City’s Calling Me is the brand new album from Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission – out April 30 – and nothing is going to stop them getting around the country to play to people who have been hanging out for fine live music all year. Sure the Bluesfest cancellation was a kick in the guts but it only served to make the honest troubadours of this world more resolute there is work to be done and shows to be played.
Squeezebox Wally – check, Brooke Rusty Russell – check, Franz on bass? Folley on the tubs? Check! Check! It’s the full line-up of the Roving Commission and they are raring to go. Time to get Out and About folks!
MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION OUT AND ABOUT
JULY/AUGUST NATIONAL TOUR 2021
The tour announcement follows the release last week of the new single and video for “Keeping All The Cannons Clean”. The track, taken from the forthcoming new collection City’s Calling Me, was composed by fellow Melbourne northside resident Charles Jenkins, and tells of the mysterious cannons that have long been pointing south from the south end of High St, Northcote.
The video for “Keeping All The Cannons Clean”, filmed on location around the cannons and that end of Northcote (including neighborhood bar, the Merri Creek Tavern, which Mick co-owns), features cameos from Charles Jenkins and southside interloper Brian Nankervis alongside Mick and his band mates.
City’s Calling Me, out April 30, is a guided tour through “the city of the heart”, featuring old favourites reinvented and new gems unearthed; from Mick’s own catalogue, as well as those of friends including Sally Kimber, Van Walker, and Charles Jenkins.
The album also features – at its literal and emotional centre – “The Suburbs in Between”, a poem by Barry Humphries and read by Brian Nankervis with musical backing from Mick and the band.
Other guests include old comrade from Weddings Parties Anything days Jen Anderson, another old pal Angie Hart, and another interloper from across the river, Tim Rogers.
City’s Calling Me will be released April 30 on vinyl, CD and download out on Brickfielders Recording through Rocket Distribution and on Bandcamp at: