Blues legend and songwriter Johnnie Walker has been asked by the ABC’s “Queensland Business Breakfast” to share his experiences with the music industry.
Mr Walker was born in the town of Cairns, in the north-east of the state, but he moved to Brisbane at the age of five.
He’s recorded and released three albums and toured the world with a band of his own, including “Dirty Rotten” and “The Belly of the Beast”.
Mr Walker is best known for his hit song “Blues for Blues” and is now a rock star.
“I don’t know what you want to call it, but I have a bit of an addiction to the blues,” he said.
“It was a way of life. “
I had no problem living in the woods with a guitar, just playing.” “
It was a way of life.
I had no problem living in the woods with a guitar, just playing.”
Mr Walker’s wife, actress Mariah, has also shared her experiences.
“Johnnie was always a kind person and he was always respectful,” she said.
“I’ve never met anyone like him, someone who would have taken care of me.”
Ms Walker’s father, a farmer, passed away when Mr Walker began his career in the 1950s.
“He’s the greatest father I’ve ever had,” she laughed.
“My husband was a very successful farmer.
He worked so hard for me.”
‘A lot of pride’ The music industry was not always so welcoming to Mr Walker.
“Back then, I was very shy, very reserved and I didn’t really want to get on a stage, to be honest,” he recalled.
“I just want to be known as a person who sings and plays. “
Nowadays, people would just say, ‘Oh, he’s an old man’, and that’s not what I was like.”
“I just want to be known as a person who sings and plays.
That’s what’s important.”
Mr Kavanagh said it was important to get the message across.
“That’s what Johnnie would do, he would put the people before the record labels,” he told ABC Brisbane.
“We are all connected in a way that’s so important, to make sure that people understand that.”