Jonny Taylor is incredibly pleased to share the arrival of his new album Dig Deep, an eclectic yet cohesive collection of songs balancing on the edge of contemporary rock with a hint of grunge and a pinch of hard country. Debuting at #3 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart and four years in the making since Jonny’s debut Something to Say landed in the ARIA charts, Dig Deep is loaded with classic songwriting throughout, spearheaded by the thoughtfully penned and guitar driven single Diamonds.
It’s been four years since your debut album, what have you been up to over that time?
Getting my life in order. My wife and I spent 3 years touring around Australia with no fixed address, and in the last 18 months we put down roots in a small country town and finally had a place to call home. I spent a good part of last year renovating our little country cottage, and that was the pivotal creative period for me to finish writing material for the new album.
You’ve just released album number two, how does it feel to have it out?
It’s a huge relief. I had a stack of material written and partially produced a couple of years ago, but I scrapped it and started from scratch, so I’m very proud and pleased that I took the time to make sure this record is true to me.
Where did the title Dig Deep come from?
It’s a saying that I use often, and it’s exactly what I had to do to get this album off the ground. I think we all have to dig deep to get through life.
What made you pick ‘Diamonds’ as the album’s single?
I think Diamonds is a nice balanced track from the album. It’s not too heavy, not too light and it’s got a guitar solo! Haha. It’s a pretty indicative of the tone of the album. Kind of reflective, and touches on the general notion of moving forward despite obstacles.
You’ve been touring Australia in support of the album, how has that been going?
I love touring. No two shows are the same, so it’s a bit of an adventure. The tracks off this album have been well and truly road tested prior to recording, so it’s nice to confidently present these tracks in a live setting and be able to finally have the record available for people to get their hands on.
What can fans expect from your show?
A mixed bag. Plenty of honesty, stories and inspiration behind the tracks, and more guitar solos than they’d probably expect.
What’s the music scene like in Dumbleyung?
Haha. We’ve only got about 200 people in town, and most of those people like music 😉
Do you ever listen to your own music?
I never thought I’d say this, but yes! I can still listen to Dig Deep and actually enjoy it. I enjoy listening to the production more than anything. I had some great producers and musicians work on the record, so I’m still discovering little things in the production that excite me.
What other music do you listen to?
I still love the 90s Seattle stuff. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam etc. Besides that though, I’m enjoying Chris Stapleton and James Bay. Singer songwriters with a bit of edge.
What do you have planned in 2018?
Singing lots of songs! I’m heading off on a national tour again in early 2018, so I’m excited to get out and flog this new record!
Tour dates below. Check out Jonny Taylor’s website to find out more!
Dig Deep 2018 tour dates
December 15 – Rubix Bar, Perth, WA
December 16 – Ravenswood Hotel, Ravenswood, WA
January 13 – 28 Tamworth Country Music Festival,Tamworth, NSW
February 2 – Angel’s Bayside, Huskisson, NSW
February 3 – Tourist Hotel, Queenbeyan, NSW
February 4 – Royal Hotel, Bungendore, NSW
February 8 – Kalamunda P.A.C, Kalamunda, WA w/ James Blundell
February 9 – The Mumby, Mumbalup, WA w/ James Blundell
February 16 – Sugarland Tavern, Bundaberg, QLD
February 17 – Nightquarter, Helensvale, QLD
February 18 – Wallaby Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
February 26 – Queen’s Baton Relay, Shire of Swan, WA
March 3 – Sydney Country Rocks Festival, NSW