Songs from Mermaid Avenue celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic album by Billy Bragg and Wilco, which set new music to previously unheard lyrics by seminal folk icon Woody Guthrie. Mermaid Avenue provided an intriguing glimpse behind the earnest fascist-bashing folkie persona of Guthrie, revealing him to be a joker, lover, boozer and - dare we say - horndog, and spawned the classics ‘California Stars’ and ‘Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key’.
Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums.
Alone In Bad Company, Jeff’s latest album, presents the most organic union of his talents and influences yet. It’s filled with exquisitely sung stories and melodies, demonstrating that Jeff is nothing if not a lover of song. Each time he steps up to take a solo, his hard‐won style is unmistakable – fluid but with an edge‐of‐the‐seat recklessness. Acoustic fingerpicking, slide guitar, electric lead, banjos and mandolins drop into place like puzzle pieces. Though Jeff plays and writes nearly everything on the album, steadfast cohorts Danny McKenna and Alison Ferrier deliver on cue and master writer Don Walker shares his peerless wit on two songs.