Anne and her family recorded the “SLIM DUSTY FAMILY REUNION” album at Slim’s Columbia Lane Studio in July 2007. It features 3 previously unreleased Slim Dusty tracks, plus original solo tracks from Anne, David, James, Hannah, Kate and Joy.
Two finalist nominations at the 2009 Tamworth Awards capped off an amazing 2008,which saw the release of the album and a family tour which took in 24 dates throughout NSW, Victoria and Queensland . Following on from the tour, a Slim Dusty Family “Live In Concert” DVD that captured the final and historic concert tour performance was released. The DVD features 3 generations of the Slim Dusty Family as they take you on an exhilarating and unique Australian country music journey, sharing many Slim Dusty memories (both on film and stills) and including their musical tributes to Slim with many of his classics as well as perfomances from their own #1 Reunion album.
Album Review from Brisbane Courier Mail, David Costello.
The brood raised by Slim Dusty and Joy McKean is Australia’s version of the venerable Carter family. Both clans are folk institutions known for music that is sturdy and honest and a world away from the glib formats that dominate modern country.
This album centres on generational change following Dusty’s death. McKean, who has a lovely old style voice that evokes Maybelle Carter, shares singing duties with children David and Anne Kirkpatrick and four grandchildren.
There are some Slim snippets including the lovely Don Walker track “How Good It is”. It is almost prayer-like in its simplicity, “How good is life…Just take it in a while and grin”, and creates a mood of celebration and optimism.
David and Anne Kirkpatrick duet on Paul Kelly’s “Pick It Up And Pass It On” and their own songs have an interesting contrast.
His are old-style ballads – “Old Purple” is about Slim’s famous Ford – while her “Road Dreamin” is a Gram Parsons-style country workout.
Of the grandchildren, Hannah Kirkpatrick and James Arneman have pure, earnest voices while Kate Arneman brings a light touch to McKeanÂ’s “High, Wide And Handsome”.
The Dusty legacy, it would seem, is in good hands.