Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Keith Urban and me with my beloved Asher lap steel, backstage at Bluesfest 2008 in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.

Jeff Lang and I couldn’t find a pitchfork to pose with so we used my lap steel.

I looked out of my dressing room at Bluesfest and there, curiously enough, were Nicole Kidman’s shoulder blades. This picture actually reminds me how much I love women’s clothing in Australia. I despise clothes shopping generally, but when I come to Australia, I end up shopping giddily – this time is no different. The fabrics and cuts are totally different than what I see in the U.S… Australian women’s clothes are fresh and whimsical and feminine, without being precious. I’ll state for the 94th time in the last week: I love this country.

I was ‘chuffed’ to see Keith Urban perform at Bluesfest after my first night’s performance was over. He’s an Aussie who has fully invaded the Nashville mainstream country vortex, so ’twas a thrill to see him and his band rock in his native habitat. Keith’s one of the few Nashville front men who plays lead guitar – takes solos, etc – it’s a band, full-stop. Fab show. I felt like a blissed out teenager during the closer song “I Wanna Love Somebody Like You.” I love this country.

The Last Town Chorus at Bluesfest, March 19, 2008.

My Australian agent, Dave Batty, and I went for a gorgeous sushi lunch at Bondi Beach after I performed on Stuart Coupe’s awesome covers show on FBI radio. I performed Culture Club’s ‘Do You Really Wanna Hurt Me,’ and Stuart spun my cover of Crowded House/Neil Finn’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” that I recorded with Byron in Brooklyn a couple weeks ago. The show with The Fumes boys backing me up was later that night at Hopetoun Hotel – we had a rockin’ good time and hope we get to play again soon.