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A Short Look At Australian Country Music | Teach Yourself Guitar Now

A Short Look At Australian Country Music

Australian country music has a long tradition, which is surprising to some. That’s because most people think of the American South when they picture country music. At the very least, they think only of America. However, there is some mighty fine native-born country music with Australian accents, and you really ought to know about it.

Of the first in Australia, Olivia Newton-John probably was one of the first associated with country music. She had quite a few big hits in the 70′s and also, was quite famous in the movie scene, recording Grease where she co-starred with John Travolta, which didn’t have one iota of counry music in it. To find her real country music, you need to dig deep, and search elsewhere to find it. For example, John Denver wrote a song “Take Me Home, Country Roads”.

These days, Keith Urban is the most successful Australian country music export. He’s had great success on the country charts, and even met and married actress Nicole Kidman. He’s won many awards for his music, and is also quite easy on the eyes.

Kasey Chambers is also an excellent singer/songwriter. She has had great success in her home country, but has not caught on as much in other countries. However, she is a very emotional and powerful performer, and deserves much more success. She’s the daughter of steel guitar player, Bill Chambers, and brother to producer Nash Chambers.

Australia also has it’s fair share of amazing country music festivals. The main one being Tamworth Country Music Festival, and there’s also the “Bundy Bash” in Bundaberg Queensland, which is very famous for supporting indie Australian country music artists.

The Gympie Muster festival began near Gympie, Queensland in 1982. This non-profit community-based gathering raises money for charitable causes. It brings in about 25,000 concert goers each year. It also features talent ranging from mainstream performers, to alternative country.

And finally, the Mildura Country Music Festival, is very good at spotlighting Australian Independent Country Music up and comers, held each year in October.

With its songs about truckers, outlaws and outback life, it sounds a lot like American country music. However, Australian tunes are as influenced by Celtic and English folk music, as they are derived from American country music, so while it’s similar to the American variety, it’s also distinctly unique in many ways.

Australian country music has indeed grown exponentially in every part of the world, and while it wouldn’t be wise to compare it to house music, the different genre’s which are being mixed with mainstream country like pop, soul, blues and now even rap, you can certainly see why it’s grown in popularity worldwide.

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