Pete Murray is, without a doubt, one of our most-loved singer songwriters and I can’t wait for him to perform on his PM3 Summer Session tour.
“We have a lot of fun,” Murray said.
“I sometimes give the guys a hard time, but when we did a run early this year with the three of us I had a lot of people say it was the best live show of mine.”
The band members he refers to are Simon Fisenden on bass, and Brett Wood. Wood has been with him since about 2007, Fisenden came on board for the Camacho album.
Camacho, released in June 2017, was a critical and fan success.
“Whenever you do another album, you hope to get close to the best that’s gone before, but I never thought I would enjoy success better than the Feeler album,” he said.
“I liked it, it had a different flavour to what I’ve done before. It was the most-produced album I’ve done and it is really rewarding to hear other people say they like it better.”
Murray says commercial radio has changed a lot, but now at least there are a lot more singer-songwriters back on the charts and hopefully they will get played a lot more.
One thing he knows is his fans will always request his big hits like ‘So Beautiful’, ‘Better Days’ and ‘Opportunity’.
“It’s hard not to do those songs, I don’t try to be precious about them, they’re the songs that made me,” he said.
Not bad for a guy who had two guitar lessons and then taught himself.
“I did nothing [musically] until I was 22. I think I’ve given a lot of hope to guys in their 30s, that you don’t have to be young to make it,” he said.
When he started out he was happy playing covers, but then he started writing and he knew where his passion lay.
His other passion is fitness and he has incorporated that into a wellness retreat at Byron Bay with friend Benny Owen.
“He approached me about bringing some acoustic music into the mix of a yoga, exercise and healthy eating program,” he said.
He spent Christmas “hanging around home and chilling” before gearing up for this tour. Luckily, his job allows him to take his family along to some parts of the tour, a great advantage to doing short runs.
Murray says he’s been writing new material and it certainly won’t be six years between albums as it was last time.
Pete Murray will play the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club on Wednesday, January 16.