Lyrics of the Bush
The Floods of Fifty Six - My Dad Was A Bullcocky - Roy 'Willie' - Winter Winds - Outback In The Outback - Walk A Country Mile - Life At Currimundi - The Bushman's Song - A Great Achiever - Camooweal - Outback Spirit - Where Country Is - Back To The Saltbush Plains
It's always a pleasure for me to listen to the great Australian country singers and songwriters. Mostly because they are still so very 'real' with country music. Wally Sanderson is no exception. First three songs on this fine CD are composed by Wally. I like the first one because it was in 'fifty six' that he was 'courting' his bride to be, and it all turned out just fine even though one of the worst floods to ever occur in that area took place that same year. It's the same with all of his self-composed songs. They are great 'story' experiences, the very ingredient that is now so lacking in America's so-called country music. The 'story' is gone, the spirit is gone, the very soul of the old music is gone. Some say 'real' country music will return to replace the disgusting music that has stolen the name away, but I wouldn't hold my breath. In the meantime, way down under there are still some magnificent composers, singers, and recording artists that carry on this wonderful tradition of 'story telling songs.' Wally Sanderson is one of those very successful artists. Wally is also not afraid to 'record' other songwriters songs. Among the good ones are Shorty Ranger, Joy McKean, S. Coaster, D. Kirkpatrick, S. Dusty, A. Cormack, Barry Neale Moyses, and S. Coster among the many great writers that contributed to this recording experience. For the songs that Wally wrote, he introduces each number to tell us what and who it's about and why he wrote it. Can you see that happening in 'country' music in America these days? Not likely, but here it is from one of Australia's great artists, Wally Sanderson. The musicians he uses to accomplish this nice project is Paul Denman on electric and acoustic guitar (along with vocal harmonies); Keith on lead and rhythm guitar. The cover photo shows Wally in front of a huge log moving piece of equipment, and it's huge. So is Australia, big enough to keep country music country, and that's exactly what Wally Sanderson does.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International