Meeniyan Town Hall 15/05/21
‘Some Memories Never Die’ National Tour + Book Launch
‘Some Memories Never Die’ the first book by musician & author Jeff Lang, is the resulting memoir of three decades on the road, contains memories of gigs where the pay was akin to blood money, reflections on how the road’s twists and turns can be lightened by the presence of fellow travellers and occasionally darkened by them too.
To celebrate the book’s release, Jeff is hitting the highway for a 37 date national tour running from April through to July with each show combining music with an ‘in conversation’ and Q&A session. Tonights show is at the beautiful Meeniyan Town Hall located in hilly, rural Victoria and sees a full house on a chilly May evening.
Accompanied only by a handful of bespoke, handmade acoustic guitars and a swag of effects pedals, Lang graces the stage filling the superb high ceilinged hall with gorgeous tones and stories of love and loss. These shows are the culmination of 30+ years of relentless touring, playing, recording and honing his unique guitar craft, songwriting prowess and superb vocal delivery. Some Memories Never Die, the title of Lang’s book is also the track he plays as the lead into a reading lifted from his memoir. Setting the scene with a looped guitar underscore Lang moves to a lectern to recite an excerpt from the chapter ‘Lost In Boston, Rain in NYC’.
Following exceptional versions of Running By The Rock and The Road Is Not Your Only Friend, this tour sees the inclusion of guest interviewers for a short Q & A session. Tonights interviewer is the head honcho of Rhythms Magazine and long time radio presenter on RRR with ‘Off The Record’, Brian Wise conducting proceedings and bringing the first set of the night to and end.
After a short recess, we are again fortunate to witness a swag of songs and Lang guitar wizardry accompanied with another book reading filled with tales of adventure, rye humour and the best and worst of humankind.
This is a tour filled with beautiful and disturbed soundscapes, pre-eminent story telling, chucklesome banter, all tethered together as one of the best book launches you will witness. Make sure you do not miss one of these ripper shows.
Details at http://jefflang.com.au
Words and images by Lucas Packett