The Widowbirds were born in late 2010 from a song writing project and calling of heart for long term, brothers in arms and co writers, Simon Meli and Tony Kvesic. Living off the inspirations of Otis Redding, Frankie Miller, Black Joe Lewis, The Black Keys and The Band, The Widowbirds now deliver a soulfulness and truth that seems to be missing out there.
The band delivering such a creed they ruffled their feathers, introducing their debut EP. Their early release speaks of an organic and texture woven songs, jovial and raw...built on the classic premise that love and good times are all that matter. The EP was independently digitally released with successful airplay on Roots N All on Triple J, regional radio and digital stations alike as their first preview offering from their debut album.
But the buzz continued... as in 2010 the collective were hand-plucked by the Modfather himself, Paul Weller (UK), for his Australian National Wake Up The Nation album tour in October 2010. Forging friendships over the common love of soul music, the true highlight was when Paul Weller joined the band on stage started tinkling on the Hammond.
Taking their gritty back-boned blues and roots to audiences around the country, THE WIDOWBIRDS have continued in garnering a reputation as a solid opening act and festival staple, joining other international greats and Australian Blues Rock artists around the country.
Appearances at Tamworth Country Music Festival 2011 in their maiden year was another great accomplishment to back up their first ever festival performance at the Caloundra Music Festival in 2010, alongside the likes of Powderfinger, Dan Sultan, Jon Cleary and many more greats, the band took many an invitation to tour with our home grown local talent and international greats.
Supporting on many occasions Ash Grunwald (National Album Tour), The Backsliders, The Badloves, Chris Wilson and Mark Seymour, it was High time The Widowbirds made their mark by recording their very own debut record.
As soon as debut album sparks flew this year, the band were successful in supporting the legendary swamp fox Tony Joe White (USA) on his NSW leg of his national tour, bonding on whisky & roots, they were again invited to support him in Tasmania, whilst recording their debut album continued.
The Debut Record 'Shenandoah' October 2011
Recorded by Simon Meli on the fly from the mountains down to the plains of the west, invitations were extended to many great musicians to join the band in producing the vision of the record. Syd Green recorded drums in many old schooled ways at MonoNest, providing the soundscape with a bare boned rawness.
Lapsteels, dobro guitars, gritty southern electric's and the roaring electric church aka swelling Hammond and boogie piano, completed the bands debut. Finally the mixing was in the hands of the bands biggest brother and dear friend... Steve Balbi (Noiseworks, Electric Hippies).
Will be independantly released through Laughing Outlaw Records.
Tune in again tomorrow!!