Reflecting one of his own song titles Walk a Country Mile, Slim Dusty’s legacy continues to travel and achieve remarkable milestones.
Today signifies the 800th week The Very Best Of Slim Dusty has been in the ARIA Top 40 Country Music chart. Collectively representing just over 15 years, this significant feat is a testament to Slim’s music legacy, and places the album as the longest charting for the category.
First released in November 1998, sales of the album is now in excess of 5 x Platinum (350,000+).
John O’Donnell, Managing Director of EMI Music Australia, comments on the achievement “Slim was the foundation rock upon which EMI Australia was built. EMI is the only label Slim called home throughout his 60 year recording career, and we continue to proudly honour his legacy and celebrate his achievements. Slim was a remarkable songwriter, musician, and entertainer, but he walked a perfect line between being a true Australian icon and a regular bloke. His legacy runs deep with all Australians. And what a fitting album to reach this incredible milestone – a collection of his most memorable songs from across the years.”
Joy McKean, Slim’s wife and co-writer for more than 50 years, reflects “Slim’s songs always made an impact. He told real stories about real people. He committed his life to taking these stories and music across the country, from the big cities to the most remote parts of Australia. This milestone is a testament to his dedication and the strength of great songs that continue to impact the lives of Australians today.”
ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) reports The Very Best of Slim Dusty holds the longest number of weeks in the ARIA Top 40 Country Chart with an impressive list of artists following:
#1 at 800 weeks – Slim Dusty, The Very Best of Slim Dusty
#2 at 610 weeks – Dixie Chicks, Wide Open Spaces
#3 at 605 weeks – Johnny Cash, The Essential
#4 at 565 weeks – John Williamson, True Blue The Very Best of John Williamson
#5 at 448 weeks – Shania Twain, The Greatest Hits
Joining Ray Kernaghan, Tania Kernaghan and Luke O’Shea will be Anne Kirkpatrick (a regular at this special event!), Amos Morris, Dean Perrett and Taylor Pfeiffer – “The Banjo Girl”.
And what do our guest artists think of Slim Dusty Memories Week?
“I love my annual pilgrimage to Kempsey for the SDCMMW!” said Anne. “Who would have thought that Bruce and Trish Woods’ idea to hold a Slim Dusty Memories afternoon at their property some 10 years ago, would have grown to this huge weeklong event with campers, caravans and motorhomes from all over Australia converging on the showgrounds and a crowd that keeps growing every year? Well, I can believe it!... as right from the start, there was this wonderful ‘extended family’ feel to the whole event –backstage between the artists and between artists and audience. It’s very special to our family that people want to come together to ‘relive’ their memories of my dad, Slim. So, as usual, I’m looking forward to another great Festival and catching up with everyone.”
“I am truly looking forward to being in Kempsey, for the Slim Dusty Memories week to perform my Songs of the Bush for you,” said Dean, “and to also celebrate the timeless Music that Slim left for us all to love and treasure. The music will be great and the atmosphere just like a big Campfire Sing Along. So bring your Mates and enjoy it to the full!”
Amos said: “I have been delighted to be involved with the Festival over the past 11 years and it warms my heart to think of how it has grown from an evening in the Woods’ backyard to the major event it is now. Kempsey has always needed such an event to ‘put us on the map’ so to speak, and I can think of none better than the SDCMMW. May it continue to grow and flourish.”
Taylor said: “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week. Slim Dusty was an amazing man who had a huge influence on country music as we know it today. Sadly I never met him but I’m excited to be a part of this amazing week, to show my appreciation to Australia’s country music legend. I’m looking forward to meeting people during the week and hearing all the stories about Slim by those people who did meet him. Thank you to the Australian Bush Balladeers Association and the SDCMMW Committee for this great opportunity.”
The 2014 event is shaping up to be a cracker year! It will be held, as usual, at the Kempsey Showground and already, powered camping sites at the Showground are sold out.
“Unpowered sites are still available,” organisers say, “and can be booked via the downloadable form from the Memories Week page on the slimdustycentre.com.au website. For more updates, join the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Facebook page. Folks are welcome to bring along their generators for use at the Showground and on unpowered sites. Also, there are many accommodation choices available in the Macleay Valley.”
This year’s Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week will run from Monday to Sunday, October 20 to 26, and includes an Open Day at the Slim Dusty Centre on Tuesday the 21st, and a bus trip to Slim’s boyhood home at Nulla Nulla on the 22nd. For more information on the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week call our office on 02 65626533 or freecall 180018SLIM or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy McKean is hitting the road on a book tour supporting her new release Riding This Road. Come and say "G'Day" to Joy at a venue near you. List of dates, times and venues below. Books will be available to order at all events. For those who can't make it along, you can still purcahse a signed book from our shop on this site (click on SHOP).
MONDAY 30 JUNE
11 – 12am Cairns Books
Address: Cairns Books, Cairns Central Shopping Centre
1 – 2pm Collins Smithfield in Cairns
Address: Shop 141 Smithfield Centre Cook & Kennedy Highway
TUESDAY 1 JULY
12.30 – 1.30pm Angus & Robertson Book Retail
Address: Angus & Robertson, Castletown Shoppingtown
3.30 – 4.30pm “Mary Who”
Address: Mary Who Townsville, 414 Flinders St, Townsville City
THURSDAY 3 JULY
10 – 11am Collins - Mackay
Address: Collins Mackay, 13/14 Sydney St, Mackay
12 – 1pm Caneland News
Address: Caneland News, Shop 80, Caneland Central, Mackay
FRIDAY 4 JULY
10 – 11am Angus & Robertson Book Retail
Address: Angus & Robertson Book Retail, Stockland Shopping Centre, North Rockhampton
6.15pm Bundaberg Library
Address: 49 Woondooma Street, Bundaberg
SATURDAY 5 JULY
10 – 11am Mary Ryan Hervey Bay
Address: 5/15 Central Avenue, Urraween, Hervey Bay
Monday 7 July
10 – 11am Dymocks -Toowoomba
Address: Gardentown Shopping Centre
1 – 2pm Western Downs Regional Library
Address: Western Downs Regional Library, 107 Drayton Street, Dalby
TUEDSAY 8 JULY
11 – 12pm Angus & Robertson - Ipswich
Address: Shop 34B, Riverlink S/C, Cnr Pine St & The Terrace North
2 – 3pm Angus & Robertson - Brookside
Address: Angus & Robertson, Brookside Shopping Centre
MONDAY 14 JULY
11 – 12pm Dymocks - Erina
Address: Erina Fair S/C, Terrigal Drive
1.30 -2.30pm Dymocks - Tuggerah
Address: Dymocks Tuggerah, Westfield Tuggerah
TUESDAY 15 JULY
Dymocks - Coffs Harbour
Address: Park Beach Plaza Coffs Harbour
1 – 2pm Book Warehouse - Coffs Harbour
Address: City Centre Mall, 26 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour
WEDNESDAY 16 JULY
10 – 11am Book Warehouse - Lismore
Address: 107 – 109 Keen Street, Lismore
4 – 5pm “Reader’s Companion” - Armidale
Address: 151 Beardy Street, Armidale
THURSDAY 17 JULY
Collins - Tamworth
Address: 368 Peel Street, Tamworth
FRIDAY 18 JULY
11 – 12pm McDonalds Booksellers - Maitland
Address:408 High Street, Maitland
2.30 – 3.30pm Toronto Library
“Afternoon Tea with Country Music legend Joy McKean”
Address: Cnr Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto.
WEDNESDAY 23 JULY
6.30 - 8pm Leonay Golf Club
“An Evening with Joy McKean"
Address: Leonay Golf Club, Leonay Parade, Emu Plains
The Slim Dusty Birthday Bash is on again for 2014 at Rooty Hill RSL Club, and YOU ARE INVITED!
Come along on Thursday 12th June for a great night of entertainment including Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey, Anne Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, Jared Porter, Luke O'Shea, Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds.
Tickets are $120 including a food and beverage package. Special Corporate Tables seating 8 are available for $3,000 and include an upgraded food and beverage package PLUS, everyone seated at a corporate table on the night will receive a genuine Akubra Hat, custom fitted on the night by Akubra, and presented with a special Hat Pin commemorating the "Slim Dusty Birthday Bash". All proceeds to the Slim Dusty Foundation Ltd. Book your ticket now for a very special night of entertainment and celebrations.
Book online at www.rootyhillrsl.com.au or call (02) 9677 4916.
EMI Music are proud to release the album RIDING THIS ROAD (The Record Collection) by Joy McKean. A time capsule of Joy’s early career as a performer and songwriter, the album was collated from rare vinyl and reel-to-reel recordings. This truly unique collection of songs shows why Joy McKean is one of Australia’s most prolific songwriters.
From country halls to showgrounds, cities to the most remote communities, Joy performed everywhere and won the hearts of legions of fans. She became famous performing with her sister Heather in the 1950s, writing songs that have become Australian country music classics, and creating a lifelong partnership with Slim Dusty.
Joy McKean wrote many of Slim’s most famous songs, was awarded six Golden Guitars and was a founder of the Country Music Association of Australia. She has received lifetime achievement awards from the Country Music Association of Australia and Australian Country Music Foundation, received the Song maker Award from the Tamworth Songwriter’s Association, an Australian Bush Laureate Award, an Order of Australia Medal, and the McKean Sisters were inducted into the Country Music Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and the Roll of Renown.
Several of these songs have been unavailable for many years and were only uncovered during a recent trip to the EMI archives and through contacting some avid Slim Dusty/Joy McKean music collectors. Of the process, Joy’s daughter, Anne Kirkpatrick, commented “putting together an album of Joy’s solo recordings tracing her unique musical journey proved quite a challenge as it covers 7 decades of writing, performing and recording, with all the subsequent changes in recording technology!”
Now available on CD for the first time this special release is in companionship to the new book by Joy McKean from Hachette Australia of the same name, RIDING THIS ROAD.
RIDING THIS ROAD (The Book)
For the first time, Joy McKean turns her talent as a writer to telling us about her own life. On the way she reveals a lifestyle that has long gone, when performers would load up their trucks and caravans and drive across the country, putting on a show at every town – big, small and tiny – then moving on to the next place to do it all again the next night.
With honesty and love, Joy explores her life from childhood to the present, decades of marriage to Slim, songwriting, recording and constantly touring right around Australia while raising their children Anne and David. Joy’s is a life full of music and memories that will inspire and entertain.
RIDING THIS ROAD by Joy McKean
CD & Book available now
10th Anniversary since passing
The Very Best Of Slim Dusty – Limited Commemorative CD & DVD Edition Pack
The Son of Noisy Dan – A Musical Autobiography
On September 19th 2013 we commemorate the 10th anniversary since the passing of Slim Dusty. Remembered as Australia’s King of Country, Slim Dusty left behind a huge legacy that continues to grow even as we move well into the 21st Century. To mark the occasion, EMI Music Australia is proud to announce the release of two very special Slim Dusty commemorative packages.
The first of the new releases is a Commemorative Edition CD & DVD Pack of The Very Best of Slim Dusty. This special limited edition Digi-Pack will contain both the audio CD and video DVD of Slim’s most famous tracks. These two hugely successful Slim releases have never before been packaged together and will only be available for a very limited time.
EMI Australia is also proud to be releasing an exciting and totally unique new Slim Dusty album. Titled The Son of Noisy Dan the 23 track album contains a fantastic collection of autobiographical songs written by and sung by Slim.
“My dad, David Kirkpatrick, had a loud voice, an Irish Temper and an awe–inspiring command of swear words, which was always delivered at top volume. I was told he was the life of the party especially when he was away from Mary (my Mum). He would play his fiddle, sing his parody songs and was known to recite Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson poems out loud. It was no wonder he was known around town as Noisy Dan” Slim Dusty (circa. 1996)
This special collection of songs depict the various stages of his life from his childhood through to his relentless days touring the remote parts of Australia. Of special note there are three audio tracks titled “Slim Remembers” which feature Slim reminiscing about his life providing a great insight to the songs he sang, and the people and places he sang about. The album represents a huge legacy for Slim’s legion of devoted fans ...and also for documenting Australia’s unique culture in the 20th Century.
Both The Very Best Of Slim Dusty CD/DVD and The Son of Noisy Dan will be released on August 16th 2013 leading into a couple of events celebrating Slim’s legacy:
August 16th – The Very Best Of Slim CD & DVD commemorative pack and The Son of Noisy Dan album releases.
August 22nd-25th – 2013 Gympie Music Muster will commemorate the 10th anniversary with a music industry Slim Dusty Tribute Concert on main stage (Sunday 25th) to conclude the festival.
September 19th – The 10th anniversary date of Slim Dusty’s passing.
Australian country radio, TV and press continue to embrace Slim Dusty and will be joining the commemoration and celebration of Slim’s legacy over the next few months.
“I never want to be too old for travelling….The only time I get tired is when I’m not travelling. I’ve spent my life meeting people, seeing new places, or going back to old places. And I’d like to continue travelling even when I’m not doing shows.” ....Slim Dusty.
Slim Dusty has been voted in Australia's Top 40 singers of all time (#37) by a panel of Australian singers and musicians commissioned by News Ltd.
As Lee Kernaghan notes simply, Slim Dusty is "the king of country." Troy Cassar-Daley agrees. "He is simply the voice of Australia and that’s a fact. He is the King of all Country singers here in Australia and to me the father of country music. When Slim sang the whole of Australia listened!"
What a wonderful acknowledgement to a fine singer, musician, entertainer and all-round top bloke.
Yes, we have joined the population and set up a Slim Dusty (Official) Facebook page! Growing each day, the page is full of Slim's fans with a wealth of knowledge on his music from across the decades. Photos, videos and news is posted regularly so be sure to join the conversation and "Like" Slim Dusty on Facebook. Quick link is in the top left hand corner of this page - click now.