DIARY - 20 JANUARY 2006 - PHIL YOUNGER
BREWS UP CASH BATTLE
a little liked the battle with the law in the Wild West in the 1860's
with historic outlaws Jesse James and The Younger Brothers.
Except this Younger brother Phil, ninth of 12 children, is a British
born baritone and takes no prisoners in his battles with the Australian
country music establishment.
Phil Younger may be a minnow in Tamworth but has won the plum role
performing the Melbourne premiere of the latest Johnny Cash movie
Walk The Line.
Younger & his band Country Brew recently headlined the historic
Red Hill Country festival.
The singer's cowboy combo performs in the foyer of the Nova Cinema
in Carlton from 6-7 p m on Thursday February 2 to prime celebrities
for the acclaimed movie.
an enthusiastic posse of country artists and refried rockers in the bid
to entertain movie fans - many of whom were reared here on hits and memories
Cash won airplay on commercial radio from the fifties and sixties on rock
and pop stations and 3UZ in the seventies and eighties on its eclectic
Since then his major exposure has been on the ABC and community radio
specialist country shows.
Cash and fellow outlaws diverse as Waylon & Willie, Merle Haggard,
David Allan Coe, and Hank Williams Jr were also featured on Nu Country
FM in its nine-year reign.
The man in black was a prolific writer but covered songs by major artists
such as Tom Russell, Rodney Crowell and John Prine before Rick Rubin revived
Although Cash's voice was ravaged by then, Rubin helped him pick songs
that won airplay on Americana radio in the U.S and rock shows on community
There are no such problems with Phil Younger whose voice has a three-octave
Younger, 6 ft 6 in the old currency, towers over rock peers who leaped
on the Cash bandwagon after he became cool.
Phil followed sister Kay to Australia after she strutted her stuff with
the Yarra Yarra Jazz Band.
CONCRETE JUNGLE COWBOYS
wrote 12 original songs for his album Concrete Jungle Cowboys
album that made the English country charts and received exposure here
on ABC and community radio.
His song Seven Years was played at the funeral of his mother
who raised her kids in England.
Younger eulogised unsung heroines - jillaroos - on his debut single
Sweet Jillyroo and highway honky tonkers in Long Distance
embraces rural and urban themes with the bluesy belter Rear View Mirror,
Be Proud Of Who You Are and Stuck In Prison.
on his album are violinist Jen Anderson, Git singer Sarah Carroll, Ian
Collard on harmonica and Ed Bates on pedal steel.
"Concrete Jungle Cowboys' took a year to record, financed completely
by us," says Younger.
"We are very proud of it."
The Cash movie performance is a welcome break for Younger who has been
fighting a vitriolic battle with the Australian country power brokers
in the CMAA.
The singer resigned from the CMAA and claimed on his web page he was snubbed
in the annual Golden Guitar awards and ignored by Gympie Muster and Mildura
country festival organisers.
"Country music to me is a passion and a love," says Younger.
"Wherever we perform, we get great responses, if we didn't we would
have packed up years ago. Our album is now fully licensed by an American
Company, we are signed to a UK record label with distribution throughout
Nova Cinema has given Nu Country TV members' 20 free tickets for the Walk
The Line preview on Wednesday February 1.
CLICK HERE to win your tickets
and movie details on the Members' page.
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