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Estate agent quits selling property to be a rock star

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: September 08, 2012

ON YOUR BIKE: Former estate agent Colin Blackmon has released an album of rock songs

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A man who has spent the past 25 years selling homes from his estate agency in Midsomer Norton is now hoping for success in a very different career.

Colin Blackmon, who recently gave up selling houses and flats through Blackmon Estate Agents and Property Management, has released an album.

On Your Bike features ten tracks of rock music written by Mr Blackmon who sings and plays every instrument on each of them.

Having spent the past 40 years playing music as a hobby he decided the time had come to treat music fans to some of his work.

The album includes a number of tracks paying tribute to Somerset, including Mountain Biking Along the Greenway – about the Radstock cycle path – and A Biker's Priddy Song which praises Mr Blackmon's favourite Mendip village.

In his characteristic tongue in cheek fashion, Mr Blackmon said he hoped to become the next Meatloaf.

He added: "I would consider myself more of a rock star rather than a pop star – pop stars have girls chasing them around."

The former estate agent admitted his family think he is mad but said Mr Blackmon still has faith they may well see the day he tops the charts.

The album took 40 hours to record and was produced by Alan Wilson at Western Star recording studio in Paulton.

It has been released on Mr Blackmon's newly launched record label – Blackmon Music Production (MSN) – which he has created to showcase a type of music he is calling "Fuze" – a mix of 1970s, '80s, '90s and contemporary music.

Mr Blackmon, who described the album as being created with "passion and love," has filmed a video to go with A Biker's Priddy Song which sees villagers join the leather-clad musician performing an unusual dance routine.

The song was inspired by his late father Raymond, who along with Mr Blackmon's "Grandfer" Spear rode their push bikes the ten miles from home in Midsomer Norton to have a beer in Priddy before riding back again in the 1940s and '50s.

Mr Blackmon said it is thanks to his father that he first picked up a guitar after the miner saved the money to buy his son his first instrument about 40 years ago.

Copies of the CD are available to buy at Party Plus in Midsomer Norton.

The video can be watched on You Tube.

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  • guitarfan  |  September 09 2012, 10:03PM

    I may go so far as to call this the single greatest guitar track of all time. The so called "legendary guitarists" such as Hendrix, Cobain, Gilmour, Greenwood et al are nothing when compared to Blackmon's sheer artistry on the song mentioned above. The fluid guitar riff, combined with truly heartfelt lyrics, move me beyond such petty bands as Muse, or Algernon Cadwallader. Masterful.