- Listen to "The Greencards" sing Slim Dusty's
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- Slim Dusty Way proposal - ready to hit the road
Monday 25th June in Tamworth:
- A long-held dream to create the ‘Slim Dusty Way’ between Kempsey and
Tamworth is another step closer with the first meeting of the Slim Dusty Way
Management Committee on 25 June in Tamworth.
- The ‘Slim Dusty Way’ will be a unique, themed tourist drive giving
visitors to NSW a truly Australian experience from Nulla Nulla and Kempsey,
Slim's birthplace, to Tamworth, whose transformation into Australia's
Country Music Capital was strongly supported by Slim Dusty himself.
The ‘Slim Dusty Way’, starting in Bellbrook/Nulla Nulla, is proposed to go
through Kempsey, on to Wauchope, continue along the Oxley Highway to Walcha
and end at Tamworth.
One of the most significant aspects of the route is that this is the road
travelled by Slim Dusty and wife Joy McKean on their first ever tour in
1954, performing at a small hall in Walcha. It was Australian history in the
making, and the beginning of a long career that saw Slim Dusty hailed as
'the man who is Australia'.
More than a fitting tribute to this Australian treasure, the ‘Slim Dusty
Way’ has been planned as a tourist drive that will create substantial income
opportunities for the communities through which is passes. Increasing the
number of visitors between towns offers new experiences and will create
major economic activity for the four shires involved: Kempsey, Hastings,
Walcha and the Tamworth region.
The ‘Slim Dusty Way’ will also build on Slim's vision; to show visitors the
real 'country Australia', its people, its places, its culture and Australian
country music, now more popular than ever.
The tourist drive will be further augmented by the additional visitors
that will be attracted by the Slim Dusty Centre upon its completion.
The Committee, currently has a submission under consideration through the
Australian Government’s Tourism Development Program.
The project has the potential to expose communities from Kempsey to Tamworth
to new tourism markets, joining communities and experiences for visitors
alike. The Slim Dusty Way will be extended to link in with other popular and
established tourist drives and attractions further enhancing the appeal to
This is especially relevant to Tamworth as it continues to develop
attractions and activities to celebrate its stature as Australia's Country
Music Capital. Additionally, Kempsey Shire will be able to increase the
tourist flows through the various Slim Dusty/Australian Culture Tour links
including the Upper Macleay, Slim's boyhood home at Nulla Nulla and the
proposed Slim Dusty Centre.
The Slim Dusty Way is proving to be an extremely popular concept and has
received wide community support which continues to grow as more people and
organisations become aware of it.
Kathryn Yarnold, General Manager of the Slim Dusty Foundation says "if
community support to date is any indication, I am certain we will look
forward to favourable responses from the Governments whose financial support
will be vital to the success of the Slim Dusty Way project and the
significant contributions it will make to the communities it embraces. The
drive tourism market is an extremely important market segment to regional
Australia and regional economies. Tourist don’t follow geographical
boundaries, they chase experiences – the Slim Dusty Way is recognisable and
will deliver a quality new product for all travellers.”
The eleven members of the Slim Dusty Way Management Committee, including
Joan Douglas representing Tamworth and Kathryn Yarnold, General Manager of
the Slim Dusty Foundation who were the catalysts of the idea, bring a broad
range of expertise and experience to the project — along with extreme
enthusiasm for developing the tourism potential of the entire region.
The first meeting will set strategies for ensuring the effectiveness and
sustainability of the project, and cementing the strong alliance between the
- Joy survives car wreck From
http://www.countrymusicbulletin.com.au/ 4th April
Joy McKean has had a lucky escape from a car accident.
Joy was driving her Landcruiser from Bredbo (NSW) to Captain’s Flat via the
Jerangle Road, planning to find the site of the old village of Anembo where
her father was sent as a 20 year old teacher.
The front driver’s side tyre blew out, causing her vehicle to leave the
road, go through two fences and between two large trees, finishing upside
down in a paddock.
Joy says she was suspended in her seatbelt, but managed to turn off the
ignition and release the seatbelt. She then crawled backwards through a
small gap in the torn open driver’s door and the seat.
Everyone seeing the upturned vehicle is amazed at her survival, she said,
and that of her small dog Penny. Joy suffered bruising and soreness, but no
- New album for Slim
- A new family album will be recorded with unreleased songs sung by
Slim plus tracks from an album that Slim did before he died in 2003.
At least one of his lost songs written in 1942 was found by the National
Archive in Canberra in February is also planned. Anne and David
Kirkpatrick plus four grandchildren will be on the album. It will be a
- Joy McKean at Troy Cassar-Daley's Concert - Tamworth
- "Slim Dusty Live"
- EMI is producing a special limited four disc set as a pre-cursor to the
screening. The event is one of two complete concerts on the double DVD "Slim
Dusty Live" released in March 2006. It will be re-released for a limited
time September 23rd as a four disc set with the CD'S of the same name. The
other concert footage included on the Slim Dusty Live DVD features Slim with
various line-ups of his much respected "Travelling Country Band" filmed in
concert during 1975 and 1992. The 33 track "Slim Dusty Live" double CD
recording was captured during the sell-out 2000 "Looking Forward Looking
Back concert tour which celebrated Slim's multi-platinum 100th release.
- Slim Dusty Movie re-released on DVD
The Slim Dusty Movie was re-released on DVD Monday
November 6th 2006
The DVD has the full feature movie plus the movie trailers; "making of the
movie" footage; a mini-documentary including interviews with Slim, Joy and
Anne Kirkpatrick, Rod Coe, Mike Kerin and movie producer Kent Chadwick.
Also featured are photos and a separate photo gallery; a feature interview
by Michael Parkinson with Slim in the Northern Territory.
CDs of the full soundtrack are included on a total of four discs in the
collector's edition, "a celebration of the man, his music and his country"
plus unseen performance footage and a new feature-length documentary on
Together with a number of other interviews, including one by ABC TV
Stateline, the set is "five hours on two DVDs and two CDs with Slim
performing all of his classic hits, such as Walk A Country Mile, When The
Rain Tumbles Down In July, Pushin' Time, Pub With No Beer and many more".
"I'd like to say that we are all thrilled with the presentation of the Movie
on DVD," said Joy, "and I hope everyone enjoys all the extra footage and
The Slim Dusty Movie four disc collector's edition is distributed by
Umbrella Entertainment through Shock.
Joy and Anne will feature on the Kerri-Anne Kennerley show on Channel 9 next
Tuesday morning (November 14 2006) talking about the re-release.
And a feature article will be included in next week's "Woman's Day" (out
Monday the 13th November 2006).
- Hall of Fame to salute The McKean Sisters
The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame has announced that the
2007 Hall of Fame Tribute Dinner will salute the pioneering McKean
- The McKean Sisters – Joy and Heather – are more well known these days
for their individual careers in the music industry, in Joy’s case, as
one of Australia’s leading and award-winning songwriters, and, in
Heather’s case, a singer and award-winning recording artist.
Joy and Heather McKean grew up in a musical family which nurtured their
talent in such a way that the girls were performing on stage and radio
by the ages of 10 and eight respectively.
In 1949, they began presenting their own country music radio show from
2KY in Sydney and, by 1951, were recording for the now legendary Rodeo
The McKean Sisters gave us country classics like The Gymkhana Yodel,
Yodel Down The Valley and The Morning Mail.
In 1953, Joy and Heather started pursuing solo careers, and also became
two of Australia's most successful managers, working closely with their
respective spouses Slim Dusty and Reg Lindsay.
In 1983, The McKean Sisters became the eighth pioneering Australian
country music act to be elevated to the Country Music Roll of Renown.
The tribute dinner to Joy and Heather will be held at Gregory’s Function
Centre in Tamworth, Country Music Capital, on Friday night, January 26.
Industry invitations are in the process of being prepared and
distributed. Anyone requiring further information in the meantime can
contact the Hall of Fame on 02 6766 9696.
All proceeds from the dinner – including a silent auction which will run
through the evening – will go towards establishment of Australia’s new
Country Music Hall of Fame building.
Further information also available from
2006 -Slim, who is still one of the
biggest current selling artists in the nation some two and a half
years after his death. His record sales have passed seven million
Released March 11 2006 - Slim Dusty
Live CD and DVD packages portraying Slim onstage, arms outstreched one
hand holding guitar receiving applause from his fans. The DVD features
previously unseen performances at the Mike Walsh Richmond Regent
Theatre in 1987 and a 1992 concert in Geelong.
Info on Australians as well (including Slim Dusty)
- The Slim Dusty Heritage Centre being built in Kempsey NSW will
receive $500,000 boost this 2005 financial year. There will be a
museum on the life of Slim, a gallery, concert, conference and seminar
facilities plus a recording studio. .
- Bush Poet Merv Webster (A.B.B.A Bush
Merv Webster is about to release his first bush ballad E.P. called The
Bushman and The Balladeer.
Two songs he wrote as a tribute to R.M.Williams and Slim
- NEW SIGN FOR SLIM'S "HOMEWOOD"
A NEW sign has been erected at Slim Dusty's boyhood home Homewood at
Nulla Nulla Creek near Kempsey, NSW.
The sign was erected by the Slim Dusty Foundation with the support of the
Department of Environment and Heritage under its Commemoration of Historical
Events and Famous Persons Program 2003-4.
Demand for the sign was created by the continuing stream of visitors to
Homewood and includes a button which allows callers to hear Slim's voice
talking about the farm and singing the classic When The Rain Tumbles Down In
This famous, still very popular, song, represented the first step in a
career that saw Slim Dusty honoured with the Order of Australia and an MBE
along with 38 Golden Guitars and countless others.
The home and its new sign are already having a significant impact on
visitors. The reaction of Jim and Lois Hyland from Victoria is typical. "My
wife burst into tears upon pressing the button,"' said Jim. "We were
absolutely thrilled to hear Slim's voice and description of the old
homestead and I'd recommend that anyone who has an interest and respect for
Slim Dusty to visit the old homestead."
General Manager of the Slim Dusty Foundation Kathryn Yarnold said the
introduction of the musical sign at Nulla, was an important addition to the
Slim Dusty experience in Kempsey.
- Last recording Get
Along (from CMAA)
- SLIM DUSTY's last recording
Get Along from his Columbia Lane, The Last Sessions album has
been released to Australian radio. The song was written
especially for Slim by Cold Chisel's former keyboardist Don Walker (who also
wrote Looking Forward Looking Back and Charleville.
Described as "a
stirring song" Get Along will be accompanied by a video created by Slim's long
time video producer Mark Jago. The animated promotional video has been
issued to all Australian television networks (a preview is available on Slim's
THE DVD of the giant Concert For Slim tribute to Slim Dusty in Tamworth this
January will be released next Monday (August 23).
Thirty of Australia's leading recording stars gathered on January 20 at the
Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre before a capacity crowd with one common
goal... to celebrate the life and songs of the late great Slim Dusty.
Demand for the DVD, released by the Slim Dusty Foundation and EMI Music
Australia, has been strong ever since the event. All proceeds from the sale of
the DVD will go directly to the Slim Dusty Foundation to aid in the development
of the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey.
Performing more than 30 songs that Slim made a part of Australia's culture, the
line up of artists who all donated their time and talents to pay tribute to "the
King" included James Blundell, Adam Brand, Lindsay Butler, Troy Cassar-Daley,
Bill Chambers, Kasey Chambers, Nathan Charlton, Beccy Cole, Graeme Connors,
Tracy Coster, Peter Denahy, Adam Harvey, Gina Jeffreys, Paul Kelly, Lee
Kernaghan, Tania Kernaghan, Anne Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, James & Kate
Arneman and Hanna Kirkpatrick (Slim's grandchildren), Jimmy Little, The McKean
Sisters, Lawrie Minson, Joy McKean, Norma O'Hara Murphy, Dobe Newton, Melinda
Schneider, Sara Storer, Keith Urban, Felicity Urquhart, John Williamson, Brian
Young, and the Travelling Country Band.
Further information can be obtained from
Working on Dusty Dream
taken from Kempsey's Local Paper
by Sue Paterick
The dream to build a state-of -the-art heritage Centre to showcase memories
of Kempsey's own country music legend Slim Dusty could begin in just a few
months. Slim Dusty Foundation board chairman Doug Thompson said subject to
finances a development application should be lodged with Kempsey Shire Council
in as little as six months. The project to build the Heritage Centre
has attracted sponsorship from some big National Companies. $100,000 was
raised at Slim's Tribute Concert during Tamworth Country Music 2004 Festival.
The foundation's office is in the ABC building at Kemp St. Kempsey.
Anyone interested in what the Heritage Centre will be like when completed can
view it's progress on the foundation's web site
When completed the heritage centre will house 20 separate sections that will
feature three animated Slim Dustys, flying owls and dingo gorge. There
will also be a Pub with no beer complete with caricatures of famous Australians
and a semi trailer full of sheep. There will be two waterfalls, one inside
the building and one outside, an opal mine, a truck stop, a dance hall, a
restaurant and conference facility
area. The Centre will also feature a
gallery, retail section and an outdoor concert amphitheatre that will
accommodate up to 2000 people and a large car park.
On the 13th July the local radio station announced the federal government had
contributed $1.5 million towards the project.
Australian Songwriter Tribute
Songs of Joy McKean
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Robbie Souter, Anne Kirkpatrick, Ian Simpson
and Jeff Mercer
Mike Kerin and Rod Coe
Troy Cassar-Daley and Ian
Felicity and Ian
Ian Simpson and Jeff Mercer
out and have the memories