Journey inspired Jaca song
GIVEN he has recorded a song titled "When the Jacaranda Blooms", it's fitting that Australian country music legend Terry Gordon will appear at the Clarence Valley Country Muster this week.
Mr Gordon has recorded 25 albums and said a trip through Grafton during the spring inspired the song.
"I was on tour with Tom T. Hall and we were travelling along the coast to go down to Tamworth.
"We were in the tour bus and stopped to have a rest at a parking area just before Grafton."
Tom T. Hall had been asleep since the Gold Coast, and Mr Gordon recalled the moment he awoke, surrounded by the purple blooms of Jacaranda trees.
"He asked what they were. He just couldn't believe how colourful they were. He said he thought he was on Mars or somewhere."
In their journey between Grafton and Tamworth, Tom T. Hall wrote the song "I'll be with you when the Jacaranda Blooms."
A short while later, Terry recorded the song, which later appeared on his album If It Weren't For Country Music I'd Go Crazy.
"The song is sort of the theme for the Clarence Valley Country Muster.... we're all here and the Jacarandas are blooming," Mr Gordon said.
He has been on the country music scene for more than 50 years, and said his love for country music blossomed as a youngster.
"I grew up on a farm and I used to listen to a show called The Sunset Trail in the afternoons when I got home from school."
"They played Slim and Buddy Williams and Tex Morton... all those old country singers. I said to myself 'I'm gonna be one of them one day' and, touch wood, I've been doing what I love for all these years."
Mr Gordon was inducted into the Order of Australia for his services to country music, and was last year added to the Roll of Renown in Tamworth.
"I've also travelled the length and breadth of Australia and North America with my music," he said.
The Clarence Valley Country Muster is being held at Calliope, and will feature walk-ups from 4-6pm until tomorrow.
From 10am- 10pm from Friday through to Sunday, a set program of artists will appear on stage.