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Country & Wilson

by Ross Wilson

Oz Music heavyweight Ross Wilson dug Americana before it even had a name - perhaps this then is Australiana.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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1. Some Of These Blues
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2. Nothin's Right Nothin's Wrong
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3. It Matters To Me
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4. Under The Waves (And Far Away)
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5. The Angel Of Death
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6. No Soul
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7. (I Was On) MTV In The 80s
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8. Like A Cross
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9. Don't Say You Didn't Mean It
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10. Time Destroys (As Well As Heals)
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11. Rockabilly Women
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
THE iTunes DOWNLOAD CHAMP from Country & Wilson is "Rockabilly Women"!!!!!!!! Europe, US, Oz - all agree this is the essential Ross Wilson track for your ipod.

Jan 2007 Ross Wilson's main songwriting collaborator, Eris O'Brien, is now available on CD Baby. Possessed of a beautifully emotive & tuneful voice & a unique approach to both melody & lyrics Eris's limited edition debut album 'Blessed Fool' is only available in the US via CD Baby. Co-writes with Ross include "Time Destroys (As Well As Heals) on Country & Wilson & "Slave To My Emotions" & "Bed Of Nails" from Now Listen! The Best Of Ross Wilson.
Eris's version of the much covered "Bed Of Nails" can be heard on Blessed Fool.

June/July 2004 - STILL FIRING
Tracks from Country & Wilson are receiving airplay on the worldwide affiliated stations of Global Radio Network. Best action is in Germany, France, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Italy, UK, Ireland, & starting to show up in the good old USA. Most played = "Rockabilly Women", followed by "Some Of These Blues" & "(I Was On MTV) In The 80s"

13 October 2003
Country & Wilson enters the official ARIA Top 20 Australian Country Artists chart at #13

Ross Wilson is an Australian music heavyweight and Country & Wilson is a major addition to an already impressive musical landscape and a songline that begins with Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock then hits its stride in the 21st century with his solo releases, the roots trilogy Go Bongo Go Wild!, Now Listen! The Best Of Ross Wilson, and Country & Wilson.

Country & Wilson demonstrates the pervasive influence of country & folk music that was hinted at in earlier RW classics like Come Back Again & Bed Of Nails. This album goes a long way toward completing the revealing of RW's fundamental musical sources & uses this genre's accent on story-telling & finely honed lyrics to produce some of his most insightful work. Co-produced with Nash Chambers (Kasey Chambers' brother/producer) Country & Wilson reflects Ross's own experiences & beliefs from the humourous '(I Was On) MTV In The 80s', tales of lost love such as 'Nothin's Right Nothin's Wrong', the politics of 'No Soul', to family history 'Under The Waves (And Far Away)'. With backing provided by some of Australia's country scene's finest twangers, on this album you get the best of both kinds of music, Country AND Wilson.

Dig these Album Notes by Jeff Turnbull www.jeffscrossroadblues.com.au

Country & Wilson.... surely there's a mistake here - someone tell me that Aussie Rock legend Ross Wilson hasn't gone Country! It has to be Rock & Wilson or Blues & Wilson as the title for his new release, so someone must have got this tragically wrong! But no.... it's TRUE - the man whose inspired guitar riffs set us rocking to the great Daddy Cool of the 70's and Mondo Rock in the 80's has recorded and released his long anticipated follow up to the highly successful Now Listen! The Best of
Ross Wilson and it does draw on his past and present Country influences. It certainly marks something of a contrast for Ross and his music - or does it? He has been acknowledging his musical roots for quite some time now and this is in fact, another giant step along that road. I once asked Ross whether he has plans to write and publish an autobiography and his answer - perhaps a little surprising to me at the time - was an emphatic "NO" - instead, he intends to celebrate his musical journey through his song writing and recording. So, true to his word, he has added a further chapter with this next instalment in the Ross Wilson story, an album of songs which show yet another influence along the way towards creating that catalogue of songs in a portfolio now spanning four decades. Many of these which were number one chart hits, including "Come Said The Boy", Hi Honey Ho", "Come Back Again" and "Chemistry", are now bona fide Rock classics and like the greatest of them all "Eagle Rock", they are most definitely here to stay.

With this newly completed labour-of-love CD on the stands, he took the stage at the recent Melbourne International Music and Blues Festival and in the mid-afternoon sun, gave the pumped audience of 11,000 fans a taste of the album for the first time. As with every project that Ross has dabbled in over time, Country and Wilson is a carefully considered string of tracks and he has taken care to draw on the wide variety of styles within the genre, from gentle Country/blues ballads to foot-stomping rockabilly to Slim Dusty-inspired Aussie bush ballad. From the opening track "Some Of These Blues", Ross' distinctive styling shines through as the fiddle of Mick Albeck provides the Country connection for this Wilson/Colin Talbot upbeat song about the "down" periods in his life.

Co-produced with Nash Chambers, a number of superb musicians add their talents as songwriters and/or musicians on many of the tracks. "Nothin's Right, Nothin's Wrong" with Stuart French's superb guitar is a powerful track Ross has been including in his stage set for some time. Paul Kelly makes his contribution as co-writer with the slower, more reflective "It Matters To Me" which features Shane O'Mara's guitar work with Bruce Haymes on keyboards. "No Soul" goes old-timey thanks to Gerry Hale's fiddle, taking the listener off in yet another direction. The only cover included is Hank Williams', Country/Gospel standard, "The Angel Of Death" to which Ross gives his own sombrely powerful treatment and in doing so brings Hank's spirit back to life and breathing again. There are some surprises along the way and "(I Was On) MTV In The '80's" with its chugging guitar introduction is one. It is very infectious - try getting the tune out of your head after you've heard it once or twice! True to his word again, he continues to open up his musical and personal journey in the songs he writes and this one is probably as ironically autobiographical as it gets, telling how he knew he had "made it" when he saw himself on U.S. MTV and then as a trivia question on "Sale Of The Century". Drums on this track are supplied by another MTV graduate, former Crowded House drummer Paul Hester.

Ross's long-time song-writing partner Eris O'Brien adds his acoustic guitar skills and vocal harmonies on several tracks and his "Like A Cross" is a pleasantly, mournful Country/Folk ballad. Another excellent inclusion. Shane O'Mara's haunting guitar is a feature of the moody "Don't Say You Didn't Mean It". "Under The Waves (And Far Away)" tells the tale of the discovery of the wreck of the iron clipper, "Loch Ard" resting on the seabed off Port Campbell's rugged Shipwreck Coast in Victoria. Then, "Rockabilly Women" goes full-tilt into piano-pumping, '50s Rockabilly with veteran session man, Ricky Fataar occupying the drum seat & James Black the Steinway. Try standing still as you listen - I bet you can't! Time for another surprise - "slimdusty.com" provides a further unexpected twist. It's both a "Pub With No Beer" - style tribute to the Aussie Country legend and a send up in one song, hitting on the irony of our oldest musical icon coupled with the newest technology - the Internet and MP3. The feel of this song is vintage Slim complete with genuine vinyl hiss and crackle - beautiful. It's still got me smiling!

Ross Wilson has again produced an album of quality, substance and variety with plenty of foot-tapping tracks which aren't just listen-once songs. We never lose sight of the fact that it is distinctively Ross Wilson & another insight into his talents as a songwriter and song-interpreter. Each track has a place on what is a truly excellent album and it completes the RW collection that takes us on a musical journey through the influences which have served to mould the man into the performer that he now is.

Well... if this is Country, I'm now a willing convert!


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Eddie Russell, Global Radio Network, TX ,USA, 7 April 2004


Country & Wilson......in my opinion contains some of the greatest songs EVER written. My highest compliments.

Joel Blakston – The Sunday Age, 4 May 2003

Soulfulness, Heartbreak, and Humour
This is the final part of a trilogy that began with 2001’s Go Bongo Go Wild! and last year's Now Listen! retrospective, and it's a generous mixture of soulfulness, heartbreak, and humour. The musicians are all a bloke needs, from local recording sessions with the likes of Dan and Peter Luscombe, Bruce Haymes, Gerry Hale and Shane O'Mara to a Golden Guitar-worthy session with Nash Chambers on the central coast of New South Wales. The real pleasure here is Wilson's songwriting, taking from the strengths of country music and adding his own maturity and insight. Among the finest are the evangelistic Neil Young-esque 'No Soul' and the narrative driven 'Under The Waves'.

steve salter

It made me feelgood
This Cd is just another pearl in the string that have come from the great Ross Wilson. It brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart to hear that great Daddy Cool voice again singing songs that meant something. It just gets better with every listening. Please Please America hear my praise and buy this CD

Michael Dwyer, Fairfax Press, Australia

It's not the country but the Wilson that counts...
It's not the country but the Wilson that counts on Ross Wilson's latest album, Country & Wilson. The rootsy, sometimes twangsome set was produced by Kasey's brother Nash Chambers but derives its real strength from a songwriter who's well beyond fashion.
The one-man Oz pop industry has successfully adapted his skills to numerous genres over the last three decades, from Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock to his indie CD of '01, Go Bongo Go Wild. Tamworth may well embrace new tunes such as Nothin's Right Nothin's Wrong and Don't Say You Didn't Mean It, but they derive their wisdom, humour and watertight construction from experience, not pedal steel. A sharp, often hilarious, performer Wilson was a highlight of the recent Long Way To The Top nostalgia extravaganza. What's more, the Wiggles' version of Eagle Rock recently cracked the Top 100.

Keith Glass / Rhythms Magazine / April 2003

A Great Little Rural Trip
This is a fascinating exercise in an Australian music legend coming to grips with his influences...finely executed soulful new material such as Some Of These Blues, Nothins Right Nothins Wrong, & Under The Waves (And Far Away) along with his show-stoppng rendition of Hank William's Angel Of Death show that Ross is comfortable in his country home...this is a great little rural trip.

Hector The Rock Dog / Undercover News / March 2003

An Album That HAD To Be Made
To get a fix on where Ross Wilson is heading on Country & Wilson you need to look at the bigger picture. Country & Wilson is actually the finally chapter in a trilogy of albums targeting the sounds that have influenced Australia's legendary performer. Wilson as a solo act, and frontman for Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock has been a permanent face on the Australian music scene since the late 60's so it is no wonder it has taken him three albums to pay tribute to his influences.
As the Country & Wilson title suggests, this is Ross The Boss going a little bit country but not foregoing a little bit rock and roll. 'Rockabilly Woman' for instance could fit on one of the Daddy Cool albums. Likewise '(I Was On) MTV In The 80s' has a D.C. feel. It's a satirical track where Ross sends up his own career and sings about the highs of lows of the music industry. "Everyone said I was the greatest / I was on MTV in the 80s".
The most passionate song on the record is 'Nothin's Right Nothin's Wrong' while 'No Soul' is a bold music move for Wilson tackling a sound that Neil Young himself also went for at one stage on his 'Old Ways' album. Songwriting buddy Eris O'Brien contributes 'Like A Cross', a potent ballad that in a live performance is a crowd stunner.
The album closes with a compelling tribute to Australia's country superstar Slim Dusty. 'slimdusty.com' brings both modern day technology together with our innocent past. "From shellac to vinyl, cassette & CD / My music took off now its on MP3 / And Lord knows I'm grateful for the way it has gone / you can hear the whole lot @ slimdusty.com"
Co-produced with Nash Chambers (Kasey's brother and producer) this is obviously an album that had to be made.

Australian Financial Review

...entertains, intelligently, honestly and with a ton of musical class.
Country & Wilson. Ross Wilson (Sound Vault) 9 stars: After all these years in the business, you come to expect anything that Ross Wilson does will be interesting. He's that sort of artist, one whose music draws on all the major strains in the popular fold. We know him but can't take anything for granted. Once you've heard previous wonders such as Xmas Card or Bed of Nails the notion of a country Ross Wilson album isn't hard to conjure, but is already simply interesting for what spin the old Ross will put on the proceedings. Bed of Nails co-composer Eris O'Brien contributes a gem here in Like A Cross, Paul Kelly collaborates on It Matters To Me and Wilson borrows Hank Williams' very grave The Angel Of death, but after that the goods are all Ross's. He has visited both the affairs of the heart (Nothin's Right Nothin's Wrong, Some Of These Blues and Don't Say You Didn't Mean It), and the affairs of the private and national soul (No Soul is a socio-political state of the nation, and Time Destroys is about growing up). Without losing his identity in hayseed corniness or country caricatures, Wilson makes good use of the genre's opportunity both for plain speaking and fun. It has its serious side but there's more than that. It simply entertains, intelligently, honestly and with a ton of musical class.
Shane Nichols, Australian Financial Review - 14 March 2003

Ricky Flake, Sun-Herald, Biloxi MS - 5 Feb 2004

So cool I wanted to hear more...
Who is Ross Wilson? He's quite famous in his native Australia, and has been considered a national treasure for years. I became aware of him through Duane Jarvis, who covered his "Come Back Again" on his "Delicious" album (reviewed Oct. 3, 2003). The song is so cool that I wanted to hear more of his stuff. Wilson's 2003 release, "Country & Wilson," contains lots of real country music with twists. The bluesy take on Hank Williams' "The Angel Of Death" is a good example. There's also a wonderfully hokey song about Ross' prime time called "I Was On MTV In The '80s."

Ken Pisichko

Still in his "best dress"!
I first heard Daddy Cool when I lived in OZ. Loved Eagle Rock.
returned to Canada and lost track of DC and Ross. Fortunately I listen the TopFM in Darwin, OZ and after telephoning the station to play "Eagle Rock" as a request, the announcer mentioned Ross Wilson and allegedly writing part of ER at the Darwin Hotel. Then after doing a few searches I tracked down Ross' history. Obviously Ross is NOT a "has been" - in spite of his track "(I was on) MTV in the '80s".

In listening to his old vinyl and his latest stuff, this particular CD just confirms what everyone knows: Ross is a terrific writer and performer. His voice range rivals Orbison, Elvis, Cash and...

It is a pity that he has not been grabbed by the US marketing machine . Nevertheless, he is "Living in the Land of OZ" and the world is all the better for his being there and consistently producing great music that never is stereotypical!

Right on Ross!