In support of the SLIM & I official documentary film (coming to cinemas September 10, 2020), we are pleased to announce the soundtrack will be released on September 4th, 2020.
The soundtrack to SLIM & I, like the film, presents a refreshing approach to the story of Joy McKean and Slim Dusty. An eclectic mix of Slim & Joy’s catalogue spanning 50 years is interspersed with interview excerpts from the cast of the film. Australian music icons Troy Cassar-Daley, Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers and Missy Higgins all present insights and acoustic performances of Joy’s songs made famous by her late husband Slim Dusty. Paul Kelly and Don Walker also join the commentary making this a truly extraordinary piece of Australian music history and a unique perspective on Slim & Joy’s musical legacy.
The album SLIM & I is available now.
Featured on the soundtrack and released today is a brand new song I Don’t Believe You penned by the lady herself Joy McKean. I Don’t Believe You is Joy’s first composition in over a decade and a collaboration that spans three generations of her family.
The track is co-written with Joy’s grandson James Arneman and his wife Flora Smith who front up-and-coming Melbourne country outfit Small Town Romance. The song is Joy’s writing at her most honest and poignant, reflecting on the artist’s legacy and is performed by Small Town Romance and Joy’s daughter Anne Kirkpatrick.
I Don’t Believe You is available now.
“The song was written a couple of years after Slim passed,” says Joy. “I’ve always been a believer in the saying that as long as you remember someone they are never really gone. I realised that Slim, his music and his legacy will live on. This inspired the lyrics ‘Don’t say a song won’t live, after the singer. Don’t say that love is lost, while the memory lingers. I don’t believe you.‘
I Don’t Believe You is accompanied by an elegant music video weaving together in-studio performance with never before seen 8mm home movies of Slim & Joy on the road through the 1960’s, a rare glimpse of their legendary outback tours.
View I Don’t Believe You video clip here.