Bush balladeer keeps trucking


WHILE many musos learn to love life on the road, not many could claim to spend their spare time cruising the countryside in a Mack truck.

For Australian country music artist and trucking enthusiast Jeff Brown, his love of the gleaming machines has seen him split his time between his music career, life on his Darling Downs property in Queensland and in his beloved old Mack Value Liner.

“When you get diesel in your blood it's hard to get it out,” he said.

Currently on the last leg of a month-long tour, Jeff will be in Yamba tomorrow night for a gig featuring musicians Brian Young, plus Ricky Shipp and Jeff's wife Lyn.

Jeff said the audience could expect a healthy dose of traditional Australian country music, and traditional bush ballads.

It's a genre that Jeff knows well. After growing up listening to Australian country music pioneers, in 2005 he picked up the Tamworth Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad of the Year and has since been nominated for the award several times.

His love of the land and trucking influences his work, with songs such as 'Torn Between Two Worlds' and 'The Open Road' about being torn between music and the trucking game.

Jeff Brown and friends will play at the Yamba Bowling Club tomorrow from 8.30pm.

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