Andy Murray has song written for him by Scottish bandJune 13th, 2009 - 5:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jun 13 (ANI): Scottish professional tennis player Andy Murray, who is the highest-ranked British player, has a song solely dedicated to him by a Scottish band.
Rock, Salt and Nails want to rouse fans with Volley Highway and make the world’s most famous tennis tournament reverberate to the sound of its lyrics.
The song will be released for download from musical website iTunes to coincide with Wimbledon, and contains lyrics designed to inspire the player.
Paul Johnston, lead singer and guitar player, described the single as a cross between Runrig and the current Irn-Bru advert.
“We did it because we think he sometimes suffers a bit from being seen as British,” the Scotsman quoted him as saying.
“Murray’s Scottish and too often Scots go down south and lose their Scottish identity,” he said.
Johnston hopes to perform the song on what used to be nicknamed Henman Hill, but is now being dubbed Murray’s Mount by the Scottish star’s fans.
The song has a distinctive Scottish flavour thanks to the band’s two fiddle players and the group’s Shetland roots.
“It’s meant to be fun. We are not claiming it’s Rabbie Burns, but in Homecoming year, the boy’s doing good and it’s easy to knock folk,” he said.
“He’s quite serious and sometimes comes across as very focused, but you can’t be No.3 in the world if you are not focused.
“Everyone in Scotland’s wanting him to do well and we are keen to do our bit to support him,” he added.
A spokeswoman for Rock, Salt and Nails’ record company, Park Records, said they were excited to be launching the record in time for Wimbledon.
“Fred Perry was the last British male to win the singles championship, back in 1936, and we feel the country is ready to get behind Andy,” she said.
“In the current economic climate, music and sport provide an opportunity to raise the nation’s spirit and really get behind a fantastic tennis player.
“We felt Rock, Salt and Nails were the perfect band to be involved in the project with their Scottish background and fresh and energetic attitude to music,” she added.
Dave Macdermid, of Tennis Scotland, said: “The fact Andy is having songs written about him underlines the impact he has had on the sport and Scotland generally.
“Lots of tennis fans in Scotland will buy the record and anything which raises the profile of tennis is a good thing,” he added. (ANI)
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