Journeyman back with stories to tell
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.