St Louis - 2002 Nashville USA Photos
Drummer Paul Cook, from
South Carolina would like to locate a Drummer that had a studio in East
Brighton in 1982.
- (Read Paul Cook's email below)
Feral Swing Katz at 3rd and Lindsley when you were touring over here. I
spent over 25 years in Nashville and have retired to Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina. I just happened to be in Nashville on vacation and a friend of
mine told me about the band so I came to the club to see them...GREAT GROUP!
- I played drums on
Paul Franklin's "Play By Play" album, and Jerry Reed's
"Half and Half" album which featured some great steel work by
Paul. After the gig I spent some time chatting with Michel and Doug.
- I'm trying to
locate a drummer I met in 1982 that had a studio in East Brighton,
Victoria and am hoping that Doug or someone down there knows of him
and can help me get in touch with him.
- Jedd & Felicity "In the Round" Bluebird Cafe
- Mike "The Judge Moore"Andrew Toombs, young
brother of Duncan
- and Stu French at the Bluebird Cafe
- Ralph Mooney is legendary steel player - played with Buck
- and many more at St. Louis
- Stu French, Gene Pistilli and Jedd Hughes - Gene
wrote New Shadow, Less of Me More Often -
- both from "Felicity's New Shadow album. They
were thrilled to have him at the gig.
- Norman Hamlet wrote Stealin Corn - Feral Swing Katz won
the Golden Guitar for that
- instrumental. Norman well known as Merl Haggard's
- Clare O'meara at the Bluebird Cafe
- Felicity at 3rd & Lindsay with some of The Ferals in back ground
- Michel Rose & Buddy Emmons
- Michel Rose and Michael Vidale
- Doug Gallacher, Michel Rose and Felicity
- Stuart French and Doug Gallacher
- Jedd Hughes Mike "The Judge" Moore in Nashville
- Scroll down for more comments from
emails and web sites
in the USA sent to Tamworth Ragepage
- from Wendy Broome and Ray
- They're back on Aussie turf now and the
sound of standing ovations must be ringing in their ears.
- There Back Home! Here is the latest News from Joan Douglas
- Felicity and The Feral Swing Katz
- 3rd & Lindsley
September 10, 2002
- Those who know the Nashville scene would
know that the venues are not quite what you would expect. They are
mostly nightclub feel rooms with not a lot toward comfort or decor so the
final gig was in the most appealing venue of all.
- A huge show was on at the Ryman so we did
not expect a lot but were very surprised to see the room filling well. It
is a big room where some of the greats have played and a lot of industry
people were out to check the talent. I noticed that we had a following
from the very first gig at Western Beat so it was wonderful to have made
such an impact.
- Bob and Ellen Dickie were in the front
row so it felt a bit like The Pub at Festival time. Bob's quote that I
must have felt like a proud mum was very apt.
- Another standing ovation at the end of
the night - they can all get rather used to that!
- They guy who gave New Shadow its seven
star review came to the gig and could not believe that the album could be
reproduced live and was in amazement.
- In summary:
- I was asked why I was so keen in getting
the Feral Swing Katz to the States and my reply was that it just may be
possible that the best swing band in the world may be in Australia and we
needed to go over and find out.
- Well we proved it - there is little doubt
that this is true. The unique style of playing by Michel Rose and Stuart
French is extraordinary. Drummer, Doug Gallacher, amazed. Clare O'Meara on
keyboards and fiddle was exciting and appreciated by the audiences and the
unique slap bass by Michael Vidale just wowed them. I think of them as a
group of specialists, not just a band.
- Felicity, what can I say, she just
astounded the audiences. She created a lot of interest and did not go
unnoticed. Things are just beginning for Fliss - watch this space.
- Songwriters' gig at 12 & Porter
- Felicity and The Ferals had a two-song
gig at a special songwriters' night they
have at 12th & Porter. They call the evening 12th on 12th.
It is a two-song expo and you have to be on the list etc. I think
the crowd would have preferred they did a lot more than two songs.
Felicity was backed by Stu, Clare, Doug and Michael and as it was only a
two-song gig, Michel did not set up steel but did the backing
vocals. He is now a "doo wop" girl. It was an
unusual gig to say the least, followed by a chap called Marvin
who played mandolin and sang some rather interesting songs about covering
your bamboo (in reference to condoms ... mmmm!)
There was actually a good crowd and we had many people wanting CDs and
wanting to know more about Felicity and The Ferals. Very worthwhile.
We then went to the Station Inn where we saw the best western swing band
That was a treat and as the steel player had seen our group in St Louis
The Ferals and Felicity were invited to do a song with the band's
instruments. It went over really well so I think we will be seeing some of
those people at our gig tonight.
(I can't think of the name of the band as I have glazed over - very tired
today) - wonderful musicians. Can honestly say that the piano accordion
was the best I have ever heard in my life. Such class - all musicians very
much like The Feral Swing Katz. Mainly session musicians who come out to
play what they love together - and to have a challenge.
MUSIC CITY CD CORNER
Review by Brad Fischer
NASHVILLE MUSIC GUIDE
NEW SHADOW / Artist: Felicity
"This is the way country used to be! Felicity is an award-winning
Australian recording artist and one can hear why from this CD. Backed by her
countrymen, The Feral Swing Katz band, all 12 tracks are a pure delight. The
artist has a unique voice that plays with the lyrics and strokes the melodies
with tantalizing lilts which is especially demonstrated on the old Johnny
Mercer/Victor Schertzinger classic "I Remember You". A mix of
country swing and tender love ballads, this album is a must for any record
collection. Produced by Stuart French and Michel Rose, the CD truly shows off
the talents of this pert and pretty Australian songbird. Released through EMI
Music Australia you can check out the CD at
Rating: SEVEN STARS *******
This magazine is everywhere over here.
It is like Drum or Rhythms in
the cities over home. What a fantastic review. The score system is 7 stars so
out of the four that were reviewed, Felicity was the only one to score the
Looking forward to coming home. See you soon.
- Saturday, September 7
- What an interesting day.
- We started our day with an invitation to see over
the Hall of Fame, which
- has a new home and takes a day to go through.
- The lovely lady from the Hall has been to every
gig and the receptionist now wears a koala around her neck.
- Ran into Bob and Ellen Dickie in there - small
- We had to cut our tour short to make an Australian
Rules football match. (You read that correctly!)
- The Nashville Kangaroos were playing the New York
Magpies in the Barassi Cup. A local community television channel wanted to
interview Felicity and the Ferals at the game as an interest story.
- They will be shooting the 3rd and Lindsley gig on
Tuesday as a follow up. I must admit to being a very keen AFL supporter
and Stuey and I now wear Nashville Kangaroo caps with pride and I was
sorry that we had to leave before the game ended to get to the Grand Ol
- Jim Lauderdale had invited some of us backstage
and what a line up. The night was a celebration for George Jones' 71st
birthday. I was lucky to meet Nancy Jones, who is just the prettiest
thing, and had a slice of George's cake.
- Michel was a guest of Tommy White, Opry Band steel
- Jim Lauderdale sent out a greeting to Felicity and
the Feral Swing Katz and mentioned that we were in town. He truly is the
- George Jones was in the front row and being
backstage we could watch his reaction and when Jim sang "The King of
Broken Hearts" and George stood and
- the crowd gave Jim a standing ovation with George
stepping onto the stage
- to embrace Jim - tears again!
- George Jones, Alan Jackson, Jim Lauderdale, Lee
Ann Womack, Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Dickens, Connie Smith, Osborne Brothers,
Porter Wagoner, Charlie Louvin, Charlie Walker - does it get much better
- Tomorrow is the rest day - I am looking forward to
having a bit of time out so will be back soon.
- Thursday, September
Sherlock Holmes Pub
2206 Elliston Place, Nashville
Only a small pub but feels more like home than
anywhere else we have played.
It was like a homecoming. I think there was a huge COO-EE across
Jedd Hughes, Andrew Toombs, Mark Moffatt, Steve Law, Pru Clearwater, Kylie
Sackley with sisters, Joe and Chel, Greg Shaw and Kylie Harris (Kiwi).
Ferals rolled out their usual style and Stu managed good sound from the
hired gear. Not all people would understand the difficulties all this can
be at times.
Pat McInerney (Nancy Griffith's drummer) lent Doug a set of drums and his
touch in "I Remember You" was amazing, along with every song but
that song is really going over well over here.
Tiger Rag took the roof off and Clare O'Meara was on fire with "Texas
Fiddle Girl". First guest for the night was Kylie Harris who
unselfishly gave us the night that had been originally slotted to her but
to fit into our schedule she kindly stepped aside.
Camille Te Nahu, Jedd Hughes, Andrew Toombs, Kasey Jones forced the Ferals
to play the blues before she would leave the stage. The new name for the
band could be The Feral Blues Katz.
Felicity worked her usual magic and slaughtered the crowd and the pub
management was extremely happy (perhaps the Aussie content of the patrons
had something to do with an upturn in sales?)
So many people asked me to say hello to friends back home that I could not
keep count on them all.
Reckless Joe sends a big hello to Nick Erby (Hi Nick!) Martha Moore for
Bluebird Cafe, Nashville
The Bluebird offered an opportunity for Felicity and The Ferals for an
hour spot. They sat in the round with instruments (borrowed, once again,
from Jedd Hughes).
This was something very different for the troupe, sitting inches away from
each other in acoustic mode. It really shows up the amazing skill of
these players when they just pull it into an amazing show in this mode.
The audience was mesmerized and I swear they get tighter with every day.
Jedd sat in on a couple and that is always a thrill.
He is now back home in Australia for a couple of weeks so we miss him now.
The gig was real quality, which is more than I could say for my 'crispy
prawns' that followed at a nearby Asian eatery. We are all in need
of some good healthy Aussie food - please no cheese!
- Jedd Hughes joins in with the Ferals and Felicity
- Tuesday, September 3, 2002
Billy Block's Western Beat,
Blue Sky Court
- A half-hour set was squeezed into the program for
Felicity and The Ferals
so all of you at home know how hard that would be. Once you get a taste of
these people you have to have more.
They blew the place away, which was expected and it was broadcast live out
to the world so I hope a few more people had the opportunity of sharing
The weather is like Tamworth in January so we are quite at home, though
coming straight from our winter makes it a bit of a sudden change.
At midnight after the Western Beat show Felicity, Michel and Stu were
interviewed by radio 650WSM by DJ Matthew Gillian. This guy was so smooth
and just enjoyed the Aussie accents and made a wonderful broadcast.
They played acoustically with the help of our mate Jedd Hughes who
supplied the De Gruchy guitar, Duff mandolin and Felicity played her Maton.
We really made a big story of the Aussie instruments and DJ Matthew really
gave them all a great plug. This program has its studio at the Oprey Hotel
Opryland and covers about half of the USA so people would have heard that
what you hear is what you get from this talented group.
Jedd joined in with some backing and we fell into bed after 2am (yet
Jedd has just returned from the Down From The Mountain tour with Patti
so he is still high. He is returning home to Australia this week for a
quick two-week trip but we are so happy to have caught up with him and his
flat mate Brent, who obviously found Australians very strange people.
Great fellow though as this old girl had to check out that he is in good
What a week it has been, the journey from St Louis in Chevrolet Blazers, I
think they're called - four-wheel-drive thingies. It was a bit hairy on
the wrong side of the road.
- Sensational Start To USA Tour
- Main ballroom Millenium Hotel
- St Louis, Missouri, USA.
- Saturday, August 31, 2002
- International Steel Guitar
- The ballroom is filled with
anticipation - you can really feel something
- here. There is an air of excitement
about "the Australians".
- Those who stayed up late and came to
the show last night have obviously
- been spreading the word.
The room holds about 2000 and I think there
- would be that waiting for the band.
- Felicity and the Ferals are backstage
awaiting their cue as I nervously
- sit out the front but at the back of
- There is no point worrying about
merchandise sales as we sold out the night before.
- Can't remember a gig where you could
have sold your merch three times over. Not complaining.
- Felicity has made a huge impression
and has been signing everything in
- front of her. (I
have considered stealing her knickers from the luggage,
- they would sell for a fortune but I
don't think she would sign them).
- Junior Knight is finishing up so it is
- I just can't write any more for a
while - things are a bit emotional right now.
- Michel has announced that he and Stuey
were inspired by Norman Hamlett and
- have played Norman's song Stealin'
Corn - unknown to them he is in the room
- and has walked on stage and embraced
Michel. There is not a dry
- Australian eye in the house.
special moment. I will return to
- this story soon. Time out please.
- Sorry, but I just could not write any
more last night. It will be hard to
- recreate the picture.
- After four standing ovations and
cheers for more by this very seriously
- musical crowd it was hard beating
everyone off who wanted CDs and so
- addresses are overflowing in the book
and Felicity and the Feral Swing
- Katz have about 2000 new fans. We have met some amazing people who just
- loved it all.
- I have been told by so many that this
has never happened before in the
- history of the convention - that is -
standing ovations and a crowd of
- that size at the end of the show.
- Michel Rose is now etched into the
lineup of the great steel players of
- the world. Tommy White, Grand Ol Opry
MD and steel player, was so
- impressed with Michel, Feral Swing Katz and
Felicity that he is pushing to have them
- all on the Opry this Saturday.
It may be difficult as we are in town for
- such a short time and I would imagine
that such short notice would not
- make it easy. If we make
the gig you will be the first to know!
- Further to the 500,000 internet hits
on Friday night we now learn that
- another server picked up the broadcast
and now it is estimated that there
- would have been 750,000 hits.
This is all amazing and the organisers are
- just stupefied and keep telling us it
is because of the band and Felicity
- so it is just extraordinary.
- It has been an amazing time of success
and the Australians in the room
- were so emotional and we just can't
convey in words how amazing it was.
- We are taking a day off today and
going to a baseball game - St Louis
- Cardinals vs ??
We leave for Nashville in the morning so I will report
- in after they do Billy Block's Western
Beat tomorrow night.
- Felicity, Clare O'Meara, Doug
Gallacher and myself went and watched Little
- River Band last night. The band sounds
great but the venue was exhausting. Probably
2000 shoulder to shoulder and smoke you could cut with a knife.
- Until the next instalment.
- Joan Douglas.
- Email sent to Tamworth Ragepage
from JLsmith Oklahoma USA
- "Fresh new group in
the traditional style. Hot pickers all. Hope to find CDs somewhere."
- I'm from Blackwell Oklahoma, USA.
Heard the Kats on the web at the Steel Guitar Show. GREAT!!!
- Email sent to Tamworth Ragepage from Texas
- comment=I saw the Feral Swing
Katz in St. Louis and had the good fortune of meeting them in person at a
nearby restaurant on Sunday evening after the ISGC. I have to say
they are easily approachable and tend to mix with admirers well. I
am from Texas and was raised on western (Texas) swing. This group
has nailed the style and are great musicians as well. I especially
enjoy the two/three part instrumental and vocal harmonies. I for one
am glad to see that we are having an international interest in this type
of music and that we have more great choices along with "Asleep at
the Wheel". I hope this group enjoys great success and would
suggest that you make the trip to Austin Texas where the music is known
and loved. You should also consider the Texas Steel Guitar Jamboree
in Dallas as a "must do" gig. The audience there lives and
breathes western swing. Best wishes to you all and may your careers
2440 FM 3247
Orange, Texas 77632
- Comments on Web sites in The USA
- (sent to Tamworth Ragepage from Wendy Broome an
- I was there when the "Feral Swing
Kats" broke my record!!!
I am part owner of SteelRadio.com and can tell you that this group has
broken every record there was to break. I have been working the
for 31 years now, and I have never seen the type of response that was
received by the "Kats". I do not know of any other
postings other than the steel
guitar forum. Even this does not give this group the coverage they
When the "Kats" got on stage, all connections in the state of
their ability to receive e-mails for about twenty minutes.
This means that I sucked up all the band width in the state. This
down to well over 500,000 hits. I had seven servers to handle all
listeners around the world and they all were filled. This has never
before. My hat is off to this fine band and I look forward to being
able to air
their show again in the future. (even from Australia!)
To my knowledge...this is the only review available for this show.
It is in
hopes that it meets your needs. Please pass the word on for this
group...they deserve it!
Michael G. Scott
Scotty's Music, Inc.
9535 Midland Blvd.
St. Louis, MO. 63114-3314
- More Comments from web sites in USA
- (people posting their thoughts to the steel guitar forum (these are
mostly pro steel players who also played at the
- "Friday evening was the "Big
One" for me. What a power
play demonstration of excellent steel playing. The "Big E"
kicked it off (with all due respect to Russ Wever who
handled the opening ceremonies) followed by Jernigan,
Lloyd Green, Pee Wee Whitewing, Jeff Newman, John
Hughey, Herby Wallace, Jerry Brightmann, Lynn Owsley
and then the Feral Swing Katz. Watch out for the Swing
Katz. They have the twin guitar stuff (lead & steel) down
so tight that even WD 40 would not help! Boy are they
good. Felicity was terrific."
"This was my first time at the ISGC. WOW!! I truly enjoyed
all of the sets, but must say that the Lloyd Green/Don
Helms set was my highlight. Hearing Buddy live for the
first time was fantastic...He is all they say he is. The Feral
Swing Katz + Felicity did an awsome job."
"My friend, Eddy Canaday, who used to play guitar for
Johnny & Kitty, & Barbara Fairchild, (& Tommy
Overstreet) turned me on to this group (the Ferals Swing
Katz). They are DY-NO-MITE!!! If you are in NashVILE this
week, DO NOT MISS THIS ACT!!! You will have 3 chances to
see them. You will hear Western Swing, the way it was
meant to played, notwithstanding our own "Time
Jumpers". (I hope I said that right.) Check 'em out. You
won't be disappointed! "
"This band was absolutely great!! I have to admit, you hear
about a band from Australia playing at ISGC, it's not
exactly exciting. And, well, they don't exactly look like a
bunch of cool Texas dudes or Nashville CMT clones, BUT
CAN THEY PLAY!!!!!!! Wow....I lovd them! And they had a
guest female singer named Felecity (or as Scotty
pronounced it fella-city) who sings as beautiful as she
looks! The crowd was there until 1:00 AM in the main
ballroom and wouldn't let'em leave until Scotty kicked us all out! "
- "All you Nashville cats who didn't make
the show in St.
Louis should try to see the Feral Swing Cats in Nashville.
I don't know exactly what their plans are but they said
they will do some showcase type gigs in Nashville this
week before returning to Australia. So I hope there will
be a show open to the public. Everybody in the group is
first-rate, and they have worked out very cool
arrangements like no one does anymore."
- Michel Rose
- Clare O'Meara
- Anna Rose Report
- THE Feral Swing Katz and Felicity have been
invited to perform at the International Steel Guitar Convention in St
Louis, Missouri, on August 30 - on main stage, no less.
- When the invitation first arrived for the Ferals
to attend the convention, it was rather vague on details, but the gist of
the invite was that these Americans had heard that Michel, Stuie and Doug
play western swing like few others and this latest confirmation of their
standing in the international community speaks masses for their undoubted
- Main stage at the International Steel Guitar
Convention is no dud gig, as the yanks don't ask just any old player to
get up and have a go. So go you cats, go!
- And once they hear our little Felicity swinging
along out front of the band, they'll want to adopt them, I'm sure.
- Felicity and The Ferals' manager, Joan Douglas,
said they have canned the Texas leg of their tour, as all the best musos
from Texas will be in St Louis and they'll all get to hear out cats swing.
- The US tour lineup for The Ferals will be Doug,
Stuie, Michel, Michael Vidale on upright bass, Clare O'Meara on
fiddle/keyboards and special guest artists playing rhythm guitar and
providing heavenly vocals is Felicity.