Tex Perkins re­ally is the true one-man liv­ing band

The Riverine Herald - - COMMUNITY BILLBOARD - By Kim­ber­ley Price

TEX PERKINS has mu­sic run­ning through his veins.

Not one par­tic­u­lar type; no, with Tex it is ev­ery type.

Through his ca­reer span­ning more than 30 years, Tex has cov­ered a vast ar­ray of gen­res. From rock, coun­try, elec­tronic, psy­che­delic and the clas­sic sound of Johnny Cash, there’s not much left out of his reper­toire.

His eclec­tic pas­sion for mu­sic started from a young age, as his fam­ily would play all va­ri­eties of mu­sic around their house.

“I come from a mu­sic-lov­ing fam­ily where the house al­ways had some­one’s mu­sic play­ing,” he said.

“None of us were mu­si­cians, well per­haps my mother was a tiny bit.

“I got into mu­sic by hang­ing around the scene and go­ing to see bands and meet­ing peo­ple. Some­one in­vited me into a band, fool­ishly, I think I was 17 at the time and I’ve been do­ing it ever since.

“I had three gui­tar les­sons from about the age of 12 or 13. It re­ally put me off the in­stru­ment.

“It wasn’t un­til I got fa­mil­iar with an elec­tric gui­tar that I got a good re­la­tion­ship with the gui­tar.

“Ac­tu­ally, I still kind of hate gui­tars, even though I play them. I’m a singer.”

Through­out his ex­ten­sive ca­reer, Tex has in­volved him­self in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent projects. From solo work to per­form­ing with and be­ing a part of dif­fer­ent bands, the 53-year-old has re­leased a num­ber of hits and al­bums. As part of The Beasts of Bour­bon, The Cruel Sea, Tex, Don and Char­lie, Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses, TnT, Tex Perkins And His Lady­boyz, The Man In Black and Far From Fol­som, Tex has per­formed on the stages around the coun­try and world, and he con­tin­ues to do so.

“I’m con­stantly record­ing by my­self,” he said.

“It could be any­where these days, any­where I open up my lap­top I have my own por­ta­ble stu­dio.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion is al­ways the most en­joy­able way of cre­at­ing mu­sic. Hav­ing an idea and then get­ting some­one else on board and fu­elling the idea with their en­thu­si­asm and things you haven’t thought of and vis-a-versa.”

“The cre­ation of mu­sic is all about com­mu­ni­ca­tion - com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the mu­si­cians and then fi­nally the lis­tener.

“I’ve worked with all sorts of peo­ple and the bot­tom line is, you’ve got to have some kind of rap­port.

“I think hu­mour is a good sig­nal that you can cre­ate some­thing with some­body else.

“I think if you can have a laugh with them then I think you can work with them.

“I think that’s true of any­thing. I think there needs to be laugh­ter be­fore any­thing else in any kind of re­la­tion­ship.

“If the laugh­ter stops then you’re in trou­ble – you have to keep them laugh­ing!

“My ca­reer is re­ally just this long ad­ven­ture of re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships. I fell into cer­tain types way back then and I’m happy to have made some in­di­vid­ual mu­sic with them.”

Clos­ing the River­boats stage on Satur­day night, Tex will per­form his Far From Fol­som show, one which was in­spired by the leg­end, Johnny Cash.

“I was do­ing Man In Black which was a theatre show of Johnny Cash,” he said.

“A few years ago a fes­ti­val in Syd­ney in­vited us to per­form Johnny Cash songs in the old Par­ra­matta Jail. The idea was to recre­ate or re-imag­ine a Johnny Cash show in a prison.

“Some­body said to us there’s a whole lot of other jails around Aus­tralia. We put to­gether this tour where we played old his­toric jails and that was a great suc­cess. It was re­ally in­ter­est­ing to go to these places that are just drip­ping with his­tory.

“And that’s ba­si­cally what the Far From Fol­som show is -a con­cept of play­ing Johnny Cash’s prison show in old prisons.

“Safe to say we’ll be play­ing loads of Johnny Cash.” ■ For more de­tails and your last chance to pur­chase tick­ets you just head to river­boatsmu­sic.com.au

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