ABC Classics wins at the 2017 ARIA Awards
At a ceremony on Tuesday 10 October at the Art Gallery of NSW, ABC Classics & Jazz were announced winners of the 2017 ARIA Awards for Best Classical, Best Jazz, Best Original Soundtrack and Bes
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:
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
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