Charters Towers-based musician Tony Cook has joined forces with country music legends Phil Emmanuel and producer Simon Johnson to pay tribute to the laidback culture of his hometown in his new single Laidback Country.
The track’s official music video, which started rotation across Australia’s Country Music Channel (CMC) today, showcases the very best of Charters Towers and features guest cameos from local characters, including Federal and State MPs Bob Katter and Shane Knuth. It’s hard not to crack a smile as we watch the Wild West’s pollies initiate a stressed out city chap into the easy-going way of life synonymous with country towns.
Tony said the song was inspired by his time as a child out in remote North Western Queensland and fondly recalls some of the characters that would frequent his parents’ hotel in Maxwelton.
“They were charismatic, tough and very happy people,” said Tony. “To me, the people of country Australia, are what it means to be Australian – relaxed, friendly and always up for a yarn and a good laugh.
“That’s exactly the kind of character you’ll find in the video for Laidback Country – we actually had to rein in Bob and Shane because they kept trying to one-up each other with their wild tales while we were trying to shoot.
“I’d love to write a book about my experiences growing up in North West Queensland someday, but for now my passion is putting them into traditional bush songs.”