Saturday night at Rooty Hill RSL, the home of country, and thanks to Total Country, was the first performance of the Grew Up ‘Round Trucks tour which is the outcome of Jayne Denham and Travis Sinclair teaming up together. They have performed together in the past but this is their first joint tour. These two artists have been dubbed the two biggest country rock acts that cheer on the truckies.
Opening the night was Travis Sinclair and he is no stranger to the trucking industry as he did grow up around trucks and still drives them in between gigs. I’m pretty sure he said that he is carting yoghurt around these days!
Travis Sinclair has released three albums to date; Diesel Boy (2011) and Rhythm of the Highway (2008) Rush (2005) and the crowd were treated to a few songs from each one including one of my personal favourites “Kick the Kenny” along with “Midnight Run“, “Diesel Boy”, “Heavenly Body, “Boundary Rider”, “Eating up Bitumen”, “Flag” and “Rockin the Rig”. The set also included some classic covers including everyone’s favourite Slim Dusty’s “Light on the Hill” Steve Earle’s “Hillbilly Highway” and Brooks and Dunn’s “Independent Trucker”.
Although I was first introduced to the music of Travis Sinclair by my truck driving neighbours about 6 years ago you don’t have to be a trucker to like his style of music. Whilst his music has a distinct style and is largely based around life on the road it still appeals to a much larger audience with it’s catchy lyrics and a beat that is hard not to like.
To the delight of the crowd, Travis was also joined on stage by his son Wyatt-Silas for a song.
Fans of Jayne Denham were treated to an energetic performance by Australia’s answer to Gretchen Wilson.
Jayne Denham does not hold back. Six weeks ago she broke her foot during a performance and despite only just having had the plaster removed this week she was still bounding around the stage in her usual energetic style.
To date Jayne Denham has released 3 albums; Sudden Change in Weather (2008), Shake this Town (2010) and her latest Renegade (2013). Whilst the major of the set were songs from Renegade including the title track “Renegade”, “Beyond these City Lights”, “Cowgirls MIA”, “This is Rodeo” and “Addicted to Diesel” there were also a few classics from her previous albums. A Jayne Denham audience would have left disappointed if she hadn’t of performed “Trucker Chicks”, “Shake this Town”, “Chick Ute”, “Country Girl with a Rock N Roll Heart” and “Mad Professor” from her first two albums.
The stage was certainly full of action for “This is Rodeo” with six dancers from the Barker Dance Studio in Glenbrook joining her on stage to perform a choreographed dance routine.
Jayne Denham also did a rousing medley as a tribute to some great aussie performers including the Divinyls‘ “Boys in Town”, Jimmy Barnes‘ “Working Class Man“, and ACDC’s “Black is Black”
For the encore Jayne Denham was joined on stage by Travis Sinclair and some younger members of their families to perform the lovely song “Grew Up Around Trucks” which is also on her latest album.
The crowd at Rooty Hill was a little smaller than I had expected but then considering that it was a long weekend, school holidays and the NRL grand final weekend I think that they did quite well and no one that was there left disappointed!
Both Travis and Jayne were supported by the same talented band for their sets and the line up was Jake Sinclair – guitar, Andy Payne – bass, Glen Farina -guitar, Paris Jefferees– drums, and Penelope Somerville – fiddle.
The tour will continue with a gig at the Blazes in Tamworth on Thursday, January 22 with more to come in the next twelve months.
As published in the Get Shot Magazine