Lachlan Bryan is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne.
His solo debut – Shadow of the Gun (Core Music/Sony Music Australia) – is a collection of 12 original, deeply personal narratives. They represent thinking-person’s country music – somewhere between the outlaw-country of Willie Nelson, the tongue-in cheek storytelling of writers like John Prine and the heart-on-sleeve confessional style of Gram Parsons or Townes Van Zandt. The album was produced by Rod McCormack at The Music Cellar and features guest performances from Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers and Catherine Britt.
Lachlan emerged in 2009 as frontman and songwriter for The Wildes. Their debut album Ballad of a Young Married Man gained widespread critical acclaim and brought Bryan's songs to the attention of the Australian media - both inside and outside country music circles. After touring the record heavily for two years the band took a break, allowing Lachlan to write new songs, travel to Nashville with Sounds Australia, sign a solo deal and record Shadow of the Gun.
With the album release, support spots for Steve Earle and John Hiatt, a coveted invitation to perform at the 23rd annual Byron Bay Bluesfest (alongside John Fogerty, Lucinda Williams, The Pogues + more) and a mainstage spot at The Gympie Muster, Lachlan is already off to a flying start in 2012.
In August he will set off on a two month tour of the USA, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. The tour will include return visits to Nashville, Austin and New York as well as a gruelling itinerary across the southern states.
Lachlan's songs have characters, back-stories, sometimes even plots. His records have body counts. His protagonists are neck-deep in (and out) of love. They’re lovers, sinners, criminals and religious zealots.
His live performances are intimate, passionate experiences - regardless of whether he is with band or solo on guitar, vocal and harmonica.
Here’s just a few things the media has had to say about Lachlan’s solo debut:
"Is it too early to be talking top 10 for 2012? The songwriting here stands out, and would sit comfortably alongside the country storytellers Townes Van Zandt and John Prine" Denise Hylands, Stack Magazine
"From track 1 to 12, the album is simply flawless" Anna Rose, Northern Daily Leader
"Bryan's voice sits right beside you. It's music made for sharing" Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
"Lachlan is an extraordinary songwriter, in the spirit and tradition of writers like Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch and John Prine. His songs are dark and layered expressions of human frailties and foibles, fragile hopes and possibilities" Susan Jarvis, Capital News
"Lachlan Bryan is a genuine country contender. The songwriting shines" Jeff Jenkins, Inpress
"If you had given up on the younger generation of country performers, Shadow Of The Gun may re-instill your faith for the future. Via its 12 songs, Lachlan Bryan proves he is the real deal" Matt Lawrence, The Oz Country Chronicle
"Shadow of the Gun is a really wonderful album and one of the best in any genre of Australian music in recent memory" Sophie Hamley, Jolene: The Country Music Blog
"A very strong debut, which should earn Lachlan a rightful place as one of the best in the new crest of country songwriters" Alysha Main, Southern Harmony Club
"I await Bryan's next offering with baited breath" Sam Fell, Rhythms Magazine
"Lachlan Bryan's Shadow of the Gun is one of those singular song collections that keeps throwing up surprises with subsequent listens. It is no ordinary piece of work" Denise Torenbeek, Country Update
"A beautiful collection of handcrafted narratives 4.5 stars" Mat Baker, Pearl Magazine