Best of my faves – Episode Two – Luke O’Shea (with and without the Medicine Wheel)

LukeMelKaz with Luke and fellow Lukie tragic, singer/songwriter, Melissa Robertson. Tamworth, 24th January, 2013. Tamworth Services Club.

LukieatthelomondLukie in Melbourne recently, playing some tunes.

In this second instalment, we focus on Luke O’Shea, with and without his medicine wheel. It is hard to narrow it down to 20, may have to have a bonus one like I did with Sir Allan! There are some beauties that I missed out on, but these are a pretty good batch of songs and I am sure that Luke has many more songs in him.

I remember going to the Servies at Tamworth to a massive crowd of 3 for Luke, and I remember years later, not being able to get a seat at the same venue, even though I arrived early, because the place was so packed. Nothing made me more proud than to see Lukie win some Gold Guitars and finally get recognised publicly for all that us diehard fans knew about him. Here are my favourite Luke songs.

  1. Listen to the words –  This song reminds me of my dad and I. Very much how we both viewed country music. It is so spot on.
  2.  Annie O’Shea – Lukie gets tired (I think) of me requesting this, but I love it and many others do too.
  3.  Pride of Erin – a beautiful song that not only takes us back to our childhoods but it is just a lovely, song to sway to.
  4.  New England Sky – Personal for me as I grew up in Tamworth but also because of the beautifully haunting voice accompanying Luke of Diana Corcoran.
  5.  How well have you loved – Mainly for the fun that we, as an audience have doing the actions and singing along with it, but also because it is a song that celebrates the true meaning of life.
  6.  The Drover’s Wife – Lyrically and instrumentally one of Luke’s most unique songs, based on Henry Lawson’s poem but with a modern twist.
  7.  Bad Advice and Poor Directions – A catchy song with more meanings than the bible. Lukie is the master of the metaphor.
  8.  Sing You Up – An important message and a catchy song that I often sing in the shower.
  9.  Fill it up with Love – the kind of endearing song that makes us all love Lukie. Songs about life and love.
  10.  Lady of the Land – One of Luke’s most popular songs and with good reason. It is written about one of Australia’s most iconic women, Joy McKean.
  11.  Passenger Seat – an autobiographical song about the journey that Luke has had with his wife – well, it seems that way.
  12.  Begin and End in Love – A song that can accompany Fill it up with love.
  13.  The Old Man’s Shed – the song that won Luke and Johnny K a golden guitar. The thing about Luke’s songs is that you can relate to them, quite easily. We all know a guy who has a shed like this.
  14.  Ragged Bloody Heroes – Luke has paid tribute to soldiers in many songs, but this is my favourite. It is also unique as he has done a Kiwi version too.
  15.  Truckstop flowers – A lot of guys could relate to this song. It begins with the beautiful sound of Aleyce Simmonds, who features strongly with Luke on this.
  16.  Brindabella – As with a lot of Luke’s songs, you think that it is going to be about one thing and it is about another, or both. And that is okay. It is like reading an old favourite novel and seeing different things in it as you get older.
  17.  Midnight Train – A tribute to Sam Phillips and Sun Records.
  18.  Making Memories – title says it all – the harp at the beginning gets you started. A toe tapper.
  19. Wild Colonial Boys – A song that I understand and appreciate more as I get older. There is more to this song than you think.
  20.  Lone Ranger – Probably deserves to be further up, but these aren’t really in any strict order, they are just my favourite Luke songs.
  21.  Bonus track: it was hard to just pick one, but for pure audience value, it has to be Wayne and Wanita – Slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. IMG_1073Dressed as Michael Bryers – sort of.

Best Of My Faves – Episode One – Allan Caswell


This will be a regular feature on this blog, Cowgirl Up. I am going to pick 20/21 songs which have been written (and/or) co-written by a singer/songwriter and/or some others. It is actually very hard to get it down to 20 or 21. They will be my favourites by the artist. I am not going to add ones that they wrote for other people, I would be here all day for some artists, including our first guest, Allan Caswell, who has written or co-written for just about every country artist in Australia and New Zealand. I have mentioned some of his co-writers here on his own songs, but not all of them. I hope that you enjoy. My choices are my choices, but it was hard! In no particular order, these are my fave Caswell written for Caswell songs.

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That’s Why Lonely People Drink – With Jen Mize (Mexico)

The Roses Fall – With The Weeping Willows (Mexico)

Knowing That You’re There (Mexico)

It’s not over, till it’s over (My Version of the Truth)

One Last Muster (My Version of the Truth)

Shelly’s Song (My Version of the Truth)

Until the Hurtin’ Starts (My Version of the Truth)

Train to Godforsaken  (single)

Hero Just The Same (50 Years in Oz)

His Old Piano (50 Years in Oz)

Golden Days (With the Weeping Willows) 50 Years in Oz

Back When We Had Nothing (50 Years in Oz)

Stolen Roses  (Rules for Love) ****

How Beautiful You Are (Rules for Love)

Lonely Hearts Waltz (Rules For Love)

Want that Back Again (with Michael Carpenter and Felicity) from Carpenter/Caswell

High Hopes from Carpenter/Caswell

Sorry If I’m Dancing Too Close – (Behind Bars)

When We Were Young and Stupid (Sometimes when you lose you win)

Kick The Bucket (It’s a Country Song)

The Next Thing That You hear (It’s A Country Song)

**** Stolen Roses is my favourite Allan Caswell song. He co-wrote this song with Drew McAllister and Geoff Robertson.  Yes I have left out a lot of songs…the man is a legend, Sir Allan, we salute you and all that you have done for Australian Country Music. The songs that I have mentioned here are ones that you have written or co-written for your own albums. There are many others, which you have seen me mouthing at concerts….but I had to limit it to 21.  Thank you for all the other songs that you have written for others and co-written with others for their albums. A lot of these songs were never released as singles, they are just my favourite songs.

Who will it be next time?