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 upon "This Here Cowboy" or Roo's newly released album "Cowboys & Sunsets" you could be forgiven for 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") 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 yearn to return to his first love......writing and singing great country songs.
His 'comeback' album THIS HERE COWBOY has scored two for two as both radio singles... 'This Here Cowboy' and the self penned 'Out On The Farm' were back to back #1's on Australian country music radio. The title track of the album 'This Here Cowboy' was awarded the song of the year in 2012, the very same year it was released considering it's launch in the latter part of the year it was an astounding result.
However the successes of that album continued with Roo's second radio single off that album "Out on the Farm" being named Song of the Year for 2014.
The launch of the new album "Cowboys & Sunsets" has already proved extremely successful. The first single taken from the album, a preview track that aired for the first time in December 2014 "Let's Get out of Here" is still charting high in many of the radio charts.
The album offically released at Tamworth Country Music Festival on Tuesday 20th January to a sold out show there and then the follow up home-town launch at the Soldiers Club in Goulburn on Saturday 31st January was also a sold out show. Roo's fans are loving the new album with the diverse range of tracks again, from heartfelt ballads to the toe tapping uptempo tracks, there's something for everyone, even a lovely duet recorded with the incredible US female superstar Rhonda Vincent.
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.
*2015 ICMA Most Popular Video - 'Out on the Farm'
*2015 2RRR 'Independent Most Popular Male Artist'
Maureen Wagner Memorial Award - 'Most Outstanding Contribution to Australian Country Music'.