Paul Kelly: Stories of Me
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
Where: Nashville Public Library
Paul Kelly is the Richard Thompson of Australia — by which we mean that every time the guy puts out another album of sterling songcraft, acoustic or electric, we think, “All right, surely this is the one that puts him over the top.” He's a national hero at home but a cult figure among discerning U.S. audiences, despite 30 years of top-shelf LPs and singles such as 1987's “Darling It Hurts” — a hooky marvel powered by one of the breeziest organ lines since “Hungry Heart.”
If those couldn't do the trick, maybe this will: director Ian Darling's documentary portrait Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, which provides an overview of his sprawling career along with biographical detail about his Adelaide childhood, his family and relationships, and his 25-year off-and-on heroin use. Consider the 1 p.m. screening Saturday at the downtown Nashville Public Library an appetizer for his early-evening show 8 p.m. at Mercy Lounge as part of the Americana Music Festival.
What's more, the screening is the movie's U.S. premiere, and it will be followed by a brief performance as well as a Q&A with Kelly conducted by Australian DJ and music journalist Emma Swift. We suggest arriving early.
Note: This week's Scene print edition has the screening venue incorrectly listed. The real venue, as noted above, is the downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.