Don Walker is regarded as one of Australia’s best songwriters and his songs have been mapping Australia, from Kings Cross to regional towns and the spaces between, for more than thirty years, through solo albums and shows, with Catfish, three acclaimed albums with Tex, Don and Charlie and of course with one of Australia’s finest ever bands Cold Chisel.
On March 23, 2018, for the first time, Don’s entire back catalogue – We’re All Gunna Die, Cutting Back, Hully Gully, Live At The Caravan plus both Catfish albums, Unlimited Address and Ruby – are being gathered in the one box set – Blacktop. Every album has been remastered by Don Bartley with one simple instruction from Don: “Please cut as loud as possible”.
Each album will also be available separately. Only the first Catfish album, 1988’s Unlimited Address, has been available on vinyl before. And receiving a physical release for the first time is Live At The Caravan, which was previously a digital-only release in 2014.
“It’s a way of reviewing the whole catalogue,” Don says of the box set, “without doing a best-of.”
As for the title, he wryly explains: “It was a choice between Blacktop and Hits. I was advised that Blacktop was more appropriate.”
To celebrate the releases Don and The Suave Fucks will head to the road in April taking in shows in Newcastle, Sydney, Bowral, Adelaide, Bellingen, Melbourne and Mullumbimby.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
DON WALKER & BAND – BLACKTOP, APRIL 2018
Friday April 6 – 48 Watt St, Newcastle NSW http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=81921
Saturday April 7 – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral NSW http://bowralbowlingclub.com.au/whats-on/
Thursday April 12 – The Gov, Adelaide SA http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=81922
Friday April 13– Memo Music Hall, St Kilda West VIC https://www.trybooking.com/339060
Saturday April 14 – Northcote Social Club, Northcote VIC https://www.eventbrite.com/e/don-walker-tickets-41001408316
Thursday 19 April 19 – The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville NSW https://www.stickytickets.com.au/36173
Friday 20 April 20 – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen NSW https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=338561
Saturday April 21 – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby NSW https://clubmullum.bandzoogle.com/what-s-on
Tickets also available from http://www.donwalker.com.au/live
DON WALKER VINYL RELEASES OUT MARCH 23 VIA MGM
Catfish – Unlimited Address
Catfish – Ruby
Don Walker – We’re All Gunna Die (Double Album)
Don Walker – Cutting Back (Double Album)
Don Walker – Hully Gully (Double Album)
Don Walker – Live At The Caravan (Double Album)
Blacktop – Vinyl Boxset Pre- Order now at http://www.donwalker.com.au/buy