TEX ON THE BEACH
AUSSIE ROCKER TEX PERKINS PLAYS A FREE SHOW AT COOLY HOTEL
Tex Perkins says his chemistry with guitarist Charlie Owen is unlike any other in Australian music today. Audiences will get to witness the dynamic when the pair perform a free show at Coolangatta Hotel this weekend.
The partnership started when Perkins joined forces with Cold Chisel’s pianist Don Walker and Owen to form Tex, Don and Charlie in the early 1990s.
“The Beasts Of Bourbon shared a bill with a band he was playing with at the time during the late ’80s when he was in The New Christs,” Tex says.
“But it wasn’t until Tex, Don and Charlie that we really began this journey together.
“We have played together in many bands over the past 23 years so we have a vast catalogue of music.”
Perkins has played a key role in Australian music since he first fronted Brisbane cowpunk band Tex Deadly and the Dum-Dums in the 1980s.
After moving to Sydney and playing in groups such as Salamander Jim, The Bumhead Orchestra and Thug, Perkins formed pub rock supergroup the Beasts Of Bourbon with the likes of Kim Salmon and Spencer P. Jones.
Perkins’ most commercially successful band, The Cruel Sea, followed in 1988. The Cruel Sea won multiple ARIA Awards, including for Best Group, and released a string of popular singles including This Is Not the Way Home, The Honeymoon Is Over, Better Get a Lawyer and Anybody But You.
By that stage Perkins also had a couple of solo albums, Far Be it From Me and Dark Horses, under his belt.
His less-serious musical outings have included his tongue-in-cheek TnT partnership with You Am I’s Tim Rogers; and his short-lived cover-band Tex Perkins And His Ladyboyz. Perkins currently divides his time between a variety of musical projects, including starring in a Johnny Cash tribute show, and touring with his latest rock band The Ape, who released their self-titled debut album last year.
He also plays acoustic duo shows with collaborator Owen.
Tex Perkins joins with long-term collaborator Charlie Owen for a free show at the Cooly Hotel.