Howdy friends! I’m Western Red. I am a traditional country tragic.
Let me tell you a story. It’s my story: Born in the USA, but moving to Australia at an early age - from my earliest days listening to the big players of the new traditionalist movement in Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam and Ricky Skaggs to hearing George Strait perform Big Ball’s In Cowtown and Ace In The Hole as well as Randy Travis’ entire Wind In The Wire album (much to my mother’s annoyance) – traditional country and western swing have always had a place in my household.
My American father first exposed me to country music. He hitchhiked all around the US, hopping freight trains and notching over 1000 rides in 12 years in the 70s and 80s, finding common ground with the music of Merle Haggard, Boxcar Willie and Willie Nelson whose songs told his life at that time. When my father moved Down Under and met my mother, his love of traditional country soon became mine.
I went digging into my Dad’s collection and found Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb and a couple of killer classic country compilations. I went digging further. I found Faron Young, Ray Price and George Jones and fell in love with traditional country on a serious level.
I started my own podcast and radio show If That Ain’t Country in 2012 as an avenue to allow others to hear this kind of music in my native Australia, and to prove to myself that traditional country music and western swing was still alive.
If That Ain’t Country went into syndication in late 2014, and the move was made Stateside to increase it’s reach. My new home became the Boston Mountains of Arkansas, where I worked at giving folks starved of traditional country and western swing an avenue to listen once again, and an outlet for my passion for this kind of music.
If That Ain’t Country was airing on 37 stations around the nation by the end of 2018 exposing a listening area of over 2 million people to traditional country and western swing sounds not heard anywhere else. However my mission remains the same as the day I started: propagating and promoting the traditions of this uniquely American artform in the 21st century while paying respect to those that came before. It’s pretty simple really.
Western Red is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast and radio show “If That Ain’t Country” – a weekly three-hour trip into the world and history of traditional country music, heavy on the fiddle and steel guitar. Recipient of the coveted Academy Of Western Artists DJ Of The Year 2018 and Cowtown Society Of Western Music’s DJ Of The Year 2019. Staying true to the roots of good old country music in the 21st century