For more than 40 years he has written songs that capture what it is to be Australian.
FromCold Chisel to Catfishand Tex,Don and Charlie, his new book Songs is a collection from one the greatest songwriters Australia has ever produced, Mr Don Walker.
With a mother and sister both academic writers, Walker grew up around literature. But, he in no way puts himself on their level.
"We grew up in a normal farm household," Walker said.
"My sister and mother studied literature in uni. They became academics and taught at universities. They're very articulate and it's their calling and profession.
"I played in a rock 'n' roll band in a pub."
His true calling was ingrained into him as a child and his household always had popular music playing.
"I loved all music and bands and really got into the music of the early 60s," Walker said.
"The music made before I was born, like big band music that my father showed me. I really enjoyed all that. We grew up with popular music in the house."
Growing up and moving interstate for better opportunities, little did Walker know that the move would impact his future forever.
"I moved to South Australia for a job," Walker said.
"I played in several bands while there and then met up with these guys from Cold Chisel and we went from there."
"We went from there" is a very modest downplay from Walker. Cold Chisel went on to become one of Australia's best known bands with songs like Khe Sanh even having a petition on Facebook asking for it to be changed to the Australian National Anthem.
Walker doesn't see it as an anthem, but there is something he'd love to see with his music.
"I don't regularly hear Chisel songs because I don't listen to radio," Walker said.
"But I have to say, I would love to see footballers lining up before a game with Khe Sanh blasting. That would be great to see."
Walker and his band will be touring on the back of his new book Songs which wasreleased on July 1, 2019.
For the first time, Walker's lyrics from his extensive career like Khe Sanh, Flame Trees, Looking Forward Looking Back and Harry Was a Bad Bugger, along with his poetic, moving and incisive words are all on paper.
These words live on the page, with or without the memory of music. Songs will also be available in hardback.
Interspersed with autobiographical sketches, anecdotes, and with an exclusive introduction by Jimmy Barnes, Songs is a must-have for fans of Walker's brilliant, razor-sharp storytelling.
I would love to see footballers lining up before a game with Khe Sanh blasting. That would be great to see.Don Walker
All that said, this tour may not be a Chisel fans' dream.
"Don't expect any Cold Chisel songs," Walker said.
"I say that only because I can't sing them."
Don Walker and his band will be performing at Bowral Bowling Club on Saturday, September 21.
Tickets are $43.35 and available from https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/don-walker-band-songs-live/111750.
Ticket sales close at 3:00pm on Saturday 21.