Singer/songwriter Paul Kelly captures Australia in his songs the way Bruce Springsteen and the Kinks' Ray Davies have encapsulated their home lands, and he does it with the musical energy and diversity of Elvis Costello. First making his name with the folk-oriented, semi-acoustic sound of 1985's…
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With the death of B.B. King this year I had a sudden revelation: People don't last forever (to my knowledge anyway). I realised I'd never see B.B. live - that is now an exclusive, although very large thanks to the king, club.
But I can safely say that I have seen Paul live, if only twice, and those times were revelatory experiences of their own. He has the thing that makes you watch him at a festival, where you aren't entertaining the idea that maybe the other stage has something better.
Here are his shows for the near future:
At the moment the one I am worrying about is Neil Young. He's getting on now. Make sure you tick Paul Kelly of your list...