Catch Carol Lloyd, Australia’s original Rock Chick, appearing with Sue Ray for one night only on Saturday January 11!
Railroad Gin, The Carol Lloyd Band, featuring Australia’s Wild Woman of Rock / Sue Ray has been singing since she was about 4, with her dad, Owen Ray who had a band called The Countdowns since the 60’s. She is now based in Nashville and her latest album is called Red Roses.
The former lead singer of Railroad Gin – the Brisbane rock band which shot to fame in the mid-70s – says she received the terminal diagnosis of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis in January 2013.
In August 2013 doctors gave Lloyd less than 12 months to live.
Speaking very matter-of-factly about the time she has left, Lloyd says she believes the treatment will “extend the time frame.”
“They’re saying months not years and I’m saying ‘hey this is the fight of my life and I’m not going to lose it’.”
At their peak Railroad Gin, led by Lloyd, regularly toured Australia, performing with Suzie Quatro, Billy Thorpe, Sherbet, Little River Band, Daddy Cool, Stevie Wright, Pink Zoot, Matt Taylor, Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines; they even toured the US with BB King.
Despite having her good and bad days battling the disease, Lloyd says she is continuing to sing, even performing in front of hundreds of friends and family at a recent gig in Brisbane in early August.
“It hasn’t got me to the point where I just can’t sing anymore,” she said. “While I can still do it, let’s do it.”
At the August gig, Carol and her life partner Annie held a commitment ceremony during the interval to the surprised of many in the audience.
“It was fabulous, we had a beautiful ceremony,” she said.
When asked about how she felt about any possible changes to the marriage act in the future, Lloyd says she’d do it all over again.
“If it happens in my lifetime I’ll be doing it again, absolutely.”
With an all-star band, Carol Lloyd and Sue Ray present It Takes Two, Baby! – 90 minutes of rolled musical gold, with rare footage, backstage secrets and all their favourite songs from the 60’s/70’s!
From The Everly Brothers to Elvis’s Love Me Tender, the Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin to Jagger and Bowie’s Dancing in the Streets, there will be Motown sounds and grooves laid down from hit songs of their own!
With special guests Christa Powell and John Babbage from Topology, It Takes Two, Baby! celebrates the days when ‘fros were big – and ballads even bigger!