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Too Rock for Country, Too Country for Rock.

I am copying and pasting some of this from the website to help spread the word. Pass this along!

XXX includes ALL southern artists that have fallen between the cracks of COUNTRY and ROCK. WHERE DID ‘XXX’ COME FROM? From the old-time moonshine jugs of course.


It is a true shame that there are such rigid GENRE definitions in popular music today! You’ve got POP, ROCK, COUNTRY, R&B, AAA and HIP HOP. This may be fine for most musicians, but there is a very unfair gap in music the way it is. ROCK music is split into two formats MODERN ROCK and ACTIVE ROCK, both of which do not accept SOUTHERN or COUNTRY-LEANING music at all. Then there’s COUNTRY. COUNTRY is a market controlled by NASHVILLE’S inner-workings. Video outlets such as CMT and GAC have created ‘back of the bus’ programming like “Wide Open Country” and “Edge of Country” to relieve the pressure created by the growing movement of outsiders in the field, but it’s not a fair representation of the broad scope of these underdogs. Radio stations have created late-night and weekend specialty programming to play these artists as well, but again, this is just placating these tremendous artists. These artists are multiplying in number year by year and this brings us to our cause:


Happy Holiday!

Tip your bottles back and toast your respective deities (or lack there-of). Old Bottle Black has plans to record an album later this winter. Look out for shows in ’11!

Old Bottle Black part of Australia’s ABC Mid North Coast “Sing Like Slim” Project

Copied from the following URL. Article by Kim Honan.

Sing Like Slim celebrates and honours the songs that cemented Slim Dusty a legend, the songs he made famous and also the lesser known songs only die-hard Slim fans may have heard.

Songs will be heard on air and online in the lead up to the 2010 Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week to be held in Kempsey on the NSW mid-north coast in October.

The project is not asking singers to sound like, as the title suggests, but rather to select a song and give it their own treatment.
Slim recorded over 1000 songs with many of Australia’s greatest songwriters behind them. Joy McKean, who he married in 1951, wrote many but others include: Stan Coster, Gordon Parsons, Shorty Ranger, Don Walker, Graeme Connors, Norma Murphy and Mack Cormack.
Singers who have given covering a Slim song a crack:

Old Bottle Black – The Sunlander. Seattle band Old Bottle Black recorded this version of The Sunlander and sent across from the US especially for Sing Like Slim.

Ken Lindsay – Just An Old Cattle Dog. Ken Lindsay performs the Norma Murphy song recorded by Slim Dusty in the ABC Mid North Coast studios.

Luke Austen – Lights On the Hill. Luke Austen is joined by Victoria Baillie on harmonies for another Joy McKean classic.

Amber Lawrence – Walk A Country Mile. Victoria Baillie (harmonies) Luke Austen (guitar) and Luke Dickens (moral support) join Amber in the ABC Mid North Coast studios to perform this Slim Dusty classic written by Joy McKean.

The Lees – Things Are Not the Same on the Land. Raechel and Steve joined Lauren Fitzgerald in the ABC New England North West studios in Tamworth to perform this song written by Bill Chambers.

Rosie Sutherland – The Pub With No Beer. Along with Geoff Dixon and Lawrence Pastro, Rosie recorded this classic by Gordon Parsons at ABC Mid North Coast.

Ian Quinn – As the Bush Becomes the Town. This is one of two songs Ian wrote for Slim Dusty.
Mark Wells – Looking Foward Looking Back. Mark performed this Don Walker tune on the ABC NSW Sunday Mornings program with Helen Clare.

Beccy Cole – The Biggest Disappointment. Beccy joined Robin McConchie from ABC Rural in the studio to record this Slim classic written by Joy McKean.

Steve Passfield – When the Rain Tumbles Down in July. Steve performed this on ABC Mid North Coast to launch Sing Like Slim.


Here are a few tracks we threw together as a demo for a couple venues who wanted to hear us before we played. We will be working on more formal recordings soon. In the mean time, enjoy these downloads from Last.FM.

Red River (demo release) – Creepy tune about Ol’ Kate. Don’t get nightmares.

Devil’s Love (demo release) – This is a kiss-off tune to Florida.

New Laredo (demo release) – Fast paced blues-rocker. No apologies, just simple rock ‘n roll.

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