Geoff Achison

Geoff Achison

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandBluesJam

This guitarist/vocalist taught himself to play in the isolation of rural Australia. He has developed a rocking blues/funk style all his own that can be delicate one moment and explosive the next. It's a mix of catchy original tunes, improvised jams and inspired versions of blues & soul classics.

Biography

A jaw dropping, crowd pleasing virtuoso with a rich vocal style, Geoff invokes the spirit of the Blues & Soul greats to create his original sound.
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He has spent many years living and touring in America’s deep South, writing a stack of new songs and amassing some entertaining road tales to tell.
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A highly regarded singer, songwriter and guitarist, Geoff with his band, The Souldiggers, presents a show that is rich in blues history yet irresistibly danceable with soulful vocals, blues guitar and contemporary, funky grooves.   

Lyrics

One Ticket, One Ride

Written By: Geoff Achison

Hocus Pocus
A pocket full of spells
You can do hoodoo
Scratch a coin on the wishing well

Magical potions
Zodiacal signs
A cosmic commotion
Blackbirds in a pie

One Ticket, One Ride (x4)

Tick-tock, tick-tock
Running out of sand
Waitin’ at the station
Yeah, with a ticket in my hand

Instamatic moolah
A stash o’ cold cash
Maybe a million gazillion
Nah, too bad I’ve got to play again

One Ticket, One Ride (x4)

Never you mind
If the nickel fails
You can keep on playing
‘Til your lucky day

One Ticket, One Ride (x4)

© Geoff Achison 2008

Never Give It Up

Written By: Geoff Achison

Never give it up
Never give it up no

They might call you a dreamer
They might call you a n’er do well
They might call you a sinner
They might tell you to go to hell

Never give it up
Never give it up no

C’mon let’s go
C’mon let’s go

Like David & Goliath
Mandela, Gandhi, MLK
A deed and a word live on
A footprint is washed away

Never give it up
Never give it up no

C’mon let’s go
C’mon let’s go

Staring at my granddad’s name
On a stone in an English town
Cut down on the frontline
We only have one time around

Never give it up
Never give it up no

C’mon let’s go
C’mon let’s go

© Geoff Achison 2005

Apparatus

Written By: Geoff Achison

Hey, hey isn’t this great
We can do it in half the time
We can oust those grim faced, dull blue collars
On the old hat assembly line
It ain’t got no union, no holy communion
It can work seven days in a week
It’s got the best yet consequential earning potential
And we got it second hand for a steal

Hey, hey isn’t this great
Nobody on the factory floor
We just got one guy on it, keeping his eye on it
He doesn’t even know what it’s for
As a matter of fact he’s got a room out the back
With his fridge and his cable tv
And his only function is to monitor production
And to give the thing a bit of a clean

Amazing apparatus
It’s the latest and the greatest
You can make the payment monthly
Don’t you worry about the money
Well you can’t afford not to buy one buddy

Wo-ho look at it go
It can pop ‘em out six at a round
When you hear that buzzin’ it’s another half-dozen
And it don’t ever wanna slow down
It’s so satisfying to see the world buying ‘em
They don’t stay long on the shelf
And there’s no pretense that it makes any sense
It only makes more of itself

Amazing apparatus
It’s the latest and the greatest
You can make the payment monthly
Don’t you worry about the money
Well you can’t afford not to buy one buddy

© Geoff Achison 1997

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Written By: Geoff Achison

On the workman’s bench
There was the words of a fool
He bent them and he shaped them
Into a tower of jewels

Someone tell me something that I don’t know

He said I never have lied
He said I never have failed
But he was hitching a ride
As he was pitching a sale

Someone tell me something that I don’t know
Someone tell me something that I don’t know

It seems you’re not what you say
Let’s say I’m not what I seem

Well we let him keep talking
And that was more than he knew
Til he was backed up in the corner
With the words dripping on his shoes

Someone tell me something that I don’t know
Someone tell me something that I don’t know

© Geoff Achison 1997

Discography

Albums:
One Ticket, One Ride 2009
Acho Solo 2007
Souldiggin' 2007
Little Big Men 2005
DVD:
Souldiggin' DVD 2005

Set List

Materiel is selected mainly from the following titles. Sets vary in length according to the gigs requirements. Standard gig is 3 x 45 minute sets but we sometimes do 2 x 90 minutes or one long 2 hour set. We are very flexible.
1.Sent To The Edge
2.My Little Bag
3.Magic Belt
4.One Ticket, One Ride
5.Bootbanger
6.Crazy Horse
7.Rule The World
8.Little Big Men
9.Feel Like A King
10.Wagging The Dog
11.Zombify
12.Living In Fear
13.Never Give It Up
14.Reach For The Sky
15.Chance
16.Kerry Lou
17.Chasing My Tail
18.Find Yourself A Fool
19.Reason To Live
20.Comin’ Ta Getcha
21. Careful Wot You Wish For
22. Tell Me Something …
23. Jungle
24. Adam & Eve
25. Help Yourself
26. Hotel
27. Natch’l Fax
28. Take Wot You Can Get
29. Overtime
30. Souldigger
31. Stepping Stones
32. It’s Over
33. Hold On To Wot You Got
34. Baby Come Back