AUSTRALIAN country singer-songwriter Sara Storer fans can rejoice with the news she will be back with a new album in March – and Tamworth audiences will be able to hear two new tracks at Thursday's show.
The as-yet-untitled album is the fruit of plenty of hard labour as Storer juggles life as a performer and a mother of four boys, aged from about 10 months to nearly seven years old.
Four-year-old Bill O’Hare is so inquisitive, The Leader photographer Paul Mathews put him to work and he took the above photo of his family.
Storer said she found the time to write in those rare, quiet moments she had between entertaining and looking after her family.
Golden Guitar winner Matt Fell produced the album, with the first single being Purple Cockies, which is about appreciating what you have, rather than worrying about what you don’t have.
“We tried to do something new and fresh again,” she said.
The first track is a song co-written by all six Storer siblings about their dad called My Diamond. The rest of the tracks were written by Storer, except for one from her brother, Greg, because she said it needed to be heard.
“I love his writing. The rest are mine. My Diamond means a lot to me and involves random lines from all the siblings, and I put them together into a song,” she said.
Greg features on the album and sings the first track with Sara.
“It is unusual to have the first track on an album as a duet, but I like to do things a little differently,” Sara said.
Sara said the songs were not forced and she did not write with an album in mind, she just wrote when ideas and thoughts came to her.
“The songs came from moments of just writing,” she said. “I haven’t thought about what’s missing then gone and written a deliberate song.
“It is a very singersongwriter album, and there are rural songs because I can’t help it. My family background is in farming and I worry about them. There is one song about my sons called I Wonder Joe. I was wondering about life and Joe was just born and was beside me asleep.
"It’s about me wondering and if he was wondering in his sleep. The boys get a mention in random songs.
“I feel like I’m going to have fun in Tamworth, because the pressure’s off, with having the album finished, and I am now closer to the industry, which has settled my mind a bit.”
She has a show on Thursday in Blazes at Wests and a show with Greg at The Longyard on Saturday