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Wes Carr Tries To Excise Australian Idol From His CV

Maybe Wes Carr needs to realise the reason he is not a big rock star is because of him not because he was on Australian Idol.

This week Wes Carr, who actually won the show, spoke about how he has turned his back on his reality TV fame and is now performing under the moniker of Buffalo Tales. He is now an independent (does this mean dumped by record label?) muso.

The thirty year old has not been emulate the success of some of the other Idol alumni like Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Ricki-Lee Coulter and even Stan Walker and appears to blame the show.

Whether this is true or not I am not sure, personally I think these shows give a performer a huge opportunity to gain a wide audience to connect with and sell music and perform to.

However this is what he told the Daily Telegraph:

AUSTRALIAN Idol Wes Carr is performing under an alias because he says the reality show ruined his name.

“People have a perception of Wes Carr. That’s not me,” he said.

“Ironically, I had to change my own name to release my own music.

“Meanwhile, I’ve got this Wes Carr thing hanging over my head that I have to kill off.

“I’m sick of that character. It is tainted.”

Carr, 30, who won Australian Idol five years ago, now performs as Buffalo Tales.

Carr’s Idol implosion happened on a flight to Nashville.

“That was the D-Day that ended it all,” he told Confidential. I had a huge anxiety attack on the plane. It was a nervous breakdown and I freaked out.

“I got out of my seat, walked up to the air steward and said: ‘How do I get off this plane fast?’

“That was the moment I learned that, if you keep being untruthful to yourself, you end up in trouble.”

He went home and retreated to Coffs Harbour with his girlfriend-now-wife, former Home And Away beauty Charlotte Gregg.

“I’d lost my way and my intention, which is to play music and be inspired by music,” Carr said.

“My passion had gone. The biggest part of me will always be a musician.

“But it felt like all that had been set aside so people could talk about my beard. It was stupid, trivial and bullshit.

“I was a puppet on the string, then all of a sudden they cut the strings when the next puppet comes along.”

Carr is rejuvenated as Buffalo Tales – an independent singer-songwriter calling the shots.

“Buffalo Tales is my way of saying ‘Wes Carr wasn’t me. Here I am now’,” he said.

At thirty years of age may Wes might have to realise he might not be able to make it as a working musician. If my memory serves me correctly prior to Idol he was gigging at the Robin Hood Hotel in Sydney. If he is lucky his fans will go and check out his stuff on YouTube. Also if you don’t like people talking about your beard shave it off!

February 14, 2013   24 Comments

Wes Carr Second Album Delayed Due To Anxiety Issues



If you had been wondering where Australia Idol’s winner Wes Carr’s second album was well we now have the answers.

The Daily Telegraph reports:

IT took a crippling panic attack on a flight to America for Australian Idol survivor Wes Carr to come to grips with the demons that had stalled his long-awaited second record.

As the Qantas flight taxied down the Sydney runway, the anxiety disorder Carr had tried to ignore since recording his post-Idol debut record The Way The World Looks took over.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter was on his way to Nashville last August to write songs when he told flight attendants he had to get off.

“I was having a full-blown panic attack, people were taking photos of me with their phones and I had to get off the plane. It was horrible,” he said.

Carr sought refuge and treatment on the North Coast for six weeks before heading back to work on his record late last year.

“I have always had problems with anxiety, even when I was a kid, but I swept it under the rug and adopted this persona of Wes Carr from Australian Idol,” he said.

And of course news of his anxiety disorder comes on the day his new single Been A Long Time hit the airwaves. I think talking about mental illness is important but I do get a bit cynical when this is used as a publicity hook to get news of his new single.


May 13, 2011   7 Comments

Wes Carr’s Album Out Today


Wes Carr’s album The Way The World Looks is out today. Good luck with it Wes. Does anyone else think Wes needs to get a haircut?

Which begs the question when will 2007 winner Natalie Gauci’s first album be released?

March 20, 2009   3 Comments

Wes Carr Tour Dates Announced.


Australian Idol winner Wes Carr will be going on tour to coincide with the release of his album The Way The World Looks. Which gets me thinking are we ever going to hear Natalie Gauci’s album?

The dates are as follows:

Wed May 27 – Redlands Performing Arts Centre, East Bris

Thurs May 28 – Nambour Civic Centre, Nambour

Fri May 29 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane

Sat May 30 – Gold Coast Arts Centre, Gold Coast

Sun May 31 – Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich

Fri June 5 – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide

Sat June 6 – Burswood Theatre, Perth

Thurs June 11 – Wyong Leagues Club, Wyong

Fri June 12 – Mounties, Mt Pritchard

Sat June 13 – Revesby Workers, Revesby

Sun June 14 – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill

Thurs June 18 – Southern Cross Club, Canberra

Fri June 19 – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne

Sat June 20 – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne

Thurs June 25 – Parramatta Leagues, Parramatta

Fri June 26 – Souths Juniors, Kingsford

Sun June 28 – Blacktown Workers, Blacktown

Thurs July 2 – Brothers Leagues Club, Cairns

Fri July 3 – Townsville Civic Theatre, Townsville

Sat July 4 – Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay

Sun July 5 – Proserpine Cultural Centre, Proserpine
(07) 4945 2312

Tues July 7 – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

Wed July 8 – Brolga Theatre, Maryborough

Thurs July 9 – Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg

Sat July 11 – Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads

Sun July 12 – Caloundra RSL, Sunshine Coast

More details here.

March 5, 2009   8 Comments

Wes Carr Is In in 2009 but Guy Sebastian is Out


Ros Reines in the Sunday Telegraph did her list of who is hot in 2009 and who is not.

Winner of Australian Idol Wes Carr and his girlfriend Charlotte are hot and are apparently a “power couple”.

However shoot director on Australia’s Next Top Model Johnathan Pease is apparently not hot this year. Johnathan 35, who spent last year dating 20 year olds on a number of occasions, was given this critique by the gossip columnist.

ANOTHER serial dater and party perennial, sometime television host, occasional designer and model powerhouse.
But Pease needs to look further than his contact book in order to establish himself as a key personality in ’09.

I couldn’t agree more.

However I thought she was a bit harsh about Season 1 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. She said:
NOW that he’s married and no longer a virgin, it’s time Sebastian demonstrated a bit more depth to his character – or maybe even a hint of the darkness within – because the Mr Nice Guy image is getting to be boring.

So your not hot anymore on the social circuit because you are not a virgin???? That is just too bizarre.

January 4, 2009   2 Comments