- Order CD Albums
- About John O'Dea
- Old Rusty Ute Previews
- "Stones" Song Previews
- Pine Valley Sessions
- Song Lyrics
- Radio Interview
- Press Releases
- Contact Us
John O'Dea - Definitive Australian Music
Ram in the dam is on CD at last.
Storyteller is the title of John's third album. As we have come to expect, John has certainly raised the bar with album #3.
He really is a storyteller, with a voice that's travelled many miles, and he's about as Australian as the Murray River itself.
There's something about John's writing style that appeals to many, all around the world.
This album has "The Saddle", a song written by John, that Matt Manning took to Tamworth in 2009 and was a finalist in the Heritage Song of the Year category.
For those that have seen John live and loved his Ram in the Dam, well it's finally on CD!
Inspired by his nephew's love of the simple things in life, like sandpits and Tonka toys, this song will melt the heart of any parent or grandparent who's ever watched a little boy trying to be just like his dad.
John O'Dea is a prolific writer of all things Australian yet he remains one of this country's best kept secrets. His natural-sounding voice delivers each song with all the feeling that it was intended.
Old Man in Little Boy's shoes is on #123 NFS and getting heaps of airplay!
But be warned, it IS now called stupid Computers!
Australia's Heart and Soul
John's newest release, a great four tracker.
Two poems by Carol Heuchan put to music, "Rich man's trinket" and "Charlotte Brown". The poetry by Carol is just brilliant and she loves John's careful handling of her work.
"Two Little Boys" of Rolf Harris fame, (John's interpretation) If you saw John at Mildura you'll know it's good!
Eric Bogle's "As if he knows" from John's Old Rusty Ute album.
Mandolin, fiddle & guitar by Trev Warner, and we know how good he is!
All these tracks relate to mateship, between both people and their horses. A reflection on values and priorities, love and mateship.
This CD is well worth the $10 asking price. Limited first run, so be quick!
All CDs now available from Froling Enterprises online store (www.stupidcomputers.com.au).
Watch out for Parachilna Sunset
Parachilna sunset from ORU made the chart at #29
Anna Rose in Tamworth writes, "From a South Australian friend of mine, John O'Dea, who frequents an outback watering hole called The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna, near the Flinders Ranges. He was so moved by the beauty of the area, together with the fabulous hospitality of Jane and Ross Fargher, mine hosts of The Prairie, that he wrote Parachilna Sunset.
If you head into the Prairie on sunset you might just hear it being played. Stick around and tuck into one of the specialities of the house on the menu - FMG - which is a Feral Mixed Grill, composed of camel, emu, goat and kangaroo. JohnO highly recommends the Prairie's Feral Chef, who's the subject of another John O'Dea original." see Anna's Myspace page >>>
Old Rusty Ute peaks @ #8 in CMR chart!
This exceptional song made number 8 in the Country Music Radio chart. A total of 17 weeks in the top 30. No a bad effort for a first release from the Old Rusty Ute album.
Nick Erby's comment
Nick Erby said it was good. - Listen to the interview below.
17th March 2007, Nick Erby's Country Music Radio program's "Album of the Week" Interview preview 130KBmp3.
Download the whole interview, 8.6MB mp3.
Many thanks to Nick Erby CMR (Country Music Radio)
Remarkable Festivals Update
See Anna Roses' comments in the Tamworth Rage Page. http://www.tamworthragepage.com/annarose5-07.htm
Nokia's Music Recommenders chooses two John O'Dea tracks for its downloads.
Old Rusty Ute Album is coming of age!
Hard copies and electronic versions available now. Buy it now.
If you want to listen to previews first, just click on the "Old Rusty Ute Previews" button at the left to expand the list of tracks. We know you'll agree that there is some great new music coming from Johnno's pen.
JohnO was a finalist in this years TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association) songwriters awards with "The Woman from Saigon"
Barmera AGAIN! - SA Country Music awards for songwriting (Woman from Saigon) and the Frank Harding memorial award for excellence. (2nd year in a row!)
Murraylands Country Music Festival, Tailem Bend Songwriting - "Old Man in Little Boys Shoes" March 2006.
SACCM Showcase 2005 APRA SA Song of Year 2005 Traditional Folk - "Old Rusty Ute" Modern Country - " Choices"
WINNER! SA Country Music awards for songwriting and the Frank Harding memorial award for excellence. "No Mean Feat", says Wally Sparrow.
"You have a light shining out of you... John... You have. It's a gift, and it's a sin not to use your gift, and you use it beautifully.""The excellent John O'Dea. We're so proud of him, this bloke."- Peter Goers ABC Radio 14/09/2004
"A breath of fresh air on the Australian country music scene" said one reviewer recently.
In his self penned album "IF STONES COULD TALK", John takes us on a journey of re-discovery, looking at our heritage, our lives and loves, the heartbreaks and high points.
Through the release of this debut album John is quickly gaining recognition as a very, very, talented singer/songwriter.
With his truly Australian style, John has been described as a storyteller. With a unique raw voice he paints pictures with words about people, places and situations in everyday life.
In June last year John won a Songwriting Award with "Old Rusty Ute" and the Frank Harding Award of Excellence at the S.A. Country Music Festival in Barmera
November 2005 he won two awards in the SA APRA Country Song of the year 'traditional' section with "Old Rusty Ute", a reminiscent look at a couple of brothers’ first car. His song "Choices" an upbeat look at attitude took out first prize in the 'contemporary' section.
March 2006, John won the songwriting award at Murraylands Country Music Festival at Tailem Bend with his beautiful "Old Man in Little Boy’s Shoes", a heartwarming look at boyhood, which any father could relate to. These songs are on the new (in production) album "Old Rusty Ute", which will be released later in the year.
Demo tracks for this album have proven that John’s songwriting has reached new heights without any reduction in honesty or quality.
Honest is often used to describe John’s writing, as he is not producing for a market nor for a label and writes "from the heart".
Listen and enjoy! Happy Days!
Pine Valley Sessions
We've put a couple of impromptu tracks as the first of the Pine Valley Sessions. These are acoustic "organic" recordings, done out on the farm at John's Pekina Studio with Penny Burke (at right). Have a listen, they're worth downloading.
Beautiful & Think of Me