WATCH: Jimmy Barnes' new single 'Shutting Down Our Town' recounts the death of Holden & his hometown

video 22/05/2019

Have a taste Jimmy's first solo album in a decade ahead of his NZ tour

Jimmy Barnes' new song 'Shutting Down our Town' tells the story of his childhood town. Co-wrote with Country singer Troy Cassar-Daley, who started working on the song after reading Barnes' book Working Class Boy.

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“I changed a couple of words just because of local knowledge, but it was 99.999% Troy’s song, and he played it to me and I immediately felt the connection,” Jimmy said.

“I drove through Elizabeth not long after I heard the song, and I felt a pain in my heart for the people there who are battling, trying to make a living when everything is stacked up against them.

It’s sort of a heartland ‘Working Class Man’ anthem, but ‘Working Class Man’ was written by an American [Jonathan Cain].

This was written by somebody who feels the pain, and who’s writing about the darker side of Australia which I never wanted to face before. So it’s like the bookend to ‘Working Class Man’, but for me, it’s the real story.”

'Shutting Down Our Town' is the first single from Jimmy's upcoming 17th solo album 'My Criminal Record' - his first solo album of original songs in a decade. The album will be released on 31 May.

Jimmy Barnes will then tour New Zealand with his 'Shutting Down Your Town Tour' in September, find full tour details here.