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Brock Country

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia | SELF

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia | SELF
Band Country Singer/Songwriter


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Album " The Year, Single " The Year ( CMC top 50 and numerous charts across Australia, Music video
2nd single Belle Starr



Brock Country “…not a mere breath of fresh air – more of a gale warning” and
“Belle Starr...simply one of the best country rock songs of the year”
Deborah Minter, Country Music Capital News Magazine
Brock Country roused the country scene with an impressive rumble in 2010 with ‘The
Year’. Beginning as a tender personal project his independent album quickly became
one of the most exciting debuts yet released in 2010.
Its title track burst onto the All Australian Top 20 Country Countdown and grew in
popularity as an upbeat drought breaker about hope and family in an ever fickle life on
the land. ‘The Year’ is the clear heart of this album and Brock Country’s reasons for
making it. It is about making each moment count, weathering hard times and coming
out with a new respect for life, and finally, love for the most important people in his life –
family. “There have been some tough times over the years and the one thing that’s
never missing in our family is love and support”. ‘The Year’ is an album dedicated most
especially to his two children Rani and Bayden.
Life took the former footballer and born-and-bred Forster boy down some very different
paths before he would call himself a musician. As a rugby league rookie he played in
Australia and overseas as a beefy front row forward in the Under 17s NSW Country
(Country Vs City), NSW Country 1sts, Penrith Panthers, and finally the USA’s
Connecticut Wildcats. Swapping football boots for the open road he worked as a tiler
tradesman in cities, small towns, and remote communities.
It’s fair to say that Brock Country’s musical career had been incubating around smoky campfires with his
guitar over many years – in places like Barrington Tops and the western plains of NSW. The campfire
became an intimate stage, the fire-lit faces of friends and family - an audience. He didn’t know it then – but
these special nights were the roots of what was to later become Brock Country’s musical debut.
It was in the western NSW town of Coonamble that a 40 year old Moody Hawaiian Lap Steele guitar found its
way into Brock Country’s hands. It had re-emerged (complete with original strings) from the shed of his
friend - an old shearer and outback hidden-talent. No one was to know then that the vintage guitar would be
dusted off to stage a spine tingling comeback in two tracks from The Year – “Rusty” and “Higher”. Stories
like this bring to light the genuine charm and earthiness at play in this musician’s journey.
Writing songs with an engaging honesty and freshness, the wide appeal of Brock Country and his music
lies not only in the colourful characters and landscapes of country and outback Australia (Brock’s workplace
and playground), or in his vibrant catalogue of life experience, but in a more general ‘grounded-ness’. You
see, throughout the twists and turns in this man’s journey, his compass has remained pointed solidly at the
important things – family and friends. And it shows.
It’s for good reason that one music journalist described Brock Country as “not a mere breath of fresh air –
more of a gale warning”. Put simply, Brock Country is talent to watch - just hold on to your hats while you
And in the words of the big man…
“The Year is dedicated to the two most special people in my life, my children Bayden &
Rani, and I hope that one day we can all look back on our lives and know that one year, at
least, was THE YEAR!!”