Tex, Don and Charlie: An Australian super group formed by Don Walker from Cold Chisel, Tex Perkins from The Cruel Sea and widely respected guitarist Charlie Owen.
Tex, Don and Charlie: An Australian super group formed by Don Walker from Cold Chisel, Tex Perkins from The Cruel Sea and widely respected guitarist Charlie Owen. Bleddyn Butcher

Tex, Don and Charlie: Australia's three amigos are back

AUSTRALIA does not have many music supergroups, Tex, Don and Charlie is one of them.

Tex, Don and Charlie is an Australian super group formed by Tex Perkins from The Cruel Sea, Don Walker from Cold Chisel and iconic musician Charlie Owen.

The band has released criticaly three acclaimed albums: Sad But True (1993), Monday Morning Coming Down (1995) and All is Forgiven (2005).

Twelve yars after their last release, the three amigos have just released You Don't Know Lonely.

From his property on the Byron Shire, which he has owned for 20 years, Tex Perkins said the band is very excited to take the new album on tour and it's first single, A Man in Conflict with Nature.

Perkins explained the album is made of songs written a while ago.

"Don usually has a stockpile of songs, one of these songs is about eight years old, and I also have a song in this album that is about eight eyars old,” he said.

"But there are at least three of mine that I wrote specifically for this album.

"Don normally presents us with songs he thinks Charlie and I are going to like. Sometimes he is wrong (laughs).”

Man in Conflict with Nature, the first single from the album, was a tune written by Tex Perkins with a clear objective.

"I deliberately wanted to make Don laugh,” he said.

"I was trying to out-Don Don.

"I set that song in a snimmilar environment than Don sets his songs, talking about a flawed character doing this that they regret, in the seedier side of life.

"My ambition was to make Don lugh and I succedded splendidly! I was hoping for sinkering and smurking but I got a open mouth, head back laughter.”

Perkins said the songs selected for You Don't Know Lonely were recoded as demos in Goonengerry and the album was then recorded in Sydney.

"After 24 years of knowing what this band means to us and other people, we really know if a song is Tex, Don and Charlie or not.”

" It's more about in revisiting that and creating something that seats alongside the other albums.”



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