Dont miss Adam Harvey at Ballina

Adam Harvey has lived some pretty incredible experiences during his decade-long career. He has played with some of Australia's finest, graced the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in the US and won numerous Golden Guitar awards. Now with a new

album, Harvey comes to Ballina this week.

As a kid did you know you wanted to be a country singer/songwriter?

I learnt to play guitar by strumming along to my dad's country records and that's when I fell in love with the music. I have had many jobs over the years, but I always dreamed of being a singer/songwriter.

What can audiences expect when you put on a show?

My attitude is that the world is full of crap and worry, so make the people forget about their problems and have a good time. I put a lot of comedy into my shows and I love to see people laugh as well.

You said your fifth album I'm Doin' Alright broadened the way you think about song writing. How so?

When you are young, it's all about writing the next hit song, getting the next award, or kicking the next goal. As you get older and have a family, you realise that it's not about getting everything you want … but wanting everything you've got and that's when you write what you are really about.

What was it like performing on the Grand Ole Opry?

My dad used to tell me all about this place as he played his country records to me as a kid. To walk out and sing on that stage where Elvis stood and many of my heroes, including Johnny Cash, started out was one of the greatest moments of my life.

What's next on the agenda for Adam Harvey after this current tour?

I've just finished a duets album. I really believe we have captured the fun and atmosphere that we had singing the songs together. It includes Kasey Chambers, Guy Sebastian, John Williamson, Shannon Noll, Leo Sayer and many more.

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