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Warren Fahey Celebrates The Early Days Of Australian Country Music with "Down The Overlander's Trail"


It may seem amazing to some there was a time when country music ruled the Australian capital city radio airwaves. This was the 1940s and early 1950s when we didn’t feel as ‘musically pigeon-holed’ as today. There was also a lot of ‘light classical’ music available but it was ‘country and western’, for that’s what it was called, that you heard when you tuned into the more popular stations.

Much of the music was used for station breaks, interludes and to back spoken commercials. It had a ‘western’ sound familiar to anyone who had seen a Hollywood western film – for this is where ‘country and western’ got its name.

Down The Overlanders Trail – The Early Days of Country Music In Australia features 38 tracks highlighting this significant time in Australian music history with artists such as Tex Morton, Reg Lindsay, June Holms, Johnny Ashcroft, Slim Dusty and many more.

Album Highlights include:

CD 1

The Hillbilly Singers - When I Get To The End of the Way Art Leonard - The Face on the Barroom Floor   Len Maurice - The Big Rock Candy Mountain  Tex Morton and Harry Thompson - South American Joe   Tex Morton - Along the Stock Route  Smilin’ Billy Blinkhorn - Poor Ned Kelly   Jenny Howard - Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny Oh   Bob Dyer - I Never See Maggie Alone Shirley Thoms - Night Time On The Prairie   June Holms - Happy Yodelling Cowgirl  Gordon Parsons - The Australian Bushman   The Two Barnstormers - Mary Jane Waltz    

CD 2

Tim McNamara with the McKean Sisters - Red River Valley   Reg Lindsay - Then I’ll Keep On Loving You  Queenie and David Kaili - When It’s Springtime in the Rockies   Mayo Hunter - Honolulu March   Harry Cash - The Black Yodel  Buddy Williams - The Overlander Trail  Johnny Ashcroft - Little Boy Lost   Chad Morgan - The Sheik of Scrubby Creek Tex Croft - Chicken Yodel  The McKean Sisters - Where the Frangipani Grow  Slim Dusty - The Rain Still Tumbles Down  Smoky Dawson - When the Bloom is on the Sage   

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