KUEPPER INSPIRED BY GIFT
Every musician knows this: a new guitar, a new instrument, a new piece of gear, even a new room to play in, helps the creative sparks fly.
Not that Ed Kuepper needs a trigger for that to happen but it has been a factor with a batch of new material he is about reveal on an Australian tour.
Those who have followed the career of the Saints founder know there was a period when he was one of the most prolific recording artists on the planet, with a succession of classic albums from his pen right through the ’80s and ’90s.
But there hasn’t been an album of new material from him since 2007’s Jean Lee and the Yellow Dog, the longest such break in a career that stretches back to the release of The Saints’ ( I’m) Stranded in 1976.
The Brisbane-based Kuepper has been as busy as ever, touring solo on his By Request jaunt that took him across the country several times and working on his first film soundtrack for Last Cab to Darwin, the Jeremy Simsdirected film that hits our screens in August.
“I’ve been doing a lot of live playing so the artistic development has continued, it just hasn’t been documented on record,’’ Kuepper says.
“Doing all those solo shows really focused me on playing guitar rather than doing things with large arrangements. I’m changing as a guitarist but until now, the obvious answer eluded me. What I want is something that has the dynamics of an acoustic guitar but the practicality of an electric and that’s a semi-acoustic.’’
Enter Kuepper’s latest guitar, a classic early ’70s Gibson 345 semi acoustic. “A sound engineer who worked with the Laughing Clowns loaned me the guitar in the early ’80s when my precious old Gibson SG was stolen. It’s been such an inspiring thing.”
Kuepper is about to set off on a three-state residency tour.
Saints’ Ed Kuepper.