2018 Performers

Liam Gerner

LG20165“Liam is an extraordinary musician. Both as a songwriter and performer Liam is a force to be reckoned with.” Ryan Bingham
Steeped in blues and country music, Liam Gerner left the Adelaide hills to try his luck in London. The young guitar slinger quickly made a strong impression and earned a crust opening for Paul Weller, Jason Isbell, Drive by Truckers, Paolo Nutini and many more. Liam then headed to the US, joined Texan country rocker Ryan Bingham’s band and experienced frontline American roots music. Returning to Australia in 2014, Liam released his debut album ‘Land Of No Roads’, a startling collection of original songs he composed while touring with Bingham and cut with some of LA’s finest players and his follow up ‘Liam Gerner and the Sunset Pushers’ (2017).
Since then Liam has been touring relentlessly throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Now based in Melbourne, Liam has developed his songwriting, collaborated with local musicians and formed The Sunset Pushers, a band as fluid and soulful as his songs. Liam tours extensively in Australia/New Zealand and is an in demand guitarist working touring and recording with The Eurogliders, Pnau, Pnau & Elton John, records with Empire Of The Sun, and Vika and Linda Bull.
“Since returning to Australia, much of my writing has been focussed around my connection to home," says Liam. "That being the conflicting emotions and realities of what it means to be Australian. My blood has been reboiled by listening afresh to Midnight Oil, Archie Roach and The Cruel Sea while my mind's been expanded by the bush poetry of Don Watson, Neil Murray and Banjo Patterson.”
The result of all this touring, listening, collaborating and writing is a new album, Liam Gerner and The Sunset Pushers. Recorded in both Melbourne and Malibu, this album finds Liam sweating raw roots rock'n'roll.
“What drives me is the storytelling, great musicianship, books, laughing, politics and matters of the heart.” says Liam. “Recently I have got off my solo-donkey and collaborated as much as I can in the writing, recording and gigging process."
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