Slim Dusty (The Dusty Trail Yodeler) – Travellin’ Through Songs Of People, Places, Road & Rail. Review By Oj Sikes

Slim Dusty (The Dusty Trail Yodeler) - Travellin’ Through Songs Of People, Places, Road & Rail ( Cover CD )
Slim Dusty (The Dusty Trail Yodeler) - Travellin’ Through Songs Of People, Places, Road & Rail ( Cover CD )

Slim Dusty “The Dusty Trail Yodeler

Travellin’ Through

Jasmine JASMCD 3713

Slim Dusty (The Dusty Trail Yodeler) - Travellin’ Through Songs Of People, Places, Road & Rail ( Cover CD )
Slim Dusty (The Dusty Trail Yodeler) – Travellin’ Through Songs Of People, Places, Road & Rail ( Cover CD )

Slim Dusty was Australia’s premier purveyor of its “Western music,” called “Bush Ballads” in that part of the world. Music historian and radio host, Paul Hazell, who compiled this CD and wrote the very informative liner notes for it, was a friend of Slim’s. That friendship, and Paul’s extensive knowledge about Slim’s music, came together to build this superb collection of his work.

Selections range from what was probably Slim Dusty’s most popular song (but one he didn’t compose), “A Pub with No Beer,” to lesser-known tunes about the outback. The collection is very entertaining, from start (“ Spending My Life in the Sun“) to finish (“Winter Winds“). The opener is one of my favorites on the disc, as are “Wagon Trains North” (referring to Queensland), ”Where Western Clouds at Sunset Turn to Gold,” “The Man from Never Never Land” (referring to the most remote areas of the Outback), ”Once When I Was Mustering” (referring to a roundup), “The Whispering Bush,” “Whiplash,” “Down at Charley Gray’s” and “When the Moon Across the Bushland Beams.” But, in fairness, there are just too many enjoyable tracks on this disc to pick only a handful of favorites.

If you’re a fan of music from the Outback, this disc is for you. The same could be said if you just want a sampling of music from Australia’s most beloved singer of songs from the rural areas of that continent. Widely available.

Jasmine Records

O.J Sikes

Track Listing
1. SPENDING MY LIFE IN THE SUN
2. TRAVELLIN’ THROUGH
3. THE SADDLE IS HIS HOME
4. SWEENEY
5. THE SUNLANDER
6. DREAMING ON THE SLIPRAIL
7. KEEP THE LOVELIGHT SHINING (DUET WITH JOY MCKEAN)
8. ROARING WHEELS
9. WAGON TRAINS NORTH
10. OUR WEDDING WALTZ (DUET WITH JOY MCKEAN)
11. ONCE WHEN I WAS MUSTERING
12. A PUB WITH NO BEER
13. WHERE WESTERN CLOUDS AT SUNSET TURN TO GOLD
14. JUST SADDLE OLD DARKIE
15. THE MAN FROM THE NEVER NEVER LAND
16. THE WHISPERING BUSH
17. RUSTY IT’S GOODBYE (DUET WITH JOY MCKEAN)
18. DOWN AT CHARLEY GRAY’S
19. SADDLE BOY
20. I MUST HAVE GOOD TERBACCY WHEN I SMOKE
21. WHIPLASH
22. WHEN THE MOON ACROSS THE BUSHLAND BEAMS
23. LOSING MY BLUES TONIGHT (DUET WITH JOY MCKEAN)
24. TRAVELLIN’ GUITAR
25. WINTER WINDS