Shane Nicholson

Date :
Sunday, March 4
Doors :
02:00 pm
Venue :
88 Acland Street
Victoria 3182
Tickets :
  • $ 25 (General Admission)
  • $ 18 (General Admission)
Shane Nicholson

Recent Golden Guitar singer/songwriter SHANE NICHOLSON brings his well-crafted country & roots music to MEMO!

Since making his debut with Brisbane band Pretty Violet Stain in 2000, SHANE NICHOLSON’s career has gone from strength to strength, with numerous ARIAs and Golden Guitars collected along the way for albums such as Familiar Ghosts (2008), BadMachines (2011) and Hell Breaks Loose, as well as for Rattlin’ Bones (2008) and Wreck &Ruin (2012) the two much-lauded collaborations with Kasey Chambers. Shane’s latest album Love and Blood was released on July 28, 2017 through Lost Highway/Universal Music and of which attributed to winning ‘MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR’ at the CMAA Golden Guitar Awards recently.

A native of Brisbane, Australia, Shane began his career as lead singer/guitarist/songwriter for Pretty Violet Stain in the late 1990’s. After two EP’s and the debut album Parachutes and Gravity on Warner in 2000, Shane then moved onto a solo project that culminated in 2003’s It’s A Movie. Followed in 2006 by Faith and Science, both albums received wide critical acclaim and commercial success following extensive touring in both Australia and the USA.

In 2008, Shane and his then wife Kasey Chambers, released their first collaborative album, Rattlin’ Bones. The album debuted at #1, went on to achieve platinum sales, was awarded Best Country Album at the 2008 ARIA Awards, and scored five CMAA Golden Guitar Awards in 2009, plus two USA Americana nominations for Duo/Group of the Year and Song of the Year.

Later that year, Shane released the ARIA-nominated Familiar Ghosts album, before moving into production work, making albums for Catherine Britt, Beccy Cole, Angie Hart, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Steve Grady and many others.

In 2011, Shane’s fourth solo album Bad Machines was released, scoring him 6 Golden Guitar nominations (ultimately winning Song of the Year), a Best Country Album ARIA nomination, and an APRA Song of the Year award for “Famous Last Words”.

Hell Breaks Loose was Nicholson’s first recording of original material since the breakdown of his marriage to Kasey Chambers, with whom he recorded two ARIA Award-winning alt-country duet albums, Rattlin’ Bones (2008) and Wreck & Ruin (2012).

Several songs address his new circumstances directly, including the superb ballad Single Fathers and the starting-over honesty of Secondhand Man. Others range across topics from the decline of a once-great city (Irons and Chains, about Detroit), living with depression (Weight of the World), to learning to choose which battles are worth the fight (Bury My Guns).

“Many of these songs are about self-discovery and new horizons“ Nicholson says. “And also how that’s not always great, it can also sometimes be difficult. You can veer down a few wrong paths. It can take time to adjust. Writers will always find turmoil to write about even if there isn’t any, but the writing for this record certainly came from an authentic place, and was very cathartic.“
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