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Ross Wilson - Country & Wilson

Ross Wilson - Country & Wilson
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The 3rd & final installment of Ross Wilson's exploration of his songwriter roots tackles Country Music which had occasionally seeped into individual songs such as Daddy Cool's “Come Back Again“ & his 1989 solo effort “Bed Of Nails“.  Here you get both kinds of music: Country AND Wilson


Track Listing
1. Some Of These Blues
2. Nothin's Right Nothin's Wrong
3. It Matters To Me
4. Under The Waves (And Far Away)
5. The Angel Of Death
6. No Soul
7. (I Was On) MTV In The 80s
8. Like A Cross
9. Don't Say You Didn't Mean It
10. Time Destroys (As Well As Heals)
11. Rockabilly Women
12. slimdusty.com
Click on above buttons to hear samples of select tracks

    

 

 


 

Reviews

   " If Ross Wilson had written Eagle Rock today, his record label would probably be marketing him under country or roots music - or even alt-country. He has been all those things & many more over the years...(and now) the multi-skilled Melbourne muso is exploring country roots on this excellent, self-financed CD. His contemporaries might have settled for a swag of classic retreads, but Country & Wilson flexes those formidable songwriter's muscles with 10 country-accented originals, plus Hank Williams' prescient Angel Of Death. Guitarist/songwriter Eris O'Brien rounds out the dozen with his perceptive Like A Cross and collaborates with Wilson and Steve Hoy on the laid-back Don't Say You Didn't Mean It. Another co-writer is Paul Kelly on the superb ballad It Matters To Me, while Nash Chambers produces three tracks including the rocky opener Some Of These Blues. Its an album highlight, along with the bouncy retro Rockabilly Women. Wilson sends himself up nicely on (I Was On) MTV In The 80s, and gently tilts his Akubra to Australian country's coolest granddaddy on slimdusty.com. "

Mike Daly, The Saturday Age, 31 May 2003

 


 

"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 - and don't forget his classic production jobs for Skyhooks and The Johnnys. 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's version of Eagle Rock recently cracked the Top 100."

Michael Dwyer, Fairfax f2 & Rolling Stone, May 2003

 


 

"The birthday of country music monument Hank williams – September 17 – used to be celebrated in Melbourne with a concert by a gathering of the city’s Hank enthusiasts. One year I was privileged to hear Ross Wilson explore an unexpected universe – the gospel side of the great man. Wilson was spellbinding on The Angel Of Death, one of only two non-Wilson compositions among 12 on this album. Not to take anything away from Wilson’s well-crafted songwriting but it is the outstanding performance (but that’s Hank for you). An album largely of laments of lost lovers, comforted by crooning guitars, and cautions against squandering soul for gold, its stand-out tracks include Some Of These Blues, It Matters To Me, No Soul, guitarist Eris O’Brien’s Like A Cross and the high-stepping Rockabilly Women, with rip-it-up piano by James Black. The closing track is an affectionate jest: slimdusty.com rides the hiss of needle on crusty vinyl into the virtual age."

Ken Williams, The Age/EG, 23 May 2003 - ****


 

“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”

Joel Blakston – The Sunday Age, 4 May 2003


 

"Country & Wilson 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; even though it is unlikely to contain him, this is a great little rural trip."

 Keith Glass - Rhythms Magazine, April 2003


 

" 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 charictatures, 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 - 9 stars


 

 

 Visit Ross's website at www.rosswilson.com.au or e-mail him at gobongo_gowild@hotmail.com  

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The 3rd & final installment of Ross Wilson's exploration of his songwriter roots tackles Country Music which had occasionally seeped into individual songs such as Daddy Cool's “Come Back Again“ & his 1989 solo effort “Bed Of Nails“.  Here you get both kinds of music: Country AND Wilson


Track Listing
1. Some Of These Blues
2. Nothin's Right Nothin's Wrong
3. It Matters To Me
4. Under The Waves (And Far Away)
5. The Angel Of Death
6. No Soul
7. (I Was On) MTV In The 80s
8. Like A Cross
9. Don't Say You Didn't Mean It
10. Time Destroys (As Well As Heals)
11. Rockabilly Women
12. slimdusty.com
Click on above buttons to hear samples of select tracks

    

 

 


 

Reviews

   " If Ross Wilson had written Eagle Rock today, his record label would probably be marketing him under country or roots music - or even alt-country. He has been all those things & many more over the years...(and now) the multi-skilled Melbourne muso is exploring country roots on this excellent, self-financed CD. His contemporaries might have settled for a swag of classic retreads, but Country & Wilson flexes those formidable songwriter's muscles with 10 country-accented originals, plus Hank Williams' prescient Angel Of Death. Guitarist/songwriter Eris O'Brien rounds out the dozen with his perceptive Like A Cross and collaborates with Wilson and Steve Hoy on the laid-back Don't Say You Didn't Mean It. Another co-writer is Paul Kelly on the superb ballad It Matters To Me, while Nash Chambers produces three tracks including the rocky opener Some Of These Blues. Its an album highlight, along with the bouncy retro Rockabilly Women. Wilson sends himself up nicely on (I Was On) MTV In The 80s, and gently tilts his Akubra to Australian country's coolest granddaddy on slimdusty.com. "

Mike Daly, The Saturday Age, 31 May 2003

 


 

"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 - and don't forget his classic production jobs for Skyhooks and The Johnnys. 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's version of Eagle Rock recently cracked the Top 100."

Michael Dwyer, Fairfax f2 & Rolling Stone, May 2003

 


 

"The birthday of country music monument Hank williams – September 17 – used to be celebrated in Melbourne with a concert by a gathering of the city’s Hank enthusiasts. One year I was privileged to hear Ross Wilson explore an unexpected universe – the gospel side of the great man. Wilson was spellbinding on The Angel Of Death, one of only two non-Wilson compositions among 12 on this album. Not to take anything away from Wilson’s well-crafted songwriting but it is the outstanding performance (but that’s Hank for you). An album largely of laments of lost lovers, comforted by crooning guitars, and cautions against squandering soul for gold, its stand-out tracks include Some Of These Blues, It Matters To Me, No Soul, guitarist Eris O’Brien’s Like A Cross and the high-stepping Rockabilly Women, with rip-it-up piano by James Black. The closing track is an affectionate jest: slimdusty.com rides the hiss of needle on crusty vinyl into the virtual age."

Ken Williams, The Age/EG, 23 May 2003 - ****


 

“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”

Joel Blakston – The Sunday Age, 4 May 2003


 

"Country & Wilson 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; even though it is unlikely to contain him, this is a great little rural trip."

 Keith Glass - Rhythms Magazine, April 2003


 

" 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 charictatures, 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 - 9 stars


 

 

 Visit Ross's website at www.rosswilson.com.au or e-mail him at gobongo_gowild@hotmail.com  

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