Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Blue Brews, Hobart: The Black Sorrows



“I’m on my 49th album. 21st with the Black Sorrows,” says Joe Camilleri with a sideways glance that dares you to believe it. “So there’s a lot of sins I got to repent.”

For those who came in late, the 48 recordings that arrived before new disc Citizen John range from the ‘70s soul-ska revolution of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, the peerless FM radio conquest of ‘Hold Onto Me’ and ‘Harley & Rose’ and, from the Drollies circa ’65 to Bakelite Radio and the Revelators, which is probably more soul-fed, sweat-soaked bar bands than he cares to count.

Right now though, it’s all about Citizen John, and as the new album opens onto the rain-soaked black-country panorama of ‘Wednesday’s Child’, it is the only album that matters to Joe. All that came before — six decades’ worth of songs that flow like molten gold through the annals of Australian music — has been leading to this expertly crafted world of soul and intrigue.

A staggering 55 years on, Citizen John drinks from the same bottomless well that made Jo Jo Zep and the Falcon’s Screaming Targets and the late ’80s Black Sorrows blockbuster ‘Hold Onto Me’ indelible landmarks in the history of Australian music. In one sense however, the key is what remains the same: the gut-wrenching stories of lyricist Nick Smith and the deep roots in rhythm & blues of countless shades that sustain long-time touring companions Claude Carranza (guitar), Mark Gray (bass) and Angus Burchall (drums).

And as is the norm, The Black Sorrows take to the highways of Australia to showcase the new album, including a feature performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, before heading back to Europe for a string of dates in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

For Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows, the new album is about perpetual change.
“I’m not a heritage act. I’ve never been a heritage act. I’ve always been a constant player. The Sorrows continue to thrive and grow not because we’re an ‘80s band, or a ‘90s band, or any other kind of band.
We exist because of the now. Just treat me like a new act,” he says. “It’s just that this one’s got a very old face.”

VIDEO: ‘Wednesday’s Child’ by The Black Sorrows: HERE
Citizen John Album
The Black Sorrows
Out Friday 29 March 2019 through Bloodlines
Deluxe Edition with bonus live tracks available for a limited time only
Pre-order available here

Citizen John tracklist:
1. Wednesday’s Child
2. Brother Moses Sister Mae
3. Lazy Slide Guitar
4. Way Below The Heavens
5. Worlds Away
6. Wild Times
7. Messiah
8. Storm The Bastille
9. Play It Sentimental
10. Citizen John
11. Silvio
12. Lover I Surrender
13. Wednesday’s Child (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
14. Do I Move You (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
15. Silvio (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
16. Lover I Surrender (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
17. Way Below The Heavens (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
18. Down Home Girl (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
19. Brother Moses Sister Mae (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
20. Citizen John (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)
21. The Honeydripper (Live) – Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition only)


Friday 15 February
Bay Central Tavern | Hervey Bay, QLD

Tickets available here

Saturday 16 February
Anges Waters Blues & Roots Festival | Anges Waters, QLD

Tickets available here

Thursday 21 February
Garden Of Unearthly Delights | Adelaide, SA

Tickets available here

Friday 22 February
Old Mill Inn | Hahndorf, SA

Tickets available here

Saturday 23 February
Coopers Inn | Wallaroo, SA

Tickets available here

Sunday 24 February
Blues Brews And BBQ | Hobart, TAS

Tickets available here

Sunday 17 March
By The C at Leura Park Estate | Geelong, VIC

Tickets available here

Sunday 17 March
John Power Memorial Concert at Memo Music Hall | St Kilda, VIC

Tickets available here

Friday 22 March
The Star Hotel | Gundagai, NSW

Tickets available here

Saturday 23 March
Rewind In The Vines | Griffith, NSW

Tickets available here

Friday 29 March
The Palms At Crown | Melbourne, VIC

On sale soon

Sunday 31 March
Royal Hotel | Meredith, VIC

Ph: 03 5286 1100

Friday 5 April
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre | Mandurah, WA

Saturday 6 April
Bridgetown Hotel | Bridgetown, WA

Sunday 7 April
By The C | Cottesloe Beach, WA

Tickets available here

Thursday 11 April
Camelot Lounge | Marrickville, NSW

Tickets available here

Friday 12 April
Dee Why RSL | Dee Why, NSW

Saturday 13 April
Belmont 16s | Belmont, NSW

Tickets available here

Sunday 14 April
By The C | Wollongong, NSW

Tickets available here

Thursday 18 April
Byron Bay Bluesfest | Tyagarah, NSW

Tickets available here


Thursday 25 April
PizzaExpress Live | Maidstone, UK

Friday 26 April
Nell’s Jazz & Blues | London, UK

Saturday 27 April
Nidaros Blues Festival | Trondheim, Norway

Tuesday 30 April
på Hjörnet | Nesbyen, Norway

Wednesday 1 May
John DEE | Oslo, Norway

Thursday 2 May
Folk & Rock | Malmo, Sweden

Friday 3 May
Bryggerhuset | Halden, Norward

Saturday 4 May
Portalen | Copenhagen, Denmark

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