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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2013

PAUL KELLY SETS U.S. TOUR DATES IN SPRING
ON THE HEELS OF HIS LATEST RELEASE,
SPRING AND FALL

Legendary Australian singer-songwriter
kicks off North American tour on April 20th in Santa Barbara, Calif.,
following first new album in five years.

“Kelly is one of the world's most expressive and economical songwriters, one of the world’s best, period.” —Associated Press

“This Australian tunesmith creates music that relates the joy and despair most of us can’t begin to articulate.” —The Alternate Root

“Kelly shows in no uncertain terms that he’s a master.”
—Hittin’ the Note


LOS ANGELES, CA — Paul Kelly’s remarkable eleven-song set Spring and Fall — his 19th studio album and first collection of new material in five years — ranks with the seminal Australian singer-songwriter’s most memorable and resonant work, demonstrating why he’s virtually a national hero in his home country and one of the most celebrated songwriters on the planet.

This Spring Kelly will make rare U.S. appearances in major cities: San Diego (Apr. 20), Los Angeles (Apr. 23), Salt Lake City (Apr. 26), Denver (Apr. 25), San Francisco (Apr. 28), Portland (Apr. 20), Cleveland (May 15), and more (full tour dates listed below).

In a career that’s spanned more than 30 years, Kelly has released a steady stream of albums showcasing his emotionally vivid, musically expansive songwriting and his uncanny ability to distill a novel’s worth of narrative and character detail into an effortlessly melodic pop tune. Neil Finn of Crowded House asserts, “There is something unique and powerful about the way Kelly mixes up everyday detail with the big issues of life, death, love and struggle — not a trace of pretense or fakery in there.” Australian alt-country artist Kasey Chambers says, “If I was only allowed to listen to one artist for the rest of my life, I would choose Paul Kelly.”

The qualities that have made Paul Kelly an inspiration to his fans and peers are prominent throughout Spring and Fall, which ranks with the artist’s finest work in terms of melodic craft, verbal eloquence and emotional insight, with evocatively spare arrangements that set the ideal tone for such thematically related new Kelly compositions as “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “New Found Year,” “Someone New” and “Time and Tide.”

Spring and Fall is a song cycle,” Kelly explains. “It’s been five years since I made a record, and perhaps the experience of writing a book during that time made me attuned to the idea of developing a close-knit structure for the next album I did. I knew I didn’t just want to put out a collection of songs that were loosely related to each other.

“I know that people are listening to music more and more now in a grazing kind of way, picking a song here and a song there, and that spurred me on to try and make a record that would take a stand on behalf of the album,” he continues. “I’m a music grazer myself, but there is still a deep satisfaction in encountering a set of songs that unfolds from start to finish and demands to be heard in its entirety. So Spring and Fall has an arc suggested by its title. There are multiple viewpoints, with links from song to song, and each song contains the seed of the song that follows. They are all love songs and the album is a love story.”

Kelly, accompanied by noted Australian producer/multi-instrumentalist J. Walker from Machine Translations and Paul’s frequent tour guitarist (and nephew) Dan Kelly, recorded most of the album in an isolated country hall in the hills of the remote rural region of South Gippsland in Victoria, Australia in the dead of a turbulent winter, with violent storms, floods, power failures and mild earthquakes regularly threatening to throw the project into turmoil. Despite the threats from nature, the pieces ultimately fell into place, with the sessions emphasizing the immediacy of the live, up-close performances and stark, stripped-down arrangements, with the sounds of the wind and the rain occasionally getting into the microphones. The result is one of the most effortlessly compelling albums of Kelly’s storied career.

While he’s best known in America for such acclaimed albums as Gossip, Under the Sun, So Much Water So Close to Home, Comedy, Wanted Man and Deeper Water, Kelly has made a wide array of departures, collaborations and side projects. He’s recorded as a member of the studio supergroup Stardust Five, branched out stylistically to record an album with the Australian bluegrass combo Uncle Bill and created experimental dub-reggae as part of the techno-groove ensemble Professor Ratbaggy. His interest in aboriginal issues has led him to collaborate with aboriginal songwriter Archie Roach and the multicultural group Yothu Yindi.

He also provided award-winning musical scores for the films Lantana, One Night the Moon and Jindabyne; and wrote songs for, and acted in, the Australian stage play Funerals and Circuses. He’s written songs for several other Australian artists, and was the inspiration for the tribute album Women at the Well, on which 14 female performers interpreted Kelly compositions. He’s published four volumes of his song lyrics, and written pieces for the prestigious Australian magazine The Monthly. Kelly was recently the focus of an all-star tribute concert in Melbourne honoring his 30th anniversary as a recording artist, and in 2012 was the subject of the feature-length documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me.

Beyond the copious tributes and accolades, it’s Paul Kelly’s songs, and his knack for performing them with maximum conviction, that makes him a world-class creative force, and Spring and Fall ranks with his most powerful work. After more than three decades, Kelly’s music remains every bit as adventurous and inspired as ever.

PAUL KELLY ON TOUR:

Sat., Apr. 20 SANTA BARBARA, CA Lobero Theater
Sun. Apr. 21 SAN DIEGO, CA House of Blues
Tues. Apr. 23 LOS ANGELES, CA Largo at the Coronet
Thurs. Apr. 25 DENVER, CO The Walnut Room
Fri. Apr. 26 SALT LAKE CITY, UT The State Room
Sun. Apr. 28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Brick & Mortar
Tues. Apr. 30 PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theater
Wed., May 1 VANCOUVER, BC The Rio Theater
Fri. May 3 CALGARY, AB Palomino
Sat., May 4 EDMONTON, AB Brixx Bar & Grill
Mon., May 6 WINNIPEG, MB Windsor Hotel
Wed., May 8 MADISON, WI High Noon Saloon
Fri., May 10 INDIANAPOLIS, IN Radio Radio
Sat., May 11 LOUISVILLE, KY Zanizabar
Wed. May 15 CLEVELAND,OH Beachland Ballroom
Thurs., May 16 FERNDALE, MI The Magic Bag
Fri. May 17 TORONTO, ONT The Drake Hotel
Sat. May 18 TORONTO, ONT The Drake Hotel
Tues., May 21 CAMBRIDGE, MA Club Passim
Wed., May 22 PHILADELPHIA, PA The Tin Angel
Fri., May 24 NORTHAMPTON, MA Iron Horse Music Hall
Sat., May 25 NEW YORK, NY Highline Ballroom
Sun., May 26 WOODSTOCK, NY Colony Café
Mon., May 27 ANNAPOLIS, MD Rams Head On Stage
Wed., May 29 ALBANY, NY The Linda
Fri., May 31 PITTSBURGH, PA Club Café
Sun., June 2 NASHVILLE, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Mon., June 3 BIRMINGHAM, AL Workplay Theatre
Tues., June 4 ATLANTA, GA Eddie’s Attic

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 2012

PAUL KELLY SPRINGS FORWARD WITHOUT FALLING BACK

Legendary Australian singer-songwriter
delivers an intimate classic with his first new album in five years


Spring and Fall to be released on November 6
on Gawd Aggie through CEN/RED Distribution in U.S.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Paul Kelly’s remarkable new 11-song album Spring and Fall — his 19th studio album and first collection of new material in five years — ranks with the seminal Australian singer-songwriter’s most memorable and resonant work, demonstrating why he’s virtually a national hero in his home country and one of the most celebrated songwriters on the planet.

Spring and Fall arrives November 6 on the heels of an extended period of retrospective activity, during which Kelly celebrated his extensive body of work with the release of the career-spanning 40-song compilation Songs From the South (Volumes 1 & 2) and the eight-CD, 105-song live box set The A-Z Recordings. In addition, there is an ongoing catalog re-issue campaign underway for his original (non-A&M) albums, most of which have long been out of print, or were never released in North America. He also wrote a book, a well-received “mongrel memoir” titled How To Make Gravy, the audio book version featured readings from Kelly as well as a bonus disc of readings from some of Australia’s greatest actors, including Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Judy Davis and Hugh Jackman. His entire catalog has been re-mastered and re-released through his own label, Gawd Aggie Recordings, distributed by CEN/RED Distribution in the U.S.

In a career that’s spanned more than 30 years, Kelly has released a steady stream of albums showcasing his emotionally vivid, musically expansive songwriting and his uncanny ability to distill a novel’s worth of narrative and character detail into an effortlessly melodic pop tune.

Amanda Palmer has stated that "His songwriting is up there with the greats… the bittersweet and hard-core honesty of his lyrics is the sort of thing you'll only see once in a lifetime if you're lucky", while Neil Finn of Crowded House asserts, “There is something unique and powerful about the way Kelly mixes up everyday detail with the big issues of life, death, love and struggle — not a trace of pretense or fakery in there.” Australian alt-country diva Kasey Chambers says, “If I was only allowed to listen to one artist for the rest of my life, I would choose Paul Kelly.”

The qualities that have made Paul Kelly an inspiration to his fans and peers are prominent throughout Spring and Fall, which ranks with the artist’s finest work in terms of melodic craft, verbal eloquence and emotional insight, with evocatively spare arrangements that set the ideal tone for such thematically related new Kelly compositions as "When A Woman Loves A Man", “New Found Year”, “Someone New” and “Time and Tide.”

“Spring and Fall is a song cycle,” Kelly explains. “It’s been five years since I made a record, and perhaps the experience of writing a book during that time made me attuned to the idea of developing a close-knit structure for the next album I did. I knew I didn’t just want to put out a collection of songs that were loosely related to each other.

“I know that people are listening to music more and more now in a grazing kind of way, picking a song here and a song there, and that spurred me on to try and make a record that would take a stand on behalf of the album,” he continues. “I’m a music grazer myself, but there is still a deep satisfaction in encountering a set of songs that unfolds from start to finish and demands to be heard in its entirety. So Spring and Fall has an arc suggested by its title. There are multiple viewpoints, with links from song to song, and each song contains the seed of the song that follows. They are all love songs and the album is a love story.”

Kelly, accompanied by noted Australian producer/multi-instrumentalist J. Walker from Machine Translations and Paul’s frequent tour guitarist (and nephew) Dan Kelly, recorded most of the album in an isolated country hall in the hills of the remote rural region of South Gippsland in Victoria, Australia in the dead of a turbulent winter, with violent storms, floods, power failures and mild earthquakes regularly threatening to throw the project into turmoil. Despite the threats from nature, the pieces ultimately fell into place, with the sessions emphasizing the immediacy of the live, up-close performances and stark, stripped-down arrangements, with the sounds of the wind and the rain occasionally getting into the microphones. The result is one of the most effortlessly compelling albums of Kelly’s storied career.

“Dan and I have worked a lot as a duo over the last five years, and a sound has developed between us — intimate yet spacious — that we wanted to retain in the studio,” Kelly explains. “In line with keeping the story paramount was the desire to make the songs as concise as possible. Our philosophy was to try and make them work with as little instrumentation as possible. We mostly achieved what we set out to do. The songs stayed short and the story kept moving. No song is over four minutes long and three of them came in under three, which for some reason tickles me a lot. Sub-three-minute songs are all I want to write from now on!”

While he's best known in America for such acclaimed albums as Gossip, Under the Sun, So Much Water So Close to Home, Comedy, Wanted Man and Deeper Water, Paul Kelly’s prolific body of work incorporates a wide array of departures, collaborations and side projects. He’s recorded as a member of the studio supergroup Stardust Five, branched out stylistically to record an album with the Australian bluegrass combo Uncle Bill and created experimental dub-reggae as part of the techno-groove ensemble Professor Ratbaggy. His interest in aboriginal issues has led him to collaborate with aboriginal songwriter Archie Roach and the multicultural group Yothu Yindi.

He also provided award-winning musical scores for the films Lantana, One Night the Moon and Jindabyne; and wrote songs for, and acted in, the Australian stage play Funerals and Circuses. He’s written songs for several other Australian artists, and was the inspiration for the tribute album Women at the Well, on which 14 female performers interpreted Kelly compositions. He’s published four volumes of his song lyrics, and written pieces for the prestigious Australian magazine The Monthly. Kelly was recently the focus of an all-star tribute concert in Melbourne honoring his 30th anniversary as a recording artist, and in 2012 was the subject of the feature-length documentary Paul Kelly: Stories of Me (which will be released on DVD in North America in Sept. of 2013).

Beyond the copious tributes and accolades, it’s Paul Kelly’s songs, and his knack for performing them with maximum conviction, that makes him a world-class creative force, and Spring and Fall ranks with his most powerful work. After more than three decades of music-making, his work remains every bit as adventurous and inspired as ever.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2011

PAUL KELLY’S
GREATEST HITS: SONGS FROM THE SOUTH: VOLUMES 1 & 2
TO BE RELEASED IN U.S. SEPTEMBER 6

Australian artist plays “A to Z” live dates this September in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver and Toronto.

MELBOURNE, Australia — In North America, Paul Kelly is loved by a fervent following of devoted, discerning listeners. In his native Australia, though, where his songs are lodged deeply in the country’s soundtrack, Kelly is virtually a national hero.

On September 6, Gawdaggie Music/CEN through RED Distribution will release Kelly’s Songs From the South, Volumes 1 & 2 in the U.S., featuring a quick tour of 40 songs spanning 1985 through 2008. List price for the two-CD set is $13.98, and $9.99 for the digital version.

Additionally, Kelly will come to North America in September to perform his “A to Z” repertoire in five major cities: Chicago (Sept. 12-13), Los Angeles (Sept. 14-15), Vancouver (Sept. 18-19), Toronto (Sept. 23-24) and New York (Sept. 26-27).

In a career that spans more than 30 years, Kelly has released a steady stream of albums that showcase his emotionally vivid, musically expansive songwriting, capturing the essence of the Australian landscape while demonstrating Kelly’s uncanny ability to distill a novel’s worth of narrative and character detail into a straightforward, effortlessly accessible melodic pop tune.

Rolling Stone’s David Fricke has called Kelly “one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise,” while Neil Finn of Crowded House has said, “There is something unique and powerful about the way Kelly mixes up everyday detail with the big issues of life, death, love and struggle — not a trace of pretense or fakery in there.” Or, as his fellow Australian Kasey Chambers put it, “If I was only allowed to listen to one artist for the rest of my life, I would choose Paul Kelly.”

Kelly’s stature as a world-class troubadour is confirmed by the release of Paul Kelly’s Greatest Hits: Songs From the South (Volumes 1 & 2), the most comprehensive compilation to date of his recorded work, on Gawdaggie Music/CEN (distributed by RED). The career-spanning two-CD set features 40 songs drawn from Kelly’s esteemed album catalog, combining fan favorites, rare gems and numerous notable songs previously unreleased in North America.

Songs From the South (Volumes 1 & 2) spearheads an ambitious reissue program that will restore Kelly’s remarkable body of recordings to the American market. The campaign also encompasses his dazzling eight-CD, 105-song live box set The A-Z Recordings, which will be available exclusively via Amazon.com, as will Kelly’s mongrel memoir How To Make Gravy, and its corresponding iPhone and iPad App, which combines the book and the music. His entire (non-A&M) catalog will be made available digitally as well. In January 2012, physical reissues of Kelly’s original albums (most of which have long been out of print, or never released, in America) will begin to become available via Amazon Disc on Demand.

In the years since the release of his 1981 debut album Talk, Kelly has maintained a prolific pace that’s helped to win him a permanent place in the hearts of fans around the world. The Adelaide native first picked up a guitar and began to write songs in his late teens. He traveled extensively around Australia during his youth before settling in Melbourne, where he quickly established himself as a force in that city’s diverse musical community. After stints as a solo folkie and a member of the R&B-influenced pub-rock combo the High Rise Bombers, he won a recording deal with the Mushroom label, for which he recorded the seminal albums Talk, Manila, Post and Gossip, credited variously to Kelly solo and with backup combos the Dots, the Coloured Girls and the Messengers.

Gossip became Kelly’s first U.S. release on A&M Records, which also issued his Under the Sun and So Much Water So Close to Home. Those albums won him reams of stateside critical acclaim, while expanding his loyal U.S. fan base. Kelly continued to stake out new territory on such subsequent releases as Comedy, Wanted Man, Deeper Water, Live at the Continental and the Esplanade, How to Make Gravy, Words and Music, Nothing But A Dream, Ways & Means, Foggy Highway and Stolen Apples. He also branched out stylistically with Smoke, a rootsy collaboration with the Australian bluegrass combo Uncle Bill, as well as an eponymous experimental dub-reggae album recorded as part of the techno-groove ensemble Professor Ratbaggy, and most recently a self-titled album as a member of the studio band Stardust Five.

In recent years, Kelly has showcased both the depth of his songbook and his skills as a solo performer with his long-running series of Paul Kelly A-Z shows, in which the artist works his way through an alphabetical list of more than 100 songs during a four-night stand of unplugged concerts.

In addition to his recording and touring career, Kelly has explored a varied array of other creative pursuits. His interest in aboriginal issues has led him to collaborate with aboriginal songwriter Archie Roach and the multicultural group Yothu Yindi. He wrote songs for, and acted in, the Australian stage play Funerals and Circuses, and has provided music for numerous Australian movies and TV shows, including award-winning scores for the films Lantana, One Night the Moon and Jindabyne. He’s also written songs for several other Australian artists, and was the inspiration for the tribute album Women at the Well, on which 14 female artists performed interpretations of Kelly compositions. Kelly’s “mongrel memoir” How To Make Gravy has won considerable acclaim, including winning the Australian Book Industry Award for best biography, and he’s published four volumes of his song lyrics, and written pieces for the prestigious Australian magazine The Monthly.

Kelly has won also won numerous awards, including eight Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards, and was induced into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

In spanning his entire recording career, Songs From the South (Volumes 1 & 2) demonstrates that Paul Kelly’s recent output has remained as adventurous and compelling as the early work that first established him as a major artist. His songs remain as fresh and inspired as ever.

TRACK LISTING:

Disc 1, 1985-97:
From St Kilda To Kings Cross
Leaps And Bounds
Before Ttoo Long
Darling It Hurts
Look So Fine, Feel So Low
Dumb Things
To Her Door
Bradman
Everything’s Turning To White
Sweet Guy
Careless
Winter Coat
From Little Things Big Things Grow
When I First Met Your Ma
Pouring Petrol On A Burning Man
Love Never Runs On Time
Deeper Water
Give In To My Love
How To Make Gravy


Disc 2, 1998-2008:
Nothing On My Mind
I’ll Be Your Lover
Love Letter
Our Sunshine
Gathering Storm
Every Fucking City *the only song we
need to tag with an FCC warning
Be Careful What You Pray For
Love Is The Law
If I Could Start Today Again
The Oldest Story In The Book
Won’t You Come Around
Gunnamatta
Your Lovin’ Is On My Mind
Song Of The Old Rake
They Thought I Was Asleep
Everybody Loves You Baby
God Told Me To
You’re 39, You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine
Thoughts In The Middle Of The Night

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PAUL KELLY'S TOUR - more dates on announcement

Sat., Apr. 20 SANTA BARBARA, CA Lobero Theater
Sun. Apr. 21 SAN DIEGO, CA House of Blues
Tues. Apr. 23 LOS ANGELES, CA Largo at the Coronet
Thurs. Apr. 25 DENVER, CO The Walnut Room
Fri. Apr. 26 SALT LAKE CITY, UT The State Room
Sun. Apr. 28 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Brick & Mortar
Tues. Apr. 30 PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theater

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