After almost four successful decades in the music industry, former singer of The Cockroaches, co-member of The Field Brothers and manager of The Wiggles, Paul Field has finally released his debut solo album, Love Songs For Lonely People’
‘Love Songs For Lonely People’ sees Field bring together new originals and covers of songs special to him. Featured on the album are friends Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, Ria Pirelli, Chris E Thomas and Elly-May Barnes.
Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with Paul Field via Zoom for an in-depth chat about his career and the creation of ‘Love Songs For Lonely People’
The majority of ‘Love Songs For Lonely People’ was recorded at Jimmy Barnes’ personal studio in Sydney and is co-produced by Paul’s brother John. John Field wrote and co-wrote some of the biggest hits for The Cockroaches and The Wiggles and co-wrote ‘This Way to Love and Happiness’ & ‘Alison (You’re The One)’. Featured on all tracks playing the guitar is Bill Chambers, father of Kasey Chambers.
On the album, Paul says, “The songs on this album are from artists I love, like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, The Rolling Stones, Jackie DeShannon, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and Cindy Walker. I’ve also included a couple of originals that my brother John and I wrote. The best love songs will make you think of the ones you love & those you’ve lost.”
The video for current single ‘Gasoline and Matches’ features Chris E Thomas. The song itself is from the great country songwriting partnership of Buddy Miller and Julie Miller. Watch the video HERE.
Field was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Australia Day Honours for “significant service to the arts, particularly to children’s entertainment, and as a supporter of charitable endeavours.” His career began in the Sydney band The Cockroaches, formed alongside his two brothers Anthony & John, Tony Henry and Jeff Fatt. The band produced four albums, one of which ‘The Cockroaches’ sold over 100,000 copies and is certified Platinum. After disbanding in 1991, Anthony formed The Wiggles with Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt. A few years, later Anthony asked Paul to manage The Wiggles, a role he assumed for over 24 years, officially stepping down in 2020. During this, time Paul produced and directed over 40 video titles and many of the TV Series for The Wiggles.
Throughout his career, he’s produced and directed artists ranging from Kylie Minogue, John Fogerty from Creedence, Tim Finn, Steve Irwin, Joey Fatone and even Slim Dusty.
For more info on the album click HERE