In Honour of Slim Dusty featuring Chris Cook with Rob
Renfrew and James Cantwell.
Dustier than Ever - Chris Cook sings Slim Dusty.
Chris Cook believes the single most significant influence on his musical
development is Slim Dusty. Everything musical about him is based on Slim
Dusty's ethics. He remembers hearing Slim's music all of his life
and he grew up playing and loving it.
Chris saw Slim Dusty in concert about 10 times. He vividly remembers the
first time when he was about 9 years old at Coffs Harbour Civic Centre.
Chris has a collection of Slim Dusty records - 78 rpms,45s, singles
and LPs, including his 19 EPs, and owns all his albums on CD. He is
one of Slim Dusty's greatest fans.
Chris plays energetic country guitar, skilful and toe-tapping fiddle and
highly polished bluegrass/hillbilly banjo. He has a huge repertoire of
songs and has said he possesses "a lifetime of songs in his head".
Chris first met Slim Dusty in Coffs Harbour in 1977. They met up
again at Mataranka in the Northern Territory about 23 years ago and went
fishing together on the Roper River. A firm friendship was established
between them which remained strong for the last 12 years of Slim's life.
Slim Dusty recorded 3 of Chris Cook's songs - "When the Country's Wet"
on "Ringer from the Top End" in 1992; "Diggin' a Hole in my Guitar"
(which was the second highest rotation of country singles on FM radio in
Australia at the time and which was nominated for an Apra award,
the presentation ceremony for which both Slim and Chris attended in 2000
) on Slim's album "99" in 1999 and "Rollin' Down the Road" (with
Wayne Bromwich ) on Slim's posthumously released album " Columbia
Lane - The Last Sessions" in 2003.
Chris is an enthusiastic and engaging performer with over 35years
experience whose infectious vitality, distinctive and inimitable style
and musical competence ensure an entertaining and enjoyable show. He is
backed by Robert Renfrew on double bass and Jamie Cantwell on drums and
Chris Cook hasn't got a favourite Slim Dusty song but he sure can sing a
lot of them. He has been singing them for many years and is well
worth hearing when you get the chance.
15/7/2017 - 15/7/2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mount Isa Civic Centre - 23 West Street
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