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BART – Back on the right side of the road

This story originally appeared in Deadly Vibe Magazine Issue #10/11 October, 1997

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Wake up Bart Willoughby fans, our star is awakening with a new record deal and a new album Aboriginal music legend Bart Willoughby has signed a two-album deal with CAAMA music as a solo artist and a new album Pathways has recently been released.

The Pathways album was produced by Kevin Stanton of Mi Sex.

Bart is a brilliant instrumentalist. On this album he is joined by various guests including Tiddas, Rob Hirst of Midnight Oil, Rachael Perkins, Greg Drahm, Leroy Cummins and Murray Cooke.

Bart has written nine new songs for the album which is destined to be another classic. There is also a Capella remake of Sunrise by No Fixed Address featuring Lou Sally and Amy Saunders of Tiddas and a cover of the Mi Sex hit Computer Games.

Well-known poet Lionel Fogarty penned the lyrics to Lil Murri Boy.

Bart’s career in the 1970’s saw him achieve many firsts as an Aboriginal artist. He was the first to appear and write lyrics for a docu-drama, the first to score a feature film and the first to sign a record deal which saw him be the first Aboriginal rock band to tour internationally.

Bart’s music success started with his band No Fixed Address (1978), which toured the many major political concerts of the time where many dramas in the life of Bart and the band happened.

Bart also starred in the seminal Australian film Wrong Side of the Road. In 1980 which went on to win the Jury Prize. Bart’s music and film history as a composer is long and distinguished and film has played an important role in his career over the past few years. SBS television produced and careened a documentary of Bart with the Peter Tosh Australian tour and of the No Fixed Address UK tour in 1983/84.

In 1986 Bart joined and toured with KD Lang at the Edinburgh Festival. His next tour was in Europe with the reformed No Fixed Address and in the USA when he joined Yothu Yindi on their US tour. Once again a feature length documentary was produced entitled ‘In the Mainstream’ which was screened internationally.

1989-1994 saw Bart and his new band Mixed Relations tour extensively throughout Australia the South Pacific and playing at festivals in London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. With the release of his first solo, Bart’s legacy continues.

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