‘One Guitar’, a Gibson J45, has travelled thousands of kilometers around the country over the course of 12 months and into the hands of Australia’s best singer songwriters. Each artist had four weeks to write a new song with the ‘One Guitar’. After those weeks, host Alex Gow visited the songwriter to record their new creation and discuss their creative process. Each episode is a fresh exploration of a new creation using the same instrument. One Guitar is created and hosted by Alex Gow, ARIA Award winning singer songwriter, composer and founder of Oh Mercy and Perfect Moment Throughout the series Alex speaks with; singer songwriter and music royalty Paul Kelly, singer songwriter Alice Skye, singer songwriter and Powderfinger lead vocalist Bernard Fanning, singer songwriter and record producer Sarah Blasko and Johnny Took of DMA’S. About the ‘One Guitar’: It's a Gibson J45 Vintage Sunburst, a model nicknamed "The Workhorse". First released in 1942 it has a storied history with many famous artists relying on its mahogany construction along with renowned "full, balanced expression, warm bass and excellent projection". A very warm thanks to Chris Taylor at Australis Music for supplying this magnificent instrument. Credits Created and hosted by Alex Gow Produced by Alex Gow and Courtney Carthy, Mushroom Group Licensing consultant Abby Page, Mushroom Music Publishing Cover photography by Alex Gow Cover design by Mushroom Creative House Theme song - Lady Eucalyptus, by Oh Mercy (Alex Gow) Theme song - Lady Eucalyptus, Oh Mercy/Alex Gow For more episodes download the free LiSTNR app
"...the song... is about, it's somebody who I've known since I was a child, completely giving up on me as a person" - Sarah Blasko
Sarah hadn't picked up a guitar in 5 years - "shit I haven't played guitar for a long time" was her first thought.
Her second though was "whoa, these are the other people that are doing it (One Guitar)... I thought, well, that's a good challenge."
"'All those smiling faces' fitted the chords, then it felt like, alright, I'm on the way to a song" - Paul Kelly
Paul's song is inspired by poets from England and Poland, Paul's family and the concept of heredity.
The first thing Paul did was tune the One Guitar down a tone.
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"I was talking to my housemate about someone. And her response to the situation that I explained was just like, 'grow up'. And I just thought it was the funniest insult" - Alice Skye
Alice adapted an idea that was to become a short story. It traces her experience returning to her home town of Horsham, Victoria.
She is a Wergaia woman from Jardwadjali country.
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"The Reckoning. It's like, well, now you've got to account for what you do and say" - Bernard Fanning
The front man from Powerderfinger was one of the first to agree to the project.
During the height of the pandemic in 2020 we sent the One Guitar to his home in NSW.
"I was pretty excited to see it... I still have that teenage joy in trying out a new guitar," Bernard said.
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"And I was thinking about how I would build this home and this life and, and not look at, you know, having a family or, and the struggles that come with it as a negative. But as a, this is the big life" - Johnny Took
One third of DMAs, Johnny Took, was the first artist we recorded.
His song is a reflection on perspective, maturity and priority. What's important in the grand scheme of life.
Sitting at Alex's house he traces the l...
‘One Guitar’, a Gibson J45, has travelled thousands of kilometers around the country over the course of 12 months and into the hands of Australia’s best singer songwriters.
Each artist had four weeks to write a new song with the ‘One Guitar’. After those weeks, host Alex Gow visited the songwriter to record their new creation and discuss their creative process.
Each episode is a fresh exploration of ...
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