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Bushwackers pay tribute to post war migrants


The third single from the Bushwackers new album ‘The Hungry Mile’ is ‘Dirt Under My Nails’. Sung by lead singer and Australian icon, Dobe Newton, it’s a powerful song of migration, struggle and the forging of a new life in a foreign land.

“This is a great song from Rich Davies in Melbourne,” guitarist, Roger Corbett said. “It came out of a songwriting project involving the use of historical photos and professional songwriters who crafted songs from the images in those photos. It tells the familiar story of an Italian migrant building his life in Australia.”

Dobe Newton added “We want listeners of The Hungry Mile to take away a sense of pride in our history. We would like them to take away the humour, the strength and the pride that is embodied in Australian culture of today and from our past.”

Roger Corbett from the band joined Stephen on Hunter Valley Today to chat about the new song.