Country Music raises it’s voice to the migrant story of Australia.
When The Bushwackers asked Colin Buchanan to contribute a song to the new Bushwackers album, The Hungry Mile, he responded by writing Waltzing Australia, a song about the migrant experience, which has been such a powerful narrative for Australia, featuring his friends Manuel and Anne who are migrants from Portugal and Vietnam respectively. This already great song was further progressed by adding another story line about the Karen people who were driven out of Myanmar, 200 of whom have settled, and subsequently transformed the little Mallee town of Nhill in Victoria. Kaw Doh makes an appearance in this song.
The Bushwackers then sent the song to John Williamson who volunteered to sing the third verse about the Karen people in the Mallee, it then seemed a natural idea to ask Sara Storer to sing the second verse with Anne’s story and the Bushwackers had combined the quintessentially Australian voices of Dobe Newton, Sara Storer and John Williamson.
They invited their country music peers to contribute and in true 21st century style – recorded on their iPhones, their computers, their home studios- and every which way from every part of the country. Country stars and a list of friends, including Troy Cassar Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt, Amber Lawrence, Lyn Bowtell, Fanny Lumsden, Felicity Urquart, Aleyce Simmonds, Amanda O’Bryan, Aimee Hannan, Drew McAlister, Luke O’Shea, Kevin Bennett, Allan Caswell, Pete Denahy, Greg Storer, Rob Imeson, Col Gentles, Simply Bushed, Rory Phillips, Ian Quinn and Colin Buchanan all raise their voices in the last choruses to make a great statement from country music about the migrant contribution to Australian culture.
“Now his son plays on the footy team like Nhill’s always been his home”
“Come one, come all, make yourself at home, who’ll come a waltzing Australia?