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The Rock-itt : July 2011
In last month’s Rock-itt I wrote about my visit to Lizotte's on Pittwater Road in the middle of Dee Why to see Blues’ guitarist, Mal Eastick. I loved the room at Lizotte’s and couldn’t wait to get back to see the Van Dyke Parks and Kinky Friedm an double bill on June 12 th . T he only slight disappointment was that the room wasn’t full for these awesome perform ers. One of the joys of having Lizotte’s on the Northern Beaches is that they are on the serious touring circuit. A constant stream of top local and International acts are right on your doorstep. Coming up during the life of this month’s Rock-itt you can see Claire Bowditch with her “Winter Secrets” tour on July 3rd , The Wolverines on the 8 th July, 1927 the day after. On Monday 11th July you can see Holly Throsby, Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann together in their “Seeker, Lover, Keeper” show, Glenn Shorrock from The Little River Band rocks up on the 15th July with Mark Seymour appearing the night after. My night with Kinky and Van Dyke started with an excellent dinner, Tempura prawns to start followed by a crispy skin Barramundi fillet on a bed of garlic mash, it was absolutely yummy. Van Dyke was first up, I think they alternate who kicks off the night, it was Kinky’s turn to be star tonight. Both these guys are from the American South, Van Dyke from Mississippi and the Kinkster from Texas. Van Dyke is a smoothy and my wife fell under the spell. He writes and plays as if he is painting pictures and he did place us right on the banks of the steamy Mississippi. He played music from across his long career particularly his “Song Cycle” album, and did a really wonderful reading of John Hartford’s “Delta Queen W altz”, find it on iTunes. He also told of his life as a child film star in the 50’s and of course of his work with Brian W ilson of the Beach Boys on the “Smile” album and their collaboration with the “Orange Crate Art” album in 1995. He surprisingly didn’t mention that he also worked with Silverchair on string arrangem ents for the “Diorama” album. He has a wicked sense of humour as you can see by his business card which he handed to me at the bar! It was a strange double bill, Kinky as the outrageous country singer, Van Dyke as the balladeer but ultimately these two seem to be on the same political wave length and that’s what ties them. It was disconcerting for m e to see Piers Ackerm an in the audience who they both acknowledged. I’m not a great fan of his ramblings in the Daily Telegraph. Kinky is one hell of a guy, his first band was called King Arthur and the Carrots and his second Kinky Friedman and the Texas J ew Boys, in 2006 he ran for Governor of Texas under the slogan “Why The Hell Not!”. His performance was uncompromising but at times surprisingly reflective. A gentle love song followed by “They Don’t Make Jews like Jesus Any More” sung full on country. His best joke of the night was “if you are thinking of having sex with an animal make it a horse. At least if it goes badly you can get a ride home!” Unbelievably my wife even laughed at that one. You missed a great night; make sure you don’t miss another. By Malcolm Hill