Three-time 2021 Golden Guitar finalist, Luke O’Shea, and Australian country music royalty, Ashleigh Dallas, have joined forces on the brand new single Long Way ’Round, lifted from Luke’s celebrated and Golden Guitar-nominated Album of the Year, There in the Ochre.
“This song was an absolute joy to perform with the very cheeky Ash Dallas,” Luke says. “She is a great mate and it deliberately flies in the face of all the doomsday reporting that we are currently collecting from all over the world!”
The positive, Motown meets country upbeat groove of the song hooks the listener in with a catchy whistle and a carefree vibe. “The world is a crazy place at the moment,” says Luke. “But when you just change your focus to appreciating what you have around you—in the right here, right now—then life all of a sudden becomes pretty good. Long Way ’Round is just a reminder to take a deep breath and have a good look around.”
“I do have to pinch myself sometimes that people are willing to put their vote next to my name, because I certainly don’t make it easy for them,” he laughed. “My songs have to mean something to me on a deep level. So that if I’m going to take the very precious time, and go to the effort and expense of recording a song, then I must have the conviction that it’s a message worth sharing—even if it goes against public opinion.” In saying that, he says he sometimes needs to get back to just having fun, and that’s what Long Way ’Round is all about.