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Territory Time

by Tom Curtain

A collection of stories from life in the real Australian outback - long days spent breaking-in horses, training dogs and in the saddle mustering cattle, the unique way of life, isolation, and hard-working people.
Genre: Country: Modern Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Livin' in the Bush
3:17 $2.19
2. Territory Time
3:19 $2.19
3. Never Never Land (feat. Luke O'Shea)
2:48 $2.19
4. Horse Tailer
3:30 $2.19
5. Where the Pindan Meets the Ocean
4:00 $2.19
6. Billy Don't Like No Hip Hop
3:14 $2.19
7. Roper River
2:54 $2.19
8. Full Give It
2:42 $2.19
9. All Gone
3:21 $2.19
10. Campdrafting
3:36 $2.19
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Album Notes
Tom Curtain began playing guitar and writing songs in 2001 while working on a cattle station in the Northern Territory, 800km south of Darwin. Long days in the saddle, wide-open spaces, nights sleeping under the stars and the unique characters of the Top End provided endless sources of inspiration for his music. While mustering cattle, the rhythm of the horse’s hooves became the beat for the melodies that played in his head. Here he worked alongside singer/ songwriter Martin Oakes who gave him his first guitar and showed him three chords. Many nights were spent around the campfire learning to play.

Tom recorded his first album 'Smack Bang!' in 2004 in which the title song spent several weeks at Number 1 on the Australian Country Music Charts. Tom's second critically acclaimed album 'Heatwave' was released in 2007 and also had great success in the Charts. For the next few years, Tom split his time between contract horse-breaking, and touring with well-known country music artists including Sara Storer, The Sunny Cowgirls, Pete Denahy and The Davidson Brothers.

The extensive travel however was taking its toll on his young family, and he yearned for the slower-paced outback life. He thought if he could base himself in Katherine, Northern Territory, then the stations could send their horses to him to break-in. The gamble of relocating his family from Queensland to Katherine paid-off. Tom was getting sent 150 horses a year to break-in and the business was booming. That was until the 2011 Live Beef Export Ban. Overnight budgets were cut on stations meaning they could no longer afford to pay for horses to be trained. Tom was out of work. 

With a young family to support, Tom started singing at the Big4 Katherine Caravan Park four nights a week. It was here, a retired couple intrigued by his stories of station-life asked Tom if they could watch him train his horses. Tom welcomed the couple to his property and after an overwhelmingly positive response, it was clear there was a unique opportunity to share his passion for training animals and performing music.

Tom officially launched 'Katherine Outback Experience' (KOE) on 1 July 2013. KOE is a 90 minute show that celebrates life in the outback through real horse-breaking and working dog demonstrations entwined with live country music performances.The show operates from April to the end of October at in Katherine, NT. Over the hot and wet summer months, the team take the show on the road. Tom is the real-deal, spending his time training horses and dogs when he’s not entertaining guests. Now in the fifth season of operation, the business has grown from strength to strength and one of the highest rated tourist attractions in the NT.

Tom's third album 'Territory Time' celebrates life in outback northern Australia by sharing stories of hardship, loss, courage and resilience while painting a distinct picture of the stunning yet unforgiving landscapes, extreme weather and isolation, the way of life and never 'give-up' attitude of the hardworking people.

The singer-songwriter said there was something he couldn’t explain about the people and unique way of life in the Top End that inspired him to continue writing songs. He now wants others to experience the Territory through his music. Tom said he wanted people to understand the way of life in the outback and to appreciate the great working relationship that people from the land have with their animals.

Quote: Garth Porter - Producer of the 'Territory Time' Album
"Tom is a real talent.... real stories, real experiences, real life. After a break of several years, I got a call from Tom about a year ago, and he was keen to do another album. Of course I was rapt to be doing another project with Tom. He had plenty more true stories to tell.... some bone rattling, some subdued, some hilariously funny, some wishful. The ups and downs of life. A father now, older, wiser, with more of his life journey in song..... I am blessed to be a part of his journey."



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