Legendary Australian singer-songwriter, Richard Clapton will showcase tracks from his new album and play a bunch of his hits during two shows at Lizotte’s in Lambton this December.
The idea behind the album was to carefully select twelve songs – whether old or new – from Clapton’s vast catalogue, which would fit neatly into the “Americana” genre. The result is an album which many have wanted Clapton to make for a long time. It is simply some of the best songs he has written – old and new – recorded with some of the best musicians in Music City. The album features the legendary Dan Dugmore (longtime guitarist with Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Stevie Nicks and so many others), and David La Bruyere from John Mayer’s band, along with a band of Nashville’s finest.
It should be acknowledged that 200 loyal fans raised the funds to finance this project through “crowd-funding” on pledgemusic.com. This new journey has taken Richard to a brave new world where artists no longer have to rely on the corporate teat and can be truly independent
When Richard Clapton began his recording career in 1974, Australia was still in the vice-like grip of the cultural cringe. He plunged into the “deep water” and legends like Skyhooks and Paul Kelly, Cold Chisel, INXS, Midnight Oil, and hundreds of others, followed in his wake.
Fast track to 1975, Clapton had the critics on side but his label at the time, Festival Records, insisted on a hit single. However, it was the song they picked as a B-side called “Girls On the Avenue” that reached #1 on the national charts and put Clapton at the top of his class. Like Americans Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen, Richard Clapton developed a sound based on melodic rock while his lyrics were poetic musings on his state of mind or the state of the nation.
By 1975, Clapton had set the themes he was to explore for the coming three decades. There were frequent escapes to his spiritual second home in Berlin to recharge and get a fresh perspective on Australia; there was Clapton’s love/hate relationship with the pop music culture; his often-tormented sense of growing up and his eye for the political landscape and how it affected Australians.
Clapton’s songs are still omnipresent on the radio to this day, his records charting the political landscape of the nation and the turbulent lives of two generations.
Tickets for the show are available via the Lizotte’s website.