Mandolins, ukulele and whistles – stories of travels across the globe, and the pull of home. Like catching up with old friends you’ve been hanging out to hear from, Farewell Fitzroy is Busby Marou’s welcome return, the highly anticipated second album from the Queensland duo. Two years on from their acclaimed self-titled debut, Farewell Fitzroy is 12 tracks of folk-pop and country-tinged song craft, distinctly Australian storytelling, and the gifted musicianship of Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou.
“For the last two years the main question has usually been, ‘So you guys are from Rockhampton?’” laughs laconic singer/songwriter Tom Busby, who kicked off writing these songs in mid 2012 . “But this album isn’t about that. The Fitzroy River runs through Rocky, which is where the title comes from. To me the title means moving on, improving and growing as a person, and musicians. We have other experiences to write about now. If there’s a theme to this album it’s talking about leaving your home – but still being in touch with it.”
Wisely, Busby Marou also made use of the fact that they were recording in one of the world’s finest music cities, enlisting special Nashville guests John Deadrick (piano and keys) and Chris Carmichael (strings) in the studio, as well as legendary pedal steel and Hawaiian kona guitarist Al Perkins (The Flying Burrito Brothers, Emmylou Harris, The Rolling Stones – he appears on “Luck” and “My Second Mistake”).
Unpretentious, best mates, and always ready to have fun, Farewell Fitzroy is Busby Marou’s finest hour yet. These songs will leave you cheering for more.