Preview: Paul Kelly with Dan Kelly at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, 6/4/13
Atlanta’s culturally hip neighborhood of Decatur has seen many talented acts come through and Eddie’s Attic is usually the spot they stop. This venue has a storied past of breaking new singer/songwriter acts from the Atlanta area (Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, The Civil Wars, John Mayer). That tradition sorta continues Tuesday when Australian legend Paul Kelly comes to Eddie’s. While Kelly is not new to the game, he is definitely overdue for rediscovery.
You may remember him from the 80s as Paul Kelly & the Messengers, and a handfull of excellent tunes including “Dumb Things,” “To Her Door” and “Before Too Long.” Kelly is currently touring behind the wonderful new Spring and Fall, which showcases his distinctive voice and smart songwriting.
This reflective gem feels like a love letter – with a connectivity of songs – exhibiting honest and frank lyrics. Kelly’s folk rock sound has become more personal and heartbreaking than previous releases, clearly evidenced in “New Found Year,” “For The Ages” and “When A Woman Loves A Man” (“When a woman loves a man it’s stronger than the sun / So unfolds the hidden plan that won’t stop once begun / Her light comes shining / Inside him little tender blooms expand / When a woman loves a man / Ever since the world began”).
Recently, Kelly took time to answer a few burning questions for The Examiner…
Examiner: Do you remember the first record you bought? What are some of your favorite all-time albums?
Paul Kelly: The first two records I bought were Chunga’s Revenge by Frank Zappa and Deep Purple in Rock. Favourite records keep changing. Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison and Paris 1919 by John Cale are constant favourites and were touchstones for us making Spring and Fall. I also love Domingo by Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa.
How did your excellent show with Neil Finn at the Sydney Opera House come about?
PK: Our Australian agent Brett Murrihy suggested it to both of us about six years ago. Neil and I liked the idea but it took us a while to find the right time. Brett kept plugging away. I’m glad he did.
What young bands do you see promise in these days?
PK: Out of Melbourne I like Hiatus Kaiyote, Lost Animal, The Orbweavers, The Twerps, Sweet Jean. And that’s just a few in my city. Lots of good music everywhere.
Is there a genre of music you have not tried that you would like to try?
PK: I don’t really think in genres. I like all kinds of music. Lots of it I’m unable to play but whatever I can get hold of myself I throw into the mix.
How do Australian fans differ from American fans?
PK: Fans from country to country don’t vary much at all. I find that differences in audiences have much more to do with the type of venue you play than the country you’re in. A crowd in a bar is the same the world over. And a crowd in a bar is very different to a crowd in a theatre. And a crowd at a festival is different again.
Come experience true music in an intimate setting when the great Paul Kelly hits Eddie’s Attic on Tuesday. For ticket info, click HERE. For tour info, click HERE. Also, look for the documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me.