Singer Adam Harvey.
Singer Adam Harvey. Contributed

Family man Adam Harvey to launch new album at Gympie Muster

ADAM Harvey doesn't think there's any better place to launch his new album than the Gympie Muster.

The eight-time Golden Guitar winner will debut his latest album Family Life when he takes to the main stage tonight.

"I love the Muster; there's nothing else like it," he told APN.

"It's like Woodstock for country music fans. I has one hell of an atmosphere."

Harvey, who jokes he is a serial "re-offender" because of this 10 Muster visits over the years, is back on the road with the follow-up to his hugely successful Great Country Songbook collaboration with Troy Cassar-Daley.

There's a good chance Daley, who told APN he plans to attend the Muster for fun this year, will jump up on stage with his good mate Harvey.

"If he does turn up he'll be roped in. We toured together for 18 months so I've got too much dirt on him," Harvey laughed.

Family Life is a very personal album for the father of two. The 12 tracks are inspired by his wife Kathy and children Leylah and Conway.

"Every year I get a little bit older and I appreciate it even more, my beautiful wife and two beautiful kids. She's pretty sure they're mine," he joked.
 


"A few people have said it's a concept album, but I didn't mean to write a concept album. I was sitting down watching one of those morning TV shows and they had these young couples on TV talking about how they hate kids and never want to have kids because it will ruin their lives. I looked at my kids and thought 'wow they're the greatest thing that ever happened to me'. Then it dawned on me that's what the album should be about."

While the song My Little Boy was penned for Conway, Leylah lends her voice to the track Daddy What If.

"I've been very lucky over the years to record duets with Guy Sebastian, John Williamson and Troy Cassar-Daley but I think this (Daddy What If) is going to be my favourite," he said.

"Now she reckons I'm holding her back; no more daggy songs with Dad. A solo career is what she's aiming at now; she's got a taste of it."

The album also features a duet with McAlister Kemp called One Full Bottle of Rum, which Harvey reckons will go down a treat with punters tonight.

"I think that would go well at the Muster, wouldn't you?" he said.

"It will be nice to play a couple of the new ones, but I won't do too many of them. People want to hear the songs they know."

Adam Harvey plays the Gympie Muster Main Stage tonight at 7.45pm.

His national Family Life Tour will play regional Queensland next year.



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