When Tom Curtain returned to the music scene in 2017, after a 12 year hiatus, he didn’t expect his third album, Territory Time, to shoot to #1 on the iTunes Country Australia chart or his duet with Luke O’Shea, ‘Never Never Land’, to win two Golden Guitars at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Since then, the singer-songwriter has been showered with accolades for his true blue, catchy approach to country music. Today he releases his stunning fifth studio album, Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us.
Tom Curtain isn’t one of those acts who puts on a hat and southern drawl in an effort to convince you of his authenticity. He’s already the real deal. Dressed in worn blue jeans, an Ariat shirt and a wide brim straw hat, this is no act. It becomes abundantly clear when listening to his new 10-track offering; a rousing snapshot of life in outback Australia.
Tom confesses the songs from the new album are “written from my own experiences, travelling and some great stories.” Mid-tempo ballads like ‘The Best Horse’ and the title track, ‘Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us’ dive into matters of the heart, with the former detailing the unique bond between a man and his horse. While foot stompers, ‘Ee-yaw’ and ‘Tractor Man’ balance out the album’s denser material as light-hearted sing-alongs.
“There’re some funny upbeat songs, some serious ones that describe the life out here in the bush and a few really heartfelt songs that is new territory for me but I think they will strike a chord with fans.”
The tracks that really shine are those about life on the land. ‘When The Rain Comes Down’ is a stark commentary on the difficulties faced by those working in rural Australia, as ‘Heaven on Earth’ and ‘Why We Live Out Here’ celebrate the idiosyncrasies of outback living. The latter, released as the lead single from the album, enjoyed extensive radio success – spending 5 weeks in the #1 spot of the Country Tracks Top 40 Airplay Chart where it’s been a fixture for over 18 weeks.
The instrumentation surrounding Tom’s stories is airtight; each track buffed and polished to a world class sheen by producer and co-writer, Garth Porter (Lee Kernaghan, James Blundell). Recorded at Porter’s Rancom St. Studios in Sydney, the playing is expert – a fitting blend of pop-like hooks in a setting more faithful to country music’s roots.
When the Live Beef Export Ban came into effect in 2011, Tom was working as a horse trainer and overnight he found himself out of work overnight. To remedy this, he created the tourist attraction, Katherine Outback Experience (KOE). Today KOE is wildly successful, winning awards for the Best Tourist Attraction in Australia 2021 and Best Tourist Attraction in the NT for the last three years running.
While it predominately operates out of Katherine, NT, in the summer it becomes a travelling show, featuring Tom’s original music blended with an interactive display of horse and dog training demonstrations. In the Summer of 2022/23 Tom is set to embark on a 70+ date tour, bringing the legendary show from NT to QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and SA.
Tom’s hard hitting new album Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us is authentically Australian. He sums it up well in the lyrics of his closing track ‘Country Boys’ – “Living and loving in a big wide land”. That is in essence what this album is all about. Packed with fun and heartful stories of rural living, every word sounds sincere and every note authentic.
Friday 21 October – Katherine Outback Experience – Katherine – NT
Saturday 22 October – Darwin Riding for Disabled – Darwin – NT
Fri 28 October – Dalrymple Equestrian Centre Indoor Arena – Charters Towers – QLD
Sat 29 October – Rupertswood and District horse and Pony Club – Townsville – QLD
Sun 30 October – Mungalla Station – Ingham – QLD
Fri 4 November – Pyramid Polocrosse – Gordonvale, QLD
Sat 5 November – Mareeba Pony Club – Mareeba – QLD
Sun 6 November – Greenvale Campdraft Grounds – Greenvale – QLD
Fri 11 November – Bowen Turf Club – Bowen – QLD
Sat 12 November – St Helens Bowls Club – Calen – QLD
Sun 13 November – Capella Showground – Capella – QLD
Fri 18 November – Central Queensland Livestock Exchange (CQLX) – Gracemere – QLD
Sat 19 November – Mundubbera Showground – Mundubbera – QLD
Sun 20 November – Kilkivan Sports Ground and Equestrian Centre Indoor Arena – Kilkivan – QLD
Fri 25 November – Bundaberg Recreational Precinct – Bundaberg – QLD
Sat 26 November – Kilcoy Cow Horse Club – Kilcoy – QLD
Sun 27 November – Redcliffe Showgrounds – Redcliffe – QLD
Fri 2 December – Peak Crossing Pub – Peak Crossing – QLD
Sat 3 December -Samford Showground – Samford – QLD
Sun 4 December – Redlands Horse and Pony Club – Redlands – QLD
Fri 9 December -Toowoomba Showground Indoor Arena – Toowoomba – QLD
Sat 10 December -Maidenwell Sport Ground – Maidenwell – QLD
Fri 6 January – Kumbia Racecourse – Kumbia – QLD
Sat 7 January – Stanthorpe Showground – Stanthorpe – QLD
Sun 8 January – Tenterfield Showground – Tenterfield – NSW
Fri 13 January – Glen Innes Showground – Glen Innes – NSW
Sat 14 January – Warialda Showground – Warialda – NSW
Sun 15 January – Armidale Showground – Armadale – NSW
Tue 17 January – Spring Creek, Loomberah – Tamworth – NSW
Thu 19 January – Spring Creek, Loomberah – Tamworth – NSW
Sat 28 January – Mudgee Showground – Mudgee – NSW
Sun 29 January – Molong Campdraft Ground – Molong – NSW
Fri 3 February – Hillston Showground – Hillston – NSW
Sun 5 February – Spring Spur – Bright – VIC
Fri 10 February – Bundalong Tavern – Yarrawonga – VIC
Fri 17 February – Ararat Pony Club, Ararat – VIC
Sun 19 February – Healesville Pony Club – Healesville – VIC
Fri 24 February – Mornington Peninsular Pony Club – Mornington – VIC
Fri 31 March – Eudunda Showground – Eudunda – SA
Saturday 1 April – Waikerie Pony Club – Waikerie – SA
Fri 7 April – Barossa Helicopters – Lyndoch – SA
Sun 9 April – Melrose Showground – Melrose – SA
*Further dates to be announced
**Tickets are on sale now via https://www.tomcurtain.com.au/tour/ **