From Muscle Shoals to Liverpool and from Memphis to Seattle great sounds often emerge from the most unlikely places.
In that spirit Gary Hunn has created his own 21st century take on honky-tonk, western swing and pure country music on a tropical island in Australia’s far north!
While his album sounds like it could have been crafted in a place where people eat grits and cornbread for breakfast ‘Breaking Blue" was actually written on Magnetic Island – his long time home.
His acclaimed debut "Dust & Gin" made waves globally with fans of traditional country music in 2011. However his new release, "Breaking Blue" offers another fresh take on classic honky tonk, recorded in both Townsville and in Sydney, the tunes retain a ‘born out of time’ feeling that reflects the unusual place of their creation..
"I've always loved the classic country songwriters like George Jones and those that followed in their footsteps like Gram Parsons and Justin Townes Earle" Hunn explains. "They had a confessional quality to their work - like they were telling stories against themselves. This time I wanted to follow their example… dig a bit deeper than I did on the last album and really dish the dirt on what I'd been going through".
According to the singer/songwriter, he began exploring the honky tonk mode after years of dabbling in other musical forms including a deep love of old time blues and playing in garage rock bands.A former record store owner and enthusiastic musicologist the late life embrace of old school country sounds was driven by the musical and lyrical themes running through his life at the time.
Even though everything’s upside down in the land downunder, the deep tropics are still an unlikely place to find such a lingering - indeed thriving - outpost of Nashville’s glory days, 10,000 miles and a half a century away. Breaking Blue.