With our new found love of San Francisco, Memphis, Nashville and New York, my partner and I found ourselves back in Melbourne, Australia, with a new perspective on our own home town. It hasn’t got a Gibson guitar factory, or a bowling alley for a live music venue (yet!), but it sure as hell is rich in culture and all performing arts...[read more at the following link]
They’re hangin’ out at Kent Street,
Sipping mulled wine on Daddy’s wage.
While the downtown beggars
Are scrimpin’ for coins for an ice-capade.
It’s raining down in Bleak City,
But no one cares in the least.
I’m coming home, South by East.
We’re swingin’ on St David Street, North of the river,
The B3’s in a spin.
The Lygon losers and their tracky dack schmoozers,
Trying hard just to fit in.
I’ve seen Freedom from Staten Island
And the Village as a breathing beast.
But I’m coming home, South by East.
I was standing out in the rain,
Now I’m standing in the sun.
We get a whole year, here in a day,
A little bit of change never hurt no-one.
Been to the banks of the Mississippi,
And I ate me a Beale Street feast.
Now I’m coming home, South by East.
from South by East,
released October 8, 2017
South By East album personnel:
Neil Hawker — lead vocals, guitars
Craig Strain — P bass
Remie de Pree — drums
Tim Neal — Hammond B3 organ
James Black — piano (6, 7), Fender Rhodes (3, 8), Wurlitzer (2)
Alexander Leslie Abercrombie Howroyd — trumpet (+ tenor sax solo on 8)
Brett Evans — tenor sax (+ solo on 5)
Rob Simone — tenor sax II
Bronwyn Durrant – backing vocal I
Iseula Hingano – backing vocal II
Justin Brady — harmonica (+ solo on 6)
Andre Elhay — guest tenor sax solo on 4