Australian country music

Australian country music

Australian country music is a vibrant part of the music of Australia. There is a broad range of styles, from bluegrass, to yodelling to folk to the more popular.

Australia has a long tradition of country music, which has developed a style quite distinct from its U.S. counterpart. Waltzing Matilda, often regarded as Australia's unofficial National anthem, is a quintessential Australian country song, influenced more by Celtic folk ballads than by American Country and Western music. This strain of Australian country music, with lyrics focusing on strictly Australian subjects, is generally known as "bush music" or "bush band music".

Another, more Americanised form of Australian country music was pioneered in the 1930s by such recording artists as Tex Morton. Strictly Australian country music and bush ballads were popularized by Slim Dusty, best remembered for his 1957 song "A Pub With No Beer". In recent years local contemporary country music, featuring much crossover with popular music, has enjoyed considerable popularity in Australia.

Country music has also been a particularly popular form of musical expression among the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Awards and festivals

The major celebration of country music in Australia is the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January each year.

Indigenous country music is in evidence at The Deadlys, a celebration of indigenous musicians and their music.

The Mildura Country Music Festival celebrates the "Australian Independent Country Music Awards" every year.

Notable musicians and music groups

Recording artists, entertainers and musicians

*8 Ball Aitken
*Johnny Ashcroft
*Sherrie Austin
*James Blundell (singer)
*Adam Brand
*Catherine Britt
*Troy Cassar-Daley
*Kasey Chambers
*Beccy Cole
*Tracy Coster
*Smoky Dawson
*Slim Dusty
*Wayne Horsburgh
*Jedd Hughes
*Gina Jeffries
*Gay Kayler
*Lee Kernaghan
*Anne Kirkpatrick
*Reg Lindsay
*Jimmy Little
*Chad Morgan
*Jamie O'Neill
*Mary Schneider
*Sara Storer
*Keith Urban
*John Williamson

Musical groups

*The Bushwackers (band)
*The Donovans
*Women in Docs
*Karma County
*Deep Creek


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