After a two year hiatus, Don Walker will head back out on the road in August 2021 for a limited run of special dates on Australia's East Coast.








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From Cold Chisel to Catfish to Tex, Don and Charlie to his solo work and many writing collaborations, these are the collected lyrics of Don Walker, one of Australia's greatest songwriters.

On the back of the releasing the lyric book Songs on July 1, Don Walker and band will take it to the road in August and September 2019.

For over forty years he has written songs that capture what it is to be Australian. Collected here, for the first time, are lyrics from his extensive career" from 'Khe Sanh' to 'Flame Trees', 'Looking Forward Looking Back' to 'Harry Was a Bad Bugger', Walker's words are poetic, moving and incisive.

These words live on the page, with or without the memory of music.

Songs will be released via Black Inc. on Monday, July1, 2019,and will available in Hardback. Interspersed with autobiographical sketches and anecdotes, and with an exclusive introduction by Jimmy Barnes, Songs is a must-have for fans of Walker's brilliant, razor-sharp storytelling.

Also released on the same day will be the widely applauded Shots on Hardback for the first time. His stories written on the pages of the book lie silent, but as you read them they come to life.

"I can still hear the melodies but while I read the book, the music seems to fade into the background and new melodies, new meanings present themselves" - Jimmy Barnes

"His lyrics are lean, clear-eyed, love-thirsty and lonesome. A bulls-eye straight to the human heart." - Paul Kelly

"Don's words are truly a thing of wonder." - Peter Garrett












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DON WALKER - SONGS. Released 1 JULY 2019

Don Walker - Songs. The lyric book. Coming July 1, 2019, from Black Inc. Deluxe package includes hardcover copies of 'Songs' and 'Shots', Digital '14 Songs' compilation album and a lyric sheet on Magnani Incisioni paper from Tuscany of 'Khe Sanh' signed and numbered by Don, limited to 300 only (Available until allocation exhausted) For more information, pre-order offers and to order visit
Don Walker - Books

Don Walker is widely considered one of Australia's greatest songwriters. For over forty years - from Cold Chisel and Tex, Don & Charlie to his solo work - he has written songs that capture what it is to be Australian. Collected here, for the first time, are lyrics from his extensive career: from Khe Sanh to Flame Trees, Cheap Wine to Harry Was a Bad Bugger, Walker's words are poetic, moving and incisive. These words live on the page, with or without the memory of music.

Interspersed with autobiographical sketches and anecdotes, Songs is a must-have for fans of Walker's brilliant, razor-sharp storytelling.

Includes a foreword by Jimmy Barnes

The 14 tracks on the Songs download are as follows Khe Sanh by Cold Chisel, Flame Trees by Sarah Blasko, In the Early Hours by Catfish, Such a Beautiful Thing by Ian Moss, Looking Forward Looking Back by Slim Dusty, The Way You Are Tonight by Missy Higgins, Saturday Night by Cold Chisel, Down the Road by Jimmy Little and Troy Cassar-Daley, Harry Was A Bad Bugger by Don Walker (Live), Sitting in a Bar by Tex Don and Charlie, Stone Cold by Jimmy Barnes, Young Girls by Don Walker, Sing to Me by Kate Cebrano, All for You by Cold Chisel


Don & Jim have co written the title track on Jim's new album My Criminal Record.

Available 31 May 2019! Check it out.

ATT VICTORIAN FANS: Don Walker will be playing at the Riverboats Music Festival, Echuca , 15 to 19 February 2019.

Tickets on sale now!

ATT MELBOURNE FANS: Don Walker & The Suave F*cks will play a very special show at the Caravan Music Club, Saturday 16th February 2019.

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Don Walker is regarded as one of Australia's best songwriters and his songs have been mapping Australia, from Kings Cross to regional towns and the spaces between, for more than thirty years, through solo albums and shows, with Catfish, three acclaimed albums with Tex, Don and Charlie and of course with one of Austrailia's finest ever bands Cold Chisel.

On March 23, 2018, for the first time, Don's entire back catalogue - We're All Gunna Die, Cutting Back, Hully Gully, Live At The Caravan plus both Catfish albums, Unlimited Address & Ruby - are being gathered in the one box set - Blacktop. Every album has been remastered by Don Bartley with one simple instruction from Don: "Please cut as loud as possible".

Each album will also be available separately. Only the first Catfish album, 1988's Unlimited Address, has been available on vinyl before. And receiving a physical release for the first time is Live At The Caravan, which was previously a digital-only release in 2014.

"It's a way of reviewing the whole catalogue," Don says of the box set, "without doing a best-of."

As for the title, he wryly explains: "It was a choice between Blacktop and Hits. I was advised that Blacktop was more appropriate."

To celebrate the releases Don and The Suave Fucks will head to the road in April taking in shows in Newcastle, Sydney, Bowral, Adelaide, Bellingen, Melbourne and Mullumbimby.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.


Catfish - Unlimited Address

Catfish - Ruby

Don Walker - We're All Gunna Die (Double Album)

Don Walker - Cutting Back (Double Album)

Don Walker - Hully Gully (Double Album) Don Walker - Live At The Caravan (Double Album)

Blacktop - Vinyl Boxset




Thursday 05 April - The Orbit Stage, South Brisbane, QLD

Friday 06 April - 48 Watt St, Newcastle NSW

Saturday 07 April - Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral NSW

Sunday 08 April - Bloodwood Winery, Orange NSW

Thursday 12 April - The Gov, Adelaide SA

Friday 13 April - Memo Music Hall, St Kilda West VIC

Saturday 14 April - Northcote Social Club, Northcote VIC

Thursday 19 April - The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville NSW

Friday 20 April - Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen NSW

Sat 21 April - Club Mullum, Mullumbimby NSW

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Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 March - Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victoria

Monday 12 March - WOMADelaide, South Australia

Thursday 15 March - Athenauem Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria

Friday 16 March - Yarraville Club, Yarraville, Victoria

Saturday 17 March - Twilight at Toronga Zoo 2018 Summer Series

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Ticket pre sales start 9AM MONDAY 5 JUNE and general on sale starts 9AM TUESDAY 6 JUNE. Full ticketing details to be posted at 9AM TODAY.

Introducing the sublime, You Don't Know Lonely, a gripping collection of 12 evocative stories in song from the masters of the form, Tex, Don and Charlie. More than a decade has passed since the trio's last album, 2005's All Is Forgiven and their spectacular 1993 debut Sad But True, itself widely regarded as one of the great Australian albums.

Pre order You Don't Know Lonely

Set for release on June 30, the album ushers in a long-awaited Tex, Don and Charlie national tour. The tour will be the band's first in twelve years, kicking off at the end of August and running all through September. Covering a vast expanse, the tour takes in capital cities Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin as well as regional towns Meeniyan, Bendigo, Newcastle, Bellingen, Bangalow, Cairns and Bunbury. Fans can expect the new songs in all their live glory, augmented by favourites from Sad But True and All Is Forgiven.

The album's lead track, Tex's A Man In Conflict With Nature, is darkly hilarious - sketching the kind of louche, uninhibited character your grandmother warned you against: the layabout who, after a winning tip at the dogs, celebrates with "three hookers and some sushi".

The song Here's As Good As Anywhere is an older, wiser, more calibrated view of the world that's on offer, inspiring the album's title: "You don't know lonely/Till you've looked back down the road/From one more town/Knowing she's no longer there/And here's as good as anywhere."

"It's just a little movie about hitch-hiking into a town, and there's clearly a regretted girl, which we all have; and in this case, there's no going back" Don Walker says.

For Charlie, the process of making a record with this trio has a consistency, the decade-long break between each one meaning that "we don't do this like we do other things; when we come around to doing this we have a particular focus on the sound of Tex, Don and Charlie, on the sensation of it". As he says, it's obvious when a song "fits into the flowing robes of Tex, Don and Charlie".

You Don't Know Lonely is released 30th June 2017 on EMI Music Australia. Available on CD, LP and Digitally.




PRE-SALES: Available from MONDAY JUNE 5 AT 9AM.


For a limited time, each ticket sold comes with a download file of the new track "A Man In Conflict With Nature”

For full dates, pre sale tickets links for most venues and all other ticket details please visit the link below

TDC You Don't Know Lonely 2017 Tour Tickets

Tuesday 22, Wednesday, 23, Thursday 24 August 2017 - Factory Theatre, Sydney

Friday, 25 August 2017 - Meeniyan Town Hall

Saturday, 26 August 2017 - Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Tuesday, 29 & Wednesday 30 August 2017 - Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne

Thursday, 31 August 2017 - Memo Music Hall, St Kilda

Saturday, 2 & Sunday 3 September 2017 - Memo Music Hall, St Kilda

Tuesday 5 & Wednesday, 6 September 2017 - Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday 7 September 2017 - Laycock Street Community Theatre, Gosford

Friday, 8 September 2017 - Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Saturday, 9 September 2017 - Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen

Sunday, 10 September 2017 - A&I Hall, Bangalow

Wednesday, 13 & Thursday 14 September 2017 - The Gov, Adelaide

Friday, 15 September 2017 - Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns

Saturday, 16 September 2017 - Brisbane Festival, Brisbane

p align="justify"> Tuesday 19 September 2017 - Old Museum, Brisbane Wednesday, 20 & Thursday 21 September 2017 - Badlands, Perth

Friday, 22 September 2017 - Prince of Wales, Bunbury

Saturday, 23 September 2017 - Wave Rock Weekender

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - Darwin Entertainment Centre





Don Walker & The SF's will play the 41st Port Fairy Folk Festival, March 2017!


Don Walker and his band The Suave Fucks have today announced a return to the stage with dates confirmed for May and June.

They play one of their favourite rooms the Camelot Lounge, Marrickville on Friday May 27 followed by Bowral Bowling Club on Saturday May 28. In Melbourne they play the Memo Music Hall, St Kilda on Friday June 3 and the Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh on Saturday June 4. They head to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on Saturday June 11.

Don Walker's songs have been mapping Australia, from Kings Cross to regional towns and the spaces between, for more than thirty years, through solo albums and shows, a couple of albums with Tex, Don and Charlie, back to his youth as a member of Cold Chisel.

He has few peers, if any, in illuminating the darker underbelly of the Australian psyche. Angry women, luck-chasers, heartbroken prodigals who don't smell good and anyone who just wants to throw the afternoon away on a game of pool - they're all still there.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.


Friday May 27, 2016- Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW

Saturday May 28, 2016- Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW.

Friday June 3 2016- Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC

Saturday June 4, 2016- Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

EXTRA SHOW - Monday June 6, 2016- Starfish Club @ Clovelly Bowling Club, NSW

Saturday June 11, 2016 - Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby, NSW with TBC

"He is among the best - the most Australian - of songwriters." - The Music

"The Cold Chisel songwriter should be doing soundtracks for Tarantino films." - SMH

"Don Walker is the working class's intellectual" - Rhythms Magazine

"I've gone on record as proclaiming Walker's previous two solo albums, We're All Gunna Die and Cutting Back, as classics. Hully Gully makes it a trifecta." - Rhythms Magazine 2013

"It's a delight...Everything here is a gem." - The Australian 2013

Hully Gully is available everywhere through MGM.


ATT: QLD FANS! Don Walker will be a guest speaker at the inaugural

Rock And Roll Writers Festival 2nd & 3rd April, 2016 Brisbane QLD. The festival is a celebration of writing & music. Fans of music writing have the opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourite writers.

Tickets via Oztix.


Don Walker and his band The Suave Fucks will return when they play four selected dates in September 2015.

Walker has few peers, if any, in illuminating the darker underbelly of the Australian psyche, whether he's performing with Cold Chisel, Tex, Don and Charlie or solo. Angry women, luck-chasers, heartbroken prodigals who don't smell good and anyone who just wants to throw the afternoon away on a game of pool - they're all still there.

Don Walker and The Suave Fucks will perform at The Memorial Hall in Bellingen on Friday September 4, at the Ex-Services Club in Mullumbimby on Saturday September 5, The Old Museum in Brisbane on Sunday September 6 and at The Milton Theatre on Friday September 18.

"It'll be good", said Walker.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now.


Bellingen Memorial Hall, NSW. Friday 4th September 2015.

Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, NSW. Saturday 5th September 2015.

The Old Museum in Brisbane, QLD. Sunday 6th September 2015.

Sydney Fringe Festival, Venue 505, NSW. Thursday 17 September 2015.

The Milton Theatre, Milton NSW Friday 18th September 2015.


Tex, Don & Charlie return for a special one off performance at the Out On The Weekend Festival, Saturday 17 October, Seaworks, Williamstown, VIC 2015.


Don Walker releases a brand new live album, recorded at Melbourne's Caravan Club, featuring songs from the acclaimed album 'Hully Gully' and the vast Don Walker catalogue.

Walker has few peers, if any, in illuminating the darker underbelly of the Australian psyche, whether he's performing with Cold Chisel, Tex, Don and Charlie or solo. Angry women, luck-chasers, heartbroken prodigals who don't smell good and anyone who just wants to throw the afternoon away on a game of pool - they’re all still there recorded live.

Featuring the warm neighbourly sound of his band The Suave Fucks, who happen to be some of the country's finest musicians, including Glen Hannah, Roy Payne, Garrett Costigan, Michael Vidale, Hamish Stuart and special guest Dave Blight, this album will place you front row at any one of Don's live shows. From dreams of the Landsborough Highway to the greasiest rockabilly, Don tells the tales and his wholesome friends paint the horizon behind.

Recorded by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation at the Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh in July 2012, the album was mixed by Chris Thompson at ABC Studios, Melbourne.

This rare live album will only be available for digital download via Don Walker's website and Bandcamp. And for those music nuts out there that appreciate a high quality sound recording it’s available as 96K 24bit wav files for your listening pleasure.


Sitting in a Bar, Everybody, Postcard from Elvis, Young Girls, Four in the Morning, Fishing, Hully Gully, Lucky, Get Along, The Good Book, Johnny's Gone, Harry was a Bad Bugger, Eternity, My Girl, Mongrelwise, Yakuza Girls

Live at the Caravan available via Digital Download: Via Bandcamp


Date News
18 August 2014

TEX, DON & CHARLIE. Flying Saucer Club, Melbourne, VIC. Friday October 10, 2014

TEX, DON & CHARLIE. Songs for the Summit, Melbourne, VIC. Saturday October 11, 2014

Tango night, Norton St., Ashfield. Black tie. Masque. In the penultimate tanda of the evening the dancers hang on for the weary pause till the bandoneon comes keening in again. This is old Sydney. The ghost of Johnny Garfield haunts the side-stage shadows. Down in the car-park, under a supermoon, the Suave Fucks are soft on the radio, and Don Walker sings "Baby, We'll Be, The Perfect Crime."

Don Walker and his band will return live in October and November showcasing their new single, "The Perfect Crime", and other songs from the acclaimed album Hully Gully.

Walker has few peers, if any, in illuminating the darker underbelly of the Australian psyche, whether he's performing with Cold Chisel, Tex, Don and Charlie or solo. Angry women, luck-chasers, heartbroken prodigals who don't smell good and anyone who just wants to throw the afternoon away on a game of pool - they're all still there.

"I've gone on record as proclaiming Walker's previous two solo albums, We're All Gunna Die and Cutting Back, as classics. Hully Gully makes it a trifecta." - Rhythms Magazine 2013

"It's a delight...Everything here is a gem." - The Australian 2013

"The songs on this record are amongst his finest and this is a continually rewarding collection, unified and confident in its worth." - 2013

"He is among the best - the most Australian - of songwriters." - The Music 2013

2. Don Walker will hit the road showcasing songs from Hully Gully in 2014!

Don Walker + Roy Payne @ The Supper Room, Nundle, NSW. Friday 19 September, 2014

Don Walker + Roy Payne @ Sunset Studio, 1-3 Maitland Rd, corner of Selwyn St, Mayfield Newcastle, NSW. Saturday 20 September 2014


Kidgeeridge Music Festival, October 24, 2014

Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW, Saturday October 25, 2014

Lizottes,Newcastle, NSW, Sunday October 26, 2014

Don Walker solo with Roy Payne + special guests @ Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC Wednesday October 29, 2014

Spirit Bar, Traralgon, VIC Thursday October 30, 2014

The Theatre Royale, Castlemaine, VIC Friday October 31, 2014

Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC Saturday November 1, 2014

Sound Lounge, Gold Coast, QLD. Thursday November 6, 2014

The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD. Friday November 7, 2014

FREE GIG - Toowong Bowls Club, Brisbane, QLD. Sunday November 9, 2014 2014

1 December 2013

Don Walker and The Suave Fucks will hit the road showcasing songs from Hully Gully in February 2014!. Tour dates below:

14 to 16 FEB 2014 Riverboat Music Festival.(with The Suave Fucks)

FRI FEB 21 2014 Clancy's Fremantle, WA (free gig with The Lucky Stikes)

SAT FEB 22 2014 The Civic Hotel, Mt Lawley WA (free gig with The Lucky Stikes)

SUN FEB 23 2014 Fremantle Arts Centre, WA (free gig with The Lucky Stikes)

17 APRIL 2014 Tuning Fork, Vector Arena, New Zealand (with the Bads).

19 APRIL 2014 Leigh Sawmill, Leigh, New Zealand(with the Bads).

7 August 2013

Hully Gully cover.

UPDATE AUGUST 7, 2013:With the release his 3rd solo album Hully Gully through MGM on August 16th, Don and his band The Suave Fucks will take this new instalment of dark stories, hope and humour on the road along the East Coast this November. They'll be showcasing the new album and of course performing old favourites, in a warm and friendly way.

Walker has few peers in illuminating the darker underbelly of the Australian psyche, whether he's performing with Cold Chisel, Tex, Don and Charlie or solo. Angry women, luck-chasers, wannabe's, and anyone who just wants to throw the afternoon away on a game of pool - none are excluded and none are described with greater authenticity.

Mixed by Joe Henry in Pasadena, Hully Gully was written by Don and recorded over several years and studio sessions with his band The Suave Fucks featuring Glen Hannah, Roy Payne, Garrett Costigan, Michael Vidale and Hamish Stuart. The first single from Hully Gully is the dream song Young Girls that drifts and drives a pair of new lovers towards a paradise they know lies somewhere North.

Hully Gully will be released everywhere through MGM on August 16th.

Hully Gully CD's can be pre ordered from Waterfront Records

Don Walker and The Suave Fucks will hit the road showcasing songs from Hully Gully in November 2013 – tour dates below:

The Gympie Muster, Saturday August 24 & Sunday August 25, 2013. Don will be playing two sets with the SF's, one on Saturday 24/8 and one on Sunday 25/8.He will also make a third appearance at Missing Slim - A Tribute to Slim Dusty.







Radio With Pictures, Sydney Opera House, Sunday October 6th 2013.

28 July 2010

Catfish 2010 UPDATE 28 JULY 2010: CATFISH REMASTERED! The long awaited remastered Catfish CD's are on the way. Unlimited Address & Ruby will be available from Friday, September 3, 2010. Check out the new artwork, more updates will appear soon. 2. Don has recorded Goodnight Matron, Hello Jesus for Long Gone Whistle, The Songs of Maurice Frawley The album is a tribute to the late Maurice Frawley. Long Gone Whistle is available from July 30, 2010 and features Sarah Blasko, Spencer P Jones, Kill Devil Hills, Tex Perkins, Renee Geyer and many more. The band on Don's track included Charlie Owen (dobro), Spencer P Jones (guitar), Garrett Costigan (pedal steel) & Shane Walsh (bass). Tony Cohen did the production and engineering.

Catfish 2010
1 April 2010

Don & Roy

DON WALKER TOUR MAY 2010: It's 2010, and the Suave Fucks, long derided as "all songs and no database", have gathered again. Don Walker is touring live for the first time in years, and from the Twin Towns to Tamworth, from jazz firetraps to rockabilly societies convening for a catfight every second Tuesday night of the month, from Fijian temperance meetings to the two room rub'n'tug above the farthest Railway Hotel, the Fucks have answered the call. Roy Payne, the big man, will be opening the shows. See Don Walker at: Wednesday 5 Armidale NSW - The Armidale Club Thursday 6 Newcastle NSW - Lizottes Friday 7 Kincumber NSW - Lizottes Saturday 8 Newtown NSW - Notes Live Wordstorm, 2010, Northern Territory, Darwin, May 12-16. Friday 14 Darwin NT - The Playhouse, Darwin Entertainment Centre Friday 21 Oakleigh Vic - The Caravan Music Club Saturday 22 Ferntree Gully Vic - Ferntree Gully Hotel Sunday 23 Northcote Vic - Northcote Social Club Tuesday 25 Hallam Vic - Hallam Hotel ROY PAYNE BIO: Roy Payne steps up to the microphone accompanied as always by his well worn pacific 6 string guitar and a set of orginal tunes that roll out of his road weathered head like diesel smoke filling the air. With songs and laments of the heart, and his dance hall favourites all delivered in the timeless Delta Blues styling. From fronting the cult diesel fueled billy band the Whiteliners in the late 1990's, Roy Payne has walked the line between rockabilly and alt country for the last ten years playing his telecaster with Satellite V, The lost Catalina's and The Radium Club Hepsters. Roy and his band Fat Dusty backed John Langford from the Waco Brothers for two tours as well as Sydney and Melbourne supports for Neko Case Roy, who is currently working with Jeremy Edwards and the Dust Radio. The love of Delta style guitar led Roy to form the duo Chicken Head which opened on the main stage at the Bridgetown Blues Festival 2009 in Western Australia. Roy will be releasing a new cd available in May featuring songs from his solo shows along with some new favourites.
1 August 2009

rockpalast cover.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE by Chrissie Vincent: WE'RE ALL GUNNA DIE Don Walker Cold Chisel songwriter reissues classic debut, remastered from original one-inch tape August 7th through MGM Don Walker's elegantly weather beaten Australian masterpiece, We're All Gunna Die, never belonged to 1995. As grunge slouched into Britpop, skate-punk and trip-hop, here was a record lost in time and rooted in a different place altogether: an anthology of big, dark stories with a sound as empty and majestic as the land they seeped from. Fourteen years on, digitally remastered via the same ultra-rare one-inch tape machine on which it was originally mixed, the album's huge sonic depth and blood-soaked, red-dirt gravity never felt more potent. We're All Gunna Die is like a hand drawn map to some mythical motherlode of forgotten Australian stories. The ones about dancers formal and exotic, desert slave traders and delusional fugitives drinking up their last tropical sunset; songs about circuses nobody goes to anymore, parties that end badly and highways that don’t end at all. "This album was recorded in 1994, with a very good band in a very short four days," Don recalls. "We rehearsed a lot of songs in the front room of a house in Kings Cross, then went into Electric Avenue Studios with Phil Punch and recorded mostly live." Cold Chisel, the band Don helped form in every sense of the word, were 10 years gone. He'd made one wildly appreciated album with Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen, Sad But True, and two under the radar as Catfish. We're All Gunna Die was the first under his name, he says, "because it was the first record that finished up how I wanted it." Dave Blight (harmonica), Red Rivers (guitar) and Garrett Costigan (pedal steel) nail down three crucial corners of its elusive sound: a lean but rock-solid scaffold that re-imagines the visceral rawness of Chicago blues for a ghostly landscape of shifting sand and lizard bones. Many of the songs were first takes, including Three Blackbirds, the 18-minute true story that closes the album. Don retrieved the unspeakable tale of Harry Hunter, Sid Hadley and Frenchy D'Antoine from under the threadbare rug of our colonial past while visiting Broome in 1984. Fashioned into the 19th Century broadsheet ballad it always should have been, the song remains a benchmark illustration of his unparalleled reach and craft as a songwriter. We're All Gunna Die has been remastered at Stirling Sound in New York by George Marino (Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, John Lennon). It's the flagship release in an extensive Don Walker reissue campaign scheduled for 2009 in the wake of his highly acclaimed memoir of February, Shots (Black Inc. $27.95). We're All Gunna Die is out through MGM on 7th August 2009. So there's the PR! I love comment about an extensive "DW reissue campaign"! There is much more to come & it is well worth hearing! To start with, you can order We're All Gunna Die & Shots from Red Eye Records

Don will be at The Melbourne Writers Festival 25th to 30th August. Good news for QLD fans, Don is performing with Roy Payne at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Friday 4th September and is returning for the Brisbane Writers Festival on the 10th, 11th and 12th of September
22 January 2009 1. Shots - Don's first book from Black Inc Press is now available for pre order from Dymocks >, release date 1st Feb 2009. 2. IN STORE CONVERSATIONS WITH DON - FEB/MARCH 09: Don & Charlie Owen will conduct a live interview and performance at Readings Bookstore, Carlton, Victoria on Thursday, 12th February, 2009. Don will also be appearing at Gleebooks, Glebe, New South Wales on Wednesday, 11th March, 2009. 3. Don's deal with Destra Music has fallen through due to Destra's financial problems. The Don Walker anthology/live 2CD pack with bonus DVD alongside remastered expanded versions of the two Catfish Albums (Unlimited Address & Ruby) and We're All Gunna Die in 2009 are on hold until a new deal is signed. Included with the Anthology will be a Don Walker & The Suave Fucks live album recorded in one concert in November 2006 and a short DVD of documentary footage from the Suave Fucks tours of 2006, including the band on stage at the Vanguard..
7 September 2008 After 2 fantastic shows at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June, Don Walker is playing at The Famous Spiegeltent, which is located at the Sydney Opera House on October 30, 2008. Don's performance is part of a festival of intimate shows at the Opera House. Please click here to book tickets. DON IN WA: Lucky Oceans will conduct a live interview/performance with Don at the Fremantle Arts Centre on the 20th November, 2008.
3 June 2008 Don has signed with Destra Music, which will release a Don Walker anthology/live 2CD pack with a bonus DVD alongside remastered expanded versions of the two Catfish Albums (Unlimited Address & Ruby) and We're All Gunna Die in 2009. Included with the Anthology will be a Don Walker & The Suave Fucks live album recorded in one concert in November 2006 and a short DVD of documentary footage from the Suave Fucks tours of 2006, including the band on stage at the Vanguard. Also due for release in 2009 is "Shots" Don's first ever book with Black Inc Press.To stay up to date with all of these releases and gigs, join out our brand new forum. Sign up and get involved!.
5 April 2008 Great News!! Don Walker will be playing at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide June 13 and 14!. We will have a new front page soon - its undergoing a revamp at the minute! Thank you for your patience. In the meantime, please join the new forum
28 December 2007 One last update for the year – here is some info on Don’s first ever book due in 2008 from Black Inc. Shots: A Memoir Don Walker Black Inc. – PB – $29.95 – 2008 All rights: Black Inc. This extraordinary memoir begins with Don Walker’s early life in rural NSW and goes up to the late ’80s. In mesmerising prose, he evokes childhood recollections, wild times in the ’70s, life on the road and in the Cross, music-making and much more. Shots is a stunningly original book, a set of word pictures – ‘shots’ – that conjure up the lowlife and backroads of Australia. The book is not an autobiography, more a collection of stories. If you have been checking Don’s official site you would have read several of them already. <
9 May 2007

rockpalast cover.

Cold Chisel’s famous 1982 performance at Rockpalast will soon be available on DVD You can buy it online from JB Hi Fi. I must say that I am not sure if it will be available in May, but I am happy to be proven wrong. for a set List and Press release go to this thread on the forum I have heard that Don may be touring July, as soon as I hear something I'll let you know! !
16 November 2006 From - Normie Rowe Records New Don Walker Song by Paul Cashmere - Australian rock and roll star Normie Rowe will be the voice of a new Don Walker song titled 'Poor Boy'. "It is a series of songs Don gave me the demos for," Normie tells Undercover News. Walker, the legendary songwriter and keyboard player from Cold Chisel, has written for numerous artists over the years including country music star Slim Dusty. "He is a hell of a writer," says Normie. "He has a handle on Australian urban subjects and their delivery". Normie will release the song on his next album in 2007. He is also adding another unreleased Walker song 'Long Black Limousine' into his live set.
16 September 2006 Here are the last two tour dates for Don and the SF's for 2006! Ian Rilen benefit concert, Thursday, October 5, 2006 @ the Prince of Wales bandroom, Melbourne, VIC and Queenscliff Music Festival, Saturday November 25, 2006, VIC
12 July 2006

cutting back cover

Don's new album Cutting Back is out now You can buy it online from JB Hi Fi. ! LIVE ONLINE BROADCAST - Don is performing live on PBS 106.7 FM between 7 and 8 pm Aussie EST time Thursday 13/7/06 - don't miss it. There is a fantastic interview with Don over at The interview touches on Don's songwriting, Chisel and the Suave Fucks. It which also contains an audio interview with snippets from Cutting Back. It is absolutley wonderful to see Don get this kind of promotion!
For a list of tour dates and to hear 3 tracks from the album check out this e card from Warner Music. "Cutting Back" featuring Ian Moss, Steve Prestwich and Phil Small is now up on Don’s site in the music section. There is also a live version of Fallen Angel recorded at the The Gov in Adelaide with Dave Blight, Jeff Lang & Angus Diggs on the site. Hearing the album is ony half the experience, seeing Don live is essential! Check out this thread for a recent Gig review and try and get to a show. Good news for punters going to Don's shows - there are several CD's on sale at the gigs- Cutting Back, We're All Gunna Die, Catfish and Red River's CD's. It's a great opportunity to build your Don/Red collection. Lastly a big thank you to Ade for this - here is the film clip for Speed Kills/Port Adelaide ! from the Freedom Soundtrack. The clip features Don and Michael Hutchence with Ian, Phil, Steve and David as the backing band. cheers Jerome
12 June 2006 Don has contributed new material to Anne Kirkpatrick's latest album Showman's Daughter A few facts about Cutting Back are starting to surface. The track listing is as follows: 1. GET ALONG 2. I WANT MY KIDS TO LOOK LIKE YOU 3. YAKUZA GIRLS 4. FOUR IN THE MORNING 5. SILOS 6. NO REASON 7. FALLEN ANGEL 8. MY EX-WIFE 9. CUTTING BACK 10. SWEET EYES 11. AT THE PICCOLO BAR 12. BARKLEY HIGHWAY WEST 13. THE WAY YOU ARE TONIGHT The players on the album are guitarists Red Rivers, Jeff Lang and Charlie Owen, bass players Steve Woods & Michael Vidale, Angus Diggs on drums and the mighty David Blight on harmonica! A real bonus for Chisel fans is that Ian Moss, Steve Prestwich and Phil Small perform the title track with Don!
6 June 2006 The best of the St Kilda Film Festival National Screening Tour is on around the country and the line up includes Karen Borger’s All Is Forgiven film ! The tour features the top 15 films out of the 100 screened the Festival proper. It plays in Session One of the Programme and the Film plays 3rd inthe running order of 8 short films. The film is showing at the following venues:
Canberra - June 11 2006 at 6pm Electric Shadows City Walk, off Akuna Street (02) 6247 5060
Brisbane - June 23 2006 at 7pm Dendy Cinema 346 George Street (07) 3211 3244
Perth - June 25 2006 at 6:30pm Luna Cinema 155 Oxford Street Leederville (08) 9444 4056
Hobart - July 07 2006 at 7:00pm State Cinema 375 Elizabeth Street (03) 6234 6318
Adelaide - July 21 2006 at 7:30pm Mercury Cinema Media Resource Centre 13 Morphett Street
Sydney - July 28 2006 at 7:30pm Chauvel Cinema Paddington Town Hall cnr Oxford & Oakley Road (02) 9361 5398

21 May 2006

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Don Walker's Tour Dates for 2006 are now on the Tour Dates page and the Cutting Back Tour Dates 2006 thread! Don will be touring with his band The S.F.'s. The S.F.'s are Red Rivers – guitar. Red is revered for his guitar playing, songwriting and singing in blues and country circles in Australia, and as far away as Texas and Europe, where he tours regularly. Roy Payne – baritone guitar. Roy has added his rockabilly edge to The Whiteliners and The Dust Radio Band among others, and is writing for and recording with his own band, Fat Dusty. Michael Vidale – bass. Studio producer Michael Vidale (Slim Dusty, The Whitlams, Anne Kirkpatric, The Toe-sucking Cowgirls) has also played bass with Slim, Jimmy And The Boys, The Feral Swing Cats, Reg Lindsay and Peter Wells. Steve Hopes – drums. Steve has been the drumming backbone behind many musical enterprises, from Crossfire to Randy Brecker to Kamahl.This promises to be a fantastic album and tour, hope to see you at the shows.
20 April 2006 The long awaited Don Walker album, "Cutting Back" will be released on the 8th July 2006! The album will be released via Warner Music. I don't have a link to pre order it yet, but as soon as I have it you'll know about. I do know this is going to be a ripper album full of classic Walker tunes! If you've been visiting Don's official site you would have heard a fair amount of material from Cutting Back. If you havent been to the official site, keep checking in every Tuesday/Wednesday. A new story from Don and a variety of old, new and rare songs turn up on the play list each week. I dont know exactly which songs have made the final cut but based on the gear on his site, it sounds like the album will be a great mix of rock, blues and country Don Walker style. Don will be touring in July and August to promote the album, more on that later! If you havent been to a Don gig or brought a DW album, now is a great time to jump on board and get involved. Keep checking the Cutting Back thread for updates and get involved on the forum. Can't wait for the album and tour! Jerome
6 February 2006 Great news for Canadian and US fans - The Tex, Don and Charlie short film directed by Karen Borger is being shown in Canada! The All Is Forgiven film is being shown as part of the Australian Film Weekend, February 10 to 12, 2006 at Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West (Museum Subway Stn), Toronto Ontario CANADA. The film is being shown after The Proposition, (written by Nick Cave) on Saturday February 11. Universal Music informs me that free samplers of the All Is Forgiven album will be available at the shows. So if you haven’t brought the album and you’re keen to see the film, get out there if you can! In addition you’ll get to see some great Aussie films (with the exception of Josh Jarman). Here is the full program Tex, Don and Charlie have also been nominated for a Telstra Bigpond AMP awards. As the Telstra website states “AMP stands for Australian Music Prize, a peer-voted award for the best local album of the year. Music journalists, retailers and musicians judged these eight albums as the very best of 2005. Never mind how many units they shifted. Forget who had the best PR campaign. The AMP 2005 rewards quality, not sales or airplay. The winner will be announced at The AMP 2005 Winner's Event, to be held in Sydney on Wednesday 8th March, and will receive a cheque for $25,000.” Let’s hope TDC takes home the $25 large! You can visit the AMP site and email them with your reason why TDC should win. If you’re looking at hiring a DVD before the footy season starts, check out Little Fish. There is a nice behind the scenes short film about Flame Trees with great comments from Cate Blanchett with the Sacred Heart School Cabramatta hard at work. A big thank you to Michele! Cheers Jerome
3 February 2006 Tex, Don and Charlie are on the road with The Darling Downs in 2006! Friday February 24th, @ Newtown, Sydney, Saturday, February 25th, @ Newtown, Sydney, Friday 3rd March, The Prince of Wales St Kilda, Melbourne Keep checking this thread in the forum for more details and feel free to post gig reviews Follow this link to view the TDC movie at the Universal site
26 October 2005 The band members from the All Is Forgiven album joining Tex, Don and Charlie on their 2005 tour are Shane Walsh on double bass and Garrett Costigan on pedal steel. Drummer Jim Walsh has touring commitments with his band The Dirty Three , so the legendary Mick Harvey (from the Birthday Party, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) will be playing drums for TDC. Mick will also be one of the TDC support acts on the upcoming tour. The other act is The Darling Downs, which comprises Ron Peno (from Died Pretty) on vocals and Kim Salmon (Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon, Surrealists) on guitar. Kim also played Jews Harp on the Sad But True album. For the full list of when Mick Harvey and The Darling Downs will be supporting TDC check out the updated gig list All Is Forgiven 2005 Tour . Both support acts have new albums out – Mick has covered songs by Don (Louise) and Kim (Come On Spring) on his new album One Man’s Treasure , so hopefully there will be some jams between the three acts when they get together. The Darling Downs new album is How Can I Forget This Heart Of Mine? And you can read about both acts Here I urge you to pick up these albums ASAP or at the gigs, they are fantastic pieces of work. I rate them very highly and I have been playing both of them and All is Forgiven regularly over the past month. For those of you who get to see all three acts you are for a great night of bittersweet blues/country drinking music the likes of which you won’t forget! Bring on Nov 20! cheers Jerome PS Don’t forget – the Last Stand is out on DVD and CD in the next few days! Chisel’s Last Stand
26 April 2005 Jesse McLallen has done a great job in building the Official Don Walker site . Make sure you book mark this one. The functions of this new site are complimentary to There are no news, history, photos, lyrics, forum features etc. It has four songs in MP3 form for streaming and a piece of writing. The four songs and written content will be changed at least once a week from now on. Keep checking in on the site, there will be something new to read and listen to on a regular basis. Some of the gear will be from Don's private collection, such as the live version of Harry, recorded with Jeff Lang at the Basement in Sydney some years ago, that's up there now. This is a great time to be supporting Don, so keep it up people and check out Don Walker’s Official Site .
30 September 2005 Tex, Don and Charlie will be playing LIVE ON RRR Radio in Melbourne 5/10/05, follow this link for details .
22 September 2005 Inside Film reports that Universal Music and Getty Images have gotten together to create a 7- 10 minute film for the new Tex, Don and Charlie album. Read this interview with Don for more info You can comment on this and other TDC stories in the TDC media thread Cold Chisel’s Last Stand will be available on DVD in October
15 September 2005 All Is Forgiven will be launched at The Vanguard Hotel, Newton, NSW On Monday 26/9/05 The Vanguard Follow the link to the mrdwalker forum for a list of Tex, Don and Charlie gigs in September and October. TDC upcoming gigs Mick Harvey of the Bad Seeds has covered Louise on his latest album Another Man’s Treasure On the song front, there's a song of Don’s called Damaged People on the new Jeff Lang album - You Gotta Dig Deep To Bury Daddy . There are four songs co-written by Don with Troy Casser-Daley on his new album, Brighter Day
9 September 2005 Follow the link to the mrdwalker forum for Ade’s reviews of Tex, Don and Charlie’s shows in London on September 5 & 6 . Ade’s TDC in London reviews
28 August 2005 At the Rock for the Roses concert in October 2004, I heard that the Chisel classic Flame Trees would be re recorded for a new Australian movie called Little Fish. Little Fish is due for release on September 8, the move soundtrack is due for release on September 5. Flame Trees has been recorded by Sarah Blasko. You can order the soundtrack from Sanity Little Fish is screening at Palace Cinemas check their website for details
27 August 2005 Tex, Don and Charlie Live Gig Updates – 5/9/05 – The Troubadour, London, 9/10/05 – Pete Wells Melbourne Benefit Concert, @ The Palace, St Kilda and possibly Ruby’s Lounge 3/10/05 Check out the mrdwalker forum for details. Cheers Jerome
16 August 2005 It's official! Tex, Don and Charlie are playing in London on September 6 at the Carling Academy, Islington Tickets are on sale now from For Aussie and Euro fans who have been hanging for one of the Chisels to play in Europe, get your mates get together and head for the gig! Get behind Tex, Don and Charlie and their new album All Is Forgiven, you'll be glad you did. cheers Jerome
12 August 2005 Tex Perkins has been interviewed in Melbourne’s Age newspaper to promote the Beasts of Bourbon’s upcoming shows and live album "Low Life". This is what Tex had to say about All Is Forgiven: “Perkins and Owens will then head to London to hook up with Don Walker for some Tex, Don and Charlie shows in the lead-up to the release of their new album, All Is Forgiven, for which Melbourne should see shows in October "And Jo, it's a f---in' cracker!" says Perkins. "Very proud of it. I'm very proud of both releases. Easily the best work I've done for a while. I don't usually talk my crap up, maybe I'm delusional, but I think it's on the cards." Fantastic news for Don/Chisel fans who are hanging to see one of the Chisels. Bring on Europe! Cheers Jerome
25 July 2005 As previously mentioned, Don Walker has been interviewed for Songwriters Speak, the first book dedicated to the great songwriters of Australia and New Zealand from the last fifty years, written by Debbie Kruger. Debbie informs me that Don's interview covers his songwriting across his career - Chisel, Catfish, Tex Don & Charlie and the writing he has done in country music for and with the likes of Slim Dusty, Adam Brand, Jimmy Little and Troy Cassar-Daley. As Don very rarely gives interviews, this is a must for DW fans. The interview runs over 21 pages in the book (well over 10,000 words). It's a special one and among Debbie’s favourites in the book. There is also a Songwriters Speak CD which features Cold Chisel’s “Saturday Night”, you can purchase the CD and copies of Songwriters Speak from the Songwriters Speak website. Debbie will be signing each copy ordered from the site. Don’t forget to check out the forum! The track list for All is Forgiven and a brief interview with Paul Kelly has just been added to the board. Cheers Jerome
11 July 2005 Tex, Don and Charlie's new album is called All Is Forgiven and wil be out on August 21. Sanity are already accepting pre orders for the new album so pre order your copy now!! All Is Forgiven from Sanity. The band will be touring September/October 2005.
23 June 2005 Tex, Don and Charlie will be playing atthe Narooma Blues Festival. The festival is on the Labour Day long weekend, September 30th, and October 1st and 2nd, 2005.
22 June 2005 The new Tex, Don and Charlie CD will be mastered this week and could be out by September. No tour dates have been confirmed as yet, but they will be on the road. Cold Chisel's Last Stand DVD is just about finished. Don has also been interviewed by Debbie Kruger for her book Songwriters Speak. The book contains interviews with 43 Aussie songwriters including Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Neil Finn and Rolf Harris. There is also a Songwriters Speak 2 CD compliation album coming out featuring music by Cold Chisel (Saturday Night), Crowded House and other writers interviewed for the book. Follow the links to buy the book and CD. Songwriters Speak book from Angus & Robertson Songwriters Speak CD from Sanity
2 June 2005 Tex Perkins is playing in Adelaide this Saturday and has been interviewed by Robert Dunstan in Rip It Up Magazine. This is what Tex had to say about the upcoming Tex, Don and Charlie album: Tex had been up at Byron Bay performing with Tex Don & Charlie, who are in the process of recording a new album. “We’ve already done it and we’ll mix it as soon as I’ve got back from Adelaide,” Tex explained. “I’d read on the world wide web that it might be a double album. “No, that’s just wishful thinking” Tex said. “So don’t believe everything you read on the internet. We recorded 18 songs but knew we were always going to whittle them down to about 14 for an album. I don’t think there’s any real need for us to do a double album. It’s all originals because there’s no shortage of songwriters. Don [Walker] had a whole backlog of stuff that we went through. And, over the last couple of years, I’ve been going round to everybody and anybody I know asking them for songs. I’ve been asking if they’ve got any classics under their bed. But the only thing that turned up was a song by Paul Kelly.” Is it one that Paul has also recorded? “Not as far as I know,” Tex said. “I actually asked Peter Luscombe [Kelly’s drummer] and he knew of the song but didn’t think Paul had ever recorded it.” It seems a long time since there was any new Tex, Don & Charlie offerings. “It’s been 11 years since Sad But True,” Tex stated. “It’s actually 12 because it was late in ’93 it came out.” Tex reckons that his next ‘solo’ album will go under the banner of Dark Horses. “I don’t think it’ll be Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses anymore,” he said. “It’ll just be a Dark Horses album because my solo stuff is now getting taken care of by Tex, Don & Charlie. Even the last album, Sweet Nothings, was really supposed to be a Dark Horses record.” You can read the whole interview on the forum - Tex in Adelaide
26 April 2005 March has been a very busy time for the Tex, Don and Charlie Trio. Plenty of work is going into the project which included eighteen songs being recorded between the 14th and 19th of March. The band then put in two days rehearsal for their performance at the Byron Bay Blues Festival. The tracks are being recorded at Phil Punch’s studio in Sydney. Phil has been involved with Tex in the Beasts of Bourbon and on Don’s last album We’re All Gunna Die. Jim White from The Dirty Three is playing drums on the new album. At the moment, the Tex, Don and Charlie album is not connected to any label – nor is the Don Walker solo album. The word is that Don will be working on the solo album after Easter. Expect to see some gigs around Sydney soon (hooray!) in the next few months as the DW band work in a new set.

As well as touring with Ian Moss and assisting Cold Chisel and Don Walker, David Blight has his own band ready to go out on the road soon. They’re called The Flyers, they are based in Adelaide and are mastering their CD at the moment. The other band members are David Small (Phil’s brother) and Rob Reilly (Rose Tattoo). The Flyers are a blues based band that sounds nothing like Chisel or the Tatts. David is also planning to set up a website for The Flyers. I know there are plenty of Blighty fans out there, so please get behind the Flyers CD when it comes out and get along to their shows.

7 February 2005 It's been confirmed - Cold Chisel are playing as part of the Melbourne Music Festival's Tsunami gig Check out the following link for more info on the festival Cold Chisel in Melbourne, Sunday 27th February 2005
29 January 2005 Tex, Don and Charlie are playing at the Byron Bay Blues Festival – along with Ian Moss, Jimmy Barnes, Jeff Lang and lots of other great acts! Check out the following link for more info on the festival Tex, Don and Charlie at Byron Bay, Friday 25th March 2005



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