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 80's
8. Like A Cross
9. Don't Say You Didn't Mean It
10. Time Destroys (As Well As Heals)
11. Rockabilly Women
Welcome to Country & Wilson, part three of the Ross Wilson trilogy. It's a series where Ross - an Australian music icon for four decades - explores his main musical influences.
Country & Wilson is not so obvious. "I'm not trying to be a full time country artist," Ross says. "But there has been a country thread in my work over the years, from Come Back Again to Bed Of Nails. And I've always listened to country and been influenced by it. "I think all music is linked. There's country in blues, there's blues in country. It's all music. "When you listen to all three albums, I hope you reach the same conclusion I have - that the branches all grow on the same tree."
Three of the tracks on Country & Wilson were produced by Nash Chambers, Kasey's brother. "I saw the Chambers' family band, The Dead Ringer Band, at Tamworth five or six years ago and became friends with them," Ross explains. "Nash is now a great engineer and producer and I love his work. It was great to work with him."
The release of Country & Wilson comes after Ross's annual pilgrimage to Tamworth and just as he becomes an honorary Wiggle. He's "King Mondo" in their new animated DVD Space Dancing and The Wiggles do a new version of Ross's classic Eagle Rock. "I don't think it's possible to come closer to immortality than to be made an animated DVD dude," Ross says. "Next stop - The Simpsons Down Under 2."
But Country & Wilson is Ross's focus. "This is the most personal of any album I've ever done. There are real experiences in these songs." From failed love to the pitfalls of pop and the state of the nation. "Not just musically, but lyrically, I'd say this is the most Ross Wilson album I've ever made."
A new musical direction and an intensely personal album. Both kinds - Country & Wilson.
Ross Wilson In A Nutshell
1964 Ross formed The Pink Finks, a school boy R&B band with 13 year old Ross Hannaford. They recorded the classic Louie, Louie in the garage, which is believed to be the first independent Australian recording.
1966 Ross formed The Party Machine. The Victorian Vice Squad seized and burned the band's songbook, deemed to be obscene and seditious.
1970 Ross formed legendary band Daddy Cool.
1971 Daddy Cool released Eagle Rock, Australia's all time number one rock anthem which set new sales records, had an impact on the US scene and in 2001 was voted number two all time Australian favourite song by APRA.
1974 - 1976 Ross produced hit records for Skyhooks, The Sports, Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons and other top Australian acts.
1977 Ross formed Mondo Rock and recorded classics such as Chemistry, Cool World, State of The Heart and Come Said The Boy.
Ross has written hits ranging from Eagle Rock to Touch of Paradise, for artists such as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Renee Geyer, You Am I, DEF-FX, Lee Kernaghan and The Salvation Army Band. He continues to reinvent himself and has hits with albums in the genres of rock, pop, blues, soul, jazz and now country. The only one he hasn't tackled is punk!
Ross Wilson is undoubtedly an icon in our industry.
COUNTRY & WILSON
SOME OF THESE BLUES
NOTHIN'S RIGHT NOTHIN'S WRONG
IT MATTERS TO ME
UNDER THE WAVES (AND FAR AWAY)
THE ANGEL OF DEATH
(I WAS ON) MTV IN THE 80s
LIKE A CROSS
DON'T SAY YOU DIDN'T MEAN IT
TIME DESTROYS (AS WELL AS HEALS)
1. Go Bongo Go Wild
2. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
3. For You
4. It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)
5. Midnight Rider
6. She Belongs To Me
7. The World's Got Everything In It
8. Hound Dog
9. Wild One
10. Xmas Card
11. New Disguise
12. Mood Swing
Go Bongo Go Wild features new stand-out material and contains some of Ross Wilson's most accomplished work to date.