John Williamson “Big Red”

Released through his recent signing with Warner Music Australia, the album is reflective of the multi-award winning artist’s passion for his craft. It reminds all as to why he has remained a success for more than forty years, with tracks on the CD sure to become favourites for all Australians domestically or a treasured keepsake for those overseas.

The first single ‘Hang My Hat In Queensland’ is pure poetry; an autobiographical account of Williamson’s life. Everything from his birth in the Mallee district of Victoria through to moving to Sydney from his family’s farm in Moree after winning television’s ‘New Faces’ with his song ‘Old Man Emu’. The lyrics encapsulate his story in music.

Never one to shy away from his truth, Williamson follows it up with ‘Movie Star’, a song paying tribute to those who have succeeded but feel they have never reached what they consider the top. ‘Rescue Me’ simply touches the heart and is a piece of perfection that will resonate and bring tears to the eyes of many.

Add to this ‘Mates Around The Fire’ which will appeal to all who identify with Williamson’s recurring theme of mateship mixed with the outback. ‘The Weight Of A Man’, is a song written by Russell Crowe that Williamson has made his own, whilst showcasing the musicality of the Hollywood superstar.

There are twelve tracks on this release, not one that doesn’t stand up to the quality that the iconic songwriter is known for. Each one is crafted perfectly and sure to become chants, wedding first dance tracks or songs to belt out amongst friends and family around the fire, lounge room or penthouse apartment. That’s the thing about Williamson; he doesn’t fit one genre or style. He is for all Australians and The Big Red backs this up with his unique ability to paint the country and Australian style and character onto a canvas of song like no other.

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