Writing this new post is a bit like working with one hand tied behind my back; I'm on my laptop; no mouse and a dodgy keyboard, but I'll persevere. Forgive any typos please. I'm not a big fan of festivals, but this one's the exception. I love it. It was a nine-hour drive from Cairns to Airlie, but worth every minute. (This is the view from where I'm staying by the way.) Yes, I'm doing it tough.
Our first gig was at The Gateway Hotel yesterday just outside Airlie. Rockabilly Blues Express line-up Leanne, Gordon, Rod, Lachie and myself. You know it's going to be okay when the soundman recognises you, has a smile on his face, and nothing's a drama, so a big thanks to Ross. Great gig, great sound and nice, friendly audience. Did the set, then hot-footed it into town to Magnums. Not quite so good; a 20-watt Cube bass amp and dodgy sound, but a great crowd all the same, and a great reception.
I'm also here to do gigs with Wanita, Australia's Queen of Honky Tonk, as well. I was pretty apprehensive about this. Our gig yesterday was the first time I'd met Wanita and the rest of the band. What a band too. Eddie Fisher on drums, Buddy Knox on guitar, and Jason Tyler on keyboards. It clicked from the first bar. There's a lot to be said for working with guys who communicate with eyes and hand signals. It turned out I wasn't the only member of the band who wasn't sure what was going to happen. No one knew what was going to happen, but it sure did. Great vibe, awesome old-school hand signals from Jason, the keyboard player; the whole band knitted from the word go. Today we're on the main stage at 2pm and 6.30, and the Rockabillies are at Club Crocodile at 3. I think it's going to be a blast.
That's all I've time for this morning... just need to say thanks to Leanne for her understanding that I've got to dash from one gig to another. Thanks to Rod, Lachie, Gordon and Nola for acting as my transport managers. I'm having a great time, and my friends are lending a helping hand. I've no reason to expect anything else today. Just to quickly finish, I think this festival is one that will run and run. More tomorrow if anyone's interested, and probably some new photos too. If you're interested in Wanita, just do a YouTube search, or you can see her website at http://www.queenofhonkytonk.com.au