AT HOME: Australian country music artist Adam Harvey.
AT HOME: Australian country music artist Adam Harvey. Contributed

Meet Adam Harvey for a drink at the bar

COUNTRY music star Adam Harvey is brining his latest release Harvey's Bar... The Backyard Sessions to Ballina.

Multiple Aria Award nominee and eight-time Golden Guitar winner, Adam Harvey is one of Australia's most popular and enduring country stars with a career spanning over two decades.

Adam Harvey started learning country classics on the guitar as a small boy.

His first gig came at the age of 10 and by his school years he was performing rock covers at a club when he was discovered and went on tour as support for Tania Kernaghan.

In 1998, Harvey won his first Country Music (CMAA) Award for Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Tanya Self for Drive Away.

In 2001, he won another CMAA Award for Vocal Collaboration of the Year, this time with Beccy Cole, Darren Coggan and Felicity, for Do I Ever Cross Your Mind.

With more than half a million sales, now, plus gold and platinum albums, Adam's new endeavour, Harvey's Bar... The Backyard Sessions debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Country Album Charts and remained in the top spot for seven weeks.

Written and recorded in his bar at home, in a part of the world which Adam refers to as The Peoples' Republic of Bateau Bay, Harvey was able to gather up friends and neighbours for an after hour's sing-a-long with a few beers and his trademark one liners.

"Because I've written a few drinking songs in the past," explains Harvey, "and I talk about how this

happened in the bar, or we wrote this in the bar, I have a lot of people that come up to me and say

God, I'd love to spend a night in that bar".

"I started to think why don't we try and take a bit of that bar atmosphere and bring the bar to those

people. That was the whole idea of the album… now the fun begins, I get to take this show on tour".

Harvey will be bringing with him a huge backdrop and a living breathing replica of his own bar that will be re-built on stage.

"I think that a lot of artists are frightened to allow their audience or listeners into their own personal

life," he explains.

"That has never been something that's worried me. Country music fans are like one big family and with this album and tour I want to try and let them inside my home, with my family".

"The idea of the show is to invite the audience into that personal space as if they are visiting Harvey at home".

  • At the Ballina RSL Club, 240 River St, Ballina, on Sunday, July 17, from 8pm. Adults $30/children 14 and under $15 (children permitted entry when accompanied by a parent).