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i think I'll not go back to camooweal

Ye Gods. And I was just listening to Cunnamulla Feller last night, too. I reckon John Williamson said it right:

"Slim was the voice that kept the link with Banjo and Henry Lawson...[He] showed me the strength of a simple Aussie ballad. No frills - as pure and as straight to the point as the characters he sang about."

See if you can dig up a copy of the Slim Dusty tribute album Not So Dusty - especially the one with the bonus disc of originals. It's a good overview of some of his much-loved tracks and the covers are generally pretty well done too (especially Ed Kuepper's epic rock cover of Camooweal).

Who's next? I'd hate to think.

* 11:17 * music