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Trailer’s Last Ride – Chalk Pit Rattle – Archive Volume 4

 

The final Archive Volume of Trailer Star recordings is now available on Bandcamp here:

https://trailerstar.bandcamp.com/

Trailer Star was my invented Late Great Country Star from 2001 when I sent a set of demos to Americana UK.

The character carried on resurrecting himself every few years and even starred in a contemporary art show as a painter in 2008 (Suit of Nettles).

He is now finally laid to rest forever and all that is left is on the bandcamp page for posterity.

Possibly the only fake artist to have a tribute to his fake self (Moon Over the Downs) Trailer lives on in the imagination and truly can never die….

 

 

Farewell then Trailer it was good to know you…

 

 

The Final Reckoning- Trailer Star bows out…

 

Today’s gig at Bar 71 will be more like a wake as I bring nearly 18 years of Trailer Star Productions to an end. Trailer Star was always a way of presenting my songwriting from behind a mask (or hat). I had little confidence in early days as singing and guitar playing poor (since improved on guitar). It owed much to the country music I grew up listening to and tonight’s gig will be a tribute to my Uncle Brian who inadvertantly introduced me to Townes Van Zandt at a young age and passed away recently ….

I will not be singing his favourites Crystal Chandeliers and Distant Drums but then he was always a better singer….he won a Butlins Country talent contest….

Bar 71 Rehearsal videos

I played a support slot to the lovely King of Rome at Bar 71 last night here the rehearsal tapes….

I wll post photos of actual gig if any appear.

 

Kimberley Jam 2017

Preparations under way for my annual gig. This year I am playing at the new Tynemill Pub The Cricketers Rest on the Mayhem Bill with Frankie Vacuum and Paul Carbuncle…..earlier I at the Miner’s Return Micropub..looking forward to it.

As my planned release of Trailer’s Latest ‘Chalk Pit Rattle’ been undermined by events I will be taking some very rare Suit of Nettles along as product instead.

As my desktop above shows I also sketching out my next project which I hope will be a CD/tape and graphic novel work based around my more sensitive songwriting rather than Trailer’s raucous ribaldry…

So expect sensitive at Miner’s Rest..i.e. me and my arsey alter-ego (safely deceased since 2001) at the Cricketers on the Barmy Bill.

See you there…

Shaun Belcher the Songwriter and his alter-ego playing Kimberley Jam. Belcher at Miner’s rest 7-8pm playing through the lost classic ‘Suit of Nettles’ and then Trailer’s ‘Chalk Pit Rattle’ set at Mayhem at the Cricketers 8.30-9pm…

The Devil’s Address – the story behind the song

 

Well my mother’s father and my uncle were both truck drivers all their lives but I don’t drive which kind of sad considering how many times driving features in my songs!

I imagined it as a kind of folkier version of ‘Return to Sender’!

The last lines are a straight cop of a Raymond Carver idea in his wonderful poem (Deschutes River) where he ends up trying to disentangle a snagged fishing line and then drops the line about his wife in another man’s bed…..pure class..so now you know….

This track was performed wonderfully by Ronny Elliott in a Johnny Cash manner on Moon Over The Downs disc. That has become the definitive version but here my original.

An important track for the reason that it started the whole ‘Trailer Star’ concept. The tale of a down and out singing from a mobile home idea is down to this song.

At the time I was just trying to copy typical americana tropes of a letter home and for some reason there some Everley Brothers in the mix.

The Devil’s Address

I’m in heaven that’s what the sign says
This bar’s more like hell, everything painted red
Every once in a while a truck goes by headed north
Headlights flashing across these smoky walls

If you want to find me
Post a letter to ‘Happiness’
Mark it care of the devil’s address

I started driftin’ when I couldn’t pay the rent
That mobile home was more like a shed
I spent every winter watching the rain
Turn that gravel path into a lake

Now I’m fine and dandy but I’m all alone
Just me and the sparkle of the tarmac road
Thousand miles behind me, wife’s in another man’s bed
Thousand miles ahead before I’ll ever rest

Ronny’s version  here:

Ronny’s website: http://ronnyelliott.blogspot.co.uk/ 

 

The new Wreckless Eric?

Which ironic as he just a tad older than myself..maybe the old Wreckless Eric?

Any road my battering out two-chord rallying cries at WSO at Maze seems to have entertained the troops.

On with the revolution…

Here the Wily Old Dog in action…

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We Shall Overcome at The Maze Tuesday 4th october

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Part of Nottingham’s contribution to the ‘We Shall Overcome’ (WSO) series of events, all locally organised and supporting local causes helping those affected by austerity. Artists are playing for free so all proceeds from ticket sales and donations go towards supporting a great cause. More info on WSO here: https://weshallovercomeweekend.com/
All proceeds from this event will go to Himmah, a grass roots community organisation – including food bank – that provides support to individuals and families in need. More info: http://www.himmah.org/

 

More info on WSO here: https://weshallovercomeweekend.com/

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Trailer Star @ Beauvale Priory 28th August

Trailer Star at The Kimberley Jam 2016

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Once again I played the annual charity event in Kimberley.

A good time had by  one and all and hopefully raised a significant amount of money for the Ryan Lee Cancer Trust.

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Further information available here: http://www.facebook.com/kimberleyjam/

I seem to have kickstarted a Trailer Star Comedy Career…..could Trailer and Frankie be the new Krankies?

Trailer Star – Chalk Pit Rattle

rattle-768x737Back in March I confidently decided I would produce a new album in a month..then it was two months..then it was by the Kimberely Jam which is this Saturday. I fully intended to also make some cassette versions and will still try BUT it looking like a tall order with three days to go. Like the previous post life has got in the way and not all of it good life….

However here the tracks I done as demos on soundcloud and we will see if can add a few before Kimberley.

It might be a Chalk Pit Rattle but it ain’t Trailer’s death rattle..not yet anyway.

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