My crazy night in New Orleans with Kim Fowley

I came across an article a couple of days ago telling the world that Kim Fowley was dead.

kim-fowleyIt brought back a flood of memories from my one encounter with Kim Fowley, the man responsible for creating the all girl band “The Runaways”.

It was probably about 14 years ago and I was in New Orléans for the LMNOP Music Conference. Kim Fowley was hard to miss. A tall grey haired man in a hot pink suit. Every day at the conference he had a different colored suit on and they were all equally blinding in their brightness.  Rumors swirled about who he was and whose fame and fortune he was responsible for.

On the Saturday night I played a showcase with my band and I was standing out on the footpath with my guitar after the show. I can’t remember how we started talking but Kim asked me if I’d get my guitar out and play him a song and so I did, there on the footpath. He exclaimed “You are the bastard child of Bjork and Annie Lennox!” He wanted to hear more songs. My husband at the time was my bass player and the three of us walked to Kim’s apartment, a small sparse dirty crash pad somewhere near the French quarter. We sat on the bed and I played him song after song while he manically bounced all over the conversational map. He had this crazy intense energy. I couldn’t tell if he was high or eccentric or manic but he was definitely on fire. At around 3 in the morning we left him and went back to our hotel. He said he wanted to work with me, but he was so strung out I couldn’t tell if he really was capable of doing the things he said he was, or if he was just plain crazy. What was fact and what was fiction.

 I gave him my phone number and we escaped out into the night. Happy to be outside and not quite sure what to make of Kim Fowley. We drove home to Austin Texas the next day. A few days later at 3 in the morning he called and left a long rambling message on the answering machine that ended with ‘Kim Fowley wants to produce “I can see Love”. I don’t remember if he left his number.

My arrival back in Austin coincided with news that my brother Simon had died from  AIDS related cancer, so my meeting with Kim Fowley faded into the background of my mind and became another curious story in my big life.

Singing in July

Well, Winter has finally shown her face here. Welcome I say!  I’ll be out and about playing shows locally and not so locally this month… Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide. Take a look at the Calendar for more details

This Friday I’ll be at Smiths Alternative at Lunchtime 12.30-1.30pm so If you are around and itching for some music, that’s where I’ll be.

On another note, I thought I would share a couple of travel websites that I love.

As you might imagine, I travel quite a bit both for work and for pleasure and I am always on the look out for great deals. On a typical tour my accommodation will range from Couches to youth hostels to 5 star hotels and everything in between. Here are a couple of my favorite websites for accommodation.

The website airbnb is amazing for a very diverse array of paid accommodation all over the world. And I mean ALL over the world.  I have used it in Australia, Europe and the USA. Not only does it provide excellent value but you get to meet lovely people. You can get everything from a shared room to your own apartment depending on your wants. You put up a profile Facebook style and so does every host. Guests review their hosts and hosts review their guests to keep everyone honest and happy.

On another note and for a different style of travel, couch surfing rules. This is free accommodation and is definitely for the more adventurous. As with airbnb, couch surfers and couch hosters have profile pages and both people get to review each other.

So adventure seekers…..  explore and enjoy!


Back to Chilly Canberra

PHwgygEH6uRhE9rQSboP_vPzFrtLdYELQZboPaGJJEoI just returned from sunny warm Queensland where I had the incredible pleasure of both teaching and performing.  First off, I was teaching at  Winterbreak. THE BEST songwriting/guitaring, singing retreat ever!!!   It was full of musical breakthroughs and transformations, creative community, performances, good food and great company. Not too big you get lost and not so small you feel self conscious. And…. Yes it’s over for this year but you can book for next year and pay it off for $100 a month…too easy.  I got to spend time with the fabulous Angela Hryniuk, the goddess of Enlightenment and Money. Christine Collister who has a big golden warm voice that gets into your marrow, Christine’s delightful husband and Music Biz wiz Running Media’s Bob Miller, songwriter Andy White, who has just left for Canada for his 2nd Canadian tour this year, Michael Fix, whose guitar skills are unparalleled,  and Steve Seaton from Loose Acoustic who pulled the whole magical thing together. Then I got to spend a few days in Brisbane with my very busy 96 year old dad. I was very lucky he made some time to spend with me. The man does not like to sit still for too long I tell you.

I also discovered the Apollo Spa in Brisbane where I indulged in one of my favorite relaxation activities, a korean scrub and much lolling around lazily moving from sauna, to hot pool to cold pool to lazy boy with Angela while we talked marketing and meditation and abundance. I swear I could make a career out of touring the world exploring hot springs, cold springs and bath houses.IMG_1704

And then, to top off an excellent week, I played a concert at the Brisbane Bowls Club, put on by the Huge Thanks to Nick Weinart and everyone involved with The Brisbane Music Bureau. Nick made this comment on FB “Thanks to the fabulous Lisa Richards, Michael Fix and Nadia Sunde for the show tonight. It was one of our best yet.” It was a wonderful evening. Thank you everyone who came out to spend it with us!

Welcome 2014!

Hello 2014. I look forward to your brilliance. 2013 did not disappoint me. It was a huge year. I  began a new life in an old country, got married (twice!), we bought a house and moved into it. We had a music studio built, I went on tour to Europe. These are the broadest brush strokes of my year. Lots of color and texture and timbre. I am sitting in my living room with the lingering remnants of a cold, thinking about what I can bring to this new year.

People ask me how my tour went and I say ‘It was big”. I met wonderful people all over Europe, Every show was a delight and each one was so different to the one before. I learnt a lot about myself. I slept on couches and in 5 star hotels (and everything in between). I took a lot of trains, some planes and a bus or two. I met new friends and saw old ones. I spent time with family. I had a number 1 song on the DJ playlist on the Italian Dance charts.  I had some very glowing reviews for my current CD Beating of the Sun and  quite a bit of airplay. This year ??……as it gets clearer, I will let you know.1463094_595464137156468_853363062_nIMG_1072IMG_1114

Fabulous Triple Bill, Get your tickets quick smart!


Three sophisticated and well-loved female artists join forces to offer Northern Rivers audiences an intimate, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable evening of warmth, beauty and song.

Australian Alt-country singer-songwriter, Sara Tindley, teams up with Austin-based chanteuse, Lisa Richards, and American folk songstress, Susanna Carman, to delight audiences in this captivating House Concert soiree.

Gather together with friends and fellow music lovers in the beautiful home of Myocum host and arts enthusiast, Michael Murray, and experience the intimate connection through song that only House Concert events can provide.

SINNERS, SAINTS & SONGS promises to entice, sanctify and embrace all who come to share in the experience…


SARA TINDLEY: A storyteller of the highest order, Sara Tindley combines the emotional honesty of country music with the unadorned melodes and musicality of Australian roots and folk music. Three critically acclaimed solo albums have seen Sara travel around Australia playing festivals, halls, cafes and pubs as well as an invitation to showcase her songs at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, USA, a trip that also saw her play to a full house at the famous Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville. Her songs have been featured on TV Series (Packed to the Rafters, Bondi Rescue, East of Everything etc.) and are a mainstay of ABC radio.

Festival Invites: Byron Blues Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Wingham Akoostik Festival, Gympie Muster, Splendour in The Grass, Brunswick Music Festival, Samaphore Music Festival, Marrickville Street Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and more…

LISA RICHARDS: Born and raised in Townsville, North Queensland, Lisa lived in New York City for a number of years before moving to Austin, Texas where she lived for over a decade. There she built a career recording and performing with a number of wonderful musicians from the bands of Norah Jones, Lisa Loeb, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Leonard Cohen, Lyle Lovett and more. She toured as an opening act for folk legend, Michelle Shocked, and her new album, ‘Beating of the Sun’, has garnered sparkling reviews in the USA, Europe and Australia.

“Some voices pierce your heart… a tour de force of unflinching and honest writing. A strikingly original and beautiful album.” David Costello, Brisbane Courier Mail

Festival Invites: Kerriville Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Merlefest and more…

SUSANNA CARMAN: From big cities to small towns, at festivals and intimate venues across Australia and the U.S.A., American singer/songwriter, Susanna Carman, offers audiences a musical tapestry that combines finger picking guitar, French fiddle and Appalachian Dulcimer with a, “flock of melodies that rarely sit there waiting for you to like them; they’re too busy doing that cartoons-birds-around-your-head thing.” Bernard Zuel, SMH Add to this a gift for storytelling that invokes a few full-bellied laughs, and you have an artist who slides comfortably into your affections.

“A great musician can change your mood and mindset within a few words, and this is what Susanna Carman definitely achieves… her work is full of voice and meaning.” Nada Van Kempen, Rhythms Magazine

Festival Invites: National Folk Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Newstead Live Music Festival, Dorrigo Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Peats Ridge Festival and more…

The gift of another year

January 2013 arrives and my head is full of all the many tasks I need to do to launch my CD out into the world. This CD “ Beating of the Sun” is the culmination of months of blood,sweat and tears. Discussions, ideas,experimentation, arrangements and tempos, recording techniques, mixing and photos, artwork, kickstarter campaigns, friendships, arguments,angst, laughter, excitement and despair. Quite a potent mix. January 22nd is the date that this baby is officially welcomed into the material world. It’s the christening, the naming ceremony. The time when I shift gears from hiding in my cocoon creating, to  stepping out into the world and sharing the finished work. When I get to see how ‘my baby’ is received out in the greater world. To watch her walk out into the sunshine and spread some love around wherever she goes.


I am not actually a goal orientated person. I am process oriented. An introvert by nature who can fake it out in the world as an extrovert for short bursts. (I’m sure there are a ton of us out there!)  So when I think about the year ahead I think about the practical concrete things and the possibilities (because of course I’m a dreamer as well). So of course like everybody else, I want to sell as many records as possible, become incredibly rich and famous by December 31st, adopt and love all the orphans in the world, put an end to war, teach the world to sing (because singing releases endorphins and if we all had more endorphins we’d all clearly be a heck of a lot happier), and do it all in a way that minimizes my footprint here on planet earth because I am an earth loving feral creäture at heart.

 Sooooo… On the more concrete side. I really do want to share my music with as many people as I possibly can in as many ways as I can think of. In April I’ll be in Italy  and the Netherlands. “Beating of the Sun” is being released digitally in Italy on a groovy little label there called New Model.  In June I’ll be touring in Australia. Later in the year I’ll be in the USA and in the UK. So, my feet on the earth head out of the clouds goal, is to be out in the world and visible, meeting new people, exchanging ideas, connecting with friends across the world, inspiring and moving people. Having enough money and material things to have a rich full life. Being a role model for what it looks like to follow your heart, no matter how old you are or what sex you are or what your sexual preferences are, because ultimately, that’s what I do every day. And thanks to Eden Ahbez who wrote one of the most beautiful songs of all time, I cradle this thought in my heart. “The greatest gift you’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return.”


 A Facebook friend posted this and  couldn’t help sharing it with you…

“Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” – David Ackert, LA Times