band’s gonna swing just like a

Hangman’s noose

Kickin’ back just listening

To the band

 

I’m in the ground but the

Band plays on

It’s my party and I’m the

First one gone

Kickin’ back just thinking about

The band

Yes, just kickin’ back

And thinkin’ about my band

 

Words & Music © Copyright 2012 Jamie McPherson

Written 12 January 2012

 

The Ballad of Lester Moore Pt1 – The Ballad of Lester Moore

Posted in folk music, lyrics, Music, Songwriting with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2011 by Jamie McPherson

Hello there and welcome to part one of my latest project, entitled The Ballad of Lester Moore. Each part will be the lyrics of a new song for this latest project. As my studio is not currently up and running, I will be focussing on songwriting and so therefore decided to post up my progress. I will start with the lyrics to the latest song, and afterwards explain a bit about it or where the project is currently at. So, here we go on the journey with the opening song….The Ballad of Lester Moore.

The Ballad of Lester Moore

Here lies Lester Moore

Four slugs from a .44

He’ll sleep forever more

No less, no more

 

He lies buried beneath the ground

The only way to keep ol’ Lester Down

He’ll ride out no more

No less, no more

 

He sailed out to Plymouth Rock

Killed his first man on the dock

He came ashore

No less, no more

 

Running money for Boston Brown

Until word had got around

He was wanted by the law

No less, no more

 

Lester decided it was time to flee

Went down to Tennessee

He arrived in Jonesborough

No less, no more

 

He dealt faro at the Eureka Inn

Killing a man there was no sin

We all knew the score

No less, no more

 

There worked young Katie Hayes

Who fell in with his wicked ways

She became his whore

No less, no more

 

Then just as a cruel twist of fate

He joined up, became a Confederate

Gentlemen, we’re at war

No less, no more

 

He left the game at table eight

Said goodbye to his beloved Kate

Into the breach once more

No less, no more

 

Riding in Forrest’s Cavalry Corps

Charging into blood, bodies and gore

Death was all they ever saw

No less, no more

 

He got his fill at Wilson’s Raid

Couldn’t take blood for what they paid

Men died by the score

No less, no more

 

He deserted and travelled to Tombstone town

Got a job and settled down

Became a clerk in a store

No less, no more

 

One day Dunstan came through that door

In his hand was a .44

Death came knocking at his door

No less, no more

 

The two men faced off across the floor

We heard the shots, numbering four

Les was slower on the draw

No less, no more

 

Here lies Lester Moore

Four slugs from a .44

He sleeps here forever more

No Les, no Moore

 

Words & music  © Copyright 2011 Jamie McPherson September 2011

So….that is The Ballad of Lester Moore. The idea came to me while I was searching the net. I came across his epitaph that read “Here lies Lester Moore, four slugs from a .44, No Les, no Moore”. This just captured me straight away and I saw a song in it. I did some research into Lester Moore, and all we know is that he was a clerk in a store who was shot by a man called Hank Dunstan over an argument about a crushed package Dunstan had received in the post.

I thought as very little is known about this man, I could create a life for him. So, I let my mind wander and invented this story for Lester. It needed a beginning, so I had him emigrate to the US on the Eastern seaboard. I had to create pivotal moments in his life to show his descent into a world of death and murder, a turning point where he leaves it all behind, and then that fateful day with Dunstan. I wanted to stay true to the period, so lucky the history buff in me got to do a bit of research into names, places and events true to that period. Songwriter/history buff heaven 🙂

Alongside of his personal journey, I gave him a physical journey too. I always think that a sense of place always co-exists with the events in one’s life. I wanted him to start in an urban/city environment, and gradually move down South and then West to Tombstone.

Some interesting points of note. Yes, there was a Eureka Inn in Jonesborough during that period. Also, Forrest’s Cavalry Corpse did exist and take part in Wilson’s Raid. It always helps to have a good smattering of truth in the stories you make up.

I chose the name Katie Hayes for his love interest because I found it a sympathetic name. I wanted her to be more than a love interest. She needed to be a victim of his corrupted life.

And then of course, there is that fateful day with Hank Dunstan.

The song is a nice simple ballad in 3/4 time. I’ve played it a few times at gigs and it’s gone down very well.

When I had completed writing the song, I re-read the lyrics and found that there was a much bigger story in this. I read through it all and went “There is a song there…there is a song there…”. So, I decided that this will be the cornerstone of my latest project. A sort of musical narrative if you will, telling the story of Lester Moore as I have created it.

I am looking forward to this musical journey, and am very excited about this project. And I am just itching to record these songs and get it all together. And who knows, maybe I can persuade some of my very dear and talented friends to take part in the recordings. We’ll see.

So, that is the first installment of The Ballad of Lester Moore.

Part two will be ‘The Wandering Jew’

Beannachd leibh,

Jamie

November Newsletter from The Official Jamie McPherson

Posted in 12 string guitar, Adelaide, Album, art, CD, Dail Chuinnidh, do-wop, folk music, guitar, harmonica, Jamie McPherson, Jeremy Watson, keyboards, lyrics, Meeting Place, Music, Newsletter, painting, Photography, Recording, rock, Songwriting, Strathalbyn, Tikarma Vodicka on November 1, 2011 by Jamie McPherson

November  Newsletter from The Official Jamie McPherson
Welcome to the November edition of www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

NEW LOOK WEBSITE!

The big news for the month is that the website has had a makeover! New colour scheme, new layout, new photos and new pages. The first thing you will notice is the fantastic photos from Jeremy Watson taken during the Meeting Place photo shoot for the album. Hopefully during the year I can get some more photos from the shoot to put up on the site. Jeremy is such a great talent! There is also a nice photo of me taken by Michael Buddle underneath my personal message.

There is a new Lyrics/Chords page on the site where you can see all the words for my songs, and the chords are there too if you want to try your hand at my music. I’m not precious, so feel free to print them off and wow your friends at your next party or gig. There is also the new song, The Ballad of Lester Moore. As yet, unrecorded, but it is the cornerstone of my latest project.

I have also put the Meeting Place promo video underneath by bio if you want to check it out. Just remember that you will need to pause the player at the top of the page if you want to prevent conflicting sound.

I’ve redone the Buy section of the page so it is a dropdown menu. This should make it easier to get a copy of Meeting Place. You can buy direct from the website, or choose to buy from CD Baby via the new CD Baby widget. The big news here is that there is a price drop just in time for Christmas! Read below for further details.

The Photos section is now also a drop down menu. You can see some of the stunning photos by Jeremy Watson in the CD Cover Art and Photos by Jeremy Watson as well as the wonderful ‘Meeting Place’ painting for the back cover of the album done by Tikarma Vodicka. Also, there is a Live photo section with some new live photos and a Miscellaneous section that has a few photos of me with friends and loved ones.

The Press page is also now a drop down menu. Read all the latest articles in Articles About Jamie.

Use the dropdown menu on Music to Hear Jamie’s Songs. These are the same songs on the player up top, but with accompanying lyrics.

Tune In will tell you which radio stations have Meeting Place on their playlists, so if one of these is your local, why don’t you request a song?

Finally is the Links page. Use the dropdown menu for all the links for myself, Tikarma, Jeremy and also some of my very talented friends.

While your there, don’t forget to sign the Guestbook!

Just head on ober to www.jamiemcpherson.com.au to check it all out!

NEWS JUST IN – CD PRICE DROP!

Yes, you heard right folks. Just in time for Christmas. There is a CD price drop on Meeting Place to keep you in the good books this Christmas.

MEETING PLACE NOW ONLY $10 FROM THE OFFICIAL JAMIE McPHERSON

Purchase Meeting Place from www.jamiemcpherson.com.au and pay only $10 plus $5 postage and handling worldwide. Buy two or three and recieve a further discount and only pay one lot of postage. That’s a lot of Christmas cheer!

Also, there is now a price drop at CD Baby. Pay only $12 per CD. Buy two or more and recieve a 10% discount. Just head on over to www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

Looks like Santa came early this year!

What’s been happening?

Well folks, it’s been a busy year. The big news is that Tikarma and I have relocated our Ravenwood Studios to the other side of Strath. So, it’s been a mad time for both of us, moving and settling in to our new digs. Unfortunately, my recording studio is not up and running yet, pending the arrival of a new computer and software, but in the mean time, it will leave me plenty of time for songwriting for my new project, entitled The Ballad of Lester Moore. I’ll keep you updated as it progresses.

There’s been many a great show happening throughout the year. I had a great CD launch at The Singing Gallery with some brilliant and talented friends to help me celebrate. There were captivating and touching performances by Tikarma Vodicka, Dave Clark, Bob Malloy, The Self Preservation Society and Pasquale. The highlight of the night for me was performing Folsom Prison Blues with Tristan Newsome and Girl From the North Country with Tim Inglis. The numbers were down, but we had a great day! A BIG thank you for every one who came along and to those that wowed us with their stunning performances!

There were also great shows at The Mannum Hotel, Bliss Organic Cafe, The Avoca Hotel, The Adelaide Convention Centre, Kym Maree’s Cancer Fundraiser and The Foster, Relative & Kinship Carers Family Fun Day where I also got to run the buskers corner and have a lot of fun with the kids busking for the first time.

The album has been doing well. It seems to be popping up everywhere on the net all around the world. From Japan to Norway and everywhere in between. I’ve even seen the songs for download as ringtones on the net!

Tikarma has ben keeping herself busy re-doing her website and it coming along beautifuly! Unfortunately, such is her great talent, she is a very prolific writer and it will take her some time to re-do all of her poetry archives. But, it’s been a great joy revisiting these beautiful poems as I check out her progress. Such a great talent! She has also done a wonderful painting to help raise money for the Cancer Council Australia. You can see all her wonderful work at www.tikarmavodicka.com or click on one of her links from my website.

So, that’s it for November. Wishing you all a brilliant and musical month and remember to head on over to the site to check it out.

Beannachd leibh,

Jamie

Jamie McPherson
Songwriter/balladeer/composer/live performing artist

 

March Newsletter from www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

Posted in 12 string guitar, Adelaide, Album, art, CD, Dail Chuinnidh, do-wop, folk music, Gaelic, Gaidhlig, guitar, harmonica, Highland, Jamie McPherson, Jeremy Watson, lyrics, Meeting Place, Music, Newsletter, painting, Photography, Recording, rock, Scottish, Songwriting, Strathalbyn, Tikarma Vodicka, Uncategorized on March 21, 2011 by Jamie McPherson

 

 Hello and welcome to the March edition of www.jamiemcpherson.com.au

It’s been a busy month behind the scenes but we are moving ahead nicely. The big news is the CD launch will be at the beautiful Singing Gallery in McClaren Vale on 03 April 2011. This is an all ages show and we will be having a brilliant line-up including Matt Reiner, Pasquale, The Self Preservation Society, Bob Molloy, Dave Clark, Tikarma Vodicka and maybe some other friends will drop on by. Why the big stellar lineup for a CD launch? Well, that’s easy to explain. It will also be my 40th Birthday Bash, and damnit, I want to hear some great music! And these guys will deliver.

Also, the good folks at Music SA have been kind enough to have me as their featured artist for a couple of weeks. Their hard work, dedication, support and encouragement never ceases to amaze me! Not only myself, but many a South Oz musician owes them a debt of gratitude for all they have done for us here. You can check out their website at www.musicsa.com.au and read some great articles and reviews, including a few on myself.

And, talking about Music SA, I have also been fortunate enough to have the CD reviewed by Mr H.W.Bones on the site. It is another wonderful review and I am just chuffed with it! You can read it at the bottom of the Newsletter or go to the Music SA website.

The last bit of big news is on a more personal note. Tikarma and I are currently in the process of moving our Ravenwood Studios. It is an exciting time and my studio is being packed up as we speak. We will still be in beautiful Strathalbyn, just on a different side of town. 

Wishing you all a great time of music for March, and I hope to catch as many of you as possible for my CD Launch and 40th Birthday Bash next month.

All the information on the CD Launch and the article and review from Music SA are below. Feel free to have a read.

Beannachd leibh (brightest blessings), 

Jamie


 

‘Meeting Place’ CD Launch & 40th Birthday Bash

 

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011The Singing Gallery
Meeting Place CD Launch and 40th Birthday Bash – 2pm-6pm 133 Main Road
McLaren Vale South Australia 5171
Aus 0413 358 618 [map]
Price: $10, $5 concession

Come celebrate the launch of Jamie’s Debut CD, Meeting Place along with his 40th Birthday. We’re having some friends along to play and bring it all back home.

The lineup includes-

Jamie Mcpherson
Matt Reiner
Pasquale
The Self Preservation Society
Bob Molloy
Dave Clark
Plus the poetry of Tikarma Vodicka

This will be an all ages and child friendly event. Enjoy fine music in this ideal location. Tickets at the door. Children under 12 free. BYO  


The latest article from Music SA

featured from 11 march 2011

Strathalbyn’s very own folk and alternative country artist, Jamie McPherson, is gearing up to launch his debut album, Meeting Place.
 
The much anticipated album, which has been 3 years in the making, will be launched at The Singing Gallery (in an all ages show) on Sunday 3rd April for his CD Launch and 40th Birthday Bash. The show starts at 2pm and includes special guests Matt Reiner, The Self Preservation Society, Pasquale, Dave Clark plus the poetry of Tikarma Vodicka. That’s a full afternoons entertainment in the picturesque surroundings of McLaren Vale.
 
Meeting place is a eclectic blend of traditional folk, rock and country blues combined into a wonderful life brew that encompasses life, death, love and the stories of a self proclaimed balladeer and songwriter. Jamie started writing the album about 3 years ago and decided to throw himself into his music after a huge life change made him re-elvaluate where his life was going. He decided to immerse himself into his passion for music.
 
“When I initially set up my Ravenwood Studio, I envisioned the album of just being more along the lines of a traditional folk album. Just myself on vocals and guitar and maybe blowing the occasional bit of harp. I’ve had no formal musical training at all, so I was very surprised to find I had a talent for composing and scoring music. All the songs I wrote on guitar just began to grow into full arrangements. The next thing I know, all my influences of rock, country and blues came forth and the songs took on a life of their own. It is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to genre, but luckily there is the label of Alternative Country, in which it seems to fall into nicely”.
 
Jamie did a soft launch of the album online in December just for fans and friends, and has already recieved some positive media interest from overseas music critics who have picked up on the album.
 
“I was very surprised to hear from music critics in Italy, the U.K. and the Neatherlands who had heard parts of the album on CD Baby and wanted to do reviews of it. Most of the reviews are in, and so far they have been excellent. I’m very chuffed with them and a bit overwhelmed to be honest.”
 
Here are what some the critics are saying about Meeting Place-
 
A very personal cocktail of blues, rock and folk…” – Paolo Caru, Italian rock critic
 
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” – John Gjaltema, altcountry.nl
 
As quickly as I put it in I took it out to make sure I hadn’t mixed it up with a new Leonard Cohen release, but no – definitely Jamie” – H.W.Bones, Music SA
 
Jamie will be selling his debut album at the launch event. Tickets can be purchased for just $10 ($5 concession and children under 12 free) at the door. Come visit the beautiful former Congregational Church in McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula for an afternoon of music in this idealistic location. More information is available from www.jamiemcpherson.com.au


 

  ‘Meeting Place’ CD review from H.W. Bones, featured at Music SA  

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Meeting Place - Jamie McPherson

Meeting Place - Jamie McPherson

 

First time I ran into Jamie McPherson was at a gig he was playing at Higher Ground on Light Square and I proceeded to talk at him for quite a while about the high ornamentation of the rosette on the feedback stopper of his twelve sting Takamine guitar. In addition he had on a Johnny Cash t-shirt which was instantly appealing. Nice chap, looked like he’d just come down from the mountains with his beat up hat on (which he effectively has, coming from Strathalbyn). What I saw on that day was an almost traditional folk performance, great and heart felt lyrics as much at home on stage as around a campfire.

It was with great interest I received Jamie’s debut album ‘Meeting Place’. Wonderfully packaged and looking slick as any major label release, with some great pictures of the artist lounging in various uncomfortable locales and a thought provoking painting by Jamie’s wife Tikarma taking up the back cover really rounding it out.

I popped ‘Meeting Place’ straight into the cosmic destruction player to see what Jamie had been cooking up in his home studio ‘Ravenwood’. As quickly as I put it in I took it out to make sure I hadn’t mixed it up with a new Leonard Cohen release, but no – definitely Jamie. The first track ‘Midsummer in a Summerland’ would not by any means be out of place on a newer era Cohen release, very clever lyrically and that same almost Casio drenched production on this, which is a nice easer into ‘Meeting Place’.

Throughout listening to this album I found myself more and more drawn into Jamie’s lyrics. He has a great eye for detail and even things that may be termed a cliché written by a lesser lyricist are dealt a deft and skilful hand on Jamie’s watch. In the tradition of many folk/country performers a wry and often dry humour surfaces in many of the songs which helps to lighten some of the lyrical load.

Jamie is not afraid to try his hand at various styles within the folk/country umbrella either, there are times where musically this release strays into almost doo wop territory along with a good sprinkling of rock and roll (that’s right – both kinds of music rock AND roll… Ba DAM Ching). The only cover on the album ‘No Expectations’ shows a further range of where Jamie is coming from in terms of influences.

If I could offer one piece of advice I’d love for Jamie to find his own voice a little more on his next release. I have had the pleasure of hearing Jamie play live and I can hear a lot of that voice in these recordings and it’s really a treat, but there are occasions where it does sound like his voice is borrowing from some of his heroes. This is something that is easy to do subconsciously whilst recording, but when you have got a voice with as much character and strength as Jamie’s I’d love to hear it push through stronger on the next one release that he puts out.

 In all this is a great release, professionally packaged, raw and heart felt, and for this listener’s ears, definitely autobiographical. I look forward to the next instalment!


All album photograph images are copyright 2010 Jeremy Watson Photography

‘Meeting Place’ painting copyright 2010 Tikarma Vodicka

February Newsletter from jamiemcpherson.com.au

Posted in 12 string guitar, Adelaide, Album, art, blues, CD, Dail Chuinnidh, do-wop, folk music, Gaelic, Gaidhlig, guitar, harmonica, Highland, Jamie McPherson, Jeremy Watson, keyboards, Meeting Place, Midsummer, Music, painting, Photography, radio, Recording, rock, SCALA, Scottish, Songcatcher, Songwriting, Strathalbyn, Tikarma Vodicka, Uncategorized on February 6, 2011 by Jamie McPherson

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.

Meeting Place - Jamie McPherson

Meeting Place - Jamie McPherson

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.

left inside album cover

left inside album cover

 

right inside album cover

right inside album cover

Also, the back cover of the album features the wonderfull painting “Meeting Place” by my very talented wife, Tikarma Vodicka.

back album cover

back album cover

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)

Jamie

Jamie McPherson
Songwriter/balladeer/composer/live performing artist

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