The Teskey Brothers and iconic Gumbaynggirr vocalist-musician Emma Donovan – who is supporting the trio with her band the Putbacks for the Bros’ tour, kicking off today – have dropped a lapsteel-licked rendition of Archie Roach’s 2016 track Get Back To The Land – and it is an ineffably gorgeous thing.
“Listening to the Teskey Brothers’ version of Get Back To The Land gives me goosebumps,” Roach himself said of the track. “It’s good to see the Deadly Emma Donovan singing with Josh; their voices mesh. This version is just dripping with soul. To hear one of your own songs that has been taken to another level is really touching. I feel so humbled.”
Josh Teskey, meanwhile, gushed thusly:
“This song is very special to all our hearts. Archie Roach – what a legend! He really hit a nerve with this one. Something we’ve all felt from time-to-time while travelling, that yearning to get back to the land we know. Plus it was such an honour and privilege to share lead vocals with Emma Donovan. She is absolutely incredible on this track!”
Have a listen/watch below, and get yer mitts on tix for The Teskey Brothers’ tour here.
Support: Emma Donovan & The Putbacks*
Dana Gehrman**Fri Jan 14 – Riverstage, Brisbane QLD**
Sat Jan 22 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl w/Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne VIC*
NEW DATE Fri Nov 18 – Aware Super Theatre w/Orchestra Victoria, Sydney NSW