THE best songs often come from hard times, and so is the case with chart-topping country artist, Danny Phegan’s new single, Little Man. Released today, November 9, Little Man came out of the stresses associated with the 2006 drought in southern NSW – the worst rainfall recorded for his home town of Walla Walla.
“I wrote this song in the years after that drought while putting in 8 kilometres of new water line. My son Bill was only a couple of years old and always wanted to be with me wherever I went, but he’d be asleep by the first gate,” Danny said.
“I was under a lot of pressure and I remember looking at him and thinking how I wished I could sleep so soundly. Most nights I’d fall asleep starring at the ceiling running sums through my head to get through another month. But I also knew someday he’d get his turn at life’s worries and I don’t want him to be in a hurry to get there.”
Little Man is lifted from Danny’s debut album, From Where I Stand, that topped the ARIA Country Charts on release late in 2018.
“I think most people could relate to the story of Little Man, particularly people on the land, and, to be honest, it could have been written about any of my kids” Danny said. “It is a sentimental favourite on the album, which is why I’ve decided to release it.”
The Walla Walla artist, farmer and father of six said the song was also a favourite when he gets the opportunity to perform it live.
“Most of the time we are booked to play upbeat high energy songs to get people moving, but quite often festival gigs afford an opportunity to back up with a more intimate show and I do enjoy those opportunities to be able to tell stories to a more engaged audience and bring them along for the journey of the song. I feel we are able to value add to festival organisers in that way and fill different spots” Danny said.
“We haven’t filmed a clip for this single as Bill has now outgrown the role and young Paddy is yet to fill his boots,” Danny laughed. “But Bill is rapt that he has a song written about him.”
Little Man is out today, November 9, through all digital retailers, including iTunes.