Australian singer/songwriter Paul Kelly recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Kelly discussed authoring How To Make Gravy: A To Z, A Mongrel Memoir and his latest album, 2012's Spring And Fall. Kelly also performed a brief set, including "For The Ages" from Spring And Fall.
"It's a consciously constructed song cycle, which is really a fancy way of saying it tells a story from beginning to end," said Kelly regarding Spring And Fall. "Each songs leads on to the next, so I tried to make it be heard in some ways as one long song."
Born in Adelaide, Australia, Kelly made his public singing debut in 1974 with a performance of the Australian folk song "Streets Of Forbes." He subsequently moved to Melbourne and joined the R&B group High Rise Bombers before forming his own group, Paul Kelly & The Dots. The band earned a record deal with Mushroom Records and released 1981's Talk followed by 1982's Manila.
In 1984 Kelly relocated to Sydney where he self-released his debut solo album, Post, in 1985. Kelly followed with the double album Gossip in 1986, which garnered the singer/songwriter international acclaim when it was released in the United States the following year as a 15-song single album. Gossip featured "Darling It Hurts," which peaked at No. 19 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart. Subsequent releases included Under The Sun (1988), So Much Water, So Close To Home (1989), which was produced by GRAMMY nominee Scott Litt (R.E.M.), and more recently, Ways & Means (2004), Foggy Highway (2005) and Stolen Apples (2007).
In 2011 Kelly published How To Make Gravy: A To Z, A Mongrel Memoir, a book culling stories and personal commentary on 100 of his songs. Kelly will embark on a U.S. tour May 15, with select dates scheduled through June.
Released in November 2012, Spring And Fall features 11 tracks written by Kelly that trace a love affair from beginning to end.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Drop: Molly Ringwald (May 20).