TEX ON THE BEACH

AUSSIE ROCKER TEX PERKINS PLAYS A FREE SHOW AT COOLY HO­TEL

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - Tex Perkins and Char­lie Owen, Coolan­gatta Ho­tel, Sun­day

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.

Pic­ture: DAVID CLARK

Tex Perkins joins with long-term col­lab­o­ra­tor Char­lie Owen for a free show at the Cooly Ho­tel.

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