BACK TO THE FUTURE’ AND THE
FUTURE IS LOOKING GOOD FOR DALE - 2006
Aussie Independent Music singer-songwriter Dale Duncan celebrated his
latest release a two track CD produced by Lindsay Butler at the launch
in Tamworth last Thursday night. Dale signed to the publishing company
back in July.
The Gordon Parsons/Dave Duncan/Dale Duncan inspired two track EP and
film clip follows the success of his trucker album A Trucker’s Life.
Back to the Future the EP project rejuvenates Malabar Mansion a song
written by Dale’s father Dave Duncan over twenty five years ago was
initially recorded by Gordon Parsons and later by Mac Silver, Jeff
Brown and Tamworth’s Roger Knox. The second track Three Words Daddy an
original penned by Dale expresses the importance of love between
father and child. The open sentiment of lost time and reconnection was
very present on stage and amongst the crowd who gathered at Butler’s
The Malabar Mansion video clip shot by Ross Wood premiered also. It
will air shortly on CMC. All proceeds benefit the ACMF Australian
Country Music Foundation and the diligent work to establish a national
country music archive and resource centre in Tamworth including the
construction of a hall of fame to showcase its commemorative
collections. In a similar gesture Wendy Bennett of The Big Golden
Guitar Tourist Centre announced that she would also donate all
proceeds to the ACMF.
The launch devoted time to the origin of the song, writer Dave Duncan,
recording artist Old GP Gordon Parsons, Dale’s motivation and the
strange path that followed from its original recording to its remake
The idea began life a few years ago when 2SER presenter Barbara
Morrison asked Dale if he ever considered recording the song. Dale had
been estranged from his father at that time and it wasn’t until the
birth of his first born that Dale made the decision to make amends. It
proved the inspiration to finish Three Words Daddy a song he began
writing in his teens.
Ironically Barbara and then DJ Brian Howard first aired Malabar
Mansion on Sydney radio. Later in the evening Brian Howard described
the era and public perception of jail and the conditions within the
walls. He had seen it first hand fighting fires at Long Bay jail as a
NSW fireman and described the surroundings. It set the scene for the
audience to understand the difficulty and sorrows and lost time spent
behind closed doors.
Compere Nick Erby said ’This project is not about a career move. It’s
from the heart’.
When Dave Duncan was asked about the song he said laughingly ‘I went
to jail to pay some measly fines but the funny thing about it is I
made enough money out of the song to pay them many times over.’
Publisher Rhonda Sinclair on behalf of Aussie Independent Music and
sub publishers Pegasus Music presented Dale with a writer’s
certificate to acknowledge his signing. She also announced that on
Monday she had discussions regarding the release of A Trucker’s Life
internationally through a Canadian recording label.
‘Back to the Future’ AND the future is looking good for Dale Duncan.
THE WAIT IS OVER!!!! IT'S HERE, THE NEW
Dale Duncan & Gordon Parsons
OUT NOW ON NFS #107 TRACK 7
A great traditional country song from a talented rising country artist
taken from his up and coming EP "Back To The Future" following his
recent success with TOP 30 HIT "DO YOU WANNA BE" (HOT FM TOP 100 HITS
MILDURA). From his debut album 'A Trucker's Life'.
"A great song........done well" - Eric Watson, Selection Records
The Australian Country Music Foundation (ACMF) has endorsed this song
as ALL proceeds from the sale of the EP "Back to the Future" go to the
In every person’s life, there comes a time when everything
clicks, when they know they stand at a convergence of life’s paths
that was meant for their feet alone. For DALE DUNCAN, the crossroads
was when the two major influences of his life converged; his love of
trucks, instilled by his grandfather and the love of country music, a
legacy from his mother and father.
“My grandfather Leslie ‘Bulldog’ Colling was a truck driver”, Dale
said. “My parents separated when I was about ten, and I spent a lot of
time with my Grandparents. I really idolised my Pop. He had a big
yellow Mack truck. Every time I hear a big truck shifting down through
the gears it reminds me of Pop coming home”.
Dale’s other great love, instilled in him from birth was the love of
music. “My father DAVE DUNCAN worked with SLIM DUSTY AND GORDON
PARSONS as well as BUDDY WILLIAMS. Gordon Parsons recorded one of his
songs”, Dale said. “My dad was always the life of the party; wherever
he went, his guitar went, parties, barbeques, everywhere”.
“Dad wanted me to go into country music when I was growing up, but I
was more interested in playing football and cricket than learning
guitar. It wasn’t until I was about thirteen or fourteen at South
Grafton High School that I suddenly found interest in music”.
“My woodwork teacher was Richard Walker, brother of DON WALKER of COLD
CHISEL fame. He threw a couple of us guys together for a talent show
with me out front as singer. After the show I went from not being very
popular to having everyone want to hang out with me”.
Dale was apart of several top bands before going solo about five years
ago, settling in Australia’s Country Music Capital, Tamworth. Shortly
thereafter, he began his collaboration with the Tamworth Truck
Driver’s Association. “At first I was asked to entertain at Christmas
parties and other events”, Dale said. “Then in 2004 they asked me to
sing at their annual Memorial Service to remember truckies who have
died on the roads. They wanted a couple of original songs, songs to
honour the fallen, so to speak. So I wrote three songs and sang them
on the day. Well, after they heard them I was inundated with people
who wanted to buy a CD, and I didn’t have one”.
“A couple of days later Rick Lay, who is really involved with the
Memorial here, asked me if I would be interested in recording an
album, with the aim of raising money towards the Memorial. I jumped at
the opportunity. That’s how the Two Tee’s Memorial Fund was born”. Two
Tee’s stands for Tarcutta and Tamworth; both towns have Truck Driver’s
Memorials and will both benefit from the fund.
The debut album titled “A TRUCKER’S LIFE”, has nothing to prove,
nothing to do with fashions or radio play or anything else except just
great country music. “All the songs on the album are basically a story
and I wrote them about my life. Life everyone else I’ve had some
pretty rough times and I’ve had some great touching moments and my way
to express my feelings about life is writing them down on paper”, Dale
The album “A TRUCKER’S LIFE” was launched last October (2005) at The
Pub in Tamworth and since then has sold over 1,300 copies, reached #48
on REAL COUNTRY’s Top 100 Albums in Japan. In November 2005 the album
was the 7th best selling Independent Album in Australia only being
beaten by Tania Kernaghan, Steve Forde & The Flange, Travis Sinclair,
Amos Morris, Jimmy Buffett and Col Elliott. During the past four
months the album has been in the Top 50 best selling Independent
album’s in Australia – very consistent.
The debut single, DO YOU WANNA BE, was released to radio throughout
Australia on NFS #100 in October 2005 and was very well received both
here in Australia and overseas (New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Austria &
America. The debut single reached #8 on the KIXFM Top 20 Country Hits
in Bundaberg and currently “THREE WORDS DADDY” has just reached #16 on
the same chart; “Do You Wanna Be” is also currently #33 on the HOTFM
Mildura’s Top 100 Country Hits.
Last November (2005), Dale also completed filming his debut video clip
for his single “Do You Wanna Be” with Golden Guitar winning producer,
Ross Wood. The video clip peaked at #30 on the Country Music Channel’s
(CMC) Top 50 video clips. Dale is ecstatic about the airplay he
received on CMC. The clip has been played at least twice per day for
the past twelve weeks and is only now tapering off the charts.
Dale will be heading back into the studio’s next month to re-produce
his next single which will be released in May 2006. The single is
titled “My On The Road Beauty Queen” co-written with Gary Day (Steve
Forde & The Flange). This song has been called ‘the wildfire’ of the
album – so make sure you keep a look out for Dale’s 2nd single titled
“MY ON THE ROAD BEAUTY QUEEN” out in May.
DALE DUNCAN'S latest single
"DO YOU WANNA BE" from the album "A Trucker's Life"
can now be requested on CMC - the Country Music Channel
It's debuted at #39 - so let's continue the support
For a little piece of Dale, click on the link and request
- All proceeds from sales are being
donated to the TWO TEES memorial
- fund for families of truckers who
have died on the road
A TRUCKERS LIFE - distributed by OneStop
Watch out for his upcoming filmclip for DO YOU WANNA BE
Dale Duncan is on cloud nine and he should be. He has just laid the
finishing touches on his debut album A Trucker’s Life. Dale has just
come back from Sydney where his album was mastered by Steve Smart at
Studios 301, the same guy who has mastered albums for Adam Harvey,
Melinda Schneider, Beccy Cole and Col Finley just to name a few. In
fact Steve Smart’s words to Dale were: “your on a winner here, you’re
a great songwriter, who writes with strong lyrics”.
In April this year the Tamworth singer/
songwriter took his band Santa Fe featuring Paul Harris (lead guitar),
Steve Crane (rhythm guitar), Bill Baldwin (bass guitar) and Paul Swan
(drums) to Top Cat Recording Studios Alstonville NSW, to record his
debut album and what an album it turned out to be.
Titled A Trucker’s Life, this album has nothing to prove, nothing to
do with fashions or radio play or anything else except just making and
playing great country music. There’s nothing fancy here, in fact half
of the album is mid paced, a couple of blue grass numbers, but great
stories, great lyrics, their just great songs.
“All the songs on the album are basically a story and I wrote them
about my life. Like everyone else I’ve had some pretty rough times and
I’ve had some great touching moments and my way to express my feelings
about life is writing them down on paper” Dale said.
Favourites here are Three Words Daddy, with a nice violin intro and
gently rolling delivery, a bit in the DON WILLIAMS tradition, and The
Ghost Of Gully Creek, a hardwood floor stomper.
Dale was approached to record the album in October 2004 by the then
President of the Tamworth Truck Drivers Memorial. “I had performed at
the Tamworth Truck Drivers Memorial held every year in October and I
performed one of my original songs Three Words Daddy to about 400
people” Dale said.
“Everyone gave the song the thumbs up. There was such an overwhelming
response to the song that many of those attending the memorial wanted
to buy my CD, and I didn’t have one.
Not long after the memorial, I was approached by the then president
and co-ordinator of the Truck Drivers Association Memorial, Rick Lay
to record an album dedicated to the truck driver’s industry. I jumped
at the opportunity”.
Dale then put pen to paper and started writing more songs for the
album. Long time friend and big time country artist Col Finley
travelled down from Brisbane to Co-write two of the songs The Ghost Of
Gully Creek and If The Truckies Stop. Other songs on the album include
A Trucker’s Life, My On The Road Beauty Queen, Marry Me, Miracle Girl
and Do You Wanna Be.
Proceeds from the sale of the album will go into the Two Tee’s Truck
Drivers Memorial Fund to help those families who have lost loved ones
during their duties on the road.
“I’m pretty excited about this project and things are going really
going well leading up to the launch of the album which is to be held
on the 12 August 2005 at “The Pub in Tamworth. “I already have 3,500
copies of the album on back order and I haven’t even released it yet”.
If you would like a copy of A Trucker’s Life, send a cheque or money
order for a total of $15.00 to: “Two Tee’s Memorial Fund”, PO Box 47
Westdale NSW 2340. Not only will you be receiving a great Country
Truckin’ album but you will be helping families from within the
trucking industry. “There’s something very special about this CD. This
is the best Country album I’ve heard for a while. All nine songs have
the word “hit” written all over them” – Phil Hastings HMV music.
Hailing from Grafton on the Mid North Coast
of New South Wales, Dale is the ultimate entertainer, who has been
entertaining audiences with his own dynamic style of Country Music at
Pubs, Clubs and Country Music Festivals around Australia.
Dale is an all round musician who has been performing live since he
was 17 years of age and is no doubt a name that you will hear a lot
more of within the Australian Country Music scene. The whole
foundation to Dale’s belief is, give the people more than they
bargained for and he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
A singer/songwriter, Dale play’s guitar and percussion and has
successfully created his own unique sound, having been influenced by
such greats as Elvis, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Neil Diamond and Bon
During the mid to late 90’s, Dale started taking his music a little
more seriously and toured the North-West of New South Wales, with his
band playing the pubs and clubs scene. He was a big hit at the 1999
and 2000 Tamworth Country Music Festivals and the 1999 Gympie Muster.
At the 2001/2002 Tamworth Country Music Festival, Dale teamed up with
good friend Matt O’Leary and formed The “Brooks & Dunn” in concept
show, which proved to be a huge success.
During the past three years, Dale has concentrated more on his solo
career. He has appeared on stage with such artists including, Pixie
Jenkins, Mitchell Shadlow, Col Finley, Pam Spencer, Gordon Parsons and
Slim Dusty, just to name a few!
In April 2005, Dale took his band “Santa Fe” up to Alstonville NSW, to
record his debut album and what an album it turned out to be.. Titled
“A Trucker’s Life”, this album has nothing to prove, nothing to do
with fashions or markets or radio play or anything else except just
making and playing great country music. There’s nothing fancy here, in
fact most of the album is mid paced, a couple of blue grass numbers,
but great stories, great lyrics, their just great songs. Favourites
here are Three Words Daddy, with a nice violin intro and gently
rolling delivery, a bit in the DON WILLIAMS tradition, and The Ghost
Of Gully Creek, a hardwood floor stomper.
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