BUNDABERG is to Nashville what peanut butter is to roast lamb.
But for Carl Wockner, his crooning combined with his ability to elicit charming chords from an acoustic guitar, took him on that diverse journey.
Wockner, who is now a fixture on the Sunshine Coast live music scene, landed himself in Nashville to record his latest album, Crayon Days, and he is leaving his band behind this tour, bringing his solo show to the Rocky Glen Hotel in Gladstone on Friday night.
Following the success of first EP, Acoustic...ness, Wockner established himself as an up-and-coming home-grown artist, blessed with glorious dreadlocks and a sound something like John Mayer, Ben Harper or David Gray with hints of Donavon Frankenreiter or Newton Faulkner.
His solo tour, of the same name as his new album, promises to wash over people like a warm bath, with soothing, thoughtful lyrics, an easy strum of acoustic guitar and a mellow, yet strong voice.
The perfect accompaniment to a cool, Friday night, Wockner will kick off at 8pm at RGs, and the humble former primary school relief teacher turned full-time muso was hopeful of showcasing his talents to a decent Gladstone crowd.
"It's all about bringing it back to the people and having support," he said. "Getting everybody on board is tough.
"I am hoping a few people show up and like my music."
Embarking on his first major tour after 12 years plying his musical trade, Wockner will be determined to leave fans with a smile.
"I did a fundraising event to tour... I'm planning on getting everywhere in Australia," Wockner said.