Aug 25

“Drive” Album Tour



Two days after the rip-roaring ‘Swimsuit’ single tour wrapped up Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk should be taking a break. BUT NO. As evidenced in their new album’s title – Drive – they are keeping on keeping on with the album set for release on October 9 and the first run of dates for a burgeoning album tour now revealed.

Elemental, natural and supernatural, full of hurricanes, mermaids and femme fatales, Drive comes on like scenes from a southern gothic neo-noir. There’s vice, danger and beauty everywhere. Venous snakes, all night diners, armed hold ups, mermaids and demons.

Previous album Shakedown had press-bots yelling things like, “Chris Russell is the master” [Sydney Morning Herald], ““Raw, sweaty…dangerous. ????” [The Age] and “Chris Russell’s constant and irresistible four to the floor blues guitar and howling voice get stronger and stronger with each performance.” [Unpaved]. This time, when writing Drive he stopped listening to music all together, so as to hear his own voice amongst everything else. Heading down a rabbit hole of film noir, the fast dialogue, relentless narrative and dog-leg plot turns fired his imagination to write from a different perspective.

With the additional perspective change – enter one Dave Folley – putting fire on the drums, in Diamond Dave’s first recorded contribution to the outfit, things were happening in a whirlwind. Risks taken, more done, exercise books filling rapidly with black ink, no expense or overdub spared: the gut instincts were driving and the difference is incendiary. Hop in. Let’s roll.


Presented by PBS, Tone Deaf & Public Bookings

Thu 1 Oct – The Loft, Warrnambool VIC
Fri 2 Oct – Major Toms, Kyneton VIC
Sun 4 Oct – Great Southern Blues Festival, Narooma NSW
Fri 9 Oct – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC
Sun 11 Oct – The Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC
Thu 15 Oct – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney NSW
Fri 23 Oct – Basement Discs In-Store, Melbourne
Fri 6 Nov – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide SA
Fri 13 Nov – The Barwon Club, Geelong VIC
Sat 28 Nov – Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Sat 5 Dec – Gin Lane, Belgrave VIC


Jul 16

Chicken Walk Launch New Single ‘Swimsuit’



As the Australian East Coast cries into their mittens about the coldest winter in years, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk fans are stripping to their togs and snapping up tickets to a run of red-hot shows unleashed in support of fire new single ‘Swimsuit’.

No beach, no problem. Inspired by good times at the river’s edge, ‘Swimsuit’ blasts out of car stereos as fast friends unload beer coolers, light a party fire, and hoot and holler from the rope swing, water shimmying down their skin.

This torrent of tough swaggering drums and fiery guitar marks the recorded debut of Diamond Dave Folley, whose drums power along like New Orleans-bound barge, leaving a wake of shattered drumsticks and smashed cymbals to wash ashore while Chris’s voice dances like a sinewy body around bonfire guitar.

Spending the past two years on the road in support of The Age Music Victoria Genre Award-nominated second album Shakedown [Best Blues Album], the duo have blown away audiences, sounding “more like a five-piece band” on two headline national tours. Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk stack those shows on an impressive festival pile including Cherry Rock, Golden Plains, Queenscliff Music Festival, Blues on Broadbeach, Boogie, Echuca Blues Fest, Kyneton, Geetroit, Wangaratta, Blues in the Bush (WA), Waverock (WA), St Kilda Fest, Narooma, Ballarat Beer Festival, Bruthen, Kellybrook, Beechworth, Deni Blues & Roots and Bendigo Blues & Roots.

It’s the unbridled, down low and dirty blues that impressed those festival punters – same thing that saw Chicken Walk on the road with everyone from Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Tony Joe White and Jimmy Cliff to Santana and Gary Clark Jr.

Temperatures will rise when Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk unleash their new single – ‘Swimsuit’ – from upcoming LP Drive, a noir-inspired blues-danger album that leaves past Chicken Walk records in the dust. With more Melbourne, money and Mississippi than ever before, and fired up to eleven with the official recorded influence of Diamond Dave, Drive is getting road-tested like it’s stolen from Jul 31 through August ahead of its official release date in September.
Get your tickets here now!

Feb 10

Chicken Walkin’ at the St. Kilda Festival

Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk @ St Kilda Festival (9 Feb 2014) from Carbie Warbie on Vimeo.

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