TONY COOK – LAIDBACK COUNTRY
‘Laidback Country’ the new single from Tony Cook is a dedication to his beloved hometown of Charters Towers, Queensland and its “laidback culture”. Produced by Simon Johnson of Hillbilly Hut, the track features legendary Australian guitarist Phil Emmanuel on a lead guitar solo.
The single has been given the video treatment by The Filmery and features Federal/State MPs Bob Katter and Shane Knuth – check it out on YOUTUBE
‘Laidback Country’ is the first single and title track from the singer-songwriter’s debut album, to be released in mid-2017. The debut EP “Laidback Tones” was released a little over 7 years ago and in that break, Tony took the time to get married, start a family and while he generally got busy with life, he never stopped writing songs.
Tony fondly recalls some of the characters that would frequent his parents’ hotel in Maxwelton Queensland and while one day he’d love to write a book about them, for now he’s happy to put his experiences and passion for the bush into his songs. The new album is pure country and has been described as a blend of an Australian George Strait meets John Williamson with a hint of Paul Kelly.
The jukebox in the remote outback family pub, helped Tony find his way to country music via all the latest country hits including Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler and the latest from Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash. Today Tony’s musical favourites include Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Australian success-stories John Williamson, Graeme Connors, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand and James Blundell.
When Tony isn’t performing across North Queensland, he is a part-time farrier and works on the small family farm. Over the years, Tony has been fortunate enough to share the stage with many Australian music heavy-weights including Adam Brand, James Blundell, Travis Collins, Wendy Matthews and Russell Morris.
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