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In a year when Australia is set for a federal election, Paul Costa’s new single, Big End Of Town, seems highly appropriate and timely. The song, co-written by fellow Australian country star Tamara Stewart is about asking questions – and standing up to society’s bullies.
“The idea for this song came about when I saw a television commercial for the last NSW state election,” says Paul. “I can’t remember which side of the political fence it was aimed at, but a woman on the commercial asked, ‘are you working for the people or the big end of town?’. Then it just hit me! This song could mean different things to different people, but I think it’s healthy for everyone to not only ask questions but demand answers and hold the big end of town accountable.”
Big End Of Town is the second single from Paul Costa’s chart topping fourth album, Wheels & Steel. The first single, Tractors & Bikes, co-written with Tamara and Drew McAlister, rocketed to the top of the Country Music Radio Top 30, propelled by Paul’s trademark strong hooks and electric guitar grunt. Big End Of Town also pushes the up-tempo envelope. The song is driving and instantly memorable – a song with very strong country and cross-over appeal.
For Paul, one of the most attractive elements of the song is that it was the result of a collaboration with Tamara Stewart. “I went into the writing session with just the title,” he explains. “I knew where I’d got the idea from, and roughly what I wanted to say. From there Tamara and I talked for a few hours – discussing different options and possible directions. In the end it took only about half an hour to write the lyrics.”
Paul is first and foremost a consummate singer-songwriter, justly renowned for his ability to thrill live audiences. He is also, however, a man who recognises that talent brings with it responsibilities – and a commitment to doing the right thing. One of the songs on Wheels & Steel, Shine, has become an unofficial anthem for Mission Australia – an achievement of which Paul is immensely proud. Big End Of Town inspires a similar reaction.
“Great songs touch people in different ways - from rallying support for social issues, changing moods, helping to relay feelings and the ability to take your mind back to a time, place or event,” he says. “We’ve had a great response and excellent feedback for live performance and radio play for this song. People say they like the hooky chorus and the message. People tell us that it’s a great song that gets you thinking.”
Paul is immensely proud of the way Wheels & Steel and its subsequent single has been received by the music-loving public. The album debuted at #2 in the ARIA Country Album chart and has been receiving rave reviews. Big End of Town is a perfect representation of what the album is all about. In the six months since its release last year, Paul says he has been overwhelmed by the feedback he’s received.
“I’d like to thank everyone from DJs, fellow musicians and music lovers for the amazing response for the Wheels & Steel album,” he says. “We’ve had the most passionate feedback for the songs and the stories with lots of people saying ‘this is really you’.”
The release of Big End of Town signals the start of a busy year for Paul Costa. Following on from a successful Tamworth Country Music Festival where Paul performed to a packed house at the Capitol Theatre for the second year in a row, the single helps kick off a hectic touring schedule and ongoing volunteer work with Mission Australia. With four albums under his belt, Paul has cemented his position in the Australian country music and he couldn’t be happier.
Big End of Town is released to radio on Thursday 7th February 2013. The album Wheels & Steel is out now through Core Music (distributed by Sony Music Australia). Check out the video for Big End of Town at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyMwkASaQLE
For more information, please visit www.paulcosta.com.au