Jac Dalton

Jac Dalton

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Jac Dalton is a pop/rock freight-train thundering along slick progressive country tracks, powered by classic Australian rock & roll riffs. In the vain of masters like The Eagles, U2 and Sting, this 'band of conscience' writes catchy, mature, timeless songs aimed at the every-man inside us all.

Biography

Originally from North Carolina, this renegade Southern gentleman arrived upon Aussie shores with but a notebook full of killer tunes and humble, heartrending lyrics aimed at the 'every-man' inside us all. Shopping around for just the right mix and sound, Jac attracted the attention of some of Australia’s most noted rock icons. These include: Mark Evans (AC/DC), Russell Morris, David Moyse (Air Supply), The Angels (John and Rick Brewster, Buzz Bidstrup and Chris Bailey), Rose Tattoo (Paul DeMarco and Rob Riley), Gwyn Ashton (BB King, Mick Fleetwood) and UKs Paul Wetton (Robert Plant Band) and are the mates featured with his band on the album.
With a world-class six-piece band logging more than a 125 years experience between them, finesse, maturity and passion are the silver bullets in vocally-driven, gut-wrenching power ballads like ‘Fire Burns’ (a song about coming of age) and ‘Exhale’ (written for survivors of the World Trade Centre); while the heart-thumpin’, ass-kickin’, skirt-liftin’ classic backbeat of songs like ‘Dirty Mean and Nasty’, ‘Til We Run Outta Highway’ and ‘Good Bad Girl’ leave no doubt who it is brandishing the smokin’ gun of this brand new rock & roll style. Country too wears a brand new hat in Jac’s classy, hard driving, songs like ‘Down and Dirty’, ‘I Want Love’ and ‘Cut to the Chase’ – timeless reflections amidst all the spit and polish of this exceptional International act successfully straddling ‘Both Sides’ of the fence.
Though each song was written to stand on its own, the journey of the album is epic – as rare indeed these days do we stumble across an album that is absolutely ALL guts and NO filler. And regardless of whether Jac Dalton plays unplugged or full-bore, you’ll wanna dance; you’ll wanna listen - you'll want more.
If it’s been awhile since last you were ‘wow-ed’ … you’re about to be!

I am perhaps best represented by an interview I recently gave to an online magazine... here are my responses to the poignant queries of the interviewer...

Q. What aspect of making music excites you the most right now?

A. The longer you play and write and perform the farther you move away from the screaming-child that is your head, and the closer you sidle-up to matters of consequence as a true artist. Music is the language of the soul (even thrash-rock and heavy metal have something deeper than blind rage to convey) and as the true expression of our hearts, she eventually nudges us to become more aware and sensitive to aspects of our lives that are worthwhile - aspects that might enable those who hear us to be a bit better for our efforts.

I started out not aspiring to write gut-wrenching, hip, pop/rock epics, but by distancing myself from all the flashing lights and white-noise of screaming crowds - sitting quietly, deciding what aspects of my life - so far - are most worth celebtrating and remembering. The easiest way I've found to express these 'lessons' is by writing them down in the simplistic phrase of children’s' stories. The first time I attempted this, it was the hardest thing I'd ever tried, as it takes tremendous focus and effort to cut away every last shard of fat from the raw flesh of your sentiments. Eventually though, I came to realize that if you can cram all you wish to convey into a short, half-page, simplistic tale, you can write songs that matter too.

Q. What excites me most right now?

A. Knowing I am able - better than ever - to share through the language that is common to us all, things I've found that mean something to me. And if they mean something important to me, they're bound to be worthwhile to someone else as well.

Q. What aspect of making music discourages you the most ?

A. It is a frustration to see so much true talent and artistry quashed and unsupported these days while mindless, formula songs increasingly saturate the airwaves for the sole purpose of separating monies from teens with large allowances and few expenses. Granted, it IS a music 'business' - but consideration needs to be given to 'tomorrow' and the consequences of this not-often-enough-thinking, not-often-enough-feeling generation being created. Perhaps if more songs inspired us to think, feel - reflect - and were heard alongside the pop/advertising tunes, there'd be more effort at creating some sort of legacy for those following in our stead, instead of carelessly sucking up all we can get from their pockets right now.

Not so long ago,’talent’ and ‘heart’ played the decisive roles determining what songs got played for the masses. You don't have to think too hard to recall artists - average as air to look at, without a nickel to their names - who had songs on the radio that are still classic and popular today because they had something worthwhile to share. How many songs over the past ten years have actually touched you? Not just appealed physically via flashing videos or gotten mindlessly into your head from repetition - but left a footprint upon some part

Lyrics

'Can Almost Taste the Rain'

Written By: Jac Dalton

‘Can Almost Taste the Rain'

Verse 1:
Red sky on the mornin’ – dust blowin’ ‘cross the land,
Another clear reminder of harder times and ruined lives again,
But the sun is rising on a brand new day.

Chorus:
If I could change the course of rivers, bring the thunder down,
Just hold on a little bit longer…I can almost taste the rain.

Verse 2:
Born of fire and ashes, a heart becomes as tough as steel,
They can take what we depend on - they’ll never take away what we believe,
I keep searchin’ the horizon looking for a sign…

Chorus:
If I could change the course of rivers, bring the thunder down,
Just hold on a little bit longer… till it turns around.

Bridge:
My heart is in this country – my soul is in the land,
The same blood runs through me – it’s who I am.

Verse 3:
Sun beatin’ down on me – m’back’s about to break again,
My cup’s still running over - but I can’t drink the shifting sand,
I keep searchin’ the horizon, and I pray for better days.

Chorus (x2)
If I could change the course of rivers, bring the thunder down,
Just hold on a little bit longer… things will turn around.

If I could change the course of rivers, bring the thunder down,
Just hold on a little bit longer…I can almost taste the rain.

Ad lib…

Heaven and Hell

Written By: Jac Dalton

Heaven and Hell
Jac Dalton

Verse 1:
I can still remember the first time we met,
'Couldn't find the right words,
I couldn't catch my breath,
But lately something's diff'rent,
And things are feelin' strange,
You're still the girl I'd die for,
But something's changed.

Verse 2:
I used to walk on water each time you held my hand,
And wrote 'I love you, darlin's',
With shells upon the sand,
What used to make us happy,
Like we were at the start,
And drew us close together once,
Is drivin' us apart.

Chorus:
Heaven and Hell - caught between the darkness and the light,
It's hard to know what's wrong and what is right,
I seen my heart from both sides and as far as I can tell,
Love walks a fine line in between...
Heaven and Hell.

Verse 3:
'Comes a time the band plays - you're alone on the floor,
Inside you feel you're dying,
But still you ask for more,
At times you'd like to walk away,
But y'know you never will,
Cause between the rock and heartache,
Y'know you love her still.

Chorus:
Heaven and Hell - when you're caught between the darkness and the light,
It's hard to know what's wrong and what is right,
I seen my heart from both sides and as far as I can tell,
Love walks a fine line in between...
Heaven and Hell.

Bridge:
But how does something wonderful work out to hurt so bad,
To turn your head around and drive you mad,
Your heart overflows, but still you bleed,
And somewhere in between it all...
It sets you free.

Acapella chorus:
Heaven and Hell - when you're caught between the darkness and the light,
It's hard to know what's wrong and what is right,
I seen my heart from both sides and as far as I can tell,
Love walks a fine line in between...

Chorus:
Heaven and Hell - when you're caught between the darkness and the light,
It's hard to know what's wrong and what is right,
I seen my heart from both sides and as far as I can tell,
Love walks a fine line in between...
Love walks a fine line in between...
Love walks a fine line in between...
Heaven and Hell.
Heaven and Hell.

I Want Love

Written By: Jac Dalton

I WANT LOVE

Verse 1:
You broke it off, pushed me away,
Sometimes love is just that way,
But I ain’t gonna close the door just yet,
I’ve played us back a thousand times,
I’m paid-up for a thousand crimes,
But darling I forgive you - no regrets.

Chorus:
I want love - I been too long a’waitin’,
I want love - I want my dream come true.
My heart may never, ever heal,
But I can’t change the way I feel,
Just hold me close and say you want me too,
‘Cause I want love - I want you.

Verse 2:
Sometimes every now and then,
I swear I’ll never love again,
What’s done is done, and gone is gone away,
But I can’t move on for things you said,
Too much of you inside my head,
There’s always a reminder every day.

Chorus:
(That) I want love - I been too long a’waitin’,
I want love - I want my dream come true.
My heart may never, ever heal,
But I can’t change the way I feel,
Just hold me close and say you want me too,
I want love, love - I want you.

Bridge:
There’s things we do, we never soon forget,
Love is hard enough without regret,
And oh, the tangled hurts we weave,
When our hearts deceive,
But anything’s possible…
If we believe.

Instrumental:
I been too long a’waitin,
I want my dream come true.

Pre Chorus:
My heart may never, ever heal,
But I can’t change the way I feel,
Just hold me close and say you want me too…

Chorus:
I want your love… I been too long a’waitin’,
Love - I want my dream come true.
My heart may never, ever mend,
But it doesn’t have to be the end,
Just hold me close and say you want me too,
Cause I want love, love, love - I want you.

Tag:
I want your love, I want your love,
I want your love, I want you love,
I want your love, I want your love,
I love, love, love you.

Til We Run Outta Highway

Written By: Jac Dalton

‘TIL WE RUN OUTTA HIGHWAY

Verse 1:
Breakin’ my back for another day,
Same old town with a different name,
If I’m gonna survive, gotta get away.

Live and lose, every now and then,
Gotta fight back - never give in,
Don’t shake me loose - ‘ain’t gonna fall.

Lead in:
Down the road to ruin,
You’re bound to lose your way,
Watch out what you’re doing.

Chorus:
Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Race the wind, we’ll ride again,
Til we run outta road.

Verse 2:
Pedal to the metal - with your heart in flames,
Burning up bridges, feelin’ no shame,
We stand alone, but we’re standin’ tall.

Push it to the limit, with your foot on the floor,
Haul ass, kick ass - beggin’ for more,
Drivin’ all night, drive em insane.

Lead in:
Down the road to ruin,
You’re bound to lose your way,
Watch out what you’re doing.

Chorus:
Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Race the wind, we’ll ride again,
Til we run outta road.

Bridge:
Ninety miles an hour down a dead end lane,
Locked and loaded - feelin’ no pain,
Hear the wind die, y’know you’re gone.

Chorus: (Instrumental)

Lead in:
Down the road to ruin,
You’re bound to lose your way,
Watch out what you’re doing.

Chorus: (x2)
Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Race the wind, we’ll ride again,
Til we run outta road.

Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Movin’ on - I’m gone!
(Echo:) Til we run outta road.

Good Bad-Girl

Written By: Jac Dalton

GOOD BAD-GIRL

Verse 1:
Closed the gate behind her - gone without a clue,
Tired of life as just a wife - she’s needin’ something new.
Left a note in lipstick, cause she’s just in the mood,
To paint the town and run around with a brand new attitude.

Chorus:
She’s a good bad-girl in leather and lace,
You can see it in her face,
She’s a good bad girl but everyone knows,
She’s the heart-of-an-angel in hand-me-down clothes.

Verse 2:
Traded in her shyness - tired of being good,
She’s followin’ the steps of Elvis - (oh) she’s left the neighborhood.
Earrings in her eyebrow, tattoo on her back,
Ready to rock with the girls on the block - she’s runnin’ with the pack.

Chorus:
She’s a good bad-girl in leather and lace,
You can see it in her face,
She’s a good bad girl but everyone knows,
She’s the heart-of-an-angel in hand-me-down clothes.

Bridge (Instrumental):

Verse 3:
No more prim and proper - she’s handin’ in her pearls,
And she just might stay out all night, like all the other girls.
Cause she’s changin’ for the better - ain’t no goin’ back,
Her sheltered past is gone at last - she’s had enough of that.

Chorus:
She’s a good bad-girl in leather and lace,
You can see it in her face,
She’s a good bad girl but everyone knows,
She’s the heart-of-an-angel in hand-me-down clothes.

Chorus:
She’s a good bad-girl in leather and lace,
Can you see it in her face?
She’s a good bad girl but everyone knows,
She’s the heart-of-an-angel in hand-me-down clothes.

Heart-of-an-angel…
Heart-of-an-angel…
She’s an Angel…
She’s an Angel…

Blood Brothers

Written By: Jac Dalton

Blood Brothers

Verse 1:
You say old, I say new –
it’s somewhere in between,
But you see red, when it’s only rouge – I know what you mean,
A thousand thorns to cut you when all you see’s a rose,
It’s the price you pay for everlasting love.

We skipped the light hidalgo, made the world our own,
Stood beside each other all alone,
We found forever in a poet’s line,
But our forever’s running out of time.

Chorus:
A touch of mascara round the eyes,
I take off my disguise,
The curtain’s slowly rising - my lover, my best friend…
Blood Brothers.

Verse 2:
We spent ourselves a little more every time we touched,
Memories – they roll away like water,
Not an ounce of emptiness inside,
Bittersweetness keepin’ us alive.

Chorus:
A touch of mascara round the eyes,
I take off my disguise,
The curtain’s slowly rising - my lover, my best friend…
Blood Brothers.

Bridge:
We shared our hearts the only way we knew,
Built a house of hope to see us through,
Blazing spirits flaming out too fast,
Now we’re stained glass – broken glass…

Verse 3:
If love were life, I’d have enough to never let you go,
So many secrets yet to know,
No time for dying when we’ve only learned to dance,
And still it’s all about you.

PreChorus:
Now I see you in the moonlight -
I hear you on the wind,
I feel you once again,
Old fool, romantic fool – my lover, carer friend…

Chorus:
A touch of mascara round the eyes,
I finally take off my disguise,
The curtain’s only rising - my lover, my best friend…
Blood Brothers.
Blood Brothers.

Fire Burns

Written By: Jac Dalton / Darren Mullan

Fire Burns
________

Verse 1:
Before you walk away from home,
There's something you should know,
Before you go out on your own,
To wherever you may go,
There are times you fall,
As you stumble over things you can not see,
Along the road from who you think you are,
To where you wanna be. (Cause…)

Chorus:
Fire Burns, wind blows,
The world turns,
Heaven knows that love hurts, Tears fall,
But time alone will heal your soul.

Verse 2:
There’s sure to be muddy water,
'Neath the bridges that you burn,
And you may feel like you are drowning,
But the tide will always turn,
Keep your mind on where you’re going,
And listen to your heart,
Life goes on without you knowin’,
Like it has from the start. (Cause…)

Chorus:
Fire Burns, wind blows,
The world turns,
And Heaven knows that love hurts, Tears fall,
But time alone will heal your soul.
One day you’re gonna know…

Instrumental Bridge:
Don't fight it… It'll be alright…
I oughta know.

Chorus x2:
Fire Burns, wind blows,
The world turns,
And Heaven knows that love hurts, Tears fall,
But time alone will heal your soul.

I Want Love

Written By: Jac Dalton

I Want Love
__________

Verse 1:
You broke it off, pushed me away,
Sometimes love is just that way,
But I ain’t gonna close the door just yet,
I’ve played us back a thousand times,
I’m paid-up for a thousand crimes,
But darling I forgive you - no regrets.

Chorus:
I want love - I been too long a’waitin’,
I want love - I want my dream come true.
My heart may never, ever heal,
But I can’t change the way I feel,
Just hold me close and say you want me too,
‘Cause I want love - I want you.

Verse 2:
Sometimes every now and then,
I swear I’ll never love again,
What’s done is done, and gone is gone away,
But I can’t move on for things you said,
Too much of you inside my head,
There’s always a reminder every day.

Chorus:
(That) I want love - I been too long a’waitin’,
I want love - I want my dream come true.
My heart may never, ever heal,
But I can’t change the way I feel,
Just hold me close and say you want me too,
I want love, love - I want you.

Bridge:
There’s things we do, we never soon forget,
Love is hard enough without regret,
And oh, the tangled hurts we weave,
When our hearts deceive,
But anything’s possible…
If we believe.

Instrumental:
I been too long a’waitin,
I want my dream come true.

Pre Chorus:
My heart may never, ever heal,
But I can’t change the way I feel,
Just hold me close and say you want me too…

Chorus:
I want your love… I been too long a’waitin’,
Love - I want my dream come true.
My heart may never, ever mend,
But it doesn’t have to be the end,
Just hold me close and say you want me too,
Cause I want love, love, love - I want you.

Tag:
I want your love, I want your love,
I want your love, I want you love,
I want your love, I want your love,
I love, love, love you…

Til We Run Outta Highway

Written By: Jac Dalton

Til We Run Outta Highway

Verse 1:
Breakin’ my back for another day,
Same old town with a different name,
If I’m gonna survive, gotta get away.

Live and lose, every now and then,
Gotta fight back - never give in,
Don’t shake me loose - ‘ain’t gonna fall.

Lead in:
Down the road to ruin,
You’re bound to lose your way,
Watch out what you’re doing.

Chorus:
Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Race the wind, we’ll ride again,
Til we run outta road.

Verse 2:
Pedal to the metal - with your heart in flames,
Burning up bridges, feelin’ no shame,
We stand alone, but we’re standin’ tall.

Push it to the limit, with your foot on the floor,
Haul ass, kick ass - beggin’ for more,
Drivin’ all night, drive em insane.

Lead in:
Down the road to ruin,
You’re bound to lose your way,
Watch out what you’re doing.

Chorus:
Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Race the wind, we’ll ride again,
Til we run outta road.

Bridge:
Ninety miles an hour down a dead end lane,
Locked and loaded - feelin’ no pain,
Hear the wind die, y’know you’re gone.

Chorus: (Instrumental)

Lead in:
Down the road to ruin,
You’re bound to lose your way,
Watch out what you’re doing.

Chorus: (x2)
Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Race the wind, we’ll ride again,
Til we run outta road.

Wild and young, a’holdin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Alive again, we’re drivin’,
Til we run outta road,
Chase the sun, we’re a’movin’ on,
Til we run outta highway,
Movin’ on - I’m gone.

Exhale

Written By: Jac Dalton

Verse 1:
There’s an empty place beside me, I thought you’d always be,
What could ever come between the stuff of memories,
But take it all for granted, with no place else to run,
Count upon tomorrow - cause maybe it will come.

Verse 2:
Been wand’rin’ round in circles - I look but I don’t see,
Hold my breath for something that never more will be,
Still no one answers, and still there’s no goodbye,
Still… I can’t… exhale…

Chorus:
Fire rains all around us,
As thunder shakes the ground,
Tortured walls colliding,
The world a’tumblin’ down,
I never lived while you were here,
I’m far from living now,
Your last breath fades upon my lips,
Still I can’t exhale…

Verse 3:
I’ve never been without you - I never was that strong,
All that’s left are pictures of a life too quickly gone,
But there’s one eye in the mirror - and one eye on the dawn,
Gotta look to something,
Just to keep… a’keepin’ on.

Chorus:
As fire rains all around us,
As thunder shakes the ground,
Tortured walls colliding,
The world a’tumblin’ down,
I never lived while you were here,
I’m far from living now,
Your last breath fades upon my lips,
Still I can’t exhale…

Bridge:
Hope becomes forgetfulness,
I hold my breath again,
Prayin’ I’ll awaken,
Just to see your face my friend,
But waitin’s just like dying…

Chorus:
As fire rains all around us,
As thunder shakes the ground,
Tortured walls colliding,
Two worlds a’tumblin’ down,
I never lived while you were here,
I’m far from living now,
Your last breath fades upon my lips,
Still… I can’t… exhale...

Discography

'From Both Sides' - Album
Released Independently October, 2007
Various tracks are presently being played globally by hundreds of FM and online stations.
Several kickin' tracks as well appear as soundtracks in adventure/action productions across the globe. Presently Harely-Davidson Motorcycles are considering one of the tracks for use in global ad campaigns.

Set List

Jac Dalton Set List

Set 1: (45 minutes)

One Star
I Want Love
Paper in Fire (Cougar-Mellancamp)
What Part of Love
Exhale
Shooting Star (Bad Company)
The Boy’s In Love
Fire Burns
Til We Run Outta Highway

Set 2: (50+ minutes)

What a Way to Learn
You Better Love Somebody (Rick Springfield)
Cut to the Chase
Down & Dirty
Dogs are Talkin’ (The Angels – Aussie)
Highway to Hell (AC/DC)
Good Bad Girl
Heaven and Hell
Wanted Dead or Alive (Bon Jovi)
Devil Went Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels)
Dirty, Mean and Nasty

Encores:
State of Rock (new album track)
Locked, Cocked and Ready to Rock (new album track)