Songs from the Bright Side of a Dark Cell
- Artist: John Ewbank
- Format: CD
- Release Date:10/22/2002
John Ewbank is currently living and working in New York City. He was born in England and spent most of his life in Australia before moving to the United States to further his musical career. John currently has four albums of original songs to his credit, but only Songs from the Bright Side is presenly available in the US. Several of his songs have been covered by other recording artists in Australia. His songs range in style from folk and country to blues and rock, but the underlying thread is always a strong lyric and a desire to serve the song itself instead of trying to make it fit into the latest radio play-list formula. For many years before coming to the United States John was a professional musician,touring Australia and playing venues as diverse as coffee houses and pubs to the college circuit through to stadiums and headlining gigs at the prestigious Sydney Opera House. His songs have been highly praised by such greats as Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, and in fact John was peersonally chosen by Dylan to be his opening act on a national tour of Australia. Songs from the Bright Side contains eleven tracks that have a lot of sly humor as well as passion and melody. At his best Ewbank can be as direct and honest as Hank Williams and as funny as Randy Newman. Any guy who starts a song with the line 'I feel like a gigolo working in a cheap casino; I keep telling these women I can make their pain disappear' (All the Amateur Doctors) has got to be worth a listen.