Tex, Don and Charlie

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Tex, Don and Charlie
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres folk blues, country[1]
Years active 1992 (1992)–1994, 2004-2006, 2017-present
Members Tex Perkins
Don Walker
Charlie Owen

Tex, Don and Charlie is an Australian super group formed by Tex Perkins from The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon and others, Don Walker from Cold Chisel and widely respected guitarist Charlie Owen. Their first album Sad But True was released in 1993, two others were released in 2005 and 2017.


The band was founded in 1992 as Tex Perkins relates: "I saw Charlie and thought 'Jesus Christ'. He was easily the best rock guitar player I had seen. He was really dexterous, but gutsy. Not flashy. I think it had a lot of jazz in him as well. I made a mental note that I'd like to work with Charlie and about one year later I heard he was playing with Don Walker in Catfish. Then somebody suggested I do something with Don Walker and I said 'Sure, as long as Charlie Owen is there'."[2] In early 1992, the as yet unnamed band performed an acoustic live performance for alternative radio station JJJ with James Cruickshank also contributing guitar.[3]

Six months later, Perkins proposed to Walker that they record an album together. Walker described the recording as a number of informal afternoons spent jamming in the studio. "It wasn't an album approached with any sort of seriousness. It wasn't until we had it all done that we started to realise we might have something special."[4] Sad but True spent 6 weeks in the Australian top 40.[5]

Over the next 10 years they all went their separate ways, but remained in contact.

In March 2005 Tex, Don and Charlie had been talking about a second album for four years; swapping songs in the mail for three; nailing them together over various stolen rehearsal sessions for nearly two. All is Forgiven was released in August 2005 and a successful tour followed. The song "Harry was a Bad Bugger", was described by Chris Johnston as, "the Australian song of the year",[6] and by Mess & Noise as, "one of the finest Australian compositions of the last 20 years."[7] The album was shortlisted for the inaugural Australian Music Prize.[8]

In October 2010, Sad But True (1993) was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[9]

In May 2017, Perkins announced via his Facebook page that new music from Tex, Don and Charlie would be coming in 2017. The following week, a national tour was announced alongside the news of a new album from the trio, You Don't Know Lonely. A new single, "A Man in Conflict with Nature," was released on the same day. The album, released in June, peaked at number 14 in the national charts.[10]




  • "What I Done to Her" – Red Eye/Polydor (September 1995)
  • "Whenever It Snows" (2005)


  1. ^ "Bio". texdonandcharlie.com. Archived from the original on 8 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Tex Perkins & Charlie Owen". Forte. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Chris Mundy. "Random Notes". Australian Rolling Stone. Sydney, NSW: Tilmond Pty Ltd (June 1992): pg13. 
  4. ^ Mike Gee (16 December 1993). "Melancholy Muso". Canberra Times. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "TEX PERKINS / DON WALKER / CHARLIE OWEN – SAD BUT TRUE (ALBUM)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Chris Johnston (30 December 2005). "So, what have you been listening to?". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Aaron Curran (20 February 2013). "Report: All Tomorrow's Parties Day 2". Mess+Noise. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Drones Take Out The Inaugural AMP (Australian Music Prize)". Faster Louder. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 22 October 2009. 
  9. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  10. ^ "ARIA album charts". ARIA charts. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 

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