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If It Was Me

by Black Rock Band

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Connection to country and the conservation of culture and traditions are at the centre of Black Rock Band’s new single ‘If It Was Me’, the second single from their forthcoming album, Identity. This song features Sam Teskey on guitar and backing vocals.

The band’s frontman Richie Guymala was inspired to write ‘If It Was Me’ by Uncle Badger Bates, the artist and environmental campaigner who advocates for the protection of Baarka, also known as the Darling River. Richie was particularly inspired by Uncle Bates’ passion and conviction to protect the river which is so important to the Barkanji people; and how it holds the knowledge of the Barkanji people and was the life blood for their families as their transport, food source and the marking of the seasons.

Through ‘If It Was Me’ Black Rock Band hopes to continue conversations about protecting the land, environment and important sites of First Nations knowledge and history.


released August 21, 2020
Written by: Richie Guymala, Jackson Phelan & Dave Walker

Richie Guymala: Vocals
John Anderson: Bass guitar, acoustic guitar
Dillon Guymala: Keyboards
Peter Marin: Drums and percussion

Sam Teskey: Electric guitar and vocals

Recorded and Produced by Dave Walker
Mixed and Mastered by Simon Polinski

If it Was Me is the second single from the forthcoming album, ‘Identity.’
It was recorded in Victoria’s Yarra Valley last October.

Artwork used on single cover: Abel Naborlhborlh


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Black Rock Band Jabiru, Australia

The Black Rock Band are rising rockstars out of remote West Arnhem Land from the Northern Territory, producing a unique rock fusion of traditional and contemporary music. Weaving their language, Kunwinjku and English, these talented musicians celebrate their connection to country, their fight for social justice, and the future they want to see for the next generation.

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