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SD had the plea­sure of talk­ing to all three mem­bers of Tex, Don and Char­lie this week to dis­cuss their new al­bum, You Don’t Know Lonely, which was re­leased yes­ter­day. The col­lab­o­ra­tion of Tex Perkins, Don Walker and Char­lie Owen hasn’t been the most pro­duc­tive in Aus­tralian mu­sic history, amount­ing to three stu­dio al­bums and one live al­bum in al­most quar­ter of a cen­tury, but they are cer­tainly up­ping their col­lec­tive work rate this year with a tour be­gin­ning in Au­gust, with hardly a break for a cou­ple of months. But that’s only part of the story for Perkins. Aside from tread­ing the boards with his two mates, the Cruel Sea and Beasts of Bour­bon front­man also will be out and about spruik­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Tex, which is pub­lished on July 25. Perkins has been no stranger to shenani­gans dur­ing his lengthy ca­reer, so the book, co-writ­ten with Stu­art Coupe, prom­ises to be a right riv­et­ing read. To em­pha­sise the singer’s rock ’n’ roll life­style cre­den­tials, there’s even a quote from the en­fants ter­ri­bles’ en­fant ter­ri­ble, Iggy Pop, on the cover. “Tex is the real dude out there,” he writes. “He is a born stone stud-sym­bol. I wish I was more like Tex.” The stud-sym­bol is con­tem­plat­ing a tour that will com­bine read­ings from his mem­oir along­side per­for­mances of songs from his ex­ten­sive reper­toire. He even con­sulted fel­low rocker Jimmy Barnes on the mat­ter, con­sid­er­ing that the Scots-born per­former had great suc­cess with a sim­i­lar ven­ture to co­in­cide with his Work­ing Class Boy au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. “I’ll do some book fes­ti­val ap­pear­ances,” he says, “but I’m con­sid­er­ing do­ing a show based around the book — read a chap­ter and do an ap­pro­pri­ate song linked to it. I talked to Jim about that and he didn’t re­ally quote the book. He knows his stuff so well he just opens his mouth and stuff comes out. It’s folly to com­pare your­self to Jimmy Barnes.” Go to theaus­tralian.com.au/arts to see an ex­clu­sive Tex, Don and Char­lie per­for­mance of the song What I Am. An­other Queens­lan­der who splits his time be­tween be­ing a muso and a mu­sic writer (and Aus­tralian Bruce Spring­steen cor­re­spon­dent) is Sean Sen­nett. The Bris­bane-based multi-tasker, who re­leased an al­bum, Crash­ing the Same Car Twice, with Mid­night Oil drum­mer Rob Hirst in 2015, has a new record­ing project on the go. I Left My Heart in High­gate Hill is a col­lec­tion of 10 songs penned mostly by Sen­nett and fea­tur­ing the vo­cals of 10 fe­male Queens­land per­form­ers, among them Sa­hara Beck, Jackie Mar­shall and ac­tress Libby Munro. Sen­nett will launch the al­bum with most of the par­tic­i­pants at Bris­bane’s Pow­er­house Mu­seum on July 9. theaus­tralian.com.au

Tex Perkins, a born stone stud-sym­bol

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