Graham Rodger is a Multi-Award winning country music songwriter and recording artist specialising in Australian ballads. His songs have been played all over Australia, as well as overseas, and have been recorded by a number of country music artists including the late Slim Dusty. In 2013 Graham was awarded the Golden Guitar for the Bush Ballad of the Year with the song "Looking Back". Hear Walshy chat with Graham about his new release Changing Years, and the long road to the success he's had.
"An accomplished entertainer, Tom has already released 10 successful albums, and has made the finals in many of Australia’s Country Music Awards including the Prestigious StarMaker and the Golden Guitars with his most recent nomination in 2011 for Bush Ballad of the Year. In January 2010, Tom was inducted into the Hands of Fame Park in Tamworth. Tom now spends much of his time extensively touring Australia performing his style of music to his many fans. This is quite a remarkable achievement for a young bloke from Warren, Central Western NSW, who before becoming a recording artist, experienced various occupations, such as droving and station hand duties, to the grind of city factories, from Sydney to the bush."
"Jason Owen’s first album ‘Life Is A Highway is a collection of the moving renditions he performed on X-Factor. Jason makes the songs originally sung by some of the world’s most enduring voices, including John Denver, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, The Black Keys, Green Day and more, his own by injecting a youthful interpretation to these all-time classics."
Hear Jason tell Walshy about the making of this album, and a whole lot more, by clicking in the player below (32 minutes).
"Reg was born in Rushworth, Victoria, just after World War II and grew up on a dairy farm at Tatura on a block his great grandfather selected in 1871. He formed his first dance band in the 1960s, but it was 1972 when he recorded a custom release selling 1,000 copies over the counter of his local Shepparton radio station. On the strength of this, he gained a contract with W&G Records in 1973, recording his now classic “Australian Country Music Hall of Fame” song winning his first Golden Guitar in 1974."
Hear Walshy chat with Reg about his new album "Life - celebrating 40 years in the world of Australian Country music".
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