Isn’t it Great to Be an Aussie…?

The existence of a wide open Australian outback led to the development of a cowboy culture that resembled that in America. In the late 1880s, according to National Geographic, “Convicts and pioneers brought the music hall ballads and folk tunes of their homelands as well as the fiddle, concertina, banjo, mouth organ (harmonica),  pennywhistle and tea chest.” By the late 1880s a local tradition of Australian country folk ballads (“bush ballads”) had developed, and by the 1930s that had blended with American country to form Australian Country music. The most popular Australian country star was Slim Dusty who released over a hundred albums containing over a thousand songs from 1946 until his passing in 2003. Watch him in this video performing his iconic song, “G’day G’day.”