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Way Out West Where the Reyne Don't Fall

Aussie music legend James Reyne descends on the Top End, with special guest Ella Hooper in tow, as part of his national Way Out West tour in honour of the 1992 award-winning single of the same name.

By Tierney Seccull

Originally released by The Dingoes back in 1973, ‘Way Out West’ became a national hit when Reyne collaborated with singer James Blundell in 1992 to cover the tune. The release peaked at number two on the ARIA Charts and earned the pair Country Song of the Year at the 1992 APRA Music Awards.

Reyne runs a record company with his manager Scot Crawford, which also released Hooper’s album Small Town Temple, and says the decision to revisit ‘Way Out West’ was all Crawford’s idea.

“Scot, who manages me and helps look after Ella, noticed through streaming on Spotify that one of the songs I’m associated with the most is ‘Way Out West’. Ella has made this country record ... and he thought, ‘why not give people what they want? They seem to want to hear this song,’” he says.

“So, Ella and I recorded the song together and Scot just said, ‘let’s just call it Way Out West, and off you go!’”

Having ticked off shows in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, Reyne and Hooper hit the Darwin Entertainment Centre stage this month for one huge night of music, backed by an eight-piece band. Experience the newly released collab of ‘Way Out West’, plus Reyne’s solo hits and tunes from his hit band, Australian Crawl. Hooper also performs songs from her new solo album, plus a few other surprises. Reyne reckons you’re in for a treat.

“Give the people what they want – they wanna hear all the hits, so that’s what they’ll get!”

Don’t miss this incredible night of Australian music, with some of this country’s biggest music stars, and enjoy being ‘Way Out West’ in the north.

James Reyne - Way Out West Tour
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