Tony Smith’s songs capture the Australian country way of life.
Born and raised on the lower Darling Murray Basin region at Balcatherine Station, 45 kilometres from the historic town of Wentworth NSW, Tony lived and breathed the land through the good times and bad, as every farmer does. From droughts, floods and fires, to epic lake bed wheat crops, booming wool and sheep prices and back again, to shooting stock and wondering why the hell any sane person would try to make a living off the land.
Working far and wide to make ends meet, Tony went from mustering buffalo in the NT to shearing sheep in most states of Australia and more recently, in the mining industry as an all-rounder, meaning; ‘drives anything.’
Tony’s life experiences were recorded in his music with songs such as ‘Shearer’, which was recorded by James Blundell on his Portrait of a Man album, and ‘Little Desert’, which enjoyed chart success.
Then Tony fell away from the music scene for over 20 years. Whilst playing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, his wife Ana noticed something not right with their nearly full term baby Kelsey Roy Smith. Tony and Ana flew home where Kelsey was stillborn. A few months later Tony was diagnosed with cancer which knocked the still staggering family for another ‘six’. Tony‘s natural instinct was to focus on and protect what he held most dear – his loving wife and children, and music took a back seat for many years.
Tony Smith’s return to country music is a welcome one.
He was recently part of the National ABC series ‘The Recording Studio’ where he recorded a tribute to his father with Multi -Golden Guitar winning producer Matt Fell. His songs echo the spirit of John Williamson, delivering the story of his life and the people around him in songs he crafts. His return comes with the new single ‘Dance On’.
“I was working in W.A driving trucks when this gem popped into my head on a long trip from Newman to Cape Preston “They Danced Off Into Their Lives” rattled around in my head for hours and gradually became a song about the longevity of true love.” Tony Smith
With a new album due for release at the Tamworth Festival in 2021, ‘Dance On’ is a great sample of the rich tapestry of songs to come, and a most welcome return.
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