Four rivers.

Four Rivers is the first single from the album of the same's really about a Cootamundra lad that took off and just kept on going. I wrote it thinking about some of the places that mean a lot to me, mostly because of the people associated with those places but also because they're beautiful spots, places that stir me up inside. There's not many things I like doing more than hanging by a river and writing songs or having a glass or 2 of red with great friends.

The first verse talks about the Murrumbidgee River at Jugiong. Much of the time when I go bush, I head there and bust out the acoustic. I'd like to have a little house there one day as I love the area. I grew up down the road at Cootamundra which will always be my hometown and a place I love. I'm so thankful I grew up there and for the great people I grew up with. I love getting back to Coota.

The second verse talks about Asheville in North Carolina where I lived for years. We lived a minute from the French Broad River, my mate Dave reckons it was named after some French broad but he's full of it. I used to park the car there and play my guitar by the river, watching the water rush by and the trains roll down the tracks on the other side of the river. The place is absolutely beautiful, set in the blue ridge mountains. Even more beautiful are the people. Some of my dearest friends were made there and boy, do I miss them. I can't wait to go back and visit and play some music in the local pubs that nurture such a vibrant music scene. You'll see bluegrass bands busking and in the pubs every week, it's like being in a movie.

The third verse is a bit different...I didn't live in Montana but visited with my mate Dave. We went through some things in Asheville that were pretty turbulent and rough on us and many of our friends. We didn't talk for a year but when the truth came out, we reconciled and ended up driving his Winnebago across the country and had the absolute best time, many great memories were made. I'll never forget floating down the Flathead river with Dave fly fishing and thinking about how good it is to have great friends, friendships that endure through the storms of life and reconciliation.

Verse four is set near Calgary Alberta. Every time, and there were many, that I visited my Canadian mates, I'd make time to go spend a few days in Canmore and Banff...driving around that area literally takes my breath away, I'm blown away by the majesty of creation in the Canadian Rockies. I've not seen anything like it and I keep thinking about going there and spending some of my remaining years hanging out there with the wonderful people and those ridiculous mountains.

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