Adelaide-based folk singer AP D'Antonio had a big realisation after his time as a contestant on TV reality show The Voice.
"I learned I would rather be doing what I had always been doing, I don't want to make it big per se," D'Antonio said.
"I learnt just to be happy making music, full stop.
"I am getting back to basics and doing a lot of shows in regional areas so people don't have to go to the cities, I would rather go to them."
D'Antonio said the intimacy of Terang's Commercial Hotel and the ability to connect with the audience made him happy to come back and play the venue again, after supporting Bill Chambers earlier this year.
"When you play a bigger show the personal side of things gets lost, when you have 60 people in a room right at your feet it makes for a more personal encounter for me and the audience," he said.
D'Antonio said the show will be a mix of old folk songs and material from his new album For Lovers of Whiskey in the Night.
"I have always written, but when I was travelling with Bill Chambers I spent time picking his brain. He puts a different perspective on it all," D'Antonio said.
"I'm a huge (Bob) Dylan fan, but I have worked back from there through Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie.
"My dad is a Texan and he brought a box of records over as a young guy so I kind of learnt off those.
"It's good, fun honest music."
The Sister's Grace Moloney will support D'Antonio at the Commercial Hotel.
"It's a huge thing I learnt from Bill Chambers, if he knew a young person in town he encouraged them to get up and play a few songs." D'Antonio said.
"It's all about crowd participation and encouraging the next generation to be a little different and tell their stories through song."
AP D'Antonio will perform at Port Fairy's Blarney Books on Thursday, September 12 and Terang's Commercial Hotel on Friday September 13. Both gigs start at 7.30pm.
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