Triple Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea releases to radio today his new single “Three Brothers (The Great War)” from his highly anticipated new album Sing You Up.
The album will be Luke’s fifth album and will be released on Friday March 14.
Luke O’Shea recently picked up two Golden Guitars for back-to back Toyota Heritage Song of the Year and the coveted APRA Song Of The Year at the 2014 CMAA Australian Country Music Awards in January with the Joy McKean inspired first single from the album “Lady Of The Land”.
Of the second single to be lifted from the album – “Three Brothers (The Great War)” – Luke says, It was written to punch listeners in the nose - with the hope that the sting and the songs message will then be forever remembered!”
Luke continues, “July 28, 2014 is the Centenary of World War I.
With all the 'flag waving and cheers' that will resound throughout Australia this ANZAC Day, WE MUST remember the terrible scar on humanity that the 'Great War' was.
As a High School History teacher my blood boils and my eyes glaze over as together we learn about the mistakes and the senseless waste of our gallant young men.
As most know - Australian troops defined themselves brilliantly given the circumstances and incompetence of our British Generals. Gallipoli was a disaster as was the massacre in France with 5533 Australian casualties in Fromelles in one night, 28,000 casualties in the first 7 weeks – these were not glorious deaths.
I wrote this song to shout out to those unaware of the waste and damage of an event that happened 100 years ago and that we as a nation - have never recovered from.
As I tour around Australia I see so many once blossoming young towns frozen in time. Iconic Rolls of Renown stand pride of place in towns where the 'land has all been bought up and the shops are closing down'. For each young man that didn’t return an invaluable skill was lost - a husband, a father, a captain coach, a teacher or a farmer - there was so much 'future' lost.
I get highly emotional with this song and I hope to get people discussing, arguing and feeling the rage over our baptism of hell fire that went on to define us as our OWN race of people – Australians!”
The new album Sing You Up will be launched at the CMC Rocks The Hunter 2014 music festival where Luke will perform on the final day - Sunday. Luke explains the meaning behind the album title. “For 50,000 years indigenous Australians had a complex series of song lines that crisscrossed the country and when a man or woman went 'walkabout' they were on a serious mission to follow these set paths and to 'sing up the country'. If they failed in their responsibility it was believed the land would disappear.
With white settlement these traditions and 'song lines' have almost been lost or replaced with highways and red dirt roads - and with the advancement of digital technology and mass globalisation - it appears that if we do not continue this tradition of 'singing up' the land, it's history and it's people - then perhaps it's not just the land that is lost - but also our unique Australian culture.
Indigenous Australians have always revered country music & country musicians - in particular Slim Dusty, as they traversed the land 'singing it up!'
This is a tradition I am wanting to continue as I do see our magnificent Australian culture at risk - so let's not lose ourselves & let's get passionate about what we have & how lucky we are to have it!!”
SING YOU UP Tracklisting:
- Sing You Up
- Dad’s Bottom Drawer
- Three Brothers (The Great War)
- Fill It Up With Love
- Wayne & Wanita
- White Dove Black Crow
- Perfect Plan
- Lady Of The Land
- Truckstop Flowers
- Hillbilly Hippy
- Watch Things Grow
PRE ORDER THE NEW ALBUM 'SING YOU UP' HERE.
Story and photo courtesy HSF Artist Services.