Monday June 12, 2017.

In celebration of Slim Dusty Day, for which today would have been Slim’s 90th birthday, EMI Music Australia is proud to announce the release of Odds & Sods, an exceptional new collection of hard to get vintage Slim Dusty recordings. This special set will be released on Friday August 4 2017 and is available for pre-order now from here.

Released as a 5CD set containing 130 tracks in a special hardback book, the packaging includes photos from across Slim’s career and is being made available for a limited time. The front inside panel features liner notes from Joy McKean, (Slim’s wife, manager and co-songwriter), as she shares the story behind the album title. Working in a record store in the late 1940’s McKean noticed a colleague replacing her “Miscellaneous” titled section with the sign “Odds & Sods”. “This girl persisted with her re-labelling my beloved Miscellaneous selection as Odds and Sods,” says McKean, “and I was just as persistent in altering it back each and every time I returned to work. It took a minor explosion between my co-worker and myself to finally remedy the issue. Happy to say I won the battle.” But she has now come to love the term, enough to name this collection of songs after it!

Odds & Sods is a much varied collection of recordings, all harvested from Slim’s early 78’s, 7” singles, EP’s and unavailable compilation albums. Many of the tracks have been out of print for a while but the continued requests for these songs from fans have spurred on this new collection.

For the Slim Dusty fan it’s an exciting re-discovery and for new fans it is a first discovery of some of Slim’s early and lesser known songs.

See the complete track Listing below.

Also being announced today is an exciting new range of merchandise. Designed by EMI Music and Slim Dusty Enterprises the new Signature Range features a selection of polo shirts, a cap, a visor and a t-shirt. Designed in men’s & ladies sizes and in various colours, the clothing is high quality grade material to represent the quality and durability that Slim appreciated on the road. Other new merchandise includes a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle and an Old Purple car keyring. The new merchandise range is available now from and for visitors to the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey.

Odds & Sods is available to pre order now from the Slim Dusty website:

The new merchandise range is available now:



Odds & Sods Track Listing:

CD1 1957-1961

  1. Where The Western Clouds At Sunset Turn To Gold
  2. Tiny Blue Shoe
  3. You Stepped Out Of Line
  4. That’s A Sad Affair
  5. Silver Spurs
  6. Hello & Goodbye
  7. My Journey Home (It’s Never The Same)
  8. Sunny Southern Sue
  9. If Those Lips Could Only Speak
  10. Aussie Dog House Blues
  11. No Good Baby
  12. Wedding Bell Blues
  13. Fair Dinkum
  14. There’s A Rainbow ‘Round My Memories
  15. I Don’t Want No Woman Around
  16. If You Walk Out That Gate
  17. My Home On The Sunburnt Plains
  18. Old Home Week
  19. The Boys Who Never Returned
  20. Big Moon
  21. I’ll Take Mine Country Style
  22. Mother’s Wedding Band
  23. Movin’ Away
  24. Showers Of Blessings
  25. You’ve Got The Cleanest Mind
  26. My Pal Alcohol


CD2 1961-1964

  1. The Happiest Days Of All
  2. I Want A Pardon For Daddy
  3. Mother, The Queen Of My Heart
  4. Highway Blues
  5. Grasshopper Loose In Queensland
  6. Leaning Post
  7. Return Of The Stockman
  8. Sweet Talking Girl
  9. The Arajoel Waltz
  10. The Rose In Her Hair
  11. Train Whistle Blues
  12. Lonely, Lonesome Blues
  13. Never Mind
  14. Road Trains
  15. Don’t Fool Around Anymore
  16. The Ace Of Hearts
  17. This Chap Who Knows A Lot
  18. Where The Golden Sliprails Are Down
  19. Life Is Like A River
  20. Just Going Home
  21. Don’t Laugh In The Face Of Father Time
  22. The Faded Coat Of Blue
  23. Way Out There
  24. Wild Rugged Land That I Love
  25. Pay Day At The Pub
  26. Maple Sugar Sweetheart


CD3 1964-1968

  1. Teenage Country Style
  2. I Haven’t Changed A Bit
  3. If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here
  4. The Decimal Currency Pub
  5. Dinki-Di Aussie
  6. You’d Better Be Waiting
  7. You Can Never Do Wrong In A Mother’s Eyes
  8. Music My Dad Played To Me
  9. A Friend Indeed
  10. A Rose Of Red
  11. Daddy’s Girl
  12. The Old Time Drovers Lament
  13. Happy Jack
  14. Night Watch Blues
  15. Slow Down
  16. The Desert Lair
  17. You Took The Joy Out Of Livin’
  18. We’ll Have To Stick Together
  19. A Certain Kind Of Gold
  20. The Min Min Light
  21. The New Australian Bushman
  22. Roadliner
  23. Brigalow Bill
  24. Song Of The West
  25. Many Mothers
  26. If I Only Had A Home Sweet Home


CD4 1968-1974

  1. I’ve Been Talking To Grannie
  2. Little Old One Horse Pub
  3. My Son
  4. Ah, Forget It
  5. I Heard The Bluebird Sing
  6. Last Train To Nowhere
  7. Sweet Thang
  8. The Sunset Years Of Life
  9. Big Time (Just Because You’re In Deep Elem)
  10. City Brother
  11. Rodeo Riders
  12. Sniff The Digger’s Dog
  13. The Cunnin’ Roo Shooter
  14. Where The Desert Flowers Bloom
  15. Just Lovin’ You
  16. The Drunkard
  17. The Ballad Of Henry Lawson
  18. Guess Who Felt Silly?
  19. I’ve Got That Lonesome Feeling
  20. Mississippi Delta Blues
  21. Country Livin’
  22. Jesus Takes A Hold
  23. Redwing
  24. Sadness And I Wander Home
  25. I Broke A Promise
  26. Streets Of Sydney


CD5 1974-1999

  1. Anywhere I Am
  2. I’ll Come Around
  3. My People
  4. Spanish Pipe Dream
  5. Talk About The Good Times
  6. Althea
  7. This Country Of Mine
  8. Closest Thing To Freedom
  9. You’re Still On My Mind
  10. I Don’t Sleep At Night
  11. Carry My Own Guitar
  12. Coming Down The Barkly
  13. Goldrush Country
  14. The Pub That Doesn’t Sell Beer
  15. Kilometres Are Still Miles To Me
  16. The Boxing Kangaroo
  17. God Will Prevail
  18. Where I’d Sooner Be
  19. Larrikin’s Landing
  20. Mad Joe The Fisherman
  21. I Need To Find A Place
  22. Mitchell Grass
  23. The Drovers Are Back
  24. Another Night In Broome
  25. Morning Comes Early
  26. Leaving Only Dust


Monday June 13, 2016.

Slim Dusty Day Video Graphic

On June 13th (1927) David Gordon Kirkpatrick was born. The world would come to know him as Slim Dusty and on the 13th June each year we increasingly now celebrate Slim Dusty Day as a tribute to the very real Aussie legacy he left behind 13 years ago. It’s a good thing Slim adopted “13” as his lucky number!

This year we ask the question “What Does Slim Dusty Mean To You?” A montage of messages was collected from friends, family and fans and compiled into a stirring video created by media company Cadence Media. Rich Thompson, Director of Cadence Media, reflects on the process, “We saw how everyone responded to Slim Dusty – the man and his music – through social media, at the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey and in letters posted over the years. To celebrate and embrace this collective love and respect it needed to be a collaboration of music, vision, and messages. It was a privilege to be involved in this special tribute.”

Launching the video on Facebook today it received a strong global response. Featuring vision from inside the Kempsey Slim  Dusty Centre Museum as well as messages from fans and personalities  including the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Beccy Cole, Brendan Nelson, Colin Buchanan, Warren H Williams, Pete Denahy, The Wiggles, Ray Hadley, Felicity Urquhart and Don Spencer. The video also includes some Kempsey locals who have forever embraced their local hero.

Messages from around the world are flooding in as people share their own story of Slim. Log in to Facebook, have a read, and post your own message/photo of what Slim means to you – add your part to the Slim Dusty story.


“What Does Slim Dusty Mean To You?” Video Montage link:


Another highlight of this year’s celebrations will be the official launch of an exciting, new and exclusive Slim Dusty Movie Exhibition at the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey. This additional exhibition is dedicated solely to Slim and Joy McKean’s ground-breaking 1984 docudrama The Slim Dusty Movie. Only showing for a limited time, the new exhibition will feature props, costumes and memorabilia plus many previously unreleased/unseen behind the scenes images from the movie.

To further celebrate this occasion, EMI Music has released a special Limited Edition vinyl LP of Slim’s 100th album Looking Forward, Looking Back. Originally released on CD and cassette, the album has been meticulously represented in the vinyl format for the first time ever with a special gatefold sleeve packaging.

The Limited Edition Looking Forward, Looking Back vinyl is available to order now from the Slim Dusty website and all good music stores:

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Monday May 23, 2016.

SD_Looking Forward with vinyl image

Release date June 10


Over his long career Slim Dusty sold hundreds-of-thousands of vinyl albums, so it is fitting to again see Slim riding the crest of the current vinyl revival wave. Following the success of last year’s The Den Tapes vinyl LP (and CD) release, on June 10 EMI /Universal Music will release Slim Dusty’s iconic  Looking Forward Looking Backalbum as  a LIMITED EDITION vinyl LP with a special gatefold sleeve packaging.


This will be the very first time this multi-platinum album has been made available on vinyl (only available previously on CD and cassette). The Looking Forward Looking Back album originally released in 2000 was a landmark album in so many ways for Slim. Not only was it a historic album for Slim being his 100th album release, but it was also such a huge success album for the 73 year old Aussie ‘King of Country’. The album achieved Top 5 success in the ARIA mainstream /pop chart (and #1 in the ARIA Country Chart), triple Platinum album sales and led to Slim winning his first ARIA Album Award (2001 ‘Best Country Album’ Award). Slim had previously been presented with ARIA’s prestigious Hall of Fame Award and the Special Achievement Award.


Back in 2000, Looking Forward Looking Backwas celebrated with a special Channel 9 This Is Your Life event presentation by Mike Munro. Remarkably this was the second time the show’s producers had honoured Slim with a This Is Your Life tribute (the first was back in 1974). Looking Forward Looking Back celebrated a freshness and new diversity for Australia’s Country Music scene both in its writing style and musicality. The album featured a powerful duet with another country music star, Kasey Chambers (on the track Matilda No More). As well as featuring Slim’s own songs the album include an eclectic selection of songs written for Slim by Don Walker (Cold Chisel), Norma O’Hara Murphy, Eric Bogle, Peter Denahy, Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson and of course Slim’s wife Joy McKean.


This special vinyl release commemorates 13 years since Slim’s passing and reflects on the strong legacy Slim left behind for Australia, one which endures through his music and through the recently opened Slim Dusty Centre (in Kempsey, NSW). This year would have been Slim’s 89th birthday on June 13 (a date many now affectionately refer to as ‘Slim Dusty Day’). Coincidently, many years ago Slim had adopted “13” as his lucky number and it seems appropriate that this special Limited Edition vinyl release captures and celebrates these milestones and events.


The limited edition Looking Forward Looking Back vinyl is available to pre-order now from the Slim Dusty website and all good music stores:

Slim Dusty Website:


Looking Forward Looking Back tracklist:


  1. Looking Forward Looking Back
  2. Never Was At All
  3. There’s A Rainbow Over The Rock
  4. Matilda No More (with Kasey Chambers)
  5. The Bloke Who Serves The Beer
  6. Paddy William
  7. Clean Up Our Own Backyard


  1. Old Time Country Songs
  2. A Bad Day’s Fishing
  3. Port Augusta
  4. Good Heavens Above
  5. Hooks & Ride
  6. Keela Valley Coals
  7. Memories and Dreams
  8. Looking Forward Looking Back (reprise)

Check out the biggest and best tracks from Slim Dusty – all on the one playlist HERE

Wednesday September 30, 2015.


Slim Dusty_Den Tapes


To coincide with the long awaited opening of The Slim Dusty Centre and Museum in Kempsey in November, EMI Music is proud to announce the release of a new Slim Dusty album, The Den Tapes. Released on November 13th, the new album features all previously unreleased recordings by Australia’s legendary King of Country. These are the last known unreleased recordings by Slim Dusty.


The Den Tapes is a 10 song collection of recently unearthed solo material recorded on cassette by Slim himself in his small office ‘den’ at home. These unique solo acoustic recordings show Slim’s raw talent at its very best.  His relaxed performances on this collection of home recordings are pure and simply brilliant…and it is simply Slim’s voice and a guitar!


For posterity no doubt, sometime in the late 90’s, Slim started recording and collating these private recordings of his favourite songs from his youth. Traditional Aussie songs which he grew up listening to back on his family farm, they are songs which probablyinspired and shaped his own future musical direction. Slim’s longtime producer Rod Coe discovered this personal collection of solo recordings on a single cassette by sheer accident when looking for something else in Slim’s Den.


To quote Slim’s wife and songwriter Joy McKean: “The songs you have here are some of those he heard and learned from the radio and the old portable gramophone when he was just a quiet country boy up in the isolated Nulla Nulla Creek. Many decades later, as a nationally known and loved singer and travelling showman, he still turned to the old songs for the pure enjoyment of singing them”.


In a career spanning over so many audio and visual formats this latest release will be the first time a Slim Dusty album has been released simultaneously in three formats of Vinyl LP, CD and Digital download.


Leaving the final comments on The Den Tapes to Slim’s wife, Joy McKean says, “These recordings reveal a very happy album; a man and his guitar, singing for the absolute joy of it…just singing”.  


The Slim Dusty Centre, in Slim’s hometown of Kempsey, is a multi purpose facility that includes a Museum, a Travelling Exhibition Gallery, a Visitors Centre, a retail shop called The General Store, a Function Centre and the Dusty’s Dinner Camp Café. What began as a conversation backstage after a show between Slim Dusty AO MBE, Joy McKean OAM and some members of the Macleay Valley Coast community, has resulted in the much anticipated Slim Dusty Centre which will open its doors to the public from October 17 ahead of the official gala opening on November 19.


The Den Tapes will be available on CD, Digital & Limited Edition Vinyl LP

Release date: November 13, 2015

 Available to pre-order now


Wednesday August 12, 2015.

Slim's first Golden Guitar

It might be surprising for Slim Dusty fans to learn that the number of Golden Guitars won by the legendary Australian, Slim Dusty, has increased from 37 to 38, despite the fact that Slim died some 12 years ago in 2003. In fact, neither Slim nor his music, has won another of the prized trophies presented in Tamworth each year in January. It’s simply a matter of rectifying a mistake that was made in the statistics many decades ago.

The inaugural Australasian Country Music Awards were staged by Radio 2TM in the Tamworth Town Hall on a very hot Sunday night on January 28th 1973. The initial Award that compere Kevin Knapp announced that historic night was for APRA Song of The Year. To present the Award, well known composer, George Dasey (They’re a Weird Mob), was invited to the stage and he presented the first ever Golden Guitar to Joy McKean for her composition “Lights On The Hill”.

For many years Slim has been credited for winning only two Golden Guitars at those first Awards in 1973. One was for the Best EP or Single (Lights on the Hill) and another for the Best 12” LP Album (Me And My Guitar). But, recently, Joy McKean and Anne Kirkpatrick have been going through the collection of Slim memorabilia, preparing it for the move to The Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey later this year, and discovered an extra Golden Guitar from 1973 and were puzzled about it. They wondered if it could be a duplicate they had acquired for some reason.

However, after checking a rare tape recording of the first Awards in 1973, from the Tamworth Sound and Film Archive, it was discovered that Slim had also been awarded a Golden Guitar as the artist who sang Joy’s Best Composition, (Lights On The Hill). So now we know that Slim won three Golden Guitars in January 1973, and not the two that had been counted previously. Things changed considerably in later presentations; 2TM dropped the Golden Guitar for the singer of the Best Composition and also, Golden Guitars given to winning record companies were dropped.

With the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey nearing completion, it is appropriate that the great Slim Dusty is now credited with the third forgotten trophy he won in 1973, bringing his grand total up to 38 Golden Guitars awards, unmatched to date.

Commenting on the change, the Secretary of the Country Music Association of Australia, Meryl Davis said, “It’s great to see Slim’s tally of Golden Guitars being updated. As a person who contributed so much to Australian country music, Slim deserves all the recognition and thanks we can give him. It will be exciting to see the Golden Guitars he won, on display in the Slim Dusty Centre.” 

All of Slim’s 38 Golden Guitars awards will be on display in a special feature at the Slim Dusty Museum in Kempsey when it opens in October this year.

For more information: Slim Dusty Centre (02) 65626533 or Max Ellis 0438667314 or