Country star tours for Dolly
COUNTRY star, Tom Curtain is taking a stand against bullying and making sure the death of teenager Amy 'Dolly' Everett was not in vain.
Curtain has a close connection to Dolly's family and wanted to do something unique to help raise awareness of bullying.
"I knew Dolly and her sister Meg when they were growing up,” he said.
Curtain has produced a song titled Speak up as a duet with another country star, Sara Storer to raise funds for Dolly's charity, Dolly's Dream.
As well as a hit song, Curtain is currently touring his popular Northern Territory show, Katherine Outback Experience all over the country.
The Speak Up tour started on Wednesday December 5 in Camooweal, near Mt Isa.
The country artist will play a whopping 60 shows on the tour which combines Curtain's popular country tunes with the popular show with his horses and dogs.
But performing so many shows and travelling on the road with horses, dogs, trucks, caravans and sound gear brings with it the odd challenge.
"There is always headaches when you tour but we've been planning this for last three or four months,” he said.
Regardless of the challenges, Curtain said he wouldn't have it any other way.
"Yes, it's challenging but is so rewarding ,” he said.
"One family drove over four hours to come and see the show.”
Having worked with some of the country's top country artists such as John Williamson, Lee Kernaghan, Graham Connors and more, Curtain has to occasionally pinched himself.
"I'm just a country kid who started out standing on the Kumbia hall and now I'm travelling all around the country,” he said.
As part of the Speak Up tour, Curtain is looking forward to performing back in his family town of Kumbia.
"I am one of five boys, growing up we lived 10km out of Kumbia on the family farm,” he said.
It's been a big year for Curtain with the tour and getting married earlier in 2018.
"My wife Annabelle has been a huge help with the tour,” he said.
"Without her I'd be pretty useless.”
On completion of the Speak Up tour, Curtain will return to Katherine to start work on his next album.
"We'll be heading back home in mid-March,” he said.
"There is no rest for the wicked.”
These days, the Katherine Outback Experience is a huge success but Curtain remembers a time when he didn't receive such positive support from family and friends.
"All my friends said 'what are you doing?',” he said.
"But I had a gut feeling it was going to work.”
Tom Curtain's Speak Up tour will play in Kumbia on January 4 from 6pm at Kumbia Race Track.
Get your tickets at www.tomcurtain.com.au.