Core music is proud to announce the release of "This Here Cowboy" a stunning new collaboration between award winning country producer Rod McCormack and sensational country singer songwriter Roo Arcus. Over the years Australian country music has produced some fine voices but few that have embraced the path of the new traditionalists like our own Roo Arcus. Stumbling onto "This Here Cowboy" you could be forgiven thinking that you were witnessing a young George Strait, or a fledgling Alan Jackson.
After emerging onto the scene back in the late nineties from Australia's country music college and touring with (even writing a song "Ringers, Rigs and Drivers") for the late Slim Dusty, Roo Arcus has sought to find his place in the pantheon of Aussie country singer songwriters. His 2000 debut album "Station Boy" although setting him off on the right track and garnering him three top ten singles, two golden guitar nominations and winning the independent male rising star award, unfortunately turned into a false start when things started to go awry back home on the family farm. Roo a working cattleman, suffered the loss of his mother to leukemia, a tragedy only compounded by the severe drought affecting the family's southern tablelands cattle property. Having recently married with a young family and the farm to rescue he walked away from his singing career. That was 2004 and in the intervening eight years after getting his priorities in order, Roo started to get the itch to return to his first love......writing and singing great country songs.
This time, instead of taking advice from others he decided to trust his instincts. "yeah people would tell me, you should do this or that...you got to enter starmaker, you should do a duet etc, but I've always been my own man"
First on his instinct list was to recruit producer McCormack, confident he was the man to make the kind of record he wanted to make. Then it was down to choosing the songs; the plan was to include the pick of his own material and a few select choices from the hands of Nashville's finest. The end result is a superb and timeless collection of heartfelt stories covering, such noble causes as love, faith and respect. Highlights include his own haunting "Stretching Wire""when a wester blows and the barbed wire sings, old haunting melodies" conjuring up images of cold winter days, riding the fence lines; the philosophical waltz time metaphor "Church On The Hill" "As strong as the faith on which it was built, our love lives on like that church on the hill"; and anyone doing it tough on the land will confirm the down home truth of "Blue Collarville" "Sure could use me a new truck, I guess the one I've got get's me by. I can't seem to get out of debt, no matter how hard I try". There's a nod to Texas swing with the classy "As Simple as That", a little honky tonk with "All Uphill From Here", a stirring country ballad in "A Better Me" and the list goes on.
"Working with a producer as successful as Rod, I didn't expect to be given as much input as I was. I was allowed to participate at every level of the recording process and the end result is an album that truly represents who I am. I don't want to disown my past achievements but this is the album I've always wanted to make, I feel like my career starts with "This Here Cowboy!"
Yes folks, Roo Arcus is back and sounding like a serious contender for the big league, with songs that resonate with authenticity, a voice that can hold its own with the best of them, and a desire to carry the torch for traditional country music into the future.