AS DEAN Brody prepared to hit the stage at CMC Rocks Queensland, he reflected on how similar country fans were, no matter what side of the world they were on.
The Canadian country singer is no stranger to Australia and our country music fans.
“One of the thing that surprised me was that country music fans, whether we are in Europe, North America or Australia, people who grew up in the country are used to the rural way of life and we share this musical genre as well,” he said.
“You guys really enjoy your beer and wine, though, and one of my favourite wines is Shiraz.”
Brody said he was still surprised that country fans on the other side of the world were singing his songs back to him when he performed in Australia.
“It’s kind of amazing that country music is all over the world; it’s about as far as we can go away from home,” he said.
“I love Australia because the sunshine is amazing, I love the people, and the country music fans a world away are just as passionate as those in North America.”
The singer-songwriter said his songs hit a chord with Australian country audiences because the themes were universal.
“I’m from a really small town, so when I sing about small town life and small town living, it’s something that’s universal,” he said.
“I think that people who grow up in rural Australia or rural Canada or southern US, we all have that common denominator, that country living and that’s what we celebrate in country music.
“I’ve got some really passionate fans in Australia, so it’s always good to get there. I wouldn’t be doing what I do without them and it’s really cool to get to the corner of the world. I get a world away and still in company of people who grew up the way I did.
“It was really unexpected the first time I was there because I figured nobody would know our songs, but there is nothing like that feeling that people know your songs you wrote somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Canada.”
Not content to sit back and keep making music that sounds the same each album, Brody is known for pushing the boundaries with his songs.
“For me, it happens naturally,” he said.
“I can’t sit in one place for too long and I like to try new instruments. The lyrics are still about growing up in the country and living in the country, but I’m still trying new things, like in Beautiful Freakshow (featuring Shevy Price) with the different instrumentation that we tried.”
For those at CMC Rocks Queensland, Brody said to expect plenty of energy in his sets.
“The other guys love being in Australia as well, so we pride ourselves on a high energy show,” he said.
“It’s hard to believe that we get paid and this is how we make our living, it almost feels unfair. I have done all the years before, though, definitely paying my dues, but this makes that all worth it.”
He also had a message for his devoted Australian fans.
“I can’t wait to be there and sing songs and listen to you singing them back to me,” he said.
“For those who came before, I can’t wait to see you again. Thanks for listening to my stuff and for being so hospitable.”
Brody hits the CMC Rocks Queensland stage at Willowbank Raceway on Saturday, March 17at 6.15pm.