Podcast: Country singer Shane Nicholson talks Ain’t Been Loved from his new album Living in Color | The temperature

Country musician Shane Nicholson found the legal process fascinating. He enjoyed spending time sitting in the public gallery, watching his girlfriend – a criminal lawyer – at work.

He didn’t know it at first, but this fascination will lead to the release of a thought-provoking song, was not likedon his latest album live in color.

“Just during my visits and observations for a few months, I noticed so many faces that kept coming back that I came to recognize them,” says Nicholson.

“People were coming in and out of the courthouse for similar cases, usually domestic violence. These are the same people who kept coming back into the system.

“I found myself sitting in the park in front of the courthouse writing down all these ideas that turned into a song.

“It’s just something that crossed my mind…realizing how much of this is happening right under our noses, right next to us, and how unaware we are of it. And there has people trying to help.”

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The song is told from the perspective of someone who feels they cannot escape an abusive relationship: “I just live for you baby / I adore you baby / Anything to make you smile / So you can hurt me baby, anytime / I haven’t been loved in a while.”

And also the feeling of despair when: “Every day becomes another day / And nothing like what I’ve always dreamed of / A reminder of the things I’ve learned to live without.”

Shane Nicholson has earned a solid reputation as an emotional singer-songwriter and talented music producer.

Nicholson says he doesn’t aim to offer a solution to what is a large and complex problem.

“It’s not a song where I offer answers…I just ask questions.”

This inquisitive mind, a desire to understand people and their motivations, drives much of Nicholson’s work.

His musical influences date back to his childhood.

Every Friday night, Nicholson’s father would spin the records on his old record player. Young Shane listened intently to artists, from Neil Young to Bob Dylan and rock ‘n’ roll.

“It really got to me and I had to start writing songs and that led to me forming bands in high school,” Nicholson said.

One of the first groups, Freak (which later became Pretty Violet Stain), won a round of Triple J’s Unearthed contest.

“It was every teenager’s dream, I was in a rock band that formed in high school and lasted about 12 years, toured the world and recorded overseas…it was very cool. And it was in my late teens and early twenties,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson has become one of Australia’s most prominent singer-songwriters, having released 11 albums, winning three ARIA Awards and 11 Golden Guitars.

Rattlin’ Bonesthe album Nicholson recorded with his ex-wife Kasey Chambers, won five Golden Guitars in 2009.

In recent years, Nicholson has moved into production and has twice been named Producer of the Year at Australia’s Country Music Awards.

“I fell into production work quite by accident,” he says.

“I loved being in the studio so much, it’s my favorite part of the music industry, because it’s when something goes from an idea to becoming a reality.

“I think it’s a really special process. But as an artist, you can really only do it once every two years, when you write a record and then you go on tour and you have two years before returning there..

“It was far from enough for me.”

While Nicholson has been involved in producing albums for big names, he says his favorite work is with new artists making their first albums.

“I know all the fear, I know all the worry they bring to the studio and the uncertainty.

“I’ve been there and I love walking that line with them and helping them find their bearings.”

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  • This article was first published on January 21, 2022 but has been republished for the rescheduled Tamworth Country Music Festival
This story Harsh reality sparks Nicholson’s latest work
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Toya J. Bell