A warm and lucid bundle of smooth alt-country swoon, the brand new track Blue Wildflowers out today from Melbourne singer-songwriter Rich Webb marks a third peek into Rich’s upcoming fifth full-length album RIGHT!, set for release on December 9. An immersive amalgamation of the likes of Bob Dylan, apologies and lost loves, Blue Wildflowers will be witnessed live in action in Brunswick at the Union Hotel on Saturday December 10, as part of a special album launch show to celebrate all things RIGHT!

Tom Waits – love his songs; love the crooked jazz/blues/dust in his vibe; love the theatre. The show was in London quite a while ago now, and it was as mad and crazily brilliant as he is. Great songwriting throughout, and he went up a level again when he began writing with wife Kathleen Brennan. 

Vic Chesnutt – an idiosyncratic guy and songwriter who died relatively young and still delivered 17 albums. He was wheelchair-bound and there’s a darkness in some of what he does that can be difficult to listen to. Totally worth the effort.

Elliott Smith – another who was often in the darker spaces. Saw him at the Corner Hotel and then got to play a song at his memorial concert at the same venue a few years later. Lovely, lovely melodies, and instantly recognisable.

Leonard Cohen – I got into Leonard Cohen late; so glad I did. That last tour to Australia was phenomenal. A master of emotion.

Bob Dylan – an obvious choice but there are songs of his from every decade since the 60s that have been mind-blowing. Not sure you can say that about any other songwriter, even if he can’t sign books anymore these days.