Thursday, October 6, 2011

New album soon from Danny Widdicombe

Brisbane musician Danny Widdicombe - you may know him as one of the Wilson Pickers - is responsible for one of the best gigs I've ever seen in my life, one rainy afternoon in the front bar of the Tamworth Hotel during the Country Music Festival. Danny was an eleventh-hour replacement in the slot and he played for three hours straight, with a variety of musical friends sitting in on the occasional song. But mostly it was Danny playing originals and covers, and being completely amazing.

Those of you who are familiar with Danny's story know that the songs on his first album, The Transplant Tapes, were written while Danny was awaiting a bone marrow transplant. The transplant was successful and Danny went on to produce a second album, Dominoes, and also become a member of the Wilson Pickers, playing all over the place and generally being the genius musician and lively personality that he is.

Danny recently fell ill again, but through that time he managed to create a third album, the forthcoming Find Someone, to be released on 21 October. The musical style of this album apparently ranges from country rock to groove to acoustic. I can't wait to hear it because, based on his first two albums, it's going to be great. So if you haven't heard of Danny, doyourselfafavour and get hold of one or all of his albums.

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