A new Australian show celebrates one of America’s favourite male singers of the 1970s, John Denver.
In an era of manufactured pop, where image is everything and the producers pull all the strings, it’s hard to imagine a time when singers could become famous just because of their talent.
Not discovered on a television reality program, not famous for foul language and smashing up hotel rooms, and certainly not a one hit wonder, John Denver was just a gifted songwriter and a beautiful singer.
Denver released 24 albums in his lifetime, eight of which sold over a million copies. Reading this, Gen X and older readers are probably already humming “Rocky Mountain High”, “Annie’s Song”, “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” or “Take Me Home, Country Roads”.
“Take Me Home, Country Roads” is the title that has been used for this tribute show, which will feature Australian singer Rick Price, yes that Rick Price, famous pop singer from the 1990s, backed up by the ‘Colorado Quartet’.
Price will sing all the hit songs, linked by a narrative of Denver’s life. Passionate about the environment long before it was fashionable, Denver followed his highly successful music career by campaigning for conservation of natural resources and sustainable living, as well speaking out against guns, weapons stockpiling and world hunger. Denver was tragically killed in a light plane accident in 1997.
This tribute show is presented by the team who had such huge success with Johnny Cash – The Man in Black. Jim McPherson, who wrote The Man in Black, as well as The Ultimate Rock and Roll Jam Session and Dudley Moore – The Man and his Music, is the author and Simon Myers returns as Executive Producer and Co—Director.
The show opened in Perth to rave reviews and now comes to Melbourne for a limited season. It is a chance to indulge in some sweet nostalgia or an opportunity to introduce younger fans to the wonderful music of John Denver.
The John Denver Story – Take Me Home Country Roads plays at the Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne for a two week season commencing 28 June 2011.