Country music legend Joy McKean to share life story

Joy McKean.

Joy McKean.

Australia's grand lady of country music, Joy McKean, will visit Kiama Library on Saturday to share her story on a career as a performer and songwriter, her decades of touring around Australia and her marriage of more than 50 years to Slim Dusty.

An award-winning songwriter and musician, Joy McKean wrote many of Slim Dusty's famous songs and won the first Golden Guitar awarded at the Tamworth Country Music Festival for her song Lights on the Hill.

Joy McKean started her singing career as a teenager when she and her sister Heather compered their own radio program, The Melody Trail, breaking new ground as the first women to host an Australian radio show.

Joy continued to shatter conventions by writing country and truckie songs in her own name, not her husband's.

In her latest book, Riding this Road, Joy explores her life from childhood to the present, decades of marriage to Slim Dusty, songwriting, recording and constantly touring around Australia while raising their children Anne and David.

Her talk and book signing is on Saturday, June 14 at 2.30pm in the Kiama Library Auditorium. Bookings essential on 4233 1133.

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