Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Patrick McMahon - Week 15

 

Bec Reid

This week, the theme is curious minds, and we are so excited to be joined by the superman of entertainment himself, he's a country rock dynamo. It's Patrick McMahon. G'day, Patrick!

Patrick McMahon

Hey there, Bec! Hello!

Bec Reid

Patrick, how are you this morning?

Patrick McMahon

Yeah, fighting fit, raring to rock.

Bec Reid

Patrick, we're very curious about your beginnings into the music business. How did you go from Nannup to Nashville?

Patrick McMahon

Wow, that really has a ring to it. I love it. Might be the title of the new album. I grew up in a household full of music and books, our beautiful old farmhouse that Dad built himself with another chap. One of my brothers left a guitar on the farm, just a nylon string and he didn't really feel that connected to it and he took off and went somewhere else and left the guitar behind. So, I was 10 at that point and I picked it up one day and strummed it and it's like one of those moments when you're - a - a thunderbolt or a host of angels speaks down from the clouds and goes, aahhhhh, but I strummed that guitar and it's been like that ever since.

Bec Reid

And, Patrick, what is your greatest curiosity about music?

Patrick McMahon

I'm still learning about - about vocal tone and about vocal production. The masters like Billy Joel and Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. I'm always curious about how they approach a recording session and how they get that beautiful sound every time.

Bec Reid

You've shared stages with Dionne Warwick, Sir Cliff Richard and even the legend himself, Charlie Pride.

Patrick McMahon

There were two of those, '82 in '88 for Cliff Richard. Took us around all over Australia for that entire tour, the Wired for Sound tour and that was my first experience with a massive PA system and lighting rig in a concert situation. You know, with 13000 people in the crowd. Charlie Pride was a bit later on in the '90s. Like, to me, that was just meeting my absolute idol because there's a boy on the farm and everyone around the district. We all grew up listening to Charlie Pride 24/7. So, to be a support act on a couple of tours was like, what!?

Bec Reid

Patrick, can you share with us your lifelong love affair with your guitar?

Patrick McMahon

The Ovation guitars. They have a fiberglass back. The big round bowl is made of fiberglass. So, it doesn't warp or shrink or buckle in the heat or snow. So, it's fantastic and I remember seeing - you know, Freddie Mercury, the ABBA boys, Paul McCartney, Glen Campbell, and then in 1978, fresh out of boarding school, and I walked past this guitar shop and there was one in the window and I went, oh, my God, it's incredible. I rang Dad and told him about it and  Dad paid for it and I took 3 years to pay it off by working and gigging and stuff like that and that guitar has been with me ever since.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us the story and the imagery that the song Ain't that all right brings up for you?

Patrick McMahon

Yeah, simply because it has been with me through thick and thin and it's an incredibly powerful guitar, a great sounding guitar. You can plug it in anywhere and doesn't matter whether in the heat of Coober Pedy in the middle of Australia, Iceland, Holland, all - I've been down to the Bahamas even with that guitar. I named my guitar, the Cherylanne. Cherylanne, my gorgeous wife. We got married in 1990 and we've known each other for 38 years. We've been travelling all that time and we're still travelling together. I just feel so blessed to have been able to have this kind of travelling experience with my beautiful travelling companion and I remember thinking back, thinking, boy, all the places we've been. Ain't that all right? And I went, oh, that's the title for the song. Ain't that all right.

Hi, everybody. This is a song I wrote myself. It's about my beautiful old guitar and me and all our travels together. It's called Ain't That All Right?

[Patrick McMahon singing]

Another highway, another motel

I love this road life that I lead

And all my old friends singing with me

And this old guitar is all I need

And I don't know what keeps us rolling

And we've been rolling for so long

It's in the magic of that moment

When everybody sings along

And all the country roads that we have travelled down in Canada

Highways that we cross as we go searching for America

Hey. Ain't that all right

All right

We were babies when we started

Back in 1979

I was a farm boy in the city

Working the day job. It didn't feel right

And then I saw this guitar shinin'

A I had to have her for my own

And since the first time that I held her

I have never been alone

And all the times we travelled through the hills of Colorado

All the crazy nights drinking tequila down in Mexico

Hey, ain't that alright

[whistling]

And I don't know what keeps us rolling

But we been rolling for so long,

It's in the magic of that moment

When the whole crowd sings alone

We were young when we fell for the spell of that old highway

I knew I'd never make it working Monday to Friday

Hey, ain't that alright

Hey, ain't that alright

Hey, ain't that alright

Hey, ain't that alright

Ain't that alright

We've done all right

Ain't that all right?

 

 

Patrick McMahon

Thanks, guys.

Bec Reid

Well, Patrick from Nashville to Nannup. From Coober Pedy to Colorado, we are so grateful that Australia's very own country rock dynamo is here with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival. Thanks again, Patrick.

Patrick McMahon

Love it. Thanks, Bec.

 

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Country singer Patrick McMahon learned early on that showbiz is a rollercoaster when he was given the cane by a Benedictine Monk at his boarding school after winning a televised talent show when he was 16.

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Patrick McMahon - Week 15

 

Bec Reid

This week, the theme is curious minds, and we are so excited to be joined by the superman of entertainment himself, he's a country rock dynamo. It's Patrick McMahon. G'day, Patrick!

Patrick McMahon

Hey there, Bec! Hello!

Bec Reid

Patrick, how are you this morning?

Patrick McMahon

Yeah, fighting fit, raring to rock.

Bec Reid

Patrick, we're very curious about your beginnings into the music business. How did you go from Nannup to Nashville?

Patrick McMahon

Wow, that really has a ring to it. I love it. Might be the title of the new album. I grew up in a household full of music and books, our beautiful old farmhouse that Dad built himself with another chap. One of my brothers left a guitar on the farm, just a nylon string and he didn't really feel that connected to it and he took off and went somewhere else and left the guitar behind. So, I was 10 at that point and I picked it up one day and strummed it and it's like one of those moments when you're - a - a thunderbolt or a host of angels speaks down from the clouds and goes, aahhhhh, but I strummed that guitar and it's been like that ever since.

Bec Reid

And, Patrick, what is your greatest curiosity about music?

Patrick McMahon

I'm still learning about - about vocal tone and about vocal production. The masters like Billy Joel and Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. I'm always curious about how they approach a recording session and how they get that beautiful sound every time.

Bec Reid

You've shared stages with Dionne Warwick, Sir Cliff Richard and even the legend himself, Charlie Pride.

Patrick McMahon

There were two of those, '82 in '88 for Cliff Richard. Took us around all over Australia for that entire tour, the Wired for Sound tour and that was my first experience with a massive PA system and lighting rig in a concert situation. You know, with 13000 people in the crowd. Charlie Pride was a bit later on in the '90s. Like, to me, that was just meeting my absolute idol because there's a boy on the farm and everyone around the district. We all grew up listening to Charlie Pride 24/7. So, to be a support act on a couple of tours was like, what!?

Bec Reid

Patrick, can you share with us your lifelong love affair with your guitar?

Patrick McMahon

The Ovation guitars. They have a fiberglass back. The big round bowl is made of fiberglass. So, it doesn't warp or shrink or buckle in the heat or snow. So, it's fantastic and I remember seeing - you know, Freddie Mercury, the ABBA boys, Paul McCartney, Glen Campbell, and then in 1978, fresh out of boarding school, and I walked past this guitar shop and there was one in the window and I went, oh, my God, it's incredible. I rang Dad and told him about it and  Dad paid for it and I took 3 years to pay it off by working and gigging and stuff like that and that guitar has been with me ever since.

Bec Reid

Can you tell us the story and the imagery that the song Ain't that all right brings up for you?

Patrick McMahon

Yeah, simply because it has been with me through thick and thin and it's an incredibly powerful guitar, a great sounding guitar. You can plug it in anywhere and doesn't matter whether in the heat of Coober Pedy in the middle of Australia, Iceland, Holland, all - I've been down to the Bahamas even with that guitar. I named my guitar, the Cherylanne. Cherylanne, my gorgeous wife. We got married in 1990 and we've known each other for 38 years. We've been travelling all that time and we're still travelling together. I just feel so blessed to have been able to have this kind of travelling experience with my beautiful travelling companion and I remember thinking back, thinking, boy, all the places we've been. Ain't that all right? And I went, oh, that's the title for the song. Ain't that all right.

Hi, everybody. This is a song I wrote myself. It's about my beautiful old guitar and me and all our travels together. It's called Ain't That All Right?

[Patrick McMahon singing]

Another highway, another motel

I love this road life that I lead

And all my old friends singing with me

And this old guitar is all I need

And I don't know what keeps us rolling

And we've been rolling for so long

It's in the magic of that moment

When everybody sings along

And all the country roads that we have travelled down in Canada

Highways that we cross as we go searching for America

Hey. Ain't that all right

All right

We were babies when we started

Back in 1979

I was a farm boy in the city

Working the day job. It didn't feel right

And then I saw this guitar shinin'

A I had to have her for my own

And since the first time that I held her

I have never been alone

And all the times we travelled through the hills of Colorado

All the crazy nights drinking tequila down in Mexico

Hey, ain't that alright

[whistling]

And I don't know what keeps us rolling

But we been rolling for so long,

It's in the magic of that moment

When the whole crowd sings alone

We were young when we fell for the spell of that old highway

I knew I'd never make it working Monday to Friday

Hey, ain't that alright

Hey, ain't that alright

Hey, ain't that alright

Hey, ain't that alright

Ain't that alright

We've done all right

Ain't that all right?

 

 

Patrick McMahon

Thanks, guys.

Bec Reid

Well, Patrick from Nashville to Nannup. From Coober Pedy to Colorado, we are so grateful that Australia's very own country rock dynamo is here with us at the Victorian Seniors Festival. Thanks again, Patrick.

Patrick McMahon

Love it. Thanks, Bec.