Good Times for Jace at Muster

JACE Everett’s new album title Mr Good Times seems appropriate for his show at the Gympie Music Muster, which is part of the American singer songwriter’s first-ever tour Down Under.

“We’re really excited. I’ve never been to that side of the planet,” he said.

“I’m not excited about the flight. There will be plenty of drugs involved in the flight over.”

Everett is one of the international acts on the six-day festival’s star-studded line-up, which also includes Montgomery Gentry, Kasey Chambers, Doc Walker, Lee Kernaghan and Adam Brand.

He is best known for his song Bad Things, which is the theme song to HBO’s hit TV series True Blood.

Everett said his Muster set would consist mostly of tunes from his third studio album Red Revelations and his upcoming fourth album Mr Good Times.

“I think I’m taking it (Mr Good Times) to Australia before anyone else in the world gets it, so you guys will have exclusive access to my new record,” he said.

Fans of Everett will pick up on the sarcasm in the title Mr Good Times.

“There’s actually a song on the record called Good Times and in the outro of the song I do an improv bit,” he said.

“It’s extremely tongue in cheek. I’m a miserable bastard. We’re just having a little fun with it.”

His surprise hit No Place To Hide (Down Here) will also feature in his set. The home recording, which Everett posted online, has had such a huge response that he is considering putting it on Mr Good Times.

“I’m not sure if it’s going to be on the record or not,” he said.

“My wife and I recorded it as a demo at home. It’s not necessarily record quality but we got so much feedback from it. I just got back from Europe yesterday and people there really reacted to it. It will definitely be in the set.”

Everett has a surprisingly large fan base in Scandinavia, where he has been touring for the past four years.

“Things have taken off in Norway,” he said.

“I like to think it’s because they have incredible taste and they’re very bright (laughs). The show, True Blood, is very popular over there so that gave me an introduction. I think they like my darker take on country and rock’n’roll and blues. They’re a little more into the mixing of genres.”

Everett is, understandably, tired of talking about the TV series which launched him into the limelight but he graciously discusses it.

“I enjoy True Blood. To me, it’s a soap with fangs but it’s a good soap,” he said.

“It’s funny and sexy and silly, a lot like Bad Things, which is a pretty light-hearted, silly song that sounds a lot tougher than it is.”

His taste in television shows, when he has time to watch them, is fairly diverse.

“There are a few TV programs I enjoy. I love Ricky Gervais’s stuff,” he said.

“I love Mad Men and I’m watching a new show Game of Thrones, which is really fantastic.”

Everett plays a string of sideshows, starting in Sydney on August 18, in the lead up to the Muster.

The Gympie Music Muster runs from August 23 to 28 at Amamoor Creek Sate Forest Park.

More information and tickets at www.muster.com.au.

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