In 2011, Luke Peacock happened upon The Loner, an album of songs written and recorded in extraordinary circumstances in 1973, by Vic Simms.
The impact that these songs had on Luke led the young Murri singer / songwriter on a musical, spiritual and historical journey as he formed a unique and powerful friendship with Vic Simms, a Bidjigal elder and undoubted Australian rock’n'roll treasure. In early 2013, Luke created The Painted Ladies. He gathered the “easiest group of musicians ever to assemble”.
He took his favourite songs from Vic’s album, re-invented them and spent a week in the studio giving them another life. The results speak for themselves. Passionate and no-holds-barred takes on the songs of ‘The Loner’, proving that truly great songs never expire.
These songs sit deep at the centre of all of them. The next generation of contemporary Indigenous artists take the first Australian black protest album and make it their own.
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