The region will be home to the sounds of a much loved era on Friday night when Californian troubadour Gregory Page arrives as a guest of the Great Southern Festival.
Page, a resident of San Diego, is known for his spellbinding jazz, blues and folk music and will arrive in Katanning ahead of Festival concerts booked in Albany and Denmark.
He admits to having a late start to his career, recording his first album at 32, but made up for lost time by putting more than 20 albums to his name since 1992.
“I was making money before that at a job I was miserable at with a girlfriend that I was really unhappy with, so I broke up with my girlfriend and quit my job and turned it all around,” he said.
“I have a song called Right or Wrong, which talks about how it’s never too late to be the you were meant to be — I just stopped dreaming of life and started to live my dreams.
“Even though I’m somewhat anonymous to many in my home country, I do feel there’s a small group of people here in Australia that long and love to have me.”
Having undoubtedly seen more of Australia than many Australians, Page is forever inspired by the land Down Under.
He estimates he’s written his past six or seven albums while on Australian soil and considers the country to contain his biggest fans.
“This takes me out into the really remote parts (of Australia), the tumbleweed towns, the outposts of the community, like the really rural areas,” he said.
“I love the long drives. I love driving, it gives me time to think and time to write.”Page will perform at Katanning Town Hall at 8pm on Friday night (February 8), Albany Town Hall at 8pm on Saturday night (February 9), and at Howard Park Winery on Sunday (February 10) at 6.30pm.