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Ahead of his album launch on Sat 14 July at Memo Music Hall, Shannon Bourne chats to us about his new instrumental guitar record Words Fail, available through iTunes now. Pic above by Jason Rosewarne

Shannon Bourne’s career began as a sideman to blues legend, Chris Wilson. Since then he has collaborated with and accompanied some of Australia’s most highly acclaimed musicians, including The Black Sorrows, Tex Perkins’ Band of Gold, Matt Walker, Broderick Smith, Jimmy Dowling, Kerri Simpson, Monique Brumby, Thomas Hugh and Checkerboard Lounge.

A departure from his previous solo releases Burn It Down (2005) and Dark Things (2009), with this new album Bourne has taken his greatest and most artistically courageous leap to date.  Words Fail is simply Shannon Bourne, his guitar and his improvised imagination – no-one and nothing else. Engineered and Mixed by celebrated Australian guitarist/writer/producer Jeff Lang, Words Fail is an album exploring the realms, edges and nuances of electric guitar. It is deeply powerful, moody, playful and at times unnerving – a journey guided by the intuition and prowess of the artist. Without hesitation, Bourne believes this to be his best and most honest work yet and it would be very difficult to disagree.

Words Fail launch: Sat 14 July, Memo Music Hall,
88 Acland Street St Kilda 7.30pm (Guest: Fenn Wilson)

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Shannon will also be performing tracks from Words Fail at the Melbourne Guitar Show, Caulfield Racecourse on Sunday August 5th at 11am.

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