STEVE TYSON – WRONG TRAIN, RIGHT STATION

Following on from his two previous solo offerings Temple Dog and Green Side Up, Rough Red singer songwriter Steve Tyson once again delivers a compelling selection of distinctly Australian storytelling on his third solo album Wrong Train, Right Station. Tyson, who writes all the songs, plays all the instruments, records, produces and mixes the whole affair in his home Studio Rue du Temple in the Byron hinterland of NSW is slowly building a body of work to rival his bands previous output. It’s an eclectic collection, from the short and ethereal eastern flavoured instrumental that opens the album ‘Mumbai Morning’ to the rollicking banjo led country of ‘Start Again’ and the drunken seasonal singalong ‘Five Day’s Till Christmas’. Tyson, who covers a wide variety of styles here with rock, blues, country and singer songwriter introspection all asserting their influences throughout,  is clearly at his strongest when delving into the historical, whether real or imagined. Highpoints ‘Cavanbah’ a murderous tale of infidelity and revenge set in the northern rivers region of NSW and album centrepiece ‘A Short Life and a Merry One’ a duet with former Starboard Cannons singer songwriter Ashley Bell documenting the final shootout and capture of Ned Kelly, see’s Tyson at his best, documenting the past and adding another layer to Australia’s outlaw mythology. Kim Cheshire