Pete Murray says Gladstone's great for a party
PETE Murray reckons Gladstone is a hot joint that knows how to throw a party.
"Make sure the air-con is turned up outside when I get out there," he joked, speaking to The Observer.
He is keen to sink his teeth into the town for his November 22 gig.
"I've played a rugby tournament up there before and I have some friends that live there," he said.
"I remember it as a bit of a party town. It seems like a good time."
Murray loves regional tours, enjoying spreading his music to the smaller towns.
"It's different from the city," he said. "The country side is a little looser and wilder."
He grew up in Chinchilla, but has lived in Brisbane and Byron Bay.
"I was studying natural medicine years ago," he said.
"I studied that for a few years... (but) I couldn't see myself working in a clinic somewhere.
"I wanted to have a job that let me travel.
"That wasn't going to be natural medicine so music became a passion."
Murray sat in his room and messed around with a guitar for two years.
He played cover songs in bars and started songwriting, untouched territory in his family.
"I taught myself and picked things up and went from there," he said.
"Music wasn't really in the family. Nobody played instruments."
A late bloomer, Murray was 32 when he was signed by a record company.
"I am pretty lucky now. Most people are in their early 20s when they start.
"I was an old dude," he laughed.
The 45-year-old hasn't looked back, playing in Russia and all over Australia to fans of all different ages and walks of life.
"I am getting a lot of families coming to shows, teenage kids and even people in their 70s with their kids and grandkids," he said.
"You start to see your music is passing on to the next generation.
"In the early days the first four or five rows were girls but it's pretty even these days."
As for his gig at the Harvey Road Tavern, Murray said fans could definitely expect to hear his classics.
"I have always played a lot of those songs people know," he said.
"Some bands take themselves too seriously and they think they are too cool and don't play their old stuff.
"I don't think I am too cool now," he chuckled.
Murray is a cool dad though, fathering two boys, aged 11 and seven-and-a half.
He said his future wasn't set in stone but music seemed to be his path to pure happiness.
"Trying to stay at the top of your game is a hard thing to do but I am just going to keep writing songs and keep myself busy and not write pop stuff," Murray said with a laugh.
- Saturday, November 22
- Harvey Road Tavern
- Doors open at 6pm
- Tickets are $45 at the door