Roger Knox

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Roger Knox is an Australian country singer, known as the Black Elvis and the Koori King of Country.[1] He is an Gamilaroi man (a group of Indigenous Australians), was born in Moree and grew up in the Toomelah Aboriginal Mission near Boggabilla, near the border between New South Wales and Queensland.[2][3]

Knox is famous and loved for his regular tours of the New South Wales and Queensland prison systems, where many Aboriginal men and women are incarcerated.

In 1980s, Knox was in a plane crash that killed his drummer Ken Ramsay. Knox was badly burnt and became addicted to painkillers before one of his Elders got him onto a traditional bush remedy in the form of a natural bath oil made from the Euraba bush. That bush and the settlement on which his father was born were inspirations for the name of his band, the Euraba Band.

Knox was given the Jimmy Little Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Music at the 2006 Deadlys.

Knox was scheduled to perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Illinois on October 10, 2009 with Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts. However, his US visa was denied a week before the show and Knox did not make the trip. The tour with Langford finally occurred in 2012.

On February 12, 2013, Knox along with the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, released his first album in nine years, Stranger In My Land on Bloodshot Records.[4] The album was produced by Langford and included guest contributions from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Charlie Louvin, Dave Alvin (X, The Blasters), Kelly Hogan, Langford, Andre Williams, the Sadies, Sally Timms (Mekons), and Tawny Newsome.[5][6][7]

Discography[edit]

  • Give It A Go (1983) - Enrec Records
  • The Gospel Album (1986) - Enrec Records
  • Warrior in Chains — The Best of Roger Knox (1998) - Enrec Records
  • Goin' On, Still Strong (2004) - Trailblazer Records
  • Stranger In My Land (2013) - Bloodshot Records[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leggett, Steve (2013-02-12). "Roger Knox - Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Singing with something to say | Green Left Weekly". Greenleft.org.au. 1993-06-09. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ Leggett, Steve (2013-02-12). "Stranger in My Land - Roger Knox, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Aboriginal Country Music from Roger Knox | PRI's The World". Theworld.org. 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  6. ^ Stranger In My Land album notes
  7. ^ "Roger Knox". Bloodshot Records. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 

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