Blues and Roots 2012
Best of Blues & Roots 2012 features many musicians that have dropped by the ABC Dig Music offices for an Untidy Desk performance, including Lanie Lane, The Jezabels, Josh Pyke, Dan Sultan and Claude Hay. It also features a whole host of other great performers such as Jeff Lang, Lior, City & Colour, John Butler Trio, Ash Grunwald, Blue King Brown, The Waifs, Gurrumul, Justin Townes Earle, The Audreys, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Tim Finn.
To win one of the ten double CDs we have to give away, tell us which artist from the CD you would most like to see take on an Untidy Desk performance and why.
The most five most creative entries will win.
To help you, below is the track listing:
1. Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
2. Lanie Lane - Ain't Hungry
3. Jeff Lang - Way Past Midnight
4. Josh Pyke - No One Wants A Lover
5. Lior - If I Lost Your Love
6. City & Colour - Little Hell
7. Dan Sultan - Old Fitzroy
8. John Butler Trio - Used To Get High
9. Husky - History’s Door
10. Dan Mangan - Post-War Blues
11. Thom Crawford - Harder It Could Be
12. Donavon Frankenreiter - Glow
13. Joe Robinson - Out Alive
14. Ash Grunwald - Walking
15. Caitlin Harnett - Into The Wild
16. Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold - Slippin’ Away
17. Claude Hay - Get Me Some
18. Paul Greene - Drifting
19. Danny Widdicombe - No One Else
1. Blue King Brown - Never Fade Away
2. Chase The Sun - The Pants
3. Jordie Lane - The Publican’s Daughter
4. Seasick Steve - You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
5. The Jezabels - Endless Summer
6. The Waifs - Buffalo
7. Eric Bibb - Spirit I Am
8. Gurrumul - Gopuru
9. The Fumes - Automobile
10. Andrew Phelan - Troubled Times
11. Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
12. Hat Fitz And Cara Robinson - Black Cat Bone
13. Buddy Guy ft. B.B. King –Stay Around A Little Longer
14. The Audreys - Sometimes The Stars
15. Michael Franti & Spearhead - Hey, Hey, Hey
16. Tim Finn - People Like Us
17. Christa Hughes - Ace Of Spades
18. Sarah Humphreys - You Make My Dreams
19. Jason Lowe - Long Back In Mile
And the winning entries are:
I'd love to see Untidy Desk featuring some great artist collaborations. How about Jon Butler versus Eric Bibb playing the bluegrass classic, "Duelling Banjos"? Or Jeff Lang and the Waif's Donna Simpson reprising Dolly and Kenny with "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"?
I would like to see Ash Grunwald do his thing at Untidy Desk. I imagine a smallish grunge amp sitting in front of him and he's just straight into it ... the sound operator not knowing which way (or knob) to turn.
Buddy Guy - Why? Buddy and BB are two of the last links back to where Blues and Roots came from. Where would we be without him/them? And all their brothers and sisters that have given so many artists a platform from which to launch their own voices. Blues and Roots distilled to its essence in one man. We need to pay attention - time takes us all.
"I'd love to see Dan Sultan playing at my untidy desk. I picture him as the ultimate rock 'n' roller - out until 3am on a school night, and not up the next day until after noon. I think in an office setting he'd sit there with an uncomfortable chuckle - knowing that he didn't fit in, but able to pull it off with a laugh and a cheeky grin. Then - he'd rip into some hot riff and make the rest of us forget that this is the foreign environment for him! Let the toe tapping commence! (and then break for morning tea...)"
Seasick Steve. Why? It would be the last Untidy desk performance ever! His performance on Spicks and Specks with the song Thunderbolt was so full of energy, that any desk in the vicinity of his 3 string guitar is likely to go up in flames!
John butler trio because (like their music) they would start with a simple system (or riff) then add layers of complexity until the original desk is unrecognisable. Fun guys to share a desk with though!
I would love to see the Waifs drop in for an Untidy Desk performance. I saw them under a fig tree at Womadelaide many moons ago and they were brilliant, humble, and very talented. they deserve the invite!
Lanie lane- I know she's been on already, but I'm greedy and she's amazing!!!!!
I'm torn between Michael Franti (& Spearhead) and Eric Bibb. It would be amazing to have them playing an Untidy Desk gig *together*, because those men have a world of emotional wisdom to share in their music and their music brings the emotional wisdom home every time.
"Is the Untidy Desk big enough to take on Michael Franti & Spearhead? Not just physically but just think, if everyone in the ABC dig office listens to Michael Franti's lyrics will their mind expand too? Will it have to become the Untidy Office series? Will it be too dangerous having too many people with enlightened minds walking around? (and is there a cure?)"
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Lanie Lane (born 11 February 1987) is the stage name of Lanier Stefanie Myra Johnston an Australian blues-jazz singer-songwriter and guitarist. In October 2011 her debut album, To the Horses, peaked at No. 12 on the ARIA Albums Chart. Lane supported the album with a headlining tour of Australia. She undertook her second international tour in late 2011.
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