20 February 2009

New Tom Woodward album - Roadside Crosses

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Hi Folks,

In the spirit of free enterprise I’ve eventually got around to posting a bunch of my newest collection of songs to Landspeed Records, so if anyone’s interested you can go in and buy a copy for $15. The album’s called “Roadside Crosses” and has 11 songs. You can hear some of the tracks previewed here:


Here’s the press release:

If you could get the Dirty Three to play Brechtian folk songs arranged by Tom Waits with Bob Dylan’s devil conscience delivering the vocals, backed up by an army of brooding angels, you’d probably be somewhere near the musical junkyard where Tom Woodward put together his latest offering, Roadside Crosses.

Weaving narrative tales of sex, politics, murder, revolution and of course, a bit of old fashioned love & longing, Roadside Crosses is a grittier and more dynamic work than 2007’s melancholic folk album, Blue Day Requiem. To be listened to at a loud volume (and preferably in one sitting), Tom wrote most of the songs whilst touring the country in late 2007 and early 2008.

After ten months of touring, Tom moved to Melbourne, effectively ending his nomadic existence. Label buddy and one-time touring partner Justin Grounds suggested he drop by his house and record some of his new songs at Justin’s makeshift studio in his backyard apartment. Seven days later the two emerged with Tom’s new album.

After reading in the paper that record label Creative Vibes, who distributed Toms first album and were due to distribute the second, had folded, Tom decided to plunge on regardless. Roadside Crosses was released in Melbourne on November 27th, 2008, through Bayonet Records, and launched in Canberra at the National Multicultural Fringe Festival in February, 2009. It is available by postal service and in the odd independent record store. For all enquiries write to bayonetrecords@gmail.com


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audacity of hope5:59 pm 21 Feb 09

I caught the Orphanage playing at the Multicultural Fringe and the Phoenix during the Festival. They were fantastic! Particular mention of Tom Woodward as lead singer and the incredibly versatile Andrew Dalziell.

Congratulations, Tom! You will be thrilled and relieved to know you have passed my ‘dancing in the kitchen’ test.


It’s a kind of laid back, gutsy, sexy sort of sound with lots of grit.

Good luck with the bushfire benefit, and hope the album goes well.

: )

Clown Killer10:07 am 21 Feb 09

Excellent work Tom. I’ll be heading into Landspeed as soon as I get back to Canberra!

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