The Widowbirds

The Widowbirds

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandRockAlternative

Rhythm & Blues collective are THE WIDOWBIRDS. Hard Soul movement amongst a band of men with truth & a resilience to conform to a loveless world. Recently joined Tony Joe White (US), Ash Grunwald, Caloundra Music Fest, Fuse Fest, Tamworth CMFest & Legend Paul Weller (UK) & Jeff Martin (The Tea Party)

Biography

The Widowbirds were born in late 2010 from a song writing project and calling of heart for long term, brothers in arms and co writers, Simon Meli and Tony Kvesic. Living in the inspirations of Otis Redding, Frankie Miller, The Band and Neil Young, The Widowbirds now deliver a soulfulness and truth that seems to be missing out there.

The band delivering such a creed ruffled their feathers, introducing their debut EP. Their early release speaks of an organic and texture woven bunch of songs, jovial and raw...built on the classic premise that love and good times are all that matter. The EP was independently digitally released with successful airplay on Roots N All on Triple J, regional radio and digital stations alike as their first preview offering from their debut album.

But the buzz continued... as in 2010 the collective were hand-plucked by the Modfather himself, Paul Weller (UK), for his Australian National Wake Up The Nation album tour in October 2010. Forging friendships over the common love of soul music, the true highlight was when Paul Weller joined the band on stage started tinkling on the Hammond.

Taking their gritty back-boned blues and roots to audiences around the country, THE WIDOWBIRDS have continued in garnering a reputation as a solid opening act and festival staple, joining other international greats and Australian Blues Rock artists around the country.

Appearances at Tamworth Country Music Festival 2011 in their maiden year was another great accomplishment to back up their first ever festival performance at the Caloundra Music Festival in 2010, alongside the likes of Powderfinger, Dan Sultan, Jon Cleary and many more greats, the band took many an invitation to tour with our home grown local talent and international greats.

Supporting on many occasions Ash Grunwald (National Album Tour), The Backsliders, The Badloves, Chris Wilson and Mark Seymour, it was High time The Widowbirds made their mark by recording their very own debut record.

As soon as debut album sparks flew this year, the band were successful in supporting the legendary swamp fox Tony Joe White (USA) on his NSW leg of his national tour, bonding on whisky & roots, they were again invited to support him in Tasmania, whilst recording their debut album continued.

Onto most recently touring with Jeff Martin (The Teat Party)
and now the album in completion about to be released upon the many a soul...

'Shenandoah' 2011

Recorded by Simon Meli on the fly from the mountains down to the plains of the west, invitations were extended to many great musicians to join the band in producing the vision of the record. Syd Green recorded drums in many old schooled ways at MonoNest, providing the soundscape with a bare boned rawness.

Lapsteels, dobro guitars, gritty southern electric’s and the roaring electric church aka swelling Hammond and boogie piano, completed the bands debut. Finally the mixing was in the hands of the bands biggest brother and dear friend... Steve Balbi (Noiseworks, Electric Hippies).

Discography

Debut Records 'SHENANDOAH' - to be released Nov 2011:
Laughing Outlaw Records / Inertia

1. Dust and Stone
2. Go Down
3. Sweet Lady Mary
4. Rumble In The Alley
5. Tonight We Ride
6. Lay Your Love
7. My Time
8. Still Life
9. Follow Me Down
10. Time We Gotta Move On
11. Lead Myself Astray

Self Titled EP released OCT 2010: EP 1

1. Time We Gotta Move On
2. My Time
3. Lay Your Love On Me
4. Wade In The Water *

Set List

1. Dust & Stone
2. Follow Me Down
3. Rumble In The Alley
4. My Time
5. Still Life
6. Sweet Lady Mary
7. Lay Your Love On Me
8. Tonight We Ride
9. The Devils Hand
10. Time We Gotta Move On
11. Lead MySelf Astray
12. Go Down