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Laid-back Dreamer Wins Hearts

Laid-back Dreamer Wins Hearts

Who: Jack Johnson, G Love and Special Sauce, Xavier Rudd and DJ Katalyst
Where: Newcastle Entertainment Centre
When: Wednesday March 23, 2005

THERE is no denying the unstoppable popularity of Jack Johnson, the Hawaiian singer- songwriter whose laid- back music style has captured the hearts of listeners around the globe.

And none more so than here in Australia, where Johnson's latest album, In Between Dreams , debuted at number one on the ARIA album chart, selling a staggering 29,000 in only one week.

Even Johnson, who is back in Australia on a national tour this month, conceded the reception from Australian fans had taken him by surprise.

``Well, the big surprise was how easily everything worked out down there,'' Johnson said.

``Just the first time we came down we played the Byron Bay Blues Roots Festival and we were really surprised to see what a big crowd stuck around for our set.

``It was a lot to do with a lot of Ben Harper's fans and different musicians that have been really supportive of us, including G.Love and Special Sauce, and so a lot of their fans came out and supported us the first time we came and then we went back and played in kind of a bar and club tour,'' Johnson said.

The tour, which was Johnson's first headline run in Australia following a previous tour supporting Ben Harper, attracted sell-out crowds.

When Johnson returns to Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, March 23, he will be supported by long-time musical partner G Love and his group Special Sauce, Australian roots artist Xavier Rudd and DJ Katalyst. Tickets are on sale and bookings can be made through Ticketek on 4921 2121 or online at www.ticketek.com.au

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