For celebrated entertainer and country music purist Adam Harvey, one musical era stands out head, hat and shoulders above all the rest: Nashville’s seminal 1970s Golden Age. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Adam jetted off to the bright lights of the immortal Music City to record masterful 10th studio album The Nashville Tapes, armed with a brace of new songs couched in the classic country sounds that most capture his imagination.
“It’s one of those things that’s been on my bucket list for probably 20-odd years, to actually go and record an album over there in Nashville,” Adam says of the inspiration behind The Nashville Tapes. “I thought, I want to make a 70s country album: that’s my favourite era in country music. I just wanted to make it really authentic. While everybody else is heading further and further away from classic country music, it’s a good step for me to not only follow my passion and my heart, but also to go the other way!”
Perhaps more than any of Adam’s stellar solo releases to date, The Nashville Tapes is a sweeping, personal celebration of the sounds that defined a generation: from the legendary outlaws to the first wave of global country megastars.
Hot off a barnstorming national tour with great mate Beccy Cole in support of last year’s phenomenal The Great Country Songbook Volume II, Adam is poised to release The Nashville Tapes at the height of his formidable powers.
Adam Harvey has long been one of Australian country music’s premier artists. With eight Golden Guitars on the mantelpiece – including Male Vocalist of the Year Golden Guitars in 2002 (for ‘The Shake of a Hand’), 2004 (for ‘Call It Love’), and 2005 (for ‘That’s What You Call A Friend’), and Album of the Year wins in 2002, 2008 and 2012 (for Workin' Overtime, I’m Doin' Alright and Falling Into Place respectively), Adam ranks among Australian country music’s most decorated artists. Add to that more than half a million album sales, back-to-back No.1 albums on the ARIA Country Albums Chart, three ARIA nominations, and a succession of Gold- and- Platinum-certified albums, and it’s easy to see that Adam’s trophy room sparkles from every angle.
In recognition of his immense reach, Adam was awarded the CMA’s Global Country Artist Award in 2007, and is the recipient of a Centenary Medal in recognition of his charity outreach – including Ambassadorships with the Fred Hollows Foundation and the McGrath Foundation.
In one of countless peaks in his unstoppable ascendency, Adam made history in 2009, debuting 6th studio outing Both Sides Now in the Top 20 of the ARIA General Albums Chart, and taking out the No.1 spot on the ARIA Country Albums Chart. It’s just one in an unbroken string of No.1 ARIA Country Albums releases.