Scene News: ‘THE BALLAD OF COWBOY DAN’ THE NEW ALBUM BY DAN BRODIE – OUT NOW!

THE STORY OF COWBOY DAN

Dan Brodie is a renowned Australian singer-songwriter, and double ARIA Award nominee.

With a career spanning multiple Album releases and tours and a hard earned reputation as an incredible live performer, Dan Brodie has gained a loyal following across Australia, the US, and Europe, performing at venues such as L.A.’s Roxy Theatre, CBGB in New York, L’Olympia in Paris, and music festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Big Day Out, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Gumball and Byron Bay Bluesfest along with recent headline appearances at Dashville Skyline and Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Brodie was raised in a musical family and his father, a guitarist and bandleader in Melbourne’s nascent 60’s rock n roll scene, showed Brodie the basics of guitar and piano and along with his brother Chris, they began making music together.

With his band the Broken Arrows, (later The Grieving Widows), Brodie signed to EMI Australia and Last Call Records (later Beast Records) in France, and his talents are recognised in his native Australia with two ARIA Award nominations for his second album, Empty Arms, Broken Hearts.

In early 2019 Brodie teamed up with producer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Hubbard (Spencer P Jones, Eagle and the Worm) at Shrimp Shack Studios in Melbourne, to release Funeraria do Vale.

Rhythms Magazine were glowing in it’s praise of the record claiming “..fascinating sonic twists and turns of phrase make this album an endlessly rewarding listen.”  

With new Album ‘The Ballad of Cowboy Dan’, Dan Brodie once again teams with Michael Hubbard to create a sonically lush and rich palette on which to host Brodie’s ever insightful and penetrating lyrics – charting the songwriter’s internal journey roaming the deserted plains of Melbourne’s outer east over the last few years in lockdown, exploring the myth of the the Alt country/Amerciana ‘Cowboy Dan’ aesthetic (a term ascribed to Brodie on the release of his debut Album, Big Black Guitar) and contrasting it with the challenges of the everyday.

Joining Dan for the ride is a wild bunch of Melbourne music royalty, including fiddle wunderkind Jason Bunn, accordionist John Anderson and Ben Mastwyk on the shambolic sing-a-long ‘My Own Drinking Song’, and pedal steel legend, Shane Reilly, who breathes life into last year’s shimmering Single, ‘(I Can Feel) Love Closing In’. Fellow bandmate, Katie Bates steps up to add some sweet backing vocals throughout the Album, letting loose Pink Floyd style on the haunting title track, with local songstress Katie Brianna joining Dan on the rollicking yet tender duet, ‘My Last Picture Show’. Holding down the bottom end are Drummer Dave (Suit) Watkins, with Hubbard on bass duties and long time collaborator, sibling, Chris Brodie on everything in between.

‘The Ballad of Cowboy Dan’ is a welcome arrival in Brodie’s oeuvre, capturing a place and time of isolation, storytelling and imagination over ten lovingly crafted new tracks, showcasing the musical influences which have shaped the songwriter’s world to date.

“If Dan Brodie were an actor, he wouldn’t be the star of the show. He would be the guy the other actors on set wanted to hang out with, the guy the director would turn to when he needed a moment of inspiration to get the show on the road. This album.. shows why Brodie was twice nominated for ARIA Awards.”
Martin Boulton – The Age
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Pic by Jay Hynes