Country music a favourite at Umeewarra

On air: Samantha Lee is Umeewarra radio's senior broadcaster and producer of the Country Request Show. Photo: Dave Laslett.

On air: Samantha Lee is Umeewarra radio's senior broadcaster and producer of the Country Request Show. Photo: Dave Laslett.

Umeewarra radio listeners love country music.

One of the popular shows on air is our country music request program. It has been a favourite with the community, young and old, since the beginning of Umeewarra Media.

You can tune in everyday from Monday to Friday, from 10am until 12 noon.

It features popular country music from the great classics of the 50s and 60s through until the new sound of country today.

Whether you're a fan of Slim Dusty, or Beccy Cole, or even today's favourites like Blake Shelton, we play a lot of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal country artists.

But, it's not all about the music - the show consists of news, announcements, interviews with artists and more.

We receive request daily, and now we are streaming via the website, everyone all over Australia can tune in for their daily dose of country music.

So, why do our listeners love country music?

Perhaps it gives our listeners a sense of connection to the words or melody of the song, or perhaps it might be a song you grew up with or a relative/ friend may have sung or performed for you?

The country show is good to listen to if you're relaxing at home, driving in your car or at a party or event. Let's have a look at some great tracks you may have heard.

An album that has been getting a lot of people calling in and asking us about lately is: Yamani - Voice of an Ancient Land.

To begin 'Yamani' means "rainbow" in the Warrgamay language in the north of Queensland. It is just one of the languages that is featured on the album. It is the title of this album meaning to "reflect the coming together of different languages in a rainbow of song" as quoted from the CD booklet.

The album features five languages from Queensland, Kalaw Kawaw Ya, Gunggari, Butchulla, Yugambeh and Warrgamay.

The ladies featured on the album are elders Ethel Munn, Leonora Adidi, Joyce Bonner, Bridget Priman, Melinda Holden and Faith Baisden.

Each of the ladies has sung a song or two, in her own language; with one of the songs written with all the women performing together in four different languages.

The album came about as to help preserve and keep the languages alive for the younger generations to learn, and what better way than by song.

In other news, a track which been exploding up the charts and on the airwaves is the Lil Nas X song 'Old Town Road', plus there is also the remix version featuring Achy Breaky Heart singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

The song is an absolute crowd-pleaser crossing genres of hip hop and country.

If you've heard this tune, you know how quickly it can get stuck in your head and you are singing, and dancing along to it in no time.

Don't forget to get your requests in with us for the 'Country Request Show' by calling 8642 2422, or sending them in via the website at