The Pacific National Exhibition has wrapped up for another year. It was a busy 17 days and I got to meet many of my favorite music personalities. Here are three that never disappoint from a performance point of view.
Little River Band has had many forms over the years but the sound you have come to expect from the boys is right on. In addition each one of the players is a fine musician. Bandleader Wayne Nelson is a most congenial guy and he now owns the rights to the name. The original band was Australian but today they are all from the U.S. The constant shuffling of personnel came about due to the immense distances from Oz for the band members and eventually they tired of traveling and moved on. However, Wayne continues their musical journey.
Serena Ryder was born in Toronto in 1982 and is a two time Juno award winner. Her music is folk, roots and country and she has an amazing five-octave voice. I told her how much I enjoyed her single Little Bit of Red and her response was “Of course you did.” She is a delight to be with and to listen to.
Air Supply is a soft rock duo from Australia consisting of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. They have 8 Top Ten hits in the U.S. alone. Their 1993 album The Vanishing Race was supported by the hit single Goodbye produced by David Foster, with lyrics by one-time Elvis girlfriend Linda Thompson. In May of this year Air Supply released Mumbo Jumbo, a CD featuring 14 new tracks. A great band and two great musicians.