True blue singer still learning, growing

COUNTRY singer John Williamson has worked the tough and demanding country music scene for more than 40 years.

He’s sold more than 4 million albums and won three ARIA and 24 Golden Guitar awards as well as many Mo and APRA awards.

He’s a member of the ARIA Hall of Fame and has many platinum and gold albums to his name.

And yet Williamson believes he has more to learn.

‘‘I never really thought that I was on top of the world at any stage,’’ Williamson said.

‘‘It’s been good not to rest on your laurels and improve as a singer and a player.

‘‘I think it’s a healthy attitude.’’

Williamson said he was continually growing as an entertainer because he was having to come up with new ways of promoting Australian country music.

‘‘It has taken a long time for people to accept the Australian style of music, but I think I have won that race,’’ he said.

‘‘I thinks it’s growing and Australians are becoming proud of who they are.

‘‘I think we are heading towards a republic and that is a fact of us becoming proud of who we are.’’

Williamson released a compilation album, A Hell of A Career, in July, including 44 songs spanning his career.

Williamson said it was hard to know what songs to leave off the album.

‘‘I’ve written between 400 to 500 songs and I’ve recorded between 400 to 500 songs so it wasn’t that easy,’’ he said.

‘‘For me it was the songs that I get requested to sing the most.’’

Williamson switched to the Warner Music Group record label recently and said the album was a way of introducing the change.

Williamson will perform at Dural Country Club on Friday, January 17.

Tickets cost $44 for adults and $33 for children.

■ Details: 9651 1600 or duralcountryclub.com.au.

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