RICK Price will be in Tweed Heads this week to perform his John Denver Story show.
Price said he had always had an interest in the late American singer-songwriter's songs, the most popular of which includes Take Me Home, Country Road, Annie's Song, and Rocky Mountain High,
"He wrote timeless classics and I grew up with his music on the radio, so it's sort of in my psyche," he said.
"The narrative part of the concert really interested me, to tell the story of his life and do 20 of his songs.
"I'd never done anything like that."
Price said having grown up in a musical family who were fans of Denver's music helped him to perform it live.
"They were all John Denver fans. His music was sung in family sing-alongs."
He said the transition from being a performer in his own right and performing in tribute to Denver has been "comfortable".
"We're not trying to sound like his records or anything, we're just trying to do a really do a good rendition."
Price said it would feel, and sound, "unnatural" to try to pretend to be John Denver.
"It would also be a disservice to the audience because I don't think it would sound like an authentic performance," he said.
Price said the singer-performer persona had always been a part of his identity.
"That just automatically kind of kicks in," he said.
"It's not something I really think about.
"I don't become a different person but that's a different part of me."
He said there was no decisive moment when he saw that performance character comes out in himself.
"I think it's been a slow development," he said.
"I guess I just loved it from when I was a kid.
"When you're a kid, you kind of tend to do things and you don't think about it as much. You're a little less self-conscious as a kid."
"It certainly helped me get over that barrier of getting on stage," he said.
Price said he was looking forward to being back on home soil.
"I'm really looking forward to being back in Australia," he said.
"I've lived away from home now for about five or six years.
"It just feels really good to get amongst my fellow Aussies."
What: The John Denver Story starring Rick Price
Where: Twin Towns Services Club
When: Friday, May 8 from 8.30pm
Tickets: $35 from twintowns.com.au or phone 1800 014 014