The spirit of Slim
Tribute concert will play all the country music classics
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.