ARIA Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Brian Cadd will release his first solo album in over a decade – Bulletproof – on Friday November 11. This new release harks back to the 1970s pure rock ‘n’ roll sounds of Brian Cadd & The Bootleg Family Band, and marks 50 years of Cadd’s career in the international music business.
The title song – Bulletproof – is a reference to Brian Cadd’s 70 years which has included early work with the Groop and Axiom, acclaimed hits ‘Ginger Man’, ‘Let Go’, and ‘Little Ray of Sunshine’, or his prolific work as a songwriter for the likes of Joe Cocker, The Pointer Sisters and John Farnham to name a few.
The new album celebrates a collection of previously unreleased songs that Cadd had stored away, some that he had penned for and were previously recorded by other performers, and songs which were crafted right there in the studio… all sharing one common Bootleg Family Band theme – rock.
“It turns out that 2016 is my 50th year in the business, and I also turn 70 years young – a good time to release an album called Bulletproof,” says Cadd. “Our [Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band] live shows were always completely over-the-top and full-on so we decided to make that kind of album.”
Bulletproof was produced by Cadd, together with engineer Doug Brady, known for his work with John Farnham, Dragon and Jimmy Barnes, at his new Furstock Studios in Melbourne. Having been a teenager during The Bootleg Family Band era, Doug’s age difference provided a younger perspective to the project, and his subsequent success and experience combined to produce a sound which was true to the era, and yet unique and cutting edge.
Bulletproof also features an abundance of guest performers such as Wilbur Wilde, talented multi-instrumentalist Mike Rudd, Dai Pritchard from Rose Tattoo, Mick Skelton of Thirsty Merc fame, and Brian Cadd’s close friend Rick Fenn from 10cc on guitar and slide.
“Most songwriters have a couple of songs that they’ve written for other artists that they’ve always felt they would have loved to have a go at themselves,” says Brian. “As a solo artist I have always been expected to do ballads and story songs. Deep down where I live, it’s all rock n roll.”
The album cover, a painting by Archibald Prize finalist artist Philip Howe, captures the intensity with which Brian performs. Cadd met Howe through musician Wilbur Wilde, the two bonded over a bottle or so of red wine. Howe then saw a Brian Cadd performance and was inspired to capture the strength and raw energy of him onstage.
As Cadd says, Bulletproof is the perfect opportunity and reason to “get the band back together”.
Brian Cadd & The Bootleg Family Band’s Bulletproof album is released through MGM on Friday 11, November 2016.