CCCB debuts in home town KOORALBYN!

CCCB is a country band from Kooralbyn in the Scenic Rim playing country rock and blues
Cannon Creek Country Band. Photo credit: Salini Manoharan

The Cannon Creek Country Band (CCCB) debuted in hometown KOORALBYN on August 18, 2019! All week, mates had been saying, “I hear you’re playing on Sunday, see you then!” And sure enough, they were here! The sun was shining, people were milling about holding beers, and the front tables all had RESERVED signs on them. Blimey!

After weeks of sorting our song list, and who did high/low harmonies and whatnot, it was time to play. Drummer Mano’s daughter had delayed her flight to support us (wow!) and was sticking her iPhone into our faces – how grateful we are for that now. Thank you Salini! Local wildlife expert Griffo was doing the same with a videocam, and I can’t wait to be able to share some of that with you!

bass guitarist tuning guitar
Dave Barnes tunes his bass guitar

It might be winter in Australia but hey, this is Queensland and the biggest concern for the band was to not get fried in that afternoon sun…

Am I really in a country band?

We opened with The Gambler and an ‘a cappella’ ending. Don’t Be Cruel…Lonesome Me… then some bossa nova with Ian blowing a sax solo in Save the Last Dance For Me.

Ian Smeed, lead vocals, acoustic guitar, saxophone, harmonica

I pressed a rock organ preset on the Korg to start Sweet Caroline… then a single violin for Peaceful Easy Feeling…Country Roads… before Greg’s guitar picked up the pace for Hal Ketchum’s We Just Might Fall In Love Again.

Greg Mearn, lead guitarist, backing vocals

Hello Mary Lou…King Of The Road… (I love playing honky tonk piano on that) before Teddy Bear took us to the end of the first set.

Easing into the second set with Crying My Heart Out Over You….Back Home Again…Four Strong Winds…then Ian had that very big sax intro for Baker Street and Mano went a bit wild in that too. Looks like Griffo got him on video!

Mano Arumugam, drums and backing vocals
Dave Barnes, lead vocals and bass guitarist

The beer was flowing and Dave Barnes had the crowd stomping and hollering to Honky Tonk Woman and Mustang Sally. We played original songs by Ian: Live My Life and Money Tree, and he plays harmonica too!

Sweet Surrender…Good Luck Charm…Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain…I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight…

The third set had another original song by Ian about a night out and seeing yourself on the six o’clock news… we think he might need to update that one to seeing yerself on YouTube or Facebook. The song? Morning After Blues. Indeed. The Wanderer…Bye Bye Love…Sea Of Heartbreak…Alberta…Return To Sender. Wonderful Tonight…All Shook Up…Folsom Prison Blues…Can’t Help Falling In Love…

Greg with his Maton

Greg switched from electric to acoustic guitar throughout the afternoon. I wish I could geek out more about guitars. He sounded great. Gotta learn some guitar terminology. Cotton Fields…Back Home Again…and Baker Street for an encore.

We’ve been invited back to play on FATHER’S DAY SEPTEMBER 1, from 1pm – 4pm. Here’s the Facebook Event Page. Nice!

[As an aside, Griffo was just the nicest guy and so interesting, talking about snakes and koalas and wedge-tailed eagles. Then I ran into him in ALDI car park today! I just know I’m gonna write about him soon.]

All photos courtesy of Salini Manoharan. Many thanks from CCCB, Salini!

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