The music of Tim Wheatley is a pleasant reminder that quality once stood for something in the music industry.
Wheatley performs a rare combination of emotion and drama with a storyline in his songs, like the true story of ‘Valerie’, one of the characters in his ‘Cast of Yesterday’ from the 1960s. ‘Valerie’ is about Valerie Lea, the matriarch of the Darryl lea Chocolate empire and tells of her unconventional family set-up.
From a moment in history, Wheatley can tread through time to deliver a more relevant, personal insight in a song like ’78 Benz’, about arriving in LA, or when certain people he may know are not in the room ‘The Other Woman’ (no explanation needed).
Tim Wheatley chose the intimate Grace Darling Hotel in the inner Melbourne suburb of Collingwood to launch his new album ‘Cast of Yesterday’. The choice of venue was deliberate. Valerie’s adopted son, poet Shelton Lea, once owned a bookstore one block from the hotel.
The ‘Cast of Yesterday’ album was recorded at Sing Sing studios in Melbourne, produced by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Sarah Blasko, Pete Murray) and mixed by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Johnny Cash) at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
Tim Wheatley setlist, Grace Darling, Collingwood, Aug 30, 2015
The Heathen (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
Skipper’s Daughter (new, unreleased)
Cast Of Yesterday (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
78 Benz (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
Valerie (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
Miss Ohio (Gillian Welch cover)
Pillar To Post (unreleased)
Hot For August (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
The Company That We Keep (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
The Other Woman (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
Burning The Midnight Oil (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
Man In Waiting (from Cast of Yesterday, 2015)
Tim Wheatley’s next show is September 4 at the Metro Theatre, Sydney.
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