ONE PERSON QUEUE (COATHANGER).
When Ross Ryan sings about putting a bullet through the radio and trashing his TV he’s only half kidding.
Country music may be big in his hometown of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, but it doesn’t win much airplay in his digs in leafy Glen Iris. The man who rode local airwaves in 1974 on a flying steed named Pegasus has not made huge bucks from that stable in the sky for a long time. But Ryan, 53, has not been idle - his multi media career kept the dingoes from his door as he produced Gippsland gauchos Jo Jo Leslie and Dale Juner at his flood belt studio.
Leslie reciprocates by singing on Ryan’s
fifth album - his first since 1978. Although the radio friendly peak of the
disc is a rollicking Shania Twain spoof ‘Look Out For The Ricochet’
this is not just a country disc. But there’s suffice decent country
songs such as ‘Not Our Time’ and ‘The
Only Show In Town’, featuring Ken Stephenson
on pedal steel and dobro and Perth refugee Andrew Clermont on
violin, mandolin and 12 string guitar, to give it grit.
There’s even a dab of parodic gospel on finale ‘Walk On Water’ - not the hidden tracks.
So what about the rest of the disc?
Whether Mark Holden and Don Burke and the O.K. Chorale on ‘Spirit Of The Rain’ open a TV door is in the groin of the Gods.
But it appears the 26-year drought between albums has not dimmed passion or talent of a tireless thespian who struts his stuff at Albert Park Yacht Club on February 14.