Jour­ney­man back with sto­ries to tell

Geraldton Guardian - - The Sauce - Francesca Mann

It has been more than a year since US mu­si­cian Bret Mosley last vis­ited Ger­ald­ton, but the Amer­i­cana artist will re­turn to the city in Septem­ber with an ar­ray of new tunes.

Mosley has spent the past year tour­ing through the South West but will play at The Ger­ald­ton Club on Septem­ber 8 in an in­ti­mate lis­ten­ing room set­ting.

Those fa­mil­iar with Mosley’s style will know he has a pen­chant for cosy gigs as they give him the chance to share the sto­ries sur­round­ing his songs.

And, with five new projects in the pipe­line, there are plenty of new tracks to ex­cite old and new fans.

“There’ll be a few songs I haven’t per­formed in front of an au­di­ence be­fore,” he said. “I’ve been spend­ing a lot of time in the stu­dio and a lot of time writ­ing and mix­ing, pro­duc­ing and record­ing.

“There’s a group of record­ings I did in Mis­sis­sippi, there is a whole new batch of songs that I’ve writ­ten in Aus­tralia. “(The songs cover) a wide range of things, world events and re­flect­ing on the time I’ve been liv­ing in Aus­tralia, un­der­stand­ing a new cul­ture and a new world.”

Born in south Texas, Mosley grew up in a no­madic life­style in the US be­cause of his fa­ther’s navy job.

Af­ter spend­ing 10 years on the road tour­ing the US, cov­er­ing two mil­lion kilo­me­tres in a decade, Mosley de­cided to move to Perth in 2014.

As the third an­niver­sary of his move ap­proaches, Mosley has be­come more aware of the cul­tural dif­fer­ences be­tween the two coun­tries.

He said the laid-back way of life in Perth had also taken his mu­sic in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. “My song­writ­ing has gone through some sort of an evo­lu­tion since I’ve been here,” he said.

“The longer I live here the more dis­tinct and dif­fer­ent it is to what I’ve known in the past. “Western Aus­tralia is its own world. There’s cer­tainly that ‘wait awhile’ as­pect — things take time, I love it.

“I think the Amer­i­can cul­ture has more in com­mon with China than with Aus­tralia.”

The move to Aus­tralia also gave Mosley the chance to sort through more than 380 song ideas he had jot­ted down or par­tially recorded while tour­ing.

Over the next five years, Mosley plans to flesh out ideas that are worth fol­low­ing up and fin­ish­ing.

The singer-song­writer also wants to re­lease a live al­bum, with his up­com­ing show at The Ger­ald­ton Club the first one he will record live.

“Hope­fully within a few months I’ll have enough ma­te­rial that I can just pick from those shows,” he said.

“It could be a sit­u­a­tion where one show is the show and that be­comes the record­ing. I have the won­der­ful prob­lem of hav­ing too much mu­sic to write. There’ll be a cy­cle of re­leases, at least a cou­ple of things in the com­ing year.”

There’ll be a few songs I haven’t per­formed in front of an au­di­ence be­fore. Bret Mosley

Amer­i­cana mu­si­cian Bret Mosley will bring a swag of new mu­sic to The Ger­ald­ton Club in Septem­ber.

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