Leah Gallin & Tex Perkins (October 2015)
Leah is pictured here with Tex, after he performed in Tex, Don & Charlie (a supergroup formed by Tex Perkins, Cold Chisel’s Don Walker and respected guitarist Charlie Owen) at the 2015 ‘Out on the Weekend’ festival in Williamstown.
Perkins is an Australian singer-songwriter who fronts the Australian rock band The Cruel Sea, but has also performed with the Beasts of Bourbon, Thug, James Baker Experience, The Butcher Shop, Salamander Jim, and Tex, Don and Charlie. He has also released many solo records. In 1997, a portrait of Tex Perkins by artist Bill Leak won the Packing Room award at the Archibald Prize.
In 2010 and 2011, Tex Perkins and The Tennessee Four (Shannon Bourne, guitar; Shane Reilly, guitar; Steve Hadley, bass; Dave Folley, drums) performed a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand, titled The Man in Black – The Johnny Cash Story, the show featured two hours of Johnny Cash’s music interwoven with the story of his rise to stardom, his fight for survival and his eventual redemption. Tex Perkins (a baritone, as was Cash) and Rachael Tidd (as Cash’s wife June Carter Cash), performed faithful renditions of Cash’s songs while telling Cash’s story in the third person between songs. During the show, Tex humorously emphasises the name of Cash’s guitarist Luther Perkins.