The countrified blues of P.D. Riches & the Trophy Wives drifts out across a sonic landscape that blends acoustic and electric instrumentation with an impassioned, sometimes haunting vocal. The Trophy Wives (nee Welcome Strangers) are vocalist and resophonic guitarist P.D. Riches with Cameron Macintosh (Roadkill Rodeo, Ships & Thieves) playing guitar, banjolin, harmonica and occasionally clarinet, and David Nelson (Killjoys, Barnlaid) on double bass. "... Riches' voice is sensitive and from the heart." Rhythms magazine P.D. first began writing and playing music as a solo artist. He drew heavily on his love of literature for his rich and evocative lyrics, combining them with the distinctive sound of the resophonic guitar. After releasing 'Measure' in 2001, a full-length album recorded with Jen Anderson (WPA, Tim Rogers) and featuring the Welcome Strangers, P.D. took a four-year hiatus from music. He began playing a handful of solo shows in late 2006 before getting together with the Trophy Wives and launching the new band at their 'debutante ball' in May 2007. "Love is like a car crash, sometimes you just don't see the road ahead" from Promised Land Armed with a number of new songs. P.D. has begun recording demos for an upcoming album with the Trophy Wives, to be released in 2008. These are songs from somewhere along the road less travelled, taking their inspiration from a diverse range of artists including Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Joe Henry, the Dirty Three and Robert Johnson. Influences from outside the musical sphere include Henry Lawson, playwright Eugene O'Neill and filmmaker Sergio Leone.
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