At the tender age of 69, Cheshire has been a songwriter since 1966, when he was inspired by the great British pop music explosion of the ’60s along with the influx of American rhythm & blues to pen songs for his school band. In 1971 he went pro with his band Nimbus, sharing the bill with Thin Lizzy among many great acts of the era.
During the 1980s, Cheshire hung up his guitar and became a music manager, but he was called to go back to his singer-songwriter roots by Sydney alt-country pioneers The Danglin’ Brothers and with the help of producer Mark Moffatt the band released a few rare tracks with ABC Records, and Cheshire made his first venture to Tamworth in 1986.
There, a few years later, an up-and-comer named Keith Urban would dedicate his first Golden Guitar to The Danglin’ Brothers, citing them as inspiration.
At the invitation of guitarist Rod McCormack, Cheshire found himself the frontman-songwriter of an even more celebrated Australian roots-country institution. The Wheel recorded their self-titled debut album with producer Garth Porter. Twice ARIA nominated, they won back-to-back Golden Guitars for Best Vocal Group in 1996 and ’97.
With its iconic guitar, crisp vocals and southern-roots harmonies, Kim Cheshire’s latest single ‘Have Mercy’ is out now and is a must-listen for any aficionado of Australian Country Music.