Dallas Green returned to Australia this week as part of his Australian album tour and he brought with him once again his incredible band made up of bassist Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, rhythm guitarist Dante Schwebel from Spanish Gold, Dan Auerbach and Rumba Shaker, Doug MacGregor of The Constantines and Matt Kelly on keys and pedal steel, this line up alone could break hearts.
As the lights went down and Soul II Soul’s ‘Back to Life’ grew louder and louder over the in house system excitement, giggles and curiosity filled the room. What a way to break the ice and bring everyone down to a playful level, nothing does this to a room like 90’s R’n’B. Emerging the stage of an eager sold out crowd the blues master led with his opening track off “If I should Go Before You” the phenomenal 9 minute track “Woman”, Many sang along, while others embraced and just gazed in awe in direction of the stage, Soon enough the crowd erupted in joyful applause and banter someone shouting ‘You are an angel’ and they might have been a bit abrupt but they were not far from wrong. His tones, vocals and delivery was even more mesmerising than the first listen of any of Dallas Green’s work. There was not a second that you were not totally transported away by his captivating voice and if by chance you were, you might have stopped in awe of either of his outstanding band members, each of whom are equally as talented as the front man himself,
Each moment that was undeniably special or historical that night, it certainly was an honour to have been amongst the crowd on the first show of his first Australian Tour outside of Bluesfest. There was so much harmony, community and companionship in the crowd. Of course there will always be your typical loud mouth who isn’t aware they are not the only ones at the show, but they didn’t seem to affect the crowd or a witty Dallas at all who quickly reminded everyone that he in fact was in possession of the microphone. He paused at one point to express his heartfelt gratitude for his visits to Australia, particularly the ability to play at The Tivoli a venue to which he is no stranger, and to be present at this point you quickly realise why he appreciates these special intimate gigs, the focus and silence in the room is a pure sign of respect and adoration, a simple gesture which is all too often lost amongst the crowd. He did make it very clear that what he loved about visiting Australia was the way people truly put aside their ego to listen to and appreciate live music. That alone is something to be excited about as music fans, we are recognised for our love and commitment to the music scene here that’s for sure.
The night progressed as he covered a perfect balance of tracks oh his latest offering blended amongst those were some City and Colour Classics which left not a dry eye in the room. As he began on The Girl everyone rejoiced and joined in in perfect harmony. This was the closing song to an almost 2 hour long set which had already blown the minds and hearts of those in the room to absolute smithereens. Still the music did not start nor the ugly lights come on and slowly in unison the crowd began echoing the harmonies in The Girl, there was no loud cheering, or unnecessary whopping or stomping just a room jam packed with music lovers all singing in perfect harmony, as the choral of fans continued slowly a light came on on stage and out stepped Dallas with his acoustic guitar and began strumming along and very soon he changed the tune and began on “Hope For Now” and as the crescendo hit the band emerged and played two more songs which seemed to almost last a lifetime. Not a single person that night was not singing along, crying or moved to their core almost as if his voice was some sort of medicine which slowly released itself amongst the crowd that night.
Special mention to his super talented band and team behind the scenes for making such an unforgettable night possible for all and of course to Dallas we know you call Australia your second home but you are always more than welcome on our golden shores, so don’t be such a stranger next time. Your voice is one that must be heard by all and many, what a pleasure and honour it was to experience you in the flesh. So many memories old and new came up throughout the night, that is truly the power of music, even listening back over the tracks now a tear is formed and memories flood back. Thank you.
Review by Yanina Benavidez
Photo's by Jordan Luettke