Alex in Ballina land

Alex Lloyd will displlay his tallent in Balllina shortlly.

It seems that having a Christian name as a surname as well as a Christian name as a, well, Christian name, can make you famous. Like George Michael, John Howard, Thomas George, Emma Tom, Deborah Harry, Christopher Lee... well you get the idea. And now, another of that club is coming to share his prodigious musical talent with those of us on the North Coast Alex Lloyd. Lloyd will play at the Ballina RSL Club next Sunday, April 23.

He is neither politician, actor or public toilet aficionado but he is one of Australias great singer songwriters.

His three solo albums 1999s Black The Sun, 2001s Watching Angels Mend and 2003s Distant Light earned him an ARIA for Best Male Artist in each of the years those albums were released.

But life has its ups and downs. And the last two years have been turbulent ones for Alex. His relationship with his manager and best friend broke down, his record deal was up for renewal and he became a dad.

I was living a very rocknroll lifestyle at the time, recalls Lloyd. Then I changed my life very dramatically. I got married and I was about to have a son. So at that time I didnt feel like a rock star I didnt want to be a rock star... I thought Id just give it all away.

But he didnt.

He recorded his latest album Alex Lloyd at Seattles London Bridge Studios with producer Rick Parashar (of Pearl Jams Ten and Alice In Chains Dirt fame). Alex Lloyd is a record where moments of pop beauty and delicate melancholia are bolstered by sweeping melodies, affecting harmonies, guitar textures and a sure sense of structure.

Hear Alex sing some old and some new (his latest single Brand New Day) in Ballina. Hell be supported by The Golden Age.

Tickets are $25 pre-sold (from the venue 6686 2544) or $30 at the door.

Freebie: The Echo has a double pass to give away to this gig. To go in the draw to win phone 6622 2888 between 10.15 & 10.30am next Tuesday, April 18, and tell us the name of another famous person with two Christian names as their name.

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