Mint (issue 5) July 2015

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SHANE NICHOLSON By Lachlan Bryan Brisbane born Shane Nicholson has long been recognised as a fine singer-songwriter. His two collaborations with then-wife Kasey Chambers rank among the most critically acclaimed and popular local releases of recent times whilst his work as a producer for artists such as Angie Hart, Catherine Britt and Beccy Cole has garnered much praise and admiration from within the industry. In August, it will be Shane’s solo work on show here in Victoria, when he plays Red Hill’s MOTH (Music on the Hill – Friday 7 August) and Oakleigh’s Caravan Music Club (Saturday 8 August). He’s touring in support of Secondhand Man, the first single from his new album Hell Breaks Loose, his first solo album since 2011’s award-winning Bad Machines. This is also the first new music we’ve heard from Nicholson since his separation from Chambers. Nicholson’s songs are subtle and are most rewarding after repeat listens. He draws inspiration from nuanced songwriters like John Prine and Guy Clark, employing clever wordplay and narrative storytelling whilst delivering the songs in mellow, understated fashion. Listening rooms like MOTH and The Caravan are the ideal environment in which to enjoy his work. Local favourites The Weeping Willows will be Shane Nicholson’s support act at both shows.



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