Dave Hogan's Meltdown

Dave Hogan's Meltdown

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Dave Hogan’s Meltdown, are a rockin’ outfit inspired by classic 20th century blues harp/guitar combos. Their new CD “Holler and Twang” the 2009 MBAS award winner with no less than 5 awards including best album, best song, best vocal performance, band performance and best producer. Not to be missed!

Biography

Dave Hogan’s Meltdown Biography 2009

Bursting onto the vibrant Melbourne music scene in 2002, Dave Hogan’s Meltdown, are a seasoned outfit inspired by classic 20th century blues harp/guitar combos. With 3 albums to their credit, DHM’s debut album “Atlantis Sessions” in 2003, followed by the MBAS award winner “Little Lies” in 2005 and most recently released a country blues album “Holler and Twang” released in June 2009 which has won no less than five 2009 MBAS Victorian/Tasmanian awards on the 16th of August 2009 including,

• Album Of The Year: "Holler & Twang"
• Song Of The Year: "Going To Texas" (Texas QLD) (Dave Hogan/David Adam)
• Band Of The Year: Meltdown for their performance on "Jesterman"
• Producers: "Double D Productions" (David Adam & Dave Hogan) for "Holler & Twang"
• Male vocalist/artist of the Year: Paul Neuendorf for his performance on his composition "April Fool"

DHM has toured both Australia and overseas and has been a featured act at festivals as diverse as the prestigious Wangaratta Jazz, the Noumea ‘Live in August’, Apollo Bay, Queenscliff and Caloundra Jazz & Blues, to name but a few. Hogan’s history makes him the world’s southern most blues man, hailing as he does from the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island. He started his career in the 1960s with his first band The Unknown Blues. Moving to Australia in 1970 he has become well known over the last 4 decades fronting tough blues act Southern Lightning, electric country blues outfit, The Paramount Trio and the legendary Blues Hangover, which also featured the late slide guitar icon Pete Wells and British bass legend John Stax. Hogan has also been featured as a harmonica player both on the road and on recordings with country artists such as A.P Johnson, Doug Mansfield, Vic O’Neill and Peter Caulton.

Lead Guitarist David Adam has been a professional musician who wields an old strat with style and grace and knows how to apply the gas when required. David was just 22 when he joined local rockabilly blues band The Rhythmatics around the St Andrews Christmas Hills area north east of Melbourne. In 1984 he joined Melbourne institution Relax With Max, which featured players like Gary Young, Ross Hannaford, James Black, Greg Ham et al. Other collaborations include The Brent Parlane band in the late 80’s, in the 90’s the soul groove band The Impossibles, David also became a master of New Orleans style funk grooves, playing with T-Hammer for many years at the famous Rainbow Hotel Fitzroy. David has also performed with local artist including Leslie Avril, Mark Smith (Chicken House) and Sam Linton Smith’s Black Cat Bone.

Drummer Ken Farmer is known and admired by virtually everyone on the Australian blues and jazz scenes for his ‘playing like no-one else’ drum and washboard skills. There are few people he hasn’t played with since beginning his career in 1960. Ken has over 30 bands listed in ‘Who’s Who of Australian Rock’ – and that’s only up until 1992! Long time friends Hogan and Farmer have been sharing stages for more than 20 years and both were founder members of The Paramount Trio and Blues Hangover. Dave declares Ken to be “the most musical drummer I have ever played with and one of the few true gentlemen in the ego driven music business”.

Stepping into the bass role is Chris Farmer, Ken’s wife. She is well known as a founder member of The Mojos, Percolators, Mudcats, and Hoochie Coochie Boys. Equally adept on electric and double bass, Chris has also toured Europe with New Orleans and R&B stalwarts The Sydney Stompers. Chris’s musical knowledge, feel and experience make the band swing even harder. Joining the Meltdown crew at the same time as Chris is Paul Neuendorf, a wonderful and versatile guitarist and singer renowned for his work with The Dancehall Racketeers, Zydeco Jump, Blues Before Sunrise and Texacali Rose among many others. With Paul, like the Farmers – you name ‘em - he’s played with ‘em.

Lyrics

Holler & Twang

Written By: Dave Hogan & David Adam

I thought life was supposed to be getting easy
But it’s still kinda tough
You could say after three score years
That I’ve been around the block

I like to go for drinks on the weekends
And to hear a guitar twang
A blues singer who can holler
How I love that holler and twang

Still haven’t got very much to show
One kid now he’s got three
There’s two ex wives and where they are
I don’t care to see

I love going out on the weekends
And hearing guitars twang
Singers who can holler
How I love that holler and twang

The first wife thought she’d cleaned me out
But the second one got my stash
Now the tax man’s after me
Maybe a stretch inside is next

So I go out drinking on the weekends
Love to hear guitars twang
Singers who hoot and holler
Yeah I love that holler and twang

Guess I’m like a rooster
Like to cock a doodle doodle at dawn
Can’t see any sense in going out
If I’ve gotta hurry home

Like to go for drinks on the weekends
And to hear the guitars twang
With a singer who can holler
How I love that holler and twang

ANZ – NAB – W – E – S – T
No you’re not squeezing
No you’re not squeezing
Life interest out of me

So I liquidate on the weekends
Out where the guitars twang
With bluesmen who holler
Can’t get enough of that holler and twang

Thought of setting up in the hills
Hide out amongst the old red gums
But hell I’m flying to the USA
To hear Ray Wylie strum

I got to hear a resonator
With a slide on steel strings
Hell yeah I’ll be in heaven
When I hear Hubbard holler and twang

Going To Texas (Texas QLD)

Written By: Dave Hogan & David Adam

Thought I’d try my luck at Antones – Austin USA
But my passports run out and I can’t afford the fare
So I’m off to Texas – Texas QLD
Packing up the Kombi and I’m heading to the sunshine state

Did my internet research at the local café
Said the place was picturesque – southern part of the state
Banks of the Dumaresq River - right on the Bruxner Highway
Between Tenterfield and Goondiwindi - tell you I’m leaving here today

Time for me to get away from the big city nights
I’m so tired of stop signs – trains are never on time
Bouncers kicking heads in night clubs - shopping malls where I can’t breathe
So I’m heading off to Texas – Texas QLD

I used to put it away for the rainy day
But it don’t rain much any more – so I’m cutting out today
There is definitely a drought - in what was my bank account
So I’m off to Texas Queensland and there I might stay

I read that in the 1850s there was some kind of stoush
Between gold diggers and squatters – now that’s history with clout
Used to think I was a bluesman – maybe I’m a cowboy after all
With my Davy Crockett hat – Texas mightl be my new home

Yeah I’m packing up the kombi going to Texas QLD
Maybe find a Texas mama who knows how to treat a man
Tired of city living – I need air I can breathe
I’ll email you a photograph of me in Texas QLD

Little Lies

Written By: Dave Hogan's meltdown

Hey hey sweet baby I’m getting tired of your little lies
Hey hey sweet baby I’m getting tired of your little lies
There’s three sides to the story
The truth there’s yours and there’s mine

They say the wine goes in
Then the truth comes out
But from what I’ve been hearing
I’ve got my doubts
Hey hey child I’m so tired of your line of jive
There’s three sides to the story
The truth there’s yours and there’s mine

When I say it’s a nice morning
You say it’s gonna’ rain
When black becomes white
Conversation is in vain
No no no no no
I’m not taking no more of this jive
‘Cause there’s three sides to the story
The truth there’s yours and there’s mine

You talk about things that never happened
Things I never knew
Say do this do that
No wonder I’m talking to you
Hey hey babe I’m so tired of your little lies
There’s three sides to the story
The truth there’s yours and there’s mine

Well take three steps back
Look the world straight in the eye
For once your walking tall
There’s a leage of little lies
No no no no no
I’m not taking no more of this jive
There’s three sides to the story
The truth there’s yours and there’s mine

Yeah there’s three sides to the story
The truth there’s yours and there’s mine

Discography

Atlantis Sessions - Released 2002
Little Lies - Released 2005
Holler & Twang Released 2009

For more information see:

Website: http://davehogansmeltdown.com
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/davehogansmeltdown

Set List

Way too Much
Going to Texas (Texas QLD)
Holler & Twang
Jesterman
Little Lies
Tigerman
Melbourne Bound
The Hustle Is On
Six Days On The Road
Adoration Train
That's How I got Memphis
Hole In My Head
The Part I Like Best
Walking Blues
Automatic
Every Night About this Time
Not Fade Away
When The Levee Breaks
Little Mama
I wish You Would
Sneaking Around
It's All Good