The spirit of Slim

Trib­ute con­cert will play all the coun­try mu­sic clas­sics

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

DUSTIER than Ever might be a show hon­our­ing one of Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic’s great­est artists but per­former Chris Cook said Slim Dusty’s boots were too big to fill.

“I ac­tu­ally don’t try to sound like Slim Dusty,” he said.

“The em­pha­sis of the show is to hon­our Slim rather than im­i­tate him.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing that a num­ber of peo­ple com­ment that I sound like him.”

Mr Cook grew into a mu­si­cian with Slim Dusty as an in­spi­ra­tion and he went on to write three songs Slim recorded, When The Coun­try’sWet in 1992, Dig­gin’ a Hole in my Gui­tar in 1999 and Rollin’ Down the Road, re­leased in 2004.

“I grew up lis­ten­ing to hill­billy and coun­try and west­ern record­ings,” he said. “My fa­ther would reg­u­larly sur­prise us with new records and songs.

“He was a keen mu­si­cian, a big fan of Slim Dusty’s as well as a lot of other artists and he al­ways en­cour­aged learn­ing.”

The Chris Cook Band will bring the show to towns across the North Bur­nett af­ter a show at Than­g­ool on Satur­day.

Mr Cook said a va­ri­ety of Slim’s songs would round out the per­for­mance, from the hits to the more ob­scure ar­range­ments.

“Lots of good mu­sic from gui­tar, banjo and fid­dle, a dou­ble bass player who is a great singer in his own right, a few songs from other artists who in­flu­enced Slim and anec­dotes from my sev­eral meet­ings with Slim and Joy McKean.”


ON THE ROAD: The Chris Cook band feel most at home play­ing their coun­try/rock­a­billy mu­sic in towns like Monto.

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