SINGER Mat McHugh is bucking the trend and giving his new album away for free ahead of a national tour.
McHugh has released his new album Waves as a free digital download so fans can share his music around the world.
He said his father, who died when McHugh was just 10, inspired the album.
“One of my fondest memories of him is his love for his guitar, an old acoustic that he used to play around the house on a regular basis,” he said.
“When I was cleaning out some things last year, I stumbled upon that exact guitar and decided to see if I could fix it up.
“I wanted to see if it still had any songs in it. With a bit of tweaking and restringing I was able to bring it back to life, recreating that sound I remember so clearly from my childhood.
“That guitar is responsible for Waves – every song was written on it and it made its way on to every track on the album.”
Visit www.wavesthealbum.com for the album.
Mat McHugh will perform at Mojos on November 7.
Visit www.oztix.com.au for tickets.