James Blundell’s Campfire climbs the charts

CHART CLIMBER: James Blundell has kicked 2017 off at high speeds and he shows no signs of slowing down just yet with plenty of time on the road to promote his new album Campfire along with supporting his mate Lee Kernaghan.

CHART CLIMBER: James Blundell has kicked 2017 off at high speeds and he shows no signs of slowing down just yet with plenty of time on the road to promote his new album Campfire along with supporting his mate Lee Kernaghan.

JUST a couple of weeks after releasing his latest studio album Campfire – James Blundell has let the cat out of the bag that there’s more to come this year.

His 30th year in the industry couldn’t have gone off to a better start with the accomplished artist performing to packed crowds at the Tamworth Country Music Festival at his own concert and at Toyota Stars Under the Stars.

But the icing on the cake came this month as Campfire, debuted at seventh on the ARIA charts.

The album showcases covers of some of music’s greatest hits including the first single, Cyndi Lauper’s Money Changes Everything.

Blundell has also hinted to The Leader that there’ll be another album and an anthology on the way this year and he’s hitting the road to spread the word.

“Karen Waters (of Red Rebel Music) and I wanted to make an album that was really first and foremost about the music, which makes it all even better,” he said.

“Without any huge marketing push, we are in good chart positions – with the ARIA charts and the AIR charts it means someone out there is buying the record and that is fantastic.

”This was purely a mental release, a change in dynamic and it felt like a lot of fun so it’s amazing how well it has been received – it was a spontaneous album.”

Blundell said the momentum gained from the album “really spoke” of the value the songs he covered had on people’s lives.

With Money Changes Everything gaining radio play, Blundell hopes Rain on the Scarecrow (A cover of the John Mellencamp hit) would have the same effect with the music video filmed in Tamworth in January.

“We picked the ten best songs we could think of and it worked,” he said.

As for what’s next, Blundell says he’s on the campaign trail where he’s spreading the word of his latest offerings.

He’s also hitching a ride on tour with Lee Kernaghan to support his great mate on his 25th anniversary tour, the pair are also set to release a new single in the near future.

“It was a piece of celebrating how wild, woolly and wonderful it was working together back in 1992,” he said.

“I guess because you live it, you don’t really see it but when someone presents the idea of it in a song – we had way too much fun.”

And while the Australian country star admits he’s no longer as “wild and woolly” as he used to be, he says he’s looking forward to plenty more good times on the road, and if there’s one thing for sure, there’s plenty of music in him yet.

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