Music veterans and inveterate travellers The Goodwills (Bob & Laurel Wilson) are writing new songs in 2020 following a hiatus since their last studio album in 2015. The song Kerosene Tin Hut has been recorded and is available on Bandcamp.
“You can’t rush these things,” said songwriter Bob Wilson. “We have become Green Nomads in the last year or two and it’s a bit hard to sit down and record an album of original songs when you’re on the road every day On the other hand, it is fodder for new material and the great outdoors inspires us.”
Bob started The Last Waterhole before he and Laurel left on a round-Australia road trip in 2014. They went back into the studio (PIx Records at Conondale) on their return in October and four months later emerged with a 14-track CD of originals.
The new album was launched at the New Farm Bowls Club and then at the Old Witta School near Maleny. The album features other musicians including Steve Cook, Silas Palmer, Rose Broe, Tim Finnegan, Erin Sulman and Mal Webb also makes a cameo appearance.
Since its launch The Last Waterhole was album of the week on Steve Austin’s morning show on 612 ABC and received a four-star review in The Courier-Mail. Ian McNamara has played several songs from the album on the national ABC programme, Australia all Over.
The Goodwills have played at the Maleny Music Festival and the Neurum Creek Festival and have continued their series of house concerts, all featuring a guest act with The Goodwills as support act. Like other musicians and entertainers they have kept a low profile during covid but have plenty of new songs to debut, should live gigs become possible.