He’s a work­ing- class man

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - ROX­ANNE ALLAN A Mil­lion Suns ( Uni­ver­sal) is out now

SHAN­NON Noll has come a long way from quaint farm­house jam ses­sions but, de­spite his suc­cess, this coun­try rocker from Con­dobolin is de­ter­mined to stay true to his roots.

Noll, who won the hearts of many when he be­came run­ner- up in the first se­ries of Aus­tralian Idol in 2003, looks for­ward to the week­ends when he can run around with his three kids and tend to his beloved vegie patch.

Per­haps his ap­peal lies in his fairdinkum na­ture – this is a bloke who rubs shoul­ders with fans in the pub be­tween shows – but it’s also, of course, his pow­er­house voice, chan­nelling the likes of mu­si­cal greats Jimmy Barnes and John Farn­ham, that draws the crowds.

It is to this crowd that Noll pays homage in his lat­est hit sin­gle Switch Me On, the lead track on his fourth stu­dio al­bum, A Mil­lion Suns.

‘‘ My mes­sage was to the fans and the fact they can switch me on,’’ Noll says. ‘‘ That’s what hap­pened at a gig in Mul­wala; I got there pretty early, I was a bit tired and they [ the crowd] were go­ing off and I ended up hav­ing a great time.’’

Noll woke up one morn­ing singing the cho­rus of Switch Me On, some­thing he says he doesn’t nor­mally do. Mu­sic vir­tu­oso, Good Char­lotte’s Benji Mad­den, helped de­velop the verses and it was an ex­pe­ri­ence Noll ( pic­tured) won’t soon for­get.

‘‘ Work­ing with Benji was cool,’’ Noll says. ‘‘ He’s an amaz­ingly tal­ented guy and just so down- to- earth and lovely too, which is pretty rare these days for some­one with a pro­file like his.’’

Af­ter spend­ing the most part of two years writ­ing A Mil­lion Suns, Noll says he’s ‘‘ pumped’’ to take the fin­ished prod­uct, which is filled with his clas­sic rock roots and even some party an­thems, on the road.

While Noll will be busy­ing him­self play­ing plenty of live shows, he still has a pen­chant for busk­ing and takes to the streets with broth­ers Adam and Damian ev­ery now and then.

‘‘ Any busker you come across will jump at the chance to get 20 bucks so we just go, ‘ We’ll give you 20 bucks if we can bor­row your gui­tar for half an hour’ and they go, ‘ Yeah, 20 bucks!’,’’ Noll laughs.

‘‘ It’s al­ways heaps of fun and it’s about the en­joy­ment of the mu­sic. That’s why we were all do­ing it in the first place when we weren’t mak­ing any­thing out of it.’’

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