Australia’s Kim Churchill Lands North American Tour in Support of Billy Bragg, “Detail of a Distance” Available in the US on April 9th

By on March 30, 2013



Australian troubadour Kim Churchill arrives in the US as the hand-picked support act for Billy Bragg’s North American tour, which kicked off in Englewood, CO on March 23rd. For Churchill, receiving the invite from Bragg was a surprise; the two met at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2012, and according to Kim, fun ensued. “Like a lot of things that happen in the music industry, it was a matter of a conveniently placed bottle of scotch. We just got talking and we got on really well and we were both playing the same stage so we got to see each other play,” Kim explained.


Churchill, a hypnotizing guitarist who expresses his love of surfing and the natural world in spare, gorgeous songs that bring to mind artists like Donovan Frankenreiter and Xavier Rudd, has a new album Detail of Distance out in the US April 9th.   At just 21, Churchill has released two previous studio albums and toured non-stop, from Australia’s East Coast Blues & Roots Festival to Montreal’s International Jazz Festival and all parts in between, splitting his time between prolific songwriting and the sea.


Watch Churchill perform “Tides” at Cowansville Music Festival in front of an audience of thousands – one will rarely see a single performer create a wall of sound, employing exquisite dynamics to drive home his melodic ideas.


One of the focus tracks on the album is “Seasons Grind” – AU Review called it “…a brilliant first single.” Get it here: 


Churchill picked up his first guitar at age 4 and began classical training at 6, often bartering good grades for new instruments. “My dad would say if you can get an A, I’ll get you a new Fender guitar, so I would put in two hours in the morning, grab my board, catch a few waves, and make the school bus by 8:30, then again in the afternoon.” He went on to Australia’s Classical Music Academy, graduating with highest honors. His hands tell the story of his technique – one has substantial fingernails and a duct-taped thumb, the other is thickly callused. Youtube videos reveal them banging, tapping, fluttering and picking the strings producing multi-layered melodies and thumping rhythms. This album belongs on the shelf near the works of Ben Harper, a fellow surfer and guitar prodigy.


Detail of Distance was produced by the late Todd Simko, (Pure, Be Good Tanyas, Marcy Playground etc) in Vancouver in 2012.The album is a revelation, incorporating distorted electric guitars, strings, horns and electronic rhythms. On up-tempo rockers like “Seasons Grind” and “Bathed in Black”, Churchill employs wailing harmonicas, driving guitars and a soaring chorus. The title track begins with more introspective acoustic guitar, which builds as droning effects take hold, evolving into a tune wouldn’t be out of place on a Junior Kimbrough album.


A provident bottle of scotch later, Kim Churchill will perform for audiences across North America, and with any luck at all, fit some surfing in as well. 



Mar 26            Crescent Ballroom                          Phoenix, AZ

Mar 28            El Rey Theatre                                Los Angeles, CA

Mar 29            Great American Music Hall             San Francisco, CA

Apr 02            Aladdin Theater                               Portland, OR

Apr 03            Neptune Theater                             Seattle, WA

Apr 04            Alix Goolden Performance Hall      Victoria, Canada

Apr 05            Vogue Theatre                                 Vancouver, Canada

Apr 06            Live at the Royal                              Nelson, Canada

Apr 08            MacEwan Hall                                  Calgary, Canada

Apr 09            Orr Centre                                         Regina, Canada

Apr 10            Garrick Centre                                  Winnipeg, Canada

Apr 12            City Winery                                        Chicago, IL

Apr 13            City Winery                                        Chicago, IL

Apr 15            Englert Theatre                                Iowa City, IA

Apr 17            Belcourt Theatre                              Nashville, TN

Apr 19            Cat’s Cradle                                     Carrboro, NC

Apr 20            Keswick Theatre                              Glenside, PA

Apr 22            Rams Head Onstage                         Annapolis, MD

Apr 23            Café Cultural                                    Lavaltrie, Canada

Apr 24            Theatre Granada                              Sherbrooke, Canada

Apr 25            Birchmere                                         Alexandria, VA

Apr 26            Ithaca State Theatre                        Ithaca, NY

Apr 27            Town Hall                                          New York, NY

Apr 28            Berklee Performance Center            Boston, MA

Apr 30            Southgate House Revival                  Newport, KY

May 1             The Ark                                              Ann Arbor, MI

May 3             Danforth Music Hall                        Toronto, Canada

May 4             Bronson Centre                               Ottawa, Canada

May 5             Club Soda                                         Montreal, Canada


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.