Blue skies ahead for muso
PETE Murray is consistently on the road, whether it's shooting music videos in Rio or playing gigs in Amsterdam.
In his limited downtime he finds time at home to surf at New South Wales' Byron Bay.
But this singer from Chinchilla, in country Queensland, rises to the call for maroon whenever it is heard.
"Still a Queenslander," Pete said.
"Whenever the State of Origin is on, I'm always first up in the Queensland gear and hang out with the local guys down there.
"They've been hating me for the last six years."
And it seems at the pub you're just another guy, regardless of Murray's success with multiple albums.
"I remember going and watching a game at the bowls club with a few guys there and this old fella who was sitting in front of me, didn't really turn around."
"I was talking to him for like 20 minutes, the whole time, and then he had to get up and go to the toilet, and he turned around and realised I was wearing a Queensland shirt.
"He was filthy with me. He just brushed me for the rest of the night."
Pete's making the trek to Central Queensland next month for a series of shows, promoting his latest album Blue Sky Blue.
It has been over three years since the region has seen Pete and Gladstone fans will have the option of going to Rockhampton or Bundaberg for a show.
"It's great, you know I think that Queensland is unique.
"There's not a lot of bands that come, they go to the cities and maybe a few areas outside," he said.
"It's quite a lot of fun once you get there... It's great country, really friendly people."
Blue Sky Blue features two hit singles Always a Winner and Free, but Pete's favourite song is the one that started it all.
"Feeler is a really good song, I like it. (Also) probably the new song, Broken, and Blue Sky Blue," he said.
Pete's living the good life these days but he's thankful to those who have helped him in his journey.
"Friend of mine called Charlie, he passed away a few years ago. He got me introduced into playing guitar, so I guess I owe him. I wouldn't be able to play music now," he said.
- Bundaberg's Sugarland Tavern: Wednesday April 18
- Rockhampton's The Great Western Hotel: Thursday April 19
- Tickets: oztix.com.au