Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Husband and Wife Duo Put out Album; Grafton Stars Launch Collaboration

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Husband and Wife Duo Put out Album; Grafton Stars Launch Collaboration

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

HUSBAND and wife music-makers Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont pictured themselves growing old and making music together.

But their first collaboration -- an album fittingly titled Adam and Brooke -- came about earlier than expected.

Both Grafton natives are accomplished musicians in their own rights; Adam heads up the Adam Eckersley Band while Brooke is one third of the acclaimed country music trio The McClymonts.

They've written plenty of songs together, and lent a helpful ear, over the years but with both of Brooke's younger sisters Sam and Mollie starting families of their own Brooke and Adam decided to make a real go of it.

"I thought we were going to do it in our 50s," Brooke says.

"With my two sisters having babies it was like, 'Let's do it now'.

"It's perfect timing, and a lot of our fans want to see something different from us."

Thankfully Adam's band members didn't mind putting their own album on hold to support his family project.

"I'd been in the studio recording AEB's third album," Adam says.

"We got halfway through it and then Brooke and I had the discussion and went 'Okay we've got the window of opportunity, we need to knuckle down now'. I've still got a half-finished AEB album but we'll get to that next year."

The couple had a window of just five weeks to write and record the album, which debuted at No 1 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart.

"Thankfully, we've written together over the years heaps anyway so we went back through a heap of songs we'd stockpiled that weren't right for The McClymonts or AEB and started there," Adam says.

"Then we knew what we had and what we needed. We let go of the thought of being responsible parents for a few weeks and said 'Let's go and sit in the shed and wait for songs to come'. Sometimes they didn't show up until 3am but we were there to meet them."

Their work in the recording studio, at La Cueva Studios in Byron Bay, was an equally uncomplicated affair. Drawing on their chemistry and experience, they laid down many of the tracks in just one or a few takes.

"One song we literally recorded with Brooke and I just standing there on opposite sides of the glass window and it went down completely live, both vocals and guitar," Adam says. …

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