Lucky Starr's latest album will bring a smile to your face
HERE'S a newie that will be finding its way into the collections of a lot of the lovers of the good old Australian bush ballads.
It's the latest offering from the ever-dependable Graham Rodger.
The title track Territory Man is also the first track and is a good introduction to the album which boasts 14 tracks, all of which - with the exception of one - Graham has either written or co-written.
In his usual no-frills style, Graham sets out to relate his stories in song, many of which are no doubt based on his true life experiences or those that have been told to him by people he has met in his travels.
The "ring-in" that was not written by Graham is from the pen of Slim Jones and has the intriguing title of City Cowboy Living On The Dole.
Other titles include Stepping Over Spinifex, Ghosts of the Marranji, A Li'le Town West of the Great Divide, The Brand That Seared the Land and Duel at the Georgetown Pub.
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Think of the name Lucky Starr and your mind will also connect with I've Been Everywhere, which Lucky turned into a massive hit with his expert handling of a big heap of Australian place names delivered to tongue-twisting fashion at speed.
The song was adopted by other nationalists who substituted names from their own countries - something that I am sure brought a smile of contentment to the face of Jeff Mack, who wrote the song.
Although he is regarded as one of the big names in the early Australian rock and roll scene, I find that there is surprisingly little information about him on the net.
No doubt there are those, including me, who have wondered what happened to Lucky Starr and I am sure that these people will be more than happy that he still maintains contact with the scene and that he is now singing country.
He has released an album bearing the title of Lucky Country which has 16 tracks on board.
Perhaps the album content is best described as country nostalgia, as the tracks come mainly from the '60s and '70s era.
Included among these are From a Jack to a King, You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Lucille, I Believe in You, By the Time I get to Phoenix, Let Your Love Flow, Your Cheating Heart, Rhinestone Cowboy and many more.
For those of us who remember when the songs were originally released, this album gives us the opportunity to sit back, relax, and sing along with our "I've Been Everywhere" favourite.
If this CD is not available from usual retailers, you can contact Lucky Star direct by writing to him at PO Box 441, Wyong, NSW, 2259.