An interview with Australian country music legend @johnwilliamsonmusic about @cruisincountryaus 2018 and other things
Acclaimed as one of Australian country music’s most highly anticipated events, the music festival on the high seas Cruisin’ Country returns in October 2018, celebrating a massive eight consecutive years. Cruisin’ Country 8 brings together more than 40 of Australia’s most respected country musicians including John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Graeme Connors, Gina Jeffreys, Sara Storer, Tania Kernaghan, Anne Kirkpatrick, James Blundell and Amber Lawrence - and it was a great privilege to talk to country music legend John Williamson about the cruise and about his illustrious career.
This will be your fourth time on Cruisin’ Country - do you remember your first time?
The first time I didn’t do the whole cruise - I flew to Vanuatu and jumped on board there. I was a bit worried about being on a cruise full of punters, but after that I realised that everyone’s pretty cool and you make a lot of friends. From then on I’ve done the whole thing. What I like about it now - the last cruise I think we had the best of country musicians that exist, all on a boat, and all the jam sessions that went on after all the shows were probably as much fun as doing the shows themselves.
Performance takes a lot of energy, and you have to gear up for a performance and wind down afterwards. So you do need to preserve yourself.
Oh yes. Any day I have a show I have a sleep in the afternoon. You do need a lot of energy. It’s not just about physical energy - it’s about having your head very clear. My show normally I do thirty songs.
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