Rods Bio:

Rod Esam


A Message From Rod

It was a highlight for me winning QLD Champion of Champions Male Vocal for 2002 but let me take you back a few years. I was born in Broken Hill and spent many years alongside my grandfather (Gentleman Jim) who was a Boundary rider on the Dingo Fence in the "Corner Country" where SA, NSW and QLD meet. Although schooled in Adelaide at every opportunity I escaped to the Outback to work with cattle, horses and machinery.

In 1988 while working on a Drilling Rig in the Simpson Desert I had an accident and was flown into Broken Hill Base Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. It was here, I met and was nursed back to health by my wife to be, Eve. We eventually left the Outback to pursue an Earthmoving Business and raise a family on the NSW Mid Nth Coast.



Rod & Eve


Earthmoving has been a major part of my life operating machinery from, drilling rigs, D10 dozers, 75 Ton excavators, graders, rollers, back hoes, tractors,trucks, mini excavators, picks and shovels. You name it, I've driven it, from Outback Australia to SA's Adelaide Hills, Central West of NSW, Northern Territory's Top End to the NSW East Coast. It has been my life and I love it and can't imagine life without diesel, hydraulic oil and grease.


Rods Earthmoving Machinery  Dozer


Over the last few years I have also been working consistently in the Country Music Industry and in 2001 whilst registered with the National Secretariat for Centenary of Federation traveled with my family extensively to many Festivals and Talent Quests making my way into 3 state finals singing our own material and winning many awards. In 2002 I worked extensively on my new album "Earthmover" with the release of my first single " Back Outback" as my tribute to Year of the Outback which became a chart hit leading up to the Tamworth Festival in 2003.

"Earthmover" an album about Australian life experiences, is a 13 track album with 10 original songs written by my wife Eve and myself. Five of these songs have won TSA songwriting awards. The “Earthmover" Album was launched to a magnificent crowd of 750 plus at the Longyard Hotel during the 2003 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

The Album includes the magical input of multi award winner Benjy Pocock ( QLD's, Wild Turkey Band) on rhythm and lead guitar. Soni Kildey on Bass. Juzzie Smith ( Byron Bay Blues Festival Champion, 2 years running) on Harmonica. Multiple Moe award winners Shelly White and Les Woodford produced the Album at Riversound Studio's and add their expertise on keyboards and drums.

Riversound Studio


“These extraordinary talented musicians provide a modern rhythmic country sound combined with Rod's dynamic, masculine and gutsy vocals artfully bringing to life songs about Australian people and this fantastic country we live in”.

My Country Music career escalated when we took Australia's heritage, combined with Indigenous and Australian Bush Culture to Darling Harbour for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and to Stadium Australia with The Rovers and Drovers Australiana Show at the 2000 Olympics. Throughout the Olympics the Show promoted Australia's Agricultural and Geographical resources to the World through their songs, film and performances.

The Rovers and Drovers Australiana Show at the 2000 Olympics


Rovers and Drovers have gone on to be accredited by the NSW Department of Education and the QLD Arts Council enabling the show to perform in schools.

In July, my wife Eve and I locked the gates to our property, loaded our 3 boys, our lives and business into a 22 seater Nissan Civilian Bus and trailer, to tour for 12 months throughout Australia promoting the “Earthmover" Album. Eve is also my co-writer and manager supporting me every step of the way. The aim of the tour is to take our songs to new audiences whilst also networking with media and retail outlets as we travel this beautiful country.

Thanks to Swagman Internet, our web site has now been upgraded. Throughout the pages you will find interesting information and photos about our albums, the Rovers and Drovers Show, CD purchase information with lyrics to read and music to listen to. You can share our tour experiences and gigs with us in our Australian Tour Diary or sign our guest book on our contacts page. Thank you for your time to visit my site and if you are purchasing an album I wish you well and hope you enjoy.

All the best

Rod Esam

 


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