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Jules Sheldon & the Boundary Riders


Jules Sheldon & the Boundary Riders

7:00pm, Fri 23 February, 2024
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Heartbreak, the great melancholy, and um ... trams can only mean one thing: Jules Sheldon is back.

A regular on the Australian independent music scene since he was 15 years old, Sheldon was mentored by rock icon Spencer P. Jones who produced his self-titled debut album in 2010. Since then, he has added another two albums to his discography, 2015's 'Football Trams Parties & Other Extended Highlights' and 2017's well received 'Bloodshed & Serenity'. Each as different from the other, but still uniquely tied together by his careful and detailed songwriting.

The last few years haven’t been easy. Losing both mentors in Jones and his Beasts bandmate Brian Henry Hooper made Sheldon question if he could go on as a musician:

“They were everywhere. Every venue, every band, and every chord of my own was just a reminder of the rock uncles I was desperately missing and heavily grieving. They had given me this path to a future through music and all I saw was them in everything I tried to do”

Rediscovering his love for music, it was exploring country music and some of his favourite songwriters which gave a new perspective on how he could continue:

“in lockdown it was all Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Tim Rogers, Grant McClennan … all songwriters who are seminal to me and what I love about music and writing songs. It was back to basics and suddenly I had my direction and confidence again, so when the gigs began, I never looked back”

Crafting a new power pop/country sound referred to as ‘power country’ the result is the album ‘Electric Transport’.

From the electric stomp of opener ‘Carried Away’ it sucks the listener in and never lets up over it’s nine songs.

But he’s not doing it all alone this time. New backing band ‘The Boundary Riders’ have stepped into the spotlight and are ready to rock.

They are:

Joesph Foley on bass, lap steel, and vocals

James Turner on drums and percussion

Neil Wilkinson on guitars, vocals, bass

See them play the Brunswick Artists bar on Friday February 23rd at 7:30pm with special guest Matt Green (Happy Lonesome). Entry is free.