Rachel Dillon

Rachel Dillon

 Perth, Western Australia, AUS
BandFolkAmericana

A gifted singer guitarist based in Perth, Western Australia, writing very much from personal perspectives, touching the heart in a mix of originals and selective folk-Americana covers.

Biography

I like to tell stories. When I'm writing a song I feel like I'm rummaging around in an old box in an attic, pulling out reams of fabric and tossing it behind me to maybe use later. I'm drawn into the intricacies of love, of infinite friendship and how we're molded by our experience. The music I love comes from a range of traditions that include American and Irish folk, country, Bluegrass and Americana.

My love of cowboy culture and Americana probably started in the lounge room of my childhood home as I sat in front of the turntable, immersed in the world of gunslinger ballads on my father's Frankie Lane, Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins records. Also tucked in that modest record collection were my mothers' John Denver and Anne Murray albums and I'd sing my lungs out when no one else was home.

I’m currently exploring the songwriting of John Prine, Woody Guthrie, TVZ, Guy Clark, Gillian Welch and the style of Bluegrass.

Lyrics

Hell for Leather

Written By: Rachel Dillon

We grew up together in the same small town
Standing watching summer storms coming down
You with hair of gold and a will so strong
I hardly said boo but my heart was full of song

You chased the ducks I ran from the drake,
We skipped rocks on the dam and swam in the lake
Pretended to drive ‘cross the state in an abandoned old van,
And we ran, and we ran

Chorus x 2
Hell for leather, Hell for leather
Hell for leather, Down Bellbird hill

Dad got a transfer to the city in WA,
I watched you get smaller and smaller and smaller as we drove away
I just kept my head down like I thought I should
Studied hard, tried to be good
But I missed runnin’, I missed runnin’

CHORUS x 2

Heard you’d had a hard time but I don’t know the rest
Tried growin’ up too fast, but I guess you just did your best
Every now and then I look down at the scars on my knees
From when we ran, From when we ran

LAST CHORUS
Hell for leather, Hell for leather,
Hell for leather, Down Bellbird hill
And I can see you running, in my memory
Hell for leather, Hell for leather, Hell for leather,
Down Bellbird hill, Down Bellbird hill

Laurie and Margaret

Written By: Rachel Dillon

Laurie and Margaret worked hard all their lives
Now they just want to be free
They’ve got the tinny all ready to go
Cruising up the Hawkesbury

Chorus
They just want to spend their days fishing
Watch the sunset create a red sky
Time together just waiting
Watching the water flow by

Three years gone by trying to sell the old store
The real estate agent don’t call anymore
So at 7am Laurie comes out again
And opens up for the day

At seventy three you just want to be
Spending your time side by side
Lazily cruising up river
And drifting away on the tide

Chorus

Pelican sits on the sandbar
Catching the afternoon sun
Cormorant hangs out his wings to dry, And
They watch the water
They watch the water
They watch the water flow by
They watch the water
They watch the water
They watch the water flow by

Chorus
They just want to spend their days fishing
Watch the sunset create a red sky
But the leaves are turning and starting to fall
Watching the water flow by

They just want to spend their days fishing
Watch the sunset create a red sky
Time together just waiting
Watching the water flow by

Laurie and Margaret worked hard all their lives
Now they just want to be free

Surround me with trees

Written By: Rachel Dillon

Why stay here, when a place in the desert would do
I can live out my hollow existence anywhere
Don’t need to be near my family and
Won’t be missed by yours,
little shack in the middle of the hillside

CHORUS
Surround me, with trees
Just me and my dogs
The cicadas and the birds
All the sounds of the bush ringing true

Just gotta get through this life alive
Gotta get through each day
Tell myself it was all worthwhile
When I lay close to death
Whose ear will I whisper into?

CHORUS

You can’t see the colours deep down in the ocean
Because there is no light
I guess that’s why it’s hard to imagine
What life might have been like
I’ve got to get far, far away

Where I can’t hear the schoolbell ring
Where I can’t hear the sounds of the playground
Or the children when they sing

CHORUS

Goodbye Goodluck Goodnight

Written By: Rachel Dillon

I got a taxi to the airport, it was late last night
But I guess you’ve got that part figured now
I’ve been sitting for hours waiting for my flight
Realising I had things I could write down

CHORUS
And when I’m in that sky tonight
I’ll see the city burning bright
And I’ll say goodbye goodluck goodnight forever

I know I said I’d love you till the very end
Through thick and thin and most of all
That I’d be your friend

But city life is choking me
I clock off but still long to be
Beyond the sealed roads and neon signs

CHORUS
And when I’m in that sky tonight
I’ll see the city burning bright
And I’ll say goodbye goodluck goodnight forever
And when I’m in that sky tonight
I’ll see things in a different light
And I’ll say goodbye goodluck goodnight forever

And when I hit the ground I’ll take off running
And I won’t stop till I see nothing
But the dead straight lines of the road ahead
And the red horizon

CHORUS
And when I’m in that sky tonight
I’ll see the city burning bright
And I’ll say goodbye goodluck goodnight forever
And when I’m in that sky tonight
I’ll see things in a different light
And I’ll say goodbye goodluck goodnight forever

And I’ll say goodbye goodluck goodnight forever
And I’ll say goodbye goodluck goodnight forever

Little Stone's Throw

Written By: Rachel Dillon

Little Stone’s Throw

Moving the stereo, the radio and furniture is easy
Pack the box, load the truck, wave goodbye, get a new key
My sister’s little babe, when I left was only 4 weeks old
Now I’m over here and man it’s hard to feel whole

Thought I would always be just a little stone’s throw
From the place I was born, my people, the country I know
When I was young all that I dreamed of was riding free
if you’d told me then what would happen I’d never believe

Little stone’s throw

Drove 2000 miles and a desert passed under my wheel
Took a leap of faith to trust in what I feel
A flicker in my heart, a fragment of bone, a little part of my soul
Keeps calling me back, calling me back to the fold

Now I have all of this freedom and nothing to lose
Skipping my stone on the shoreline for something to do
But those deep river canyons and tall trees of the Great Divide
Keep calling me back calling me back to your side

Perspective

Written By: Rachel Dillon

Perspective

Well I don’t think I’ve grown much at all in the last thirty years
But my Dad always says, when he sees me, “My, look how much you’ve grown my dear”
I said, “Dad it comes down to perspective and you know you’ve turned 74
It’s not that I’m growing toward the ceiling, but you’re growing toward the floor”

All we need is some perspective
A little space and time
See things from a different place
I’ll step in your shoes you take mine

As a child I jumped right off a mountain without fear and without praying
You and I played with fire and ran together through the rain
Now I’m grown but sometimes when I’m afraid to go against the grain
I think about the pile of sand that was my childhood mountain and I jump again

As I roll on through the years I realise life’s a funny kind of game
From a clear blue sky a lightning bolt can shake us from our hypnotic daze/ dream like daze
And in that blinding moment we can see again and the small stuff fades away
At the end of the day, Love is all that matters, from the cradle to the grave

All we need is some perspective
A little space and time
See things from a different place
I’ll step in your shoes you take mine

Discography

An EP produced last year called "Long Distance" features 6 original tracks. The EP has received airplay on KRRM Cream of Country in Southern Oregon."Hell for Leather" had over 100 requests via phone and email to the station. In Australia, tracks are receiving airplay on Community radio stations, Radio Fremantle, WA, AIR FM in NSW, Wow FM, Sydney plus various internet stations and Jango.

My track Hell for Leather was also included on the 2012 released compilation CD "Winners of the West" after I was shortlisted for the Best New Talent award.

Set List

A mix of originals and covers.
Any combination of set lengths can be accommodated to total up to two hours.

Current set could include any of the following:

ORIGINALS
Hell for leather
Life moves on
Iguana Skin Boots
Kentucky Miner's Song
Boab tree
West of the Great Divide
Laurie and Margaret
Staying in tonight
My imagination
Surround me with trees
Goodbye goodluck goodnight
Little stone's throw
Perspective
Silent and slow
Days of old
Undone

ARTISTS COVERED INCLUDE
Emmylou Harris
Gillian Welch
Johnny Cash
John Prine
Kris Kristofferson
Jean Ritchie
Eric Bogle
Leonard Cohen
Bob Dylan
Lucinda Williams
Old Crow Medicine Show
Paul Kelly
Gram Parsons
Mary Gauthier
Kasey Chambers
Eilen Jewel
Fred Eaglesmith
John Denver
Steve Earle
Bill Munroe
Alison Krauss
Traditional folk songs