The words “great” and “legendary” are bandied about with overkill. When used genuinely, one Aussie country music artist must fit into that rare category of great and legendary and that is the guy whose name means King…..Rex Dallas. Very generously, Rex has also gifted us with further generations of Dallases, including son Brett and grand daughter, Ashleigh.
This album is the first of a series, rumoured to be just two, but I am pretty sure that a third could be conjured up with a little coaxing. I saw Rex first when I was just knee high to a grasshopper ( I know, I am not much taller than that now!).
Though we have Tamworth in common, we also have Wallerawang in common and it is my favourite Rex song, thus my favourite on this album. Workin’ Man, a much loved and much sung song (generally sung my women and written by one) is another.
This album is full with great memories. I am sure that all of us above 50 who have loved country music for all of our lives will be able to find at least a handful of tracks on this album that will bring back a memory or two.
There’s a bit of everything on here, from yodelling to bush ballads, to songs that are as Aussie as Meat pies….funny that I should mention that! Aussies will recognize place names and characters in the songs and Rex’s gentle vocals will guide you through some grand musical adventures.
One of my favourite songs this year has been the duet that Rex wrote and sang with young Ashleigh. I think that when people of a different generation have heard that song, (Wide Brimmed Hat) a new audience opened up for Rex. I am sure that there will be others lining up to hear Rex who hadn’t known of his music before.
There are 20 tracks on here and something for everybody, especially if you appreciate traditional country music. Every song tells a story and Rex tells them well.
I especially love A Stranger in my place and Miner’s Son too.
This album is well produced and polished. This album is very Australian. (with a few international flavours). The images of our country and its characters are vivid and true in these songs. Who better to deliver them but a true Aussie Legend?
My Swiss Miss Yodel
Yodelling Around Australia
His Spurs are Rusty Now
Yodel and Smile
Born to the Saddle
Song of the Country
A Stranger in My Place
The Old Briar Pipe
Love song of the Waterfall
Gumtrees are falling
Australian Hot Meat Pie
White Crosses in the Jungle