Paul Hicks

Paul Hicks

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Paul Hicks’ new album, ‘Food for the Journey’, has been hailed by Jeff Jenkins (Inpress Magazine) as “one of the great albums of 2007”. Hicks’ debut album ‘Kettle of Fish’ was listed amongst Rhythms Magazine’s ‘Best of 2005’.

Biography

After stints as frontman and songwriter for Melbourne roots music bands The Haybalers and Broken Spoke, Paul Hicks emerged in 2005 with a solo album, Kettle of Fish, which led critics to draw comparisons with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Australia's Paul Kelly.

“… a fine new album of thoughtful, all-original material that comes on like a more rural Paul Kelly …” - Keith Glass, Capital News

"...a great storyteller... produces a mix of styles that evoke images as wide as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen” - Rick Jenner, Capital News

The country stylings of Kettle of Fish led Melbourne music journalist Jeff Jenkins’ to proclaim in Rhythms Magazine “Paul Hicks should be Australia’s next country superstar”. Jenkins also included Kettle of Fish amongst his top albums for 2005 alongside Bernard Fanning’s Tea and Sympathy and Ben Lee’s Awake is the New Sleep.

The death of his parents proved to be the catalyst in Hicks relocating to rural Victoria for an extended sojourn of some three years, during which time he penned the songs for his exciting follow-up album Food for the Journey, which is already getting plenty of attention from the critics.

“One of the great albums of 2007” - Jeff Jenkins, Inpress Magazine

“…songs such as Give me love first, Carpenter’s Son and Buffalo River Road may help to propel him to the upper echelon of Aussie personal songwriters” - Keith Glass, Capital News

“If this record is anything to go by, his burgeoning career must surely be ready to hit the big time” – Eva Roberts, Rhythms Magazine

“Why haven’t I heard of this guy before? He could certainly be selling millions of records if he were living in the US” – Lou Fulco, Readings Newsletter

Recorded and produced in Melbourne and Foster by former Mary Janes drummer Mark Stanley, Food for the Journey is less country than its predecessor and more lyrically reflective. Arranged strings take over from the fiddle and melodic guitar replaces the pedal steel. The album also features the talents of Stanley on drums/percussion, John Edgar (Sara Storer band) on bass, John Bedggood (Bernard Fanning band) on keys and introduces the guitar wizardry of Robbie Melville.

In demand as a live performer, Hicks has appeared at venues and Festivals throughout Australia and Europe.

Lyrics

Making my way back home

Written By: Paul Hicks

I’ve been thinking ‘bout making my way back home
I’ve been away too long and I miss my family
Maybe they’ll take me back into my father’s house
Maybe there’ll be a fattened calf waiting for me

I took an easy road and it led me away from there
There’s roads that’ll take you anywhere if you don’t know where you’re going
Could they ever take me back after I wasted all I owned?
Might they bring out the finest robe that was promised to me?

Would they put a ring on my finger, though there’s no reason that they should?
All I know is it sounds too good to be true
I’ve been thinking ‘bout making my way back home
I just hope that there’ll be someone who’s waiting for me

At least I won’t need to pack ‘cause there ain’t much that I’ve got left
Then there ain’t much I’ll need I guess to get me where I’m going
But something tells me I’ll be alright and I’ll never be alone
‘Cause all the family will be at home waiting for me

Carpenter's Son

Written By: Paul Hicks

I was walking in Jerusalem
Earlier this afternoon
Out of trouble, just minding my own
Not a couple of miles from home

I met a crowd coming up the hill
Looking like they was ready to kill
The figure ‘neath the cross looked less
Like a man than a bloody mess

Mama come look what they’ve done
Crucified The Carpenter’s Son
Hung Him up against a tree
Up the top of Calvary
Mama come look what they’ve done
Crucified The Carpenter’s Son

He was a chippie like His old man
Made a living working with His hands
It’s ironic ‘cause I bet He could
Make something good out of a cross of wood

As they lifted His body up high
You could almost hear the heavens sigh
I guess a dead prophet never threatened no-one
Oh Jerusalem, what have you done?

Discography

Kettle of Fish (LP) - 2005
Food for the Journey (LP) - 2007