Wollombi-based singer songwriter Andy Abra has released his first album, Andy Abra and The Big River Band.
He's set to perform songs from it at the Grand Junction Hotel on May 26.
Abra has played guitar since he was 7. He grew up on Slim Dusty, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. As a child, he attended the Tamworth Country Music Festival with his dad; Andy would busk while his dad read the paper.
"I had six Slim Dusty songs. I'd play them over and over again, make $70 and think I was the richest kid alive," he says.
When music producer Nash Chambers moved to Wollombi, Abra became mates with him. Chambers pushed Abra to do more original material.
When Chambers moved to Nashville, Abra decided it was time to make the album.
The album includes eight songs featuring a plethora of local talent including five other guitarists: Christopher Dale, William Crighton, Jason Winn, Brian Dillon, and Marty Burke.