HOBBS & KACEY JONES - NOISEBAR - 1 FEBRUARY 2008
JONES-BECKY HOBBS-SNOWY TOWNSEND'S BONA FIDE TRAVELLERS
NU COUNTRY TV CONCERT
NOISE BAR - RAILWAY HOTEL, BRUNSWICK
setting on the famed Noise Bar at the historic Railway Hotel in Brunswick
when early birds caught the sound check worm by headliners Kacey Jones
and Becky Hobbs.
And, of course, support act Snowy Townsend's Bona Fide Travellers fresh
from their debut at the Nu Country Christmas party at the Hotel Kew.
Nothing precious about either the international stars or local world-weary
travellers - if you paid your modest $10 admission you were free to sup
on the entrée.
Townsend's Bona Fide Travellers - Noise Bar
with Dead Livers multi-instrumentalist Rodger Delfos replacing Ken Hatton,
didn't need any introduction.
So, with the MC distracted by matters of state, they didn't get one.
Instead the quartet remained seated between sound check, exit and entrée
- the Danny O'Keefe classic Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues.
"We're going to feature Mr Ray Chaber here on the fiddle," Snowy
announced as the lads teamed for instrumental Elk River Blues -
from the pens of David Schnaufer and Stephen Seifert.
It was then a short two-step into Eddy Howard's Adobe Hacienda, popularised
by the Browns, Roy Rogers and Hank Snow.
Townsend jump started his mood modifier as he sang "In my adobe hacienda
there's a touch of Mexico/ cactus lovelier than orchids blooming in the
patio/ soft desert stars and the strum of guitars/ makes every evening
seem so sweet/ in my adobe hacienda life and love are more complete."
It was a slice of life from old and New Mexico with drummer Shane Fitchet
picking up the tempo.
"A bit of Roy Rogers", was the brief back announcement by Townsend
before he led his charges into former Chicago postie John Prine's Please
Don't Bury Me.
Like a breath of fresh Appalachian air the lads breezed through oft-recorded
Willis Allan Ramsey tune North East Texas Women.
By now the audience was connecting with the familiarity of Dylan outlaw
tune John Wesley Harding, Randy Newman's Rider In The Rain
and Hank Williams' food fetish Jambalaya.
It seemed like the lads were just warming up but an hour had passed and
the big hand was on 6 and the little hand on 9 - show time for Jones and
Hobbs & Kacey Jones - Noise Bar
Photo by Kip Karpik
was no drum roll or drummer for the artists - just a spotlight that zoomed
in on the snakeskin boots hand-stitched with the Beckaroo name Becky Hobbs.
Hobbs was perched on a stool within striking distance of her borrowed
Kurzweil and Jones clutched her trusty acoustic guitar with aplomb.
This was a surreal experience with the artists alternating on their original
honky tonk and comedy classics.
"I became a Shameless Hussie back in 1988 with Ethel & The Shameless
Hussies," Jones proffered by introduction.
"My real name is Kacey Jones but if you prefer y'all can call me
by Muslim name Seldom Bin Laid."
It was a salient signpost to the flavour of the soiree.
"I recently wrote the music for this new play Nipples To The Wind
that is touring the U.S. and heading for Broadway," Jones said
as she introduced her breast enlargement spoof parody How Do You Like
These Babies Now?
thanked a Scandinavian writer for her honky tonk fuelled tune Bible
On The Dash Board And Six Pack On The Floor.
Jones revealed that she first met Hobbs 25 years ago at the famous
but now defunct Palomino cowboy bar in Los Angeles as their entrée
to Down At The Piggly Wiggly - their nocturnal supermarket
search for romance mission statement.
< Becky Hobbs - photo by Kip Karpik
this song back in the days when I worked Texas dance halls," Hobbs
said as she introduced I Don't Dance With Strangers.
"It's now getting airplay in the good old U.S.A. and on XM satellite
Hobbs also explained a little nature study from their local travels.
"I got to pet a Joey," Becky recalled.
Kacey scored the trifecta - "I got to pet a Tom, Dick and Harry,"
Jones introduced San Francisco Mabel Joy - the focal point and
first single from her Mickey Newbury tribute disc.
"Nu Country TV has been playing the video - so out of respect for
Mickey Newbury I'm gonna play it in tune.
"Kris Kristofferson explained the magic of Mickey Newbury and difference
between the poet and songwriter. He said melody is the weapon the poet
Hobbs proved that she also played a dab hand in humour.
"I was born and raised in Bartlesville Oklahoma and like a fool I
went out to Los Angeles in California to be a rock singer,' Hobbs said.
lived in an all gay neighborhood - all gay males except me - they
used to roller skate up and down the sidewalk in these little bikini
things so I wrote this song."
Mid-way through Are There Any More Like You Where You Came From
she quipped "this is where the twin fiddles play - they
didn't turn up tonight."
introduced Oh Holy Smoke from her disc Sweet Potato Queen's
Big Ass Box Of Music - inspired by Jill Connor Browne's best
"This song was inspired by a blind date. I've been on so many
blind dates I should have a dog," she explained.
'I got this song out of it - this song I'm gonna try to play slightly
out of tune so I can sound like a band."
CASH AND GEORGE JONES
a brief but poignant intro for her Johnny Cash tribute.
"I had the pleasure of opening shows for Johnny and June Carter Cash
in Europe in the eighties, we got to kiss the blarney stone together,"
"The Sunday morning after Johnny Cash passed away Dene Anton and
I wrote this song over the telephone."
It was the entree for her Cash tribute There Will Be Never Be Another
Man In Black from her Songs From The Road Of Life.
"He told the good ol' boys where they could go/ sitting at their
desks on Music Row/ and I bet ol' Waylon's been so lonesome for his pal/
and I bet they're raising hell by now."
Kacey proved a kindred spirit.
"I can play a country song too. I do country songs too but not enough
artists record them," Jones joked.
"I pitch my country songs to Leann Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Leon Russell
without any success so I cut if myself."
Jones then performed I Could Over Him If I Could Get Under You
- a sibling of sorts to Earl Thomas Conley tune When I'm Under The
Table I'll Be Over You.
then changed gear from Cash to Jones.
"I wrote this song with Don Goodman and the late great wild man
Mack Vickery for all those Possum fans," Hobbs said she introduced
her piano driven classic Jones On The Juke Box.
Jones recounted that Hobbs was rewarded with a chocolate rush on her
58th birthday in Tamworth on January 24.
"When we had the Beckaroo birthday in Tamworth at the Family
Hotel we had three chocolate cakes brought to her," she added
before previewing another comedy gem from her Curb Records album Every
Man I Love Is Either Married, Gay Or Dead.
"This song saved me $2,000 in psychotherapy," Jones said.
"I went to the shrink for two years in Los Angeles then I went
back to songwriting. This is the result."
But I'm Not Bitter - the tale of a spurned woman talking revenge
on a cheating Lothario who bonked their babysitter.
it was show time for guest Hussy - Leslie Avril.
"The coolest thing about traveling the world is the power of
the song - meeting artists who have recorded your songs," Hobbs
explained as they joined forces for Cowgirl's Heart.
This was indeed an energised highlight with artists trading verses
and harmonies on the Hobbs tune, cut by Avril on her debut disc
Champagne & Desolation.
"I want this girl to loosen up a bit," Avril said, "she's
too straight tonight."
This was Jones cue to compliment Avril.
"Leslie Avril is probably the best kept secret in Australia,"
said to Becky the other night Leslie Avril is like Bette Midler
of Australia - only with a better voice."
downwards and introduced Jones tune Never Wear Panties To A Party,
replete with new Australian lyrics.
Hobbs then completed the mood swing with her maternal eulogy inspired
by her father's dying wishes - She Broke Her Promise.
"That's a beautiful song, Beckaroo," Jones commented - "I
hope Carrie Underwood cuts it and you make a gazillion dollars so we can
return to Australia."
completed the melancholic double shot with her version of Mickey Newbury's
Lie To Me Darlin'.
"This is one of the last songs Mickey Newbury wrote towards the
end of his life and I'm maybe the second artist to record it,"
"I recorded it with Waylon Payne - the son of late Sammy Smith
who had a huge hit with Kris Kristofferson's Help Me Make It Through
The Night. Waylon is a brilliant young actor and I'm very lucky to
have him star in the video for this song and also as the Waycross
farm boy in San Francisco Joy."
Jones & Leslie Avril
Photo by Kip Karpik
It was a
hard act to follow but Hobbs easily energised the mood swing with Why
Do They Always Look Better When They're Leaving.
"I wrote this next song when I was dating," Hobbs said.
"It was before I married my husband Duane. He played guitar for Paul
McCartney, then Glen Frey of The Eagles for 16 years. He now plays with
Rodney Atkins and they're in Memphis tonight. I've only been married for
11 years - it's my first and his last. It's his first too. I'm a lucky
girl - I met him in a bar when he was paging himself on a payphone. I
walked up to him and thought he's mine but he don't know it yet. This
was written way before that about very some very bad love affairs."
Jones then previewed her evocative ode to a 95-year-old lover - Waiting
For The Guy To Die.
"We're doing one more and then taking a break," Hobbs announced
as she ripped into her barn burning family tune My Mama's Green Eyes
And My Daddy's Wild Hair.
Stay tuned for highlights of the concert on Nu Country TV on C 31 - Saturday
March 1 - and Series #10 from June-August.
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