Liam Gerner can really write songs. At heart he’s a country songwriter – and a very fine one. No lesser a figure than Ryan Bingham said: “Liam is an extraordinary musician. Both as a songwriter and performer Liam is a force to be reckoned with.”
This album is the first recorded with Gerner’s band The Sunset Pushers and it allows the song writer an enormous freedom with regard to how he expresses his blues and country tinged ruminations on life and times. Across this album there are sonic explorations of roots country and frequent excursions into a more uptempo, almost country soul approach with tinges of heartland rock’n’roll.
Gerner’s current preoccupations – and understandable ones given the amount of time he spends overseas – are his relationship with his own country. Everything from Midnight Oil, The Cruel Sea, Archie Roach, Banjo Patterson, Neil Murray and Don Watson have fuelled his observations in the songs on this album.
Recorded in both Melbourne (which is Gerner’s current home base) and Malibu, this album is steeped in both Americana and Australiana as Gerner manages to effortlessly fuses the sound of the Outback with that of a rowdy Texan barroom.