Sara Storer bales out farmers
GOLDEN Guitar winner Sara Storer has written a song or two about rain, and the lack of it.
The country singer-songwriter is proud to be this year's Buy A Bale ambassador for the Gympie Muster.
The campaign allows the public and corporate donors to purchase much needed bales of hay for drought-weary farmers.
"My brother and my parents still have a family farming business, so I really want to get behind our farmers because they do so much in feeding us," she said.
"They're going through an extremely tough time.
"I want to give people a gentle reminder it's (drought) still going on and if you haven't done so yet, dig deep and support the farmers.
"Everyone can get behind it and it really can save a farmer's life."
Storer suffered her own creative drought before releasing 2013's Lovegrass, her first album in six years.
Last year's Gympie Muster was one of the first times she played the album for a large crowd.
"It was a nice reminder of how much fun it is being out there and performing to those bigger audiences," she said.
"They're such a wonderful crowd because they travel from all over Australia. It's like the (local) community and the rest of Australia are all there for one reason and that's great country music."
With her show at next month's festival scheduled right before friend and mentor John Williamson, Storer said it's likely they will sing a song or two together.
"There's probably a good chance and that reminds me, I better ring and find out," she said.
"I'll send him a slab of beer and a cooked chook first and then I'll ask him."
Williamson sings the duet Pozie with Storer on Lovegrass and it was thanks to his influence that Storer moved past the writer's block she'd been suffering from since taking time out to have children.
Then during this year's Golden Guitars, at which Storer took home three awards including Album of the Year for Lovegrass, Williamson performed a song he'd written for her.
"It was really lovely; I wasn't expecting that," she said.
"We've got a good friendship. I've always admired his stuff since I was a kid. All these years later he's written a song for me after I grew up listening to him. That's something I'll brag to the grandchildren about."
While she's not done touring with Lovegrass just yet, Storer is putting pen to paper on some new songs.
"I am very inspired at the moment. I have been writing a few songs and thinking about that next album, which is not something I normally do," she said.
"I'll usually sit back and go 'oh I've got to do another album' but I'm getting in early this time.
"I'm doing a bit of writing again with my brother Greg."
Sara Storer performs at the Gympie Music Muster on Sunday, August 31. The Muster runs from August 28 to 31 at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park.