Roz Pappalardo

Roz Pappalardo

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandCountryRock

Mix great tunes, inspiring stage presence, seasoned and professional country players - the cream of the crop from the South East Queensland music scene...and what do you get? Roz Pappalardo's (women in docs) intriguing country side - project.

Biography

Roz Pappalardo and The Wayward Gentlemen

Soaring and committed slide guitar, smooth upright bass, rocking drums, mad keyboard, a vintage Fender guitar ("temporarily" stolen from her Dad), and a sassy front woman who rocks even when she sings a ballad.

This is Roz Pappalardo and the Wayward Gentlemen. Roz's testosterone fueled alt-country side project to her folky festival favourite counterpart, women in docs.

Drawing on influences ranging from Lucinda Williams to Ryan Adams, Roz as a solo act melds her effusive stage presence and endearing songwriting with some good honest country-style secret herbs and spices. And a cheeky little dash of the T-hormone.

Roz released her debut full length album, "This Lifeboat", late 2009, through Brisbane based label, Plus One Records (Texas Tea, The Gin Club), to fabulous reviews and immediate airplay on national and community radio stations across Australia. The album quickly became a fixture on AAA's All Australian Country Charts. The music video to the record's opening single, "I Say Fall" has been aired extensively on Foxtel's Country Music Channel (CMC) and ABC TV's Rage and has also been recently nominated as a finalist in the augural West End Film Festival (Brisbane). She has just been nominated as semi-finalist for the esteemed Nashville based International Songwriting Competition - in both the Adult Contemporary AND Country categories.

Penned in between vigorous women in docs tours, in hotels and on a variety of modes of public transport, the album is, lyrically, an introspective peek at Roz's innermost feelings about love, life and death, wrapped in a concoction of juicy slide guitar, male backing vocals, thick upright bass with a little bit of raucous fun thrown into the mix.

Ably steered by producer, Magoo (Powderfinger, Kate Miller Heidke, Regurgitator, The Gin Club), including some sterling performances from Brisbane legends, Andrew Morris (The Wilson Pickers) and Ben Salter (The Gin Club), the album is an exceptional look at Brisbane's depth of country talent.

She's rocked Woodford Folk Festival (2008, 2009), Gympie Muster (2009), Tamworth Country Music Festival (2010), Festival Cairns (2009) and Urban Country Music Festival (2010) with this act and has left numerous stages across Queensland and Australia wondering what's just happened. It's clear that 2010 is quickly becoming the year of the Wayward.

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Lyrics

I Say Fall

Written By: R.Pappalardo

I Say Fall
R.Pappalardo

What are you made of?
What are you afraid of?
What are you made of?
I say fall

Another night nobody’s home
No ones alone except you and me
Near or far you’re breaking my heart
It’s taken apart

The day will come he’s gotta move on
You gotta be strong, but how do I say
What can I say?

What are you made of?
What are you afraid of?
What are you made of?
I say fall

It’s all changed
Still you’re afraid, still you’re afraid
He’s gone to stay
This we can’t face, this we can’t face

The day has come he’s not coming home
He’s nowhere alone, but how do I say
What can I say?

What are you made of?
What are you afraid of?
What are you made of?
I say fall

Are you afraid of dying?
Who will be there crying?
That’s what I’m afraid of
I say fall

I’ll fall with you.

His Face

Written By: R.Pappalardo

His Face
R.Pappalardo

His face is black
His hands are worn
His heart is gold
His life is a one man band

His heart is true
As the oceans blue
And when he walks
His land it talks

An early age
He went away
Horseman by day he learnt his trade
And through the night
By candlelight
He played his songs till morning light

He knows how this goes
He’s played all the notes
He’s sung all the songs
That have come before
‘Bout Freddie Shortjoe

He walks these streets
Sand under feet
His people watch
They know how he bleeds

At waters edge
He’s looking in
And what he sees
He keeps close to him

He knows this goes
He’s played all the notes
He’s sung all the songs
That have come before
Sit here on this chair
Take comfort it’s there
Sing me your song
Show how it’s done, show how it’s done

His face is black
His hands are worn
His hearts is strong
He will go on

Broke

Written By: R.Pappalardo

If I could tell you what I’ve done
Would you end up black inside?
If I could show you what I thought
You’d probably wanna die

For this crime that I commit
There can be no other way

I broke the colour in you
I broke the colour in you
I killed the colour in me
I killed the colour in me

If I could show you what I see
When I’m not with you
If I could show you how I feel
When I’m away from you
Would you be surprised that I lied?
Would you feel sorry for my dark insides?

I broke the colour in you
I broke the colour in you
I killed the colour in me
I killed the colour in me

I broke the colour in you, it’s washing over me
I broke the colour in you, it’s seeping right through me
I killed the colour in me and I’m not even close to grey
I killed the colour in me and I don’t wanna limp away

And I don’t wanna limp away

This Lifeboat

Written By: Roz Pappalardo

I am a sailor; I’m lost at sea
This lifeboat here is gonna carry me
To safety and back home
And when I get there no more shall I roam

This lifeboat is strong
It can carry three but there’s no-one else here to comfort me
If I touch the sky, touch the sand
Would you try and help me, would you understand
Oh no

Chorus:
So ride it high, or don’t ride at all
You wanna fly but you have never fallen at all
So ride it high

She’s a tin angel; She’s given her word
She’ll follow you round till the daylight turns
To darkness, you can’t be, what you want to
You only drift at sea

Chorus

I am a cowgirl I’m lost to me
I’m waiting for you to come and rescue, rescue me
Won’t you come and rescue me

Discography

Album, "This Lifeboat" out Sept 2009 (Plus One Records / Shock).

Set List

Roz's original songs.