Champions of Champions Male Vocal for 2002 and Tamworth's Nashgrill Studios
Golden Disc 2002 New Talent, was born in Broken Hill and spent many years
alongside his grandfather who was a boundary rider on the dingo fence in the
"Corner Country" where SA, NSW and QLD meet. Although schooled in
Adelaide, at every opportunity he escaped to the outback to work with
cattle, horses and machinery.
"Back Outback" is Rod's tribute to Year of the Outback and is his
first single to be released off his new album "Earthmover".
"Back Outback" is the story about the facets of the outback most
important to him and the girl he met and married after a drilling accident
in the Simpson Desert. The single has just been released on NFS #75.
Inspired, motivated and grinning from ear to ear is the best way to describe
Rod as he is completing the recording of a 12 track album with 10 original
songs written by his wife Eve and himself. The album is scheduled for
release in 2003 at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The album included the magical input of multi-award winner Benjy Pocock (The
Wild Turkey Band) on rhythm and lead guitar along with Juzzie Smith (Byron
Bay Blues Festival Champion, 2 years running) on harmonica. Multiple Mo
Award winners Shelly White and Les Woodford are producing the album at
Riverside Studios and add their expertise on keyboards and drums.
These extraordinarily talented musicians provide a modern rhythmic country
sound combined with Rod's dynamic, masculine and gutsy vocals artfully
bringing to life songs about Australian people and this fantastic country
that we live in.
Rod's Country Music career escalated when he took Australia's heritage,
combined with Indigenous and Australian Bush culture to Darling Harbour for
the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to Stadium Australia with
and Drovers Australiana Show at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Throughout the
Olympics the show promoted Australia's agricultural and geographical
resources to the world through their songs, film and performances.
Rod was also broadcast throughout the world on Transworld Sport singing
Australia's traditional "Click Go The Shears" at the National
Sheep Shearing Trials in Armidale the same year.
With the overwhelming positive response of these first shows, the Rovers and
Drovers have gone on to be accredited by the NSW Department of Education and
the Queensland Arts Council.