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2 September, 2020

Catherine Britt is a country girl

AWARD-WINNING country musician, Catherine Britt, is making her return out west this month as a part of her Bush Pubs tour to celebrate the launch of her long-awaited new album.

By Hamish Hart

Forever country…ARIA award nominee Catherine Britt is brimming with excitement about her return to rural Queensland

Beginning at Tamworth’s Country Music Festival from January 22, the Bush Pubs tour was indefinitely postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Mrs Britt said the postponement of the tour was a tough pill to swallow and believes her career may not have continued if not for the support shown from fans.

“It has been a tough year for music,” Mrs Britt said. “I was in Bucca, Queensland when the pandemic hit and I had to cancel the rest of the tour. I headed straight home.

“We are grateful we will be able to play some shows even though they will be very different to what we are used to.

“If it wasn’t for JobKeeper and crowdfunding for my new album, I don’t know how we would have survived.”

Hot off the heels of the successful 2018 album Catherine Britt and the Cold Cold Heart, Britt’s newest album, I Am a Country Girl, was inspired by words from her best friend and is the catalyst behind her Bush Pubs tour.

“When we landed in Nashville for our United States tour, I asked my best friend ‘Have you been listening to the radio? What’s new’?” Mrs Britt said. “She simply replied in her Mississippi drawl, ‘Oh honey, I don’t need to listen to the radio, I am a country song.’

“That comment has always stuck with me as such a great idea for a song and I kept it in my list of ideas for years until this album.

“When I sat down with fellow musician Gareth Hudson, I told him my idea and the song just fell out of us. We both knew straight away it was a special song that many country fans can relate to.”

Recommencing at Collinsville, the Bush Pubs tour will travel to a number of locations across Outback Queensland, including Ilfracombe’s Wellshot Hotel on August 30, Winton’s North Gregory Hotel on September 4 and Cloncurry’s PO Hotel on September 5.

Following her Queensland leg of the circuit, Catherine will visit numerous hotels, motels and sports clubs across South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria before concluding the tour in Torth, Tasmania at the end of November.

Mrs Britt expressed her excitement about returning to the bush.

“Now more than ever it is tough for musicians as our main source of income is touring year round,” Mrs Britt said. “I’m very excited to return to Queensland. I absolutely love it out there.

“I can’t wait to play these shows in Queensland, South Australia and for the rest of Australia. I’ll see you all there.”

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