Country music great, Graeme Connors, has announced the release of his new album, from the backcountry, his first set of new songs in seven years due for release on Friday, August 3rd through ABC Music with tour dates to support the release.
Recorded with renowned producer Matt Fell, from the backcountry is a journal of Graeme’s explorations over the past seven years. The first single ‘One Life’, is a reminder to young and old to make the most of their journey, and has Graeme turning wisdom gained from experience into a four-minute masterpiece, once again reinforcing his position as one of Australia’s finest songwriters.
Other journeys on the album are in a physical sense, resulting in tracks such as ‘Kimberly Frontier’, born of a trip to the home of Alan Pigram of the Pigram Brothers in Broome, ‘South Africa’ which tells of the eye-opening celebrations and confrontations from his first visit to Capetown, and ‘Ghost Towns’ examining the slow death of many regional Australian centres as a result of the well-intentioned water buy-back scheme to protect the Murray/Darling.
Further tracks depict journeys witnessed through the eyes of others, such as ‘My American Friends’ commenting on the side effects of the constant news and social media bombardment caused by the political climate in the U.S., sending waves around the world on a daily basis. The album also features classic Graeme Connors stories, conjured from the years of travel and conversations with friends and strangers. ‘Black Mountain’, a location in Far North Queensland, is one of Graeme’s most cinematic stories yet, with its menacing imagery and raw production.
In Graeme’s words, “I’m still amazed and excited to find, with all my years of travel and experience, there are places from the backcountry, both in the physical landscape and my subconscious world, that inspire me to write - to capture life in all its mystery and wonder.”
Sat 4th: Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre - Mackay, Qld
Tix: www.themecc.com.au / ph. 07 4961 9777
Fri 17th: Gulf Country Pioneer Days Festival - Gregory Downs, Qld
Sun 26th: Blackall Heartland Festival - Blackall, Qld
Sat 15th: Empire Theatre - Toowoomba, Qld
Tix: www.empiretheatre.com.au / ph. 1300 655 299
Sat 22nd: Riverway Arts Centre - Thuringowa, Qld
Tix: www.whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au / ph. 07 47738889
Fri 5th: Lismore Workers Club - Lismore, NSW
Tix: www.lismoreworkers.com.au / ph. 02 6621 7401
Sat 6th: C.ex - Woolgoolga, NSW
Tix: www.cex.com.au/see/buy-tickets/ / ph. 02 6652 3888
Sun 7th: Lizottes - Newcastle, NSW
Tix: www.lizottes.com.au / ph. 02 49562066
Mon 8th - Wed 17th: Cruisin’ Country No. 8* - Departs Sydney, NSW
Thu 18th: Dubbo RSL Club - Dubbo, NSW
Tix: www.dubborsl.com.au / ph. 02 6882 4411
Sat 20th: White Cliffs Community Hall - White Cliffs, NSW
Sun 21st: Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club - Dareton, NSW
Tix: www.coomeallaclub.com.au / ph. 03 5027 4505