DARYL’S RIDING SONG OUT
Daryl Braithwaite has finally been able to thank the US singer-songwriter who penned his greatest solo hit, The Horses.
Braithwaite says he has been trying for years to get in touch with Rickie Lee Jones, who cowrote The Horses with Walter Becker, and released it herself in 1989.
The Aussie singer covered the song and made it his own in 1990. It now defines Braithwaite more so than his days fronting Australian rock band Sherbet in the 1970s.
The 66-year-old says Jones was pleased to hear the song has endeared itself to Australians.
“I only finally got through to her two weeks ago and she was ecstatic that people appreciate her song because she wrote it many years ago,” Braithwaite says.
“I’ve been trying to tell her for years that people really love it down here in Australia.”
Braithwaite still finds the success of the popular track surprising, and he says he’s not able to pin down why it remains loved by Australians.
He says he still enjoys performing it as much as his newer material, including songs like Not Too Late from his last album, 2013’s Forever The Tourist.
Braithwaite says he was glad to see Not Too Late join his long list of classics.
“I listen to it and the reaction I get from people, even from my band members playing it, is what makes me enthusiastic,” he says.
A new album is not currently in the works as Braithwaite says he’s conscious of today’s musical intake.
“I don’t think I’ll ever produce a full album again, I think in this day and age it’s asking too much,” he says.
“People sometimes don’t want to listen to that much, I might do a four-track recording instead.”
Daryl Braithwaite plays Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, tomorrow night
Daryl Braithwaite will be at Tweed Heads.