True Blue country legend takes to Saraton's stage
THERE is no question; John Williamson is a musical icon of Australia. His name is firmly cemented in the culture and fabric of the country he loves. His impressive career now spans more than 45 years.
He has survived and soared in the often cut-throat entertainment industry. His unofficial anthems, tributes to legends, unsung heroes and tender ballads have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other.
His honest and passionate songs are synonymous with the country that inspires him and connect him with his countrymen regardless of age, sex or creed.
Add to this his ability to deliver unforgettable live concert experiences that combine the perfect blend of humour, romance and campfire stories woven together by his music. You can understand why he is one of the most in-demand live performers in Australia.
Inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2010 and the recipient of more awards than he cares to mention, he stands by what he represents and is unashamedly proud of the country he loves.
For this ex-farmer, whilst the awards are a nice recognition, there is no doubt it is the reaction from his audience that is the most important.
Along the way John has secured three ARIA Awards, 25 Golden Guitars, MO Awards, APRA Awards, Platinum and Gold albums and over 4 million album sales to name just some of the accolades he has earned.
It all started when he penned that classic Old Man Emu back in 1970.
From this silly song (as he often refers to it) that went to #1 for five weeks, he has continued to create hits including True Blue, Cootamundra Wattle, Rip Rip Woodchip, Raining On The Rock, The Big Red, Winter Green, Salisbury Street, Galleries of Pink Galahs and Hawkesbury River Lovin' to name but a few of the 400+ songs written by the multi-award winning songwriter.
Even after what he has achieved, or what he has been invited to be a part of, he remains nonchalant about it all.
John is not only an artist of unbelievable musical poetry but also a man of integrity. He has always stood firm to his own beliefs and the courage of his convictions regardless of the outcome and without regrets.
He is truly proud of his country and stands and sings tall with each note.
He is without question an Australian icon.
His voice and sound are as recognisable to Australia as the Southern Cross is to the flag.
He's performed at some of Australia's most historic and nation-stopping events, and to battlers across this vast country.
His songs and music are simply for everyone.
You can call him what you want, Mallee Boy, True Blue or just plain Fair Dinkum; but there is no denying that after more than 40 years in the music industry, John Williamson is truly an Australian icon.
John released his new album, Honest People, his 50th album release in July 2014 in conjunction with his autobiography release, Hey True Blue, and is touring Australia performing his biggest hits to sold out shows.
- John Williamson will perform live at Grafton's Saraton Theatre on Saturday night. Tickets at theatre or online.