GREEN SIDE UP is the second album from Rough Red guitarist Steve Tyson, following his critically acclaimed solo debut of 2011, TEMPLE DOG. For much of the inspiration for this new record, Steve had to look no further than his family history, with stories of his great-grandmother’s tough life in rural Queensland, his great uncle’s capture and imprisonment during the Great War, and his French ancestors fleeing from religious persecution in the 16th century, all intertwined with matters of the heart, stories from the road, and a healthy dose of black humour.
Although at its heart a set of contemporary folk songs, GREEN SIDE UP twists and turns through the landscape that is roots music, and brings together influences borne out of The Beatles and the blues, touching on big band jazz, and delving into celtic and country, all made coherent through the extraordinary lyrical approach and story-telling.
Predominantly recorded in Steve’s own studio in the Byron Bay hinterland, the album features contributions from several wonderful players, including a special collaboration with ARIA nominated artist Sarah Calderwood. Steve’s co-write with Sarah, “Back To The Bar”, is a funny but hearfelt tune that is just one of many highlights of the record.