This studio album was made when Bob and Laurel were holding down demanding day jobs in Brisbane. “Macca” liked the album and played four or five songs over the course of the next year or two and included some of Bob’s songs on his popular compilation albums.
“One of those songs has certainly stayed the course, with Macca playing ‘If It Doesn’t Rain Soon, Mate’ quite a lot in 2014,” Bob said. “It is about the banks pushing farmers off the land and that seems to be a cycle related to droughts and the increasingly tough line taken by multinational financiers.”
The 2002 album Big Country Town contains 13 original songs, including the title track, If It Doesn’t Rain Soon, Mate, Shopping for Whitegoods, Like our Fathers and 53 & Fragile. The album was produced in Brisbane by Shane Hughes of Dominic Sound, mastered by Don Bartley at Studio One in Sydney. Musicians featuring on Big Country Town include Steve Cook, Silas Palmer, Dale Jones, Peter Harvey, Steve Tyson and Women in Docs (Roz Pappalardo and Chanel Lucas) on backing vocals. This album is being discontinued so is being discounted at a special price of $5 for March 2015 only and $15 thereafter. Be quick!