Col Meredith has spent 30 years in the music industry. That's a long time. He's obviously no fly-by-nighter. It's also plenty of time to know just how you want your first solo album to be.
Col is launching his debut album Rooftop Thearpy at a series of gigs this weekend.
The singer/songwriter was the voice and writer behind Bourbon Street, a North Coast band that took the area by storm in '87. The band released four albums, toured the US in '91 and had a hit single with Time Flies in '92.
More recently, Col is the lead singer for local outfit The Feramones, and 1970s tribute band Late for Woodstock.
Rooftop Therapy is a longplayer featuring 11 original songs. Contributing musicians include Kevin Borich, Rick Fenn (10cc), Alan Park (Cliff Richard), Greg Lyon and a cameo vocal from Ozzy Osbourne. A mosaic of easy listening tunes, Rooftop Therapy showcases quality musicianship in a blend of folk, blues, soft-rock and coastal country, giving it a distinctly 1970s feel.
The album pays homage to the golden days of rock music but is a contemporary reflection of our world as it is right now.
Col will launch the CD (with prizes and special guests) at Hotel Brunswick tonight (Thursday, January 26) from 4pm with Late for Woodstock; at the Australian Hotel in Ballina this Friday, January 27, at 8.15pm; and at the Beach Hotel in Byron this Sunday, January 29, from 4.30pm with The Feramones.
Col Meredith launches debut solo album.
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