CASH SAVAGE & THE LAST DRINKS:
It has been a cracking 12 months for psychedelic country outfit,Cash Savage and the Last Drinks. Milestones have been reached, and boundaries breached. The last year saw the band break new ground, from country theatres to the time-honoured venues of the big smoke, all the while cementing the adoration of a loyal, long-term following.
Since her debut album Wolf, Cash has proven herself as one of Australia’s most intoxicating live performers. Her sizzling seven-piece band, the Last Drinks, are tighter and more dynamic than ever before. As this well-oiled troupe gears up to record their highly anticipated second album, it appears they are only destined to keep getting bigger.
The Cash Savage bandwagon is ready to roll, and this is one crusade that shows no sign of slowing.
“Savage’s voice is forever a revelation”, Feb 2012 – Inpress – Samson McDougall
“there’s no distracting from Savage’s frontwoman presence: both her baby-faced Elvis pout and wounded blues growl.”, Dec 2011 – Mess and Noise – Doug Wallen
“Ably stepping across rock, blues and country, the band is equally appreciated by dancing punters and those trying to shake off their travel weariness with a lie down on the grass slope. Savage is so charismatic, owning the stage while the Last Drink’s large membership, which includes two drummers, support her from behind.”, Dec 2011 – Pedestrian TV – A.H. Cayley
“Savage and the band rock and roll the room like few can… her onstage demeanour is one of bold, bullish magnetism.”, Inpress June 2011
“performing with a swaggering no-bones conviction”, Dec 2011 – The Vine – Joshua Jennings
CHRIS RUSSELL’S CHICKEN WALK:
For two and a half years, Chicken Walk was just Chris playing solo with just an open tuned sea foam green Danelectro and a Goldentone reverbmaster for company on stage. His annual pilgrimages with his wife to the Mississippi Delta facilitated his evolution from sitting in with the local living masters, to performing the prized Juke Joints with Cadillac John Nolden, The Corn Lickers, Cameron Kimbrough and Lightnin’ Malcolm.
“The first time I hopped off the bus in Clarksdale, Mississippi, I looked around me. I could see fields of cotton, corn and beans. It was so hot the crops were shimmering. The earth had such a presence that I could hear music in the silence. It was if musi- cians from this area – from Muddy Waters to Robert ‘Wolfman’ Belfour, had plugged their guitars straight into the soil and blues had come pouring out.” – Chris Russell
In December 2011, Chicken Walk grew to a ‘two-piece feed’, adding Dean Muller (Hoss, Cosmic Psychos) on drums and this newly evolved duo’s live sound begun filling rooms with hypnotic boogie and pulsating Northern Mississippi Hill Country Blues. They have since shared the stage with the likes of Graveyard Train, Old Gray Mule and perennial festival favourite Gary Clark Jr. They have also just been announced to play Golden Plains in 2013 with Parliament Funkadelic and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and also the inaugural Deni Blues & Roots Fest alongside the legendary Bonnie Raitt, Tony Joe White and Jimmy Cliff.
Their eponymous self-titled debut is now available on deluxe vinyl, CD and digital through Cobra Snake Necktie Records and Love & Theft Recordings. Upon release it immediately rocketed to top spot for a fortnight on the Amrap AirIt Charts and was officially launched to a beyond capacity and jumpin’ crowd in early November. Extremely positive reviews amongst print media and community radio ensued, most notably PBSfm Album of the Week.