| New Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers album out December 3rd.
Play all night (on vinyl, compact disc and iTunes).
Being launched at the Petersham Bowling Club Thursday 2nd December 2010 with special guests Dog Trumpet and Ruby for Lucy. This will be drummer Danny Heifetz' last show with the band for quite some time as he heads back to the US for a year.
Play All Night features both the 'Melbourne' line-up and the 'Sydney' line-up with special guests such as Bernie McGann (saxophone), Darren Hanlon, Bryan Estepa and Tim Kevin.
the live band:
In Sydney, it is Luke Russell on the bass (replacing Kevin McClaer who moved down to Melbourne), Danny Heifetz on drums, Nic Dalton on lead vocals/guitar/mandolin and Lucy Lehmann on gutstring guitar/backing vocals. Gavin Farley makes it down from Morpeth when he can to pick some banjo.
In Melbourne, the lineup was Paul Rigby on the banjo/mandolin, Ben Mason on the bass, Lachlan Franklin on the drums/guitar, Nic Dalton on lead vocals/guitar/mandolin and Lucy Lehmann on gutstring guitar. Everyone sang harmonies.
for the record: For five years, Nic Dalton lived on a farm at the outskirts of Morongla, population 40, in central-west NSW. It was a regular occurrence, on the way to Sydney, to drive through Goulburn, Home Of The Big Merino. When his long-time girlfriend, Lucy Lehmann, left him, he declared Morongla Home Of The Big Regret and changed the sign to 'Pop. 39'. Nic had always planned to record his second solo album (his first was the 1998 release, Romolo, a collection of four-tracks from 1986-88) before his fortieth birthday. "At the beginning of 2004, when I started to list all the songs I wanted to record, it dawned on me that half of them were either written by Lucy, or co-written with her. We'd broken up the year before, but had remained long-distance friends. It was looking like this album was about our relationship - a break-up album. So I called Lucy and told her this. We wrote a few more songs together to bring the concept to a full realisation."
Home Of The Big Regret has an almost entirely acoustic line-up, a world away from what Nic had originally envisaged for his second solo-album: "I always thought I'd do it with a regular line-up of electric guitars, keyboards and group vocals - folk-rock with a few psychedelic overtones." The sound of the album is a response partly to five years on a farm, where a lot of country, folk, bluegrass and singer-songwriter music found its way onto his record-player and also to the contributions that Lucy, a life-long country and western devotee, made to their co-writes. The songs on Nic's to-do list simply lent themselves more to a mandolin and a gutstring guitar than to fuzz pedals and the trusty ol' Casio MT-65.
Home Of The Big Regret was recorded between July and November 2004. "I wanted the sound of some late-60s country pop production line, where each song is stamped with exactly the same mix of instrumentation." The standard electric guitar/bass/drums rhythm section was replaced by an underlay of banjo and mandolin with country bass and drums. John Encarnacao scored string arrangements for each of the thirteen tracks. "He said to me, 'You're not going to have banjo and mandolin on all the songs?' I said, 'Of course!' " Some of Australia's finest bluegrass musicians play on the album - The Lynch Mob from Cowra, Jenny Shimmin on banjo and Mick Moffitt on mandolin. Danny "Mr Bungle" Heifetz is on drums and Bill Gibson on bass. Members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra play strings, and other guests include Marcus Amann, Darren Hanlon, Ben Pettit, Tom Morgan and Leticia Nischang.
the Gloomchasers filmclip