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Karma County front man and hands on producer behind albums like Jimmy Little's instant classic Messenger, author of international best seller The Open Tuning Chord Book For Guitar, film composer, songwriter, veteran performer and sometime session guitarist for people like David Bowie and more.

Find out more about Brendan in his bio, check out dates to see him play live or go to shop to get some music... djoldbrendo soft rockin' in the free world.
 
Short & Sweet: NEW CD OUT NOW

Short & Sweet: NEW CD OUT NOW

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10 songs, 32 minutes, Short and Sweet! Recorded with The Magnolia Orchestra - Aldo Betto (guitar), Giacomo Da Ros (bass) & Youssef Ait Bouazza (drums) - at Yellow Fridge Road in the Tuscan seaside village of Porto Santo Stefano in April 2017.

Please join my mailing list for info about gigs, new recordings and other goings on... Brendo

Wine Island 

Three studios, many drummers, a double album - a long time coming but Wine Island is out on 16th September. I'm loving it. And I'm looking forward to heading out to play some shows with my crackin' band featuring drum legend Robbie Souter (Dynamic Hepnotics, Slim Dusty), jazz bass maestro Jonathan Zwartz and young WA guitar player Doug Nairn.

Check out Tour Dates for details. 
Check out Youtube for  "making of Wine Island".
Read the Stories behind the songs.

Side 1 Bianco is an echo of my formative years as a player. Listening to ABC Radio’s Room To Move at night in my room as a young’un and getting an almighty charge off great blues players like Elmore James and B.B King. Going to live shows by Zappa, Billy Thorpe, Barney Kessel, Leon Russell, AC/DC, Kraftwerk & Ry Cooder. Listening to Chuck Berry, Hendrix and José Feliciano records and more, whatever was rockin’, and trying to jam it all into how I played.

Side 2 Rosso is more about discovering and being seduced by the understated power and nuance of acoustic guitar, and the piano, and the joy of words and storytelling. Getting inside the music of Steely Dan, The Beatles (with Billy Preston), Paul Simon and Brian Wilson. Luxuriating in the soundscapes of Lalo Schifrin and Nino Rota. And coming late to the wonder of Scott Walker and Nick Lowe, trying to somehow make their patch of brilliant sky my own. 

Somewhere off Wine Island... Brendo


New Values 

 ... thankyou Iggy Pop. Am back from a long trip overseas (where it was very bloody cold) with a head full of ideas. I mastered my new album Wine Island coupla weeks ago and am very happy, nay, excited with the result. It's a double album, two sides of quite different material:

side 1 Bianco is a rockin' affair with a nod to my formative years as a player, channeling ZZ Top, Kraftwerk, Chuck Berry, Roxy Music, Devo and others.
side 2 Rosso is gentler, more spacious, pulling in elements from Scott Walker, Leon Russell, Beatles (with Billy Preston), Stylistics et al.

It will be available on CD & iTunes mid August and on vinyl soon after. I'll be embarking on a national tour with a band of my fave musicians Sept/Oct/Nov so keep an eye on dates page.

Meanwhile I'm finishing up producing an EP for young Australian singer/songwriter AC Danger Monaro and mid way through a new album for Bernie Hayes. Keep an eye out for Companion by Sunnyboy front man Jeremy Oxley which I produced with him and also the wonderful documentary about his life The Sunnyboy which is premiering at Sydney Opera House in June as part of Vivid Festival. See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

back on the block 

Hey ho, been busy after Xmas/New Year break. My album Wine Island is mixed, as is the Jeremy Oxley EP I was working on. Currently working on Bernie Hayes' new album and an EP by singer/songwriter Annaliese Monaro. 18 March i"m off to Toronto for Canadian Music Week (and some other business, more to come) then NYC for a few days before catching up with the missus for a coupla weeks in Europe. I'll also be checking in with some music friends in Italy to plan a tour there in November.

I'm revved up to go out and play Wine Island with a great band of some of my fave players later in 2013. Meanwhile I'm doing some other shows with THE PINKS and Dave Mason with REEL B!G DOG before I head OS, check 'dates' page for info..... Brendo


Almost Summer (thankyou Thorpie) 

Well I didn't make it onto the APRA Board... again. Thanks to all who voted for me and spread the word, dunno if I'll have another crack next year. Meanwhile... 10 December I start mixing 23 songs for my forthcoming album Wine Island at my friend the Gigpiglet's GPHQ studio in Redfern. Of late I've been working on Bernie Hayes new album over at Alberts. In January I'm heading up to Brisbane to mix Jeremy Oxley's EP at Ian Haug's Airlock Studio. I'll be going to see Sunnyboys with Elvis Costello in Hunter Valley 2nd February, oh yeah. And sleeping in my car, can't afford them hotel prices 'round those parts.

Come to Deus Ex Machina at Camperdown for a very special Pink Christmas with THE PINKS on saturday 22 December. Merry Xmas, Felice Navidad, Buon Natale, Happy Chanukka.... Brendo

VOTE 1 BRENDO! 

The poll for Writer/Director on APRA Board closes Nov 15. Like most APRA members I write my own songs, make my own records and book my own gigs. I’ve been an APRA member for over twenty years and an Ambassador for three. For over thirty years I’ve maintained a comprehensive career as an independent artist and now I want to get involved in policy as it affects songwriters and musicians generally.
So if you want someone on the inside who shares the aspirations of independent artists then I NEED YOUR VOTE! Please click on link to vote for me now. Once logged in click on the 2012 AGM & Voting menu. You may have two votes, it helps me if you only cast one vote. Thanks...

Recently I mastered a new song The Good Baker’s Dream for radio release early Nov (available now on downloads page). It’s one of 22 songs from my forthcoming double album Wine Island. Meanwhile I’m producing a new album by Bernie Hayes and finishing off an EP for Jeremy Oxley as part of The Sunnyboy doco. Lotsa live gigs too with Karma County, THE PINKS & Dead Marines, check out dates page for more. See youse all on the mean streets… Brendo

brrrrrrrr... 

Thinkin' about summer.... Meanwhile lots of gigs going on - solo festival shows, THE PINKS, DAVE MASON with REEL B!G DOG, dead marines and some rare Karma County performances later in the year - check dates page for more. In September I'm producing a new Bernie Hayes album, nice one. Over the last several months I've been working behind the scenes on an EP recording with the great Jeremy Oxley for a documentary about his life aptly called The Sunny Boy. It's been a real treat working with JO, a gifted musician in any era.

And still I'm endeavouring to polish off my own new double album Wine Island before the end of the year... it'll be worth it, trust me, I'm a musician! See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

on the road to summer 

Howdy, keeping busy in cold Sydney. Got lots of gigs coming up in the next few months - solo, THE PINKS, DAVE MASON with REEL B!G DOG, dead marines maybe and rumours of some Karma County shows later in the year - check dates page for more. Have started pre-production for a new album with one of my favourite artists 'The Miracle From Marrickville' Bernie Hayes. I worked on 2007's Homebody and am really looking forward to this one, BH has some great new songs.

And meanwhile I'm endeavouring to polish off my own new album Wine Island... almost this close! See youse all on the mean streets... Brendo

Baby it's cold outside. 

Had a great time in Italy in May, played some memorable shows and plan to be back there in Feb 2012. We gave Uncle Jimmy Little a great send off at the memorial concert at Sydney Opera House on 3rd May. People came from all over – blackfellas, whitefellas, youngfellas, oldfellas – to sing a legendary song man and humanitarian on his way.

Have been busy over at Alberts working on my double album Wine Island and some other things. In July I'm doing a solo blues spot every sunday at Rock Lily bar at Star casino. Some Pinks gigs coming up too. Check dates page for more info. See youse all on the mean streets…. Brendo


Ask not for whom the bell tolls... 

... it tolls for thee.

April saw the passing of legendary song man and humanitarian Jimmy Little. Jimmy was my friend and mentor for sixteen years, through several albums and many memorable shows. He was a great inspiration to generations of fans. Come on down to the state memorial service and celebratory concert at Sydney Opera House on May 3 and give this great Australian a big send off. Tix are free but you have to apply here.

Meanwhile I’ll be in Italy doing a few shows late April with my road warrior friends Daniele Di Giovanni and Aldo Betto. May 27 I’ll be back taking part as a mentor in Songwriting Coaching at APRA Song Summit Sydney. June I’ll be doing a couple of solo spots and an open tune/slide guitar masterclass at 4th Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music as well as a one-off show at Canberra's Paperback Sessions Fri June 8 on the way down. July I'm doing a solo blues spot every sunday at Rock Lily bar at Star casino. Check dates page for more info. See youse all on the mean streets…. Brendo


Let there be rock! 

The day before Xmas I signed a worldwide publishing deal with Alberts home of Vanda & Young, AC/DC, Washington, Gotye and more. Alberts will also be administering all of Karma County's back catalogue. I'm well chuffed to be part of such a legendary Australian music company, there's a real vibe going on at Alberts and I'm looking forward to getting in there to write and record with some of their great artists. I'm currently recording some bed tracks for my album Wine Island with drummer Rob Souter and bass player Jonathan Zwartz.

I'll be in Brisbane for my first solo show in five years on 1st March and doing an open tune/slide masterclasses on Gold Coast 3rd March, see dates page for more info. In May I will be mentoring sessions being held as part of the Career Development Workshops at APRA's Song Summit Sydney. Meanwhile APRA members please click here for a special deal on my Open Tuning Chord Book For Guitar. See youse all on the mean streets.... Brendo