Inspired by the CD and book set released by journalist Clinton Walker in 2000 featuring the same name, Buried Country is a stunning collection of songs recorded by Indigenous Australian artists between 1958 and 2011, with all tracks being remastered and pressed on vinyl for the first time.
Compiled by Darren Hanlon who spent over 6 months travelling across the country talking to the artists, this release comes with a 36 page full-colour booklet filled with photos, artworks, interviews and stories of and by these amazing musicians.
Among the unearthed recordings are a cassette demo protest song by The Kooriers that had been submitted to a Melbourne label in the 70's and gone unnoticed since then – along with a 1958 recording from a Jimmy Little 45" single where only 2 copies are known to exist.
The front cover is artwork is painted by award winning artist Vincent Namatjira (Great Grandson of Albert Namatjira) currently living in the APY lands, and the image is of his father-in-law fellow artist and stockman Mr Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey.
The back cover is painted by Mr Pompey himself who sadly passed away this past May just before he was able to see the finished product for himself. A huge music fan who grew up singing country songs and listening to old LPs, Mr Pompey was extremely proud to have his art featured on this release. For more information about both these artists please contact Iwantja Arts.
Buried Country by Various Artists is out this Friday 30 November on Flippin Yeah Records via Inertia Music.
1. Black Allan Barker - Take Me Back
2. Galarrwu Yunuppingu - Gurindji Blues
3. Warumpi Band - Jailanguru Pakarnu
4. Kankawa Nagarra - Yanany Baliba
5. The Kooriers- Sick of Being Treated like a Mangy Old Do
6. Jimmy Little - The Coloured Lad
7. Brown Bros - Black and White cat
8. Dougie Young - They Call it Cut a Rug
9. Maisie Kelly - My Home in the Valle
10. Harry Williams & the Country Outcasts - Streets of Fitzroy
11. Bobby McLeod - The Resurrection