You Don’t Know Lonely, a new batch of 12 songs from Tex, Don and Charlie will be released on June 30. More than a decade has passed since the trio’s last album, 2005’s All Is Forgiven and their acclaimed 1993 debut Sad But True.
The album ushers in a long-awaited Tex, Don and Charlie national tour. The tour will be the band’s first in twelve years, kicking off at the end of August and running all through September. Covering a vast expanse, the tour takes in capital cities Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin as well as regional towns Meeniyan, Bendigo, Newcastle, Bellingen, Bangalow, Cairns and Bunbury. Fans can expect the new songs in all their live glory, augmented by favourites from Sad But True and All Is Forgiven.
Tickets for all shows go on sale 9am Tuesday, June 6 and every ticket sold for a limited time, until Friday, June 23, includes a free download code for the new song, A Man In Conflict With Nature.
And so to the sublime collection of songs, produced by the band and engineered by Ted Howard and brought to life with some help from drummer extraordinaire Charley Drayton, bass master Steve Hadley and pedal steel wiz Garrett Costigan. You Don’t Know Lonely is bookended by a pair of Don and Tex duets (the muscular What I Am as the opener, the ridiculously beautiful How Good Is Life to close proceedings) with the two of them alternating singing duties on the remaining numbers, complimented by Charlie’s masterful guitar work.
The album’s lead track, Tex’s A Man In Conflict With Nature, is darkly hilarious – sketching the kind of louche, uninhibited character your grandmother warned you against: the layabout who, after a winning tip at the dogs, celebrates with “three hookers and some sushi”.
The song Here’s As Good As Anywhere is an older, wiser, more calibrated view of the world that’s on offer, inspiring the album’s title: “You don’t know lonely/Till you’ve looked back down the road/From one more town/Knowing she’s no longer there/And here’s as good as anywhere.”
“It’s just a little movie about hitch-hiking into a town, and there’s clearly a regretted girl, which we all have; and in this case, there’s no going back,” Don Walker says.
For Charlie, the process of making a record with this trio has a consistency, the decade-long break between each one meaning that “we don’t do this like we do other things; when we come around to doing this we have a particular focus on the sound of Tex, Don and Charlie, on the sensation of it”. As he says, it’s obvious when a song “fits into the flowing robes of Tex, Don and Charlie”.
You Don’t Know Lonely is released June 30, 2017 on EMI Music Australia. Available on CD, LP and Digitally.
YOU DON’T KNOW LONELY NATIONAL TOUR (PRESENTED BY LOVE POLICE TOURING)
PRE-SALES: Available from MONDAY JUNE 5 AT 9AM (AT SELECTED VENUES)
GENERAL ON SALE: Available from TUESDAY JUNE 6 AT 9AM
For a limited time, each ticket sold comes with a download file of the new track ‘A Man In Conflict With Nature.’
All Tickets Available at http://lovepolice.com.au/tex-don-charlie-2017/
Wednesday August 23, 2017 – The Factory, Sydney
Thursday August 24 – The Factory, Sydney
Friday August 25 – Meeniyan Town Hall
Saturday August 26 – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Tuesday August 29 – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday August 30 – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
Thursday August 31 – Memo, St Kilda
Saturday September 2 – Memo, St Kilda
Wednesday September 6 – Street Theatre, Canberra
Friday September 8 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Saturday September 9 – Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen
Sunday September 10 – A&I Hall, Bangalow
Wednesday September 13 – The Gov, Adelaide
Friday September 15 – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
Saturday September 16 – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
Wednesday September 20 – Badlands, Perth
Thursday September 21 – Badlands, Perth
Friday September 22 – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Saturday September 23 – Wave Rock Weekender
Sunday September 24 – Darwin Entertainment Centre