Early Days of Country Music In Australia

by | 17 Jan, 2012

Down The Overlander’s Trail – The Early Days of Country Music In Australia.

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 Overlander’s 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

This 2CD collection is to be released on 20th January, 2012 through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia.