TRASK’S FABULOUS FAREWELL
Country singer Diana Trask hopes fans old and new will join her for a singalong and “booty shake” during her farewell Australia tour.
Trask will combine favourites such as Oh Boy, Hold On Country Bumpkin and Lock, Stock and Teardrops with her latest work at Twin Towns tomorrow night.
Now a resident of Georgia, Trask was among the first Australian singers to break into the US market but will soon call time on touring.
“I’m 200 years old, at least … it’s just time,” Trask jokes.
“It is a long trip to Australia and it is a bit of a struggle sometimes to push the old engine to get going, but once I do get out there, I do love it.”
Trask’s career began in 1958 when she won a talent quest and went on to sing on In Melbourne Tonight and then to tour Australia with Frank Sinatra.
She raised her profile with tours of the UK, Europe, Japan and Las Vegas.
Throughout the 1960s and ’70s Trask experienced great success in America.
“When I first came over to America, nobody really knew where Australia was,” she says. “They thought I was Austrian.
“They were amazed I spoke English. But they eventually gave their hearts to me.”
She performed on many US TV shows including The Johnny Cash Show.
“The first time I saw John Cash on stage, all you saw was this man and this electricity and he was hypnotising,” she says.
Trask spent two decades happily retired from music but after the death of her husband Tom six years ago she returned to music for comfort.
Now at 75, she still has the voice that took her all the way to the US 57 years ago.
Trask says she hopes audiences will have a good time at tomorrow’s show.
“We hope to hear some singing,” she says.