60 Seconds With... Lachlan Bryan
Define your genre in five words or less:
Good ol’ storytelling country music.
When is this gig and with whom?
The gig is this Thursday June 14 at The Workers Club with the legendary Bill Chambers. You might know him as Kasey’s Dad, but he’s extremely respected in his own right both here and in the USA.
Why country music?
Because you should always do what comes natural. I’m a white guy with Scottish and Irish ancestry, I’m unhealthily interested in heartbreak and tragedy, I’m short-tempered, prone to exaggeration and I enjoy fishing. Those ingredients don’t exactly prime me for reggae or electronica now do they? It’s either country musician, divorce-lawyer or undertaker. I think I’ve made the right choice.
Tell us your favourite story.
I’ll do that at the gig. It’s about when I was 18 and working as a labourer for a stonemason, building a dry-stone wall. It involves an unfortunate dog, a one-eyed man and a 55-year-old woman relaxing on a sun-bed in her lounge-room.
What makes you happiest about what you’re doing?
I can make unfashionable music and travel around and play it to small but passionate groups of people. I’m fortunate to be able to do that and have people listen to me and support me. This makes me happy. Very happy.
Describe the best gig you have ever played.
I played at Bluesfest recently in Byron Bay. Having a dressing room in between Buddy Guy and Crosby Stills And Nash was quite a thrill. Everyone on that bill was exceptional and it was an honour to be part of it – and an honour to pull a crowd when there was so much other great music on at the very same time. Recent shows with Steve Earle and John Hiatt would also make my shortlist.
What's your favourite song, and why?
Azealia Banks’ 212. It’s a perfect country song. Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up In Blue is also very good.
How do you balance making and playing music with your other commitments?
By reneging on all other commitments.
Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them?
My album Shadow Of The Gun is out now. You can get it pretty much anywhere you get music.