Pete Murray returns to the South Coast to perform next Thursday Aug 17th at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. Touring with a new album Camacho Pete is happy to be back on the road and the reception has been tremendous with sell out concerts one after another. Catching up with Pete before a gig in Victoria tonight he took time out for a few words. Peter told The Beagle "I love it, this album comes alive on stage". "Even though it's a 33-date tour around the country every gig ad every venue is fresh. There is such a great vibe".
Pete is wrapped in coming back to the South Coast after too long a spell, “I’ll be bringing the full band to The Bay after the gigs this weekend in Tassie. I’m also really excited about playing the new music for the first time and cannot wait to get up there and see the crowd’s reaction.”
The Beagle asked Pete for some background to the latest album Comacho
"A few years ago I was looking for a name for a bar and café I was opening with some friends in Byron. I wanted to have have a Spanish flavour. I was checking out some old 70s Spanish magazines for inspiration and spotted a photo of a joint called Café Camacho." “I thought ‘What a cool name. Camacho? What does that mean?” "A Spanish backpacker I me told me that it roughly means cool, or to have a cool attitude. "But it didn't get called Comacho and the café ended up being called Frankie Brown after my kelpie. "But now I had a working title for my next album. "Camacho ended up being released six years after my fifth album Blue Sky Blue. “My whole vibe for this album was cool “I didn’t want it to be commercial. I didn’t want it to be too alternative. It just had to be cool. "A blend of vintage keys, a bluesy groove and understated vocals. I wanted this stuff to have the same flavour “Regardless what you think of me, the music should be really … Camacho "I made the decision early on to get cracking on the new songs in his Byron Bay studio without a producer, working at my own pace and recruit production or musical maestros when I needed them. “With this one, the last thing I wanted to do was jump in the studio and record this in four to six weeks,” “I didn’t want to use anyone from overseas to do it. I wanted to record it myself, but find other guys who could help me achieve what I wanted to achieve. " “There’s enough talent in this country that I knew I could do that." Fifteen years on from his independently released debut The Game, which led to a recording contact with Sony BMG and cemented his decision to leave rugby behind for music, Murray feels revitalised and refreshed. He says Camacho has many similarities to his 2003 breakthrough Feeler, which featured hit single So Beautiful, topped the Aussie charts and went on to more than six-times platinum sales. "My goal was to create a classic album that people will love from start to finish" "I encourage everyone to have a listen to the album on Itunes or Spotify" You can stream Comacho from Pete's website at http://www.petemurray.com/