It was the album years in the making – a hit song for the renowned singer who has spent much of his career writing hits for his country music colleagues.
Matt Scullion, who co-wrote ‘Our Backyard’ – the tune nominated for a host of gongs at this year’s Golden Guitar awards – performed the eponymous ‘I’m Just a Song’ from his new album on Friday at his annual Scullion Sessions on Peel Street alongside country music great Tania Kernaghan and Drew McAlister.
Scullion spent six years in Nashville, immersed in the home of country music and its songs, before releasing the album in January.
"It's still early days but the music has been really well received," he said.
"I always planned on getting back into the saddle, but the reason why I decided to go off and be a songwriter was because I wanted to go over and live in Nashville.
"I'd been there many times, but I wanted to immerse myself in it."
Where to catch Matt Scullion at the Tamworth Country Music Festival
- Matt Scullion Band, The Albert Hotel, Tuesday January 23, 1.30pm and Thursday, January 25, at 12.30pm. Scullion Sessions: The Loft, Peel St, Friday, January 26, at 2pm. See the gig guide for more information.