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CD: STAN WHEELER – I’d Ride Those Tracks Again

STAN WHEELER

I’d Ride Those Tracks Again
19th Century Rose – BBQ Cowboy – I Ain’t
Been Anywhere – I’d Ride Those Tracks Again – Our Lady Pioneers – Red
Georgina Sunset – Sleepy Old Gundiah – Son Of The Warrego – Thargominda –
That’s Where I Belong – Where The Sleepy Maranoa River Flows – The
Scent of Australia
 
For reasons I’m not sure of, I have a lot of Australian
CD’s on my ‘to review’ list.  This is one among many, and quite frankly
Stan Wheeler is another of the down-unders that writes his own songs,
and this CD, along with several others, is a remarkable collection of
what I would call simply great ‘story’ songs about living in Australia,
especially ‘rural’ Australia.  Many of these experiences are relative to
many of our Midwestern farmers and ranchers, and Stan Wheeler does an
incredibly good job ‘telling the story’ of what it’s like being born,
living, working, and enjoying the rural life style in Australia.  Graeme
Jensen is not only a fan, which is obvious from the way he played the
lead guitar, the bass, the harmonica, the mandolin, the drums and the
harmonies.  Quite well done at the Theebine Junction Studio.  Some of
the words, of course, are Australian and a little bit difficult to
understand the complete meaning of what they express. I had a little
trouble with ‘gundiah’ and ‘thargominda’ but Stan gets to the point of
things, and comes up with a good story anyway.  Every song on this very
listenable album has the same kind of guitar start, a simple run up the
scale.  This lacks originality, but it doesn’t really detract from the
contents of the songs. I like Stan’s approach to ‘description’ and this
is unique.  His ‘storytelling’ is also very predominant.  Off the CD
goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.  I’ll be keeping my fingers
crossed for Stan.
MUSIC REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International

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