Aussie Idol finalist comes to town
GYMPIE better get ready to rock as Billy’s has scored a gig with Australian Idol runner up Jack Johnston (pictured).
Last year he came third in Idol and now has set off on a tour of Queensland with long time friend Chad Haydon.
The acoustic duo, who have been playing together for seven years, once dreamed of being able to hit the road and tour the country and now they are living that dream.
Johnston told The Gympie Times Haydon had started a plumbing apprenticeship and he was performing around Newcastle, and they both “thought it would never happen”. But now that they were touring together it was exciting.
The Billy’s show will be a variation on his acoustic rock sound.
Johnston said he had introduced more roots-influenced songs using the didgeridoo, stomp box and harmonica.
“It has been interesting since Idol,” he said.
“Straight after there was a massive hype. I expected a lot to happen, but it just doesn’t happen that way, you’ve got to work hard.”
So Johnston, 19, got stuck in recording his first single.
“Now it’s really starting to build and going to the next level. You’ve got to prove yourself.”
At the moment he is focused on touring – so that when he finally releases an album he will “hopefully” have a good fan base.
When he gets to Gympie it will be the furthest north he has been. “I was always told I should come up to the muster. I was a big country fan until about 14.”
Johnston and Haydon are touring, sleeping, cooking and living in a van and loving it.
“Everyone says it gets hotter up north so I might have to get a swag and camp under the stars,” he said.
Johnston said despite his young age he was taken seriously in the industry.
“Everyone starts young so I kind of take advantage and really go for it.” Catch the duo at Billy’s during their free gig on November 5 from 9pm.