Ted Egan - QUEENSLAND OPERA - A Who's Who of Australian Country Music (1940-2010)
In the 1940s, when Australian Country Music was born, it was affectionately, and nationally, called Queensland Opera. This was not in any way disparaging, but Queensland was felt to contain the best features of Australian country life and things were held to be bigger, and better in Queensland than anything Texas (USA) could offer. In world terms, we reckoned we were able to match anything that emanated from America. We were happy to adopt their musical styles, as long as we could add our own flavour and colour to the music. So, although our pioneers adopted American names like Slim, Buddy, Tex and Smoky, they quickly showed that they had something uniquely Australian to offer: Queensland Opera.
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