“I started to imagine a soul revue type record performed live in the studio with a variety of singers and the one band…”

That was how it began. An idea, and a certain sound Paul Kelly could hear. The album was recorded not far from Merri Creek, at Southpark Studios in Northcote. The musicians turned up, rehearsed a little on a Monday, and let the songs take shape. The singers, each soulful in their own way, added different shades, textures and shadows to the canvas. Now Paul and all involved in the creation of Merri Soul Sessions will play the record live. Kelly will tour alongside Dan Sultan, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru, Vika Bull and Linda Bull – as well as his long-serving touring band: Peter Luscombe on drums and percussion; Bill McDonald on bass; Ash Naylor on guitar; Cam Bruce on piano and organ, and Vika & Linda Bull on harmonies.

The Merri Soul Sessions in Paul’s own words: “In recent years doing band shows with Vika and Linda, Vika had been singing Sweet Guy, an old song of mine, and bringing the house down each time. I was keen to record her version and thought, naturally, that if we were going into the studio we should try and get some other songs on tape as well. I had a song in mind for Linda. I wrote a couple of songs with Dan Sultan that had a soul kind of feeling. And a couple of recent songs of mine, as yet unrecorded, came back into view. They seemed to fit well with the others. Having half a dozen songs now that were talking to each other helped me write a couple more. This is how it goes. One thing leads to another. You never quite know what’s happening ‘til you’re in the middle of it.

Paul and band will begin their Summer Merri Soul Sessions tour in January.

The Merri Soul Sessions Tour Dates:

Friday 9 January – Sydney Festival, Parramatta Opening Party Parramatta, NSW

Saturday 10 January – Summer of Soul Festival, Mossvale VIC

Friday 16 January – MONA FOMA, Princes Wharf, Hobart TAS

Saturday 17 January – Sundown Sessions, Scarborough Park WA
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote

Wednesday 21 January – Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre, Tamworth NSW
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote

 Thursday 22 January – The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (seated)
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
Pre-sale: 9am, Tuesday 4th November
On-sale: 9am, Friday 7th November

Friday 23 January – The Tivoli, Brisbane QLD (standing)
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
Pre-sale: 9am, Tuesday 4th November
On-sale: 9am, Friday 7th November

Saturday 31 January – Norwood Concert Hall, Adelaide SA
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
Pre-sale: 9am, Tuesday 4th November
On-sale: 9am, Friday 7th November

Friday 6 February – Taronga Zoo, Sydney NSW
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
On-sale now

Saturday 7 February – Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne VIC
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
On-sale now

Tuesday 10 February – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
On-sale now

Wednesday 11 February – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT
With special guests Hiatus Kaiyote
On-sale now

For ticketing information: www.paulkelly.com.au

The Merri Soul Sessions, Paul Kelly’s 20th studio release, will be available for pre-order from www.paulkelly.com.au from Friday October 31st with the official release date slotted for Friday December 12th.  Pre-orders are also available from Sanity, JB Hi-Fi and iTunes.
A 7” vinyl Box Set and 12” vinyl Deluxe Box Set is available via www.pledgemusic.com/paulkelly