The WAY OUT WEST concert is a concert about Western Australia using the stories and characters from Joel's songs. The concert is be presented by Joel Smoker and The Red Dirt Band who are; Joel on guitar and vocals, Ian Simpson on acoustic guitar and banjo, Dave Clarke on fiddle, mandolin and harp and Peter Harper on bass guitar. Ian and Dave also provide harmony vocals.
Joel Smoker has been traveling the back roads and dirt tracks of this big country for many years and from these journeys has come a wealth of songs about Australia. These songs have been recorded on Joel's four albums Out on Highway One, Outback, The Flesh and the Spirit and Smile as well as the The Road to Nullagine EP, all of which were produced by Lucky Oceans, the presenter of Radio National's The Planet.
The Smile CD was released in June 2005 and has songs that feature West Australian place names and characters. Hey Corey, is the story of a teenage boy who was thumbing a lift on Great Eastern Highway at the bottom of Greenmount Hill. White Crosses details the phenomena of the white wooden crosses that have been appearing on the sides of our roads for sometime now. Live For Today is a discussion between a bushman who lives by this motto and the songwriter who questions the idea. Goodbye Robert Riley tells the story of the last days of Robert Riley, the OIC of the Aboriginal Legal Service in WA. Goodnight Alan looks at a famous West Australian and his first night of doing time at Her Majesties' pleasure. Island Song was inspired by the memory of holiday visits that Joel and his family made to Sunday Island in the King Sound out of Derby.
For bookings or further details please get in touch with Joel - contact details.