Pete Murray’s latest album Blue Sky Blue is a collection of songs that’s energised by all the possibilities of making a fresh start, of a high blue sky ahead. The album was recorded at Los Angeles studio Sunset Sound, which has been the scene for classic recordings for artists from The Doors and Led Zeppelin to Beck and Arctic Monkeys.
It was created after a time of personal change for Murray, who has had a marriage break-up since the release of his 2008 album Summer at Eureka. If it’s a break-up album, it’s one that constantly looks at the possibilities of a new beginning. When people meet Murray, they remark on his humility and the lack of rock star attitude. When they get to know him better, they find something else, the quiet but steely determination which saw him overcome numerous obstacles to pursue a music career.
After years of struggle, that career finally bloomed to make him the most commercially successful Australian singer-songwriter of the past 10 years and took his albums Feeler, See the Sun and Summer At Eureka into hundreds of thousands of Australian homes, as well as making inroads in markets from the Netherlands to Brazil.
Three years ago he took a complete break from music, refusing every work offer that came his way, devoting his time to fathering his two sons and, free from the rock’n’roll lifestyle of late nights and early flights, hitting the surf near his northern New South Wales home. Refreshed and with no pressures of deadlines or work commitments, he felt new songs starting to come to him that demanded a new approach. And while he might have achieved many of his goals, the determination that refused to give up on musical dreams when people made of lesser stuff would have crumbled was still there.
While Murray has had most of his radio play for his acoustic-guitar anthems, his albums and live shows have always had a rock’n’roll heart and he wanted to make sure that shone through on the new songs that would come to make up Blue Sky Blue.
Pete Murray will be performing tracks from Blue Sky Blues and songs from his back catalogue this November:
London Bush Hall – Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd November
Tickets are £16 and are on sale now – www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051
Blue Sky Blue is out now through Sony