Once in a while, something or someone comes along to surprise you. I normally steer away from very young acts. I just think that they are not really ready to make that big step. There are some exceptions. Sonny French is one, but his parents are Stuie and Camille, so you kind of think that something must have rubbed off. The other one is this young fella. Now Rory and I have a few things in common. He’s from Tumut…..my ancestors are from Tumut (via Ireland and England and wherever else us Johnsons and Murrays came from). The other thing is that I had a guitar at 10 years old. He plays a guitar at 10 years old. Sorry, that is an understatement. He drives a guitar at 10 years old. Man oh man, has he got the Blues down.
I’ve heard Rory being interviewed a few times and he is 10 going on 40. I know that Beth Brown wants to adopt him…..well it seems that way! I think that if I had kids Rory or Phoebe Jay would be pretty close to similar souls that I would have. They are so passionate about music and they are jumping out of their skins to play it.
Rory definitely has a feeling for the blues. His charm and his gift of entertaining is very strong. His raw vocals will improve with age and experience. He certainly has some great members in his cheer squad to guide him through.
Roger Corbett doesn’t just take anybody on. He co-writes a couple on here with Rory and helps him out with musicianship.
I think that the Felicity/Catherine song suits him to a T. It is a nice “age appropriate” song but more importantly, it provides a bit of a different shade. Instrumentally, Train Wreck Blues is his best fit, but then, I am a sucker for at train song.
The main thing about Rory is his joy for what he does. The little old rainbow of happiness practically pops out of the stereo when I play his cd.
I have heard him tell of his love of both cars and guitars and that is obvious when he sings and plays the title track with such gusto.
The little letter that came with the EEP (I reckon that when they go past 4, they are Extended, Extended Plays), says that: “I want to make people happy. I also want the EP to bring more gig opportunities my way.” That line kind of sums Rory up. He definitely makes people happy. The last bit sums up his ambition and his cheeky way of putting his message across.
The young man who picked up a guitar at five, went on to be the youngest to graduate from CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. You have to keep reminding yourself how young he is and how much he has achieved already. As he gets older and learns all the tricks of the trade, he will be one to watch. Some of our very best started young and they are still going strong.
At 10, Rory is the youngest to reviewed on this blog. One day he may be amongst the oldest like Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn.
Reach for the stars, Rory…..and keep making us happy.
Cars and Guitars: R Phillips and Roger Corbett
Happier Day: Felicity Urquhart/Catherine Britt
In The USA: R Phillips and Roger Corbett
Lonely Boy: D Auerbach/P Carney/B Burton
Train Wreck Blues – R Phillips/B Chambers/J Van Cooper
Rocky Mountain Way – J Walsh/J Vitale/R Grace/K Passarelli
Produced by Roger Corbett