“After 20 years you might think we’d be getting a bit jaded, but really, we’re like a bunch of kids on our first tour.”
Adam Brand is clearly enjoying this concert tour, the Milestone being his 20 years in the music industry.
The tour schedule is crammed as he zigzags around the country, playing pubs, clubs and concert halls in little towns and big cities alike. Just looking at the schedule is enough to make most mortals quake, but Brand and his band, comprising some of the country’s top session musicians, are relishing this time on the road promoting his new song as well as the songs that have built his career over two decades.
Brand has never played in Bungendore before, although he’s played in various places around the region. “I’ve got friends in Bungendore, though,” he said, “and this was a good opportunity to catch up with them and play somewhere I haven’t been before.”
The Milestone tour highlights a new eponymous song, which, Brand says, was actually written very early in his career. It’s about a young man dreaming about a career in music, and then, 20 years later, finds that he’s realised that dream.
Brand says that the boundaries of country music are very blurry. His own style has evolved naturally but he’s grown and learned over the years.
“There are two schools of thought”, he says, regarding country music generally. “There’s the traditional school and the more progressive one. Music is an art form that needs to evolve, like all art forms.”
Although his first stage appearance was at the age of 3, singing How much is that doggie in the window, with his dad in a Perth pub, the 20 year milestone dates from the release of Brand’s first studio album, Adam Brand. He now has 14 albums and 12 Country Music Awards to his name and has no intention of hanging up the guitar any time soon.
So after 20 years, what’s next for Adam Brand? “There’s never a full stop.”