From the English country-rock scene to Sydney Australia’s bar bands, Kim Cheshire’s travels, influences and experiences provide a telling backdrop to his latest solo album, DEAD MAN’S SHOES.
From the mortal manifesto of the title track to the eternal yearning of One Of Life’s Little Mysteries, DEAD MAN’S SHOES is an album of heart-worn sentiments, sculpted with the skill of a lifelong craftsman, and sung in the voice of a cherished old friend.
These are songs of everyday tragedy and resilience, steeped in the country tradition, where the ache of The Great Divide is the inevitable flipside to the redemption of Only Love Knows The Way.
From the tender emotion of Crossing Over and Billy (once covered by Keith Urban), to the playfully philosophical Hard Luck Story and Big Boy Now, each is a classic story ringing with beguiling melody, expertly handled acoustic instruments and a life examined with wisdom and humour.
Kim Cheshire, formerly lead singer of Australian 80’s alternative country favourites The Danglin’ Bros and later The Wheel, a popular award winning band through the 90’s, returned as a solo act in 2002 with the critically acclaimed ROCKING HORSE TO MARS (“delivers with a kind of knowing cool” The Bulletin “...a kind of Australian answer to Lyle Lovett” Barfly “...he is too fine a talent to be left out of the spotlight” On the Couch ) It’s been a long wait for fans but DEAD MAN’S SHOES is, to quote Australia’s alternative country icon Kasey Chambers, “Kim Cheshire at his best!”