- Greetings from
- "State of my Heart"
- Apr Wed 26 2006 Bobby Cash
had his new CD launch - at The Basement recorded at John Lee’s
studio outside Tamworth,
- While he’s in Australia this time
around (John Doyle said it was Bobby’s 12th visit to the land down
under), he is certainly going to be a busy boy. On Monday
1st May make sure you tune in to The Today Show, as Bobby will
perform between 8.30am and 9am.
Next week, in between media commitments, he’ll be all over the
countryside – from country and metropolitan Victorian venues, and
on Thursday, May 11, he’s at Twin Towns on the Gold Coast;
Caboolture RSL on Friday, May 12; Sawtell RSL on Saturday, May 13;
Tuncurry RSL on Sunday, May 14 and two WA dates on May 19 and 20 –
at Inglewood and Fremantle – before he completes this tour.
Bobby Cash returns to Australia early January
to record his third album in Tamworth prior to the 2006 Telstra
Country Music Festival. For Bobby, recording in Tamworth is a
sentimental thing, as it was here 3 years ago he made his Australian
debut busking on the packed and sweltering streets. This year he will
be playing one of the best venues in town at Blazes in West Tamworth
League Club, with air-conditioned seating for 800.
For Bobby, the last 3 years have been an amazing journey. He's played
from agricultural field days to concert auditoriums and test matches -
and everything in between. He's appeared from Croydon in North
Queensland to Melbourne in the south, Tweed Heads in the east and
Geraldton in the west. And everywhere he goes the reaction is the
same. 'Nobody plays Country Music like this any more'.
His albums have consistently been amongst the best performers on the
independent country charts and his popularity is growing each time he
visits- this is his tenth. Bobby's brand of music is rooted in the
days of classic country he is a new traditionalist. For his audience
it is the music of days gone by and a world much simpler.
When in Australia Bobby tours with his Tamworth backing band led by
Lawrie Minson on guitars, pedal steel, accordion and harmonica, and on
the last 2 tours joined by Randal Wilson (Ex John Williamson) on drums
and Jeff Dallas on bass (a guy, who by 15, had more miles touring
under his belt than most artists achieve in their whole career, as
part of his father's band - 'The Rex Dallas Show'.)
But a large part of his shows is still Bobby solo on stage with his
guitar - and it's here his extraordinary ability shines. From flamenco
to bluegrass to classic Jim Reeves ballads, audiences still can't
believe it's just him playing.
Throw in a dash of Hindi pop and the smoothest voice around and they
just keep calling for more.
The reaction was the same in the USA in mid 2005 when
Bobby was invited to the Nashville Country Music Festival as a Global
Artist Award nominee. 'You're the real deal' said an incredulous Ed
Benson after seeing him. He should know, he's head of the US Country
Between tours Bobby has been organizing the building work at the
school his family run in Dehradun, north India. So far the extensions
have included 2 new class rooms and more accommodation for those who
can't afford to pay.
In Australia Bobby also supports the local industry. On his last tour
he introduced Aleyce Simmons to an audience from far north Queensland
to WA on the release of her debut album.
Being able to record in a brand new state of the art studio in
Tamworth is another dream of Bobby's come true. 3 years ago there were
none. This will be Bobby's second album of original material and songs
co-written with local songwriters - both in Australia and India.
Lawrie Minson and Matt Scullion wrote 2 of the songs with Bobby in the
shadows of the Himalayas on a visit in 2004.
Once again Lawrie Minson wears the producer's hat and award-winning
engineer Ted Howard is taking the road to Tamworth to be at the
'There's a certain Jaadoo (Hindi for magic) about Tamworth) says
Bobby' and he's hoping to capture some of that in this recording.
Bobby's next dream is to tour India with his Australian band later in
It's been a most remarkable journey so far and there's still more to
Bobby is playing:
Thursday 19th January The Bridge, Balmain
Friday 20th January Burwood RSL, Burwood
Sunday 22nd January Blazes Auditorium, West Tamworth League Club
Saturday 28th January Blazes Auditorium, West Tamworth League Club
His new album tentatively titled ³Sentimental² will be released in
For more information visit
Contact Gerry O¹Leary
Phone 0418 602 243
The Indian Cowboy - Bobby
ABC TV will be repeating the documentary about Bobby Cash's
first visit to
the Tamworth County Music festival in 2003.
"The Indian Cowboy...one
billion" will be on TV at 2pm on Sunday 12th December. It will be
by the Slim Dusty Tribute Concert at 3pm. An afternoon of Country
Bobby's new album titled "Phoenix to El
Paso" will be released this week by
Gobsmacked Music through distributor One Stop Entertainment and
available at HMV and Leading record stores.
By popular demand Bobby Cash¹s second album "Phoenix to El Paso"
collection of cowboy songs and love songs. Fans at gigs demanded
³unplugged² album of Bobby and his guitar, so Bobby went into the
Dehradun, northern India and laid down some of the classics he
grew up with.
Back in Australia old friends, like Michel Rose on pedal steel,
the studio and lent a hand on a few tracks.
With his unique guitar style and mellow voice Bobby makes these
own. From the rocking classics like Six Days on the Road and
Blues to the beautifully crafted flamenco feel of Killing Me
Softly, By The
Time I Get To Phoenix, El Paso and Goodnight Irene - Bobby takes
you on a
musical journey of 17 tracks
Back in India Bobby¹s first album "Cowboy at Heart" was released
2004, and has already surpassed record company Universal¹s
expectations in a
land where Country Music is a niche-of-a-niche market.
Bobby will return to Australia in January to perform at West
the 2005 Telstra Tamworth Country Music Festival and will tour
and QLD in February. Keep your eye on his website for details
Bobby Cash - Out of India, Made in Australia.
Bobby Cash, Greg Franks, -Blacktown RSL Club - The
represented India and John Williamson represented Australia as they
sang their respective National Anthems at the start of the 4th test in
Sydney on January 2nd.
“It was an incredible honour to stand alongside those great players
and sing my country’s anthem on that hallowed turf of the SCG.
More so because it was not just another test match but a historic one
- being Steve Waugh’s last and a decider!
To sing my country’s national anthem and inspire the team was
amazing.” Bobby said.
“Bobby Cash sang his nation’s anthem, no doubt inspiring the moist
eyed in the crowd” Tevor Marshallsea, The Sydney Morning Herald,
“THE INDIAN COWBOY IS ON SONG…Which is one way of saying that Bobby
Cash, the ‘Indian Cowboy’ who was a hit at last year’s Tamworth
Country Music festival, is in town again.
Alex Mitchell, The Sun-Herald January 4 2004. (Reporting Bobby’s
performance of the National Anthem.)
Twelve months ago Bobby Cash made his debut in Australia busking on
the streets of Tamworth. Now he’s back. “It’s been an incredible year”
Bobby said. “12 months ago I was watching the opening ceremony (of the
Tamworth Country Music Festival) - this year I’ll be performing in
Since Bobby wooed the crowds at the Festival in January 2003 he has
been back to Australia to record his debut country music album “Cowboy
at Heart” with some of the cream of Australian Country music including
duets with Smoky Dawson and Tania Kernaghan.
Bobby is the subject of a documentary “The Indian Cowboy…one in a
billion” which will air nationally on ABCTV at 10pm on the 22nd
January. This is the story of Bobby’s first trip to Tamworth tracing
his roots in the foothills of the Himalayas to him becoming the smash
hit of the Festival. Along the way he attracts the attention of a
wealthy farmer who puts to Bobby an intriguing proposal…
Bobby Cash will be playing every day during the festival and will also
be appearing at the National Press Club in Canberra on the 7th and
14th February as part of multicultural week and Melbourne the
The CD “Cowboy at Heart” will be released in India early in early 2004
and the documentary “The Indian Cowboy…one in a billion” will air on
Discovery Channel in the 1st half of the year.
City crooner right on top Down Under
Australian producer hears Bobby Cash, gets him a gig at the Sydney
Test and more
NEW DELHI,NOVEMBER 15: When India line up for the fourth Test
against Australia in Sydney next January, there will be 11 men on the
field with hands on their hearts. And the 12th man will be singing his
heart out—and making history, as Delhi’s Bobby Cash will become the
first Indian to lead the singing of the national anthem before an
international test match anywhere in the world.
‘‘I will be there with my guitar and I will sing the anthem my way,’’
says country singer Cash (42). His trademark Stetson may be missing in
deference to the occasion, but the goosebumps, he promises, will be
very much in evidence.
Australia has had a long tradition of established singers leading the
players and spectators in singing the anthem at international sports
events, but this is the first time that an Indian will do the honours,
confirms Sean Cadd, media liaison officer of Cricket Australia.
‘‘It is an acknowledgement of his immense popularity here, and in
India,’’ Cadd told The Sunday Express over the phone from Melbourne.
Australian country major John Williamson will lead the singing of the
Aussie anthem Advance Australia Fair.
While there is little doubt that many more voices will join in the
rendition of the home anthem, spectators are likely to be equally
divided in their applause for the two singers. In the past year, Cash,
born Bal Kishore Das Loiwal, has emerged as one of the most-applauded
voices in country music in Australia.
‘‘It was just about a year ago when things started falling into
place,’’ says Cash, looking comfortable in his cowboy hat, boots and
fringed leather jacket in a New Delhi room. ‘‘In January, I was at
Tamworth Country Music Festival, Australia’s biggest, walking through
the crowds and busking (playing the guitar and singing for the
public). The appreciation was almost instant.’’
Getting the idea that something big was happening here, Colin Bromley,
an independent Australian television producer/director, began filming
a documentary on the singer. ‘‘Bobby was a chance to look at fame and
what it takes to achieve it,’’ says Bromley, who first heard Cash at a
five-star bar lounge in Delhi and then badgered him to travel to
The real-life storyline surpasses fiction. As media coverage
post-Tamworth elevated Cash to a minor celebrity, a local millionaire
with a missionary India connection suggested he cut a CD and donate
part of the proceeds to charity. ‘‘Some of Australia’s topmost country
musicians collaborated with me on that CD, Cowboy at Heart,’’ says
Cash. ‘‘I worked with pianist Laurie Muhoberac, who played on Elvis
Presley’s Suspicious Mind, and I sang with Smoky Dawson and Tania
It only gets better. Cash’s next trip to Australia will see him
singing the national anthem before an audience of millions worldwide,
opening the Tamworth Festival 2004, and performing at National Press
Club in Canberra. Mid-year, he expects to sing at the Country Music
Association festival in Nashville. The cowboy’s finally going home.
Cash and curry
The Indian Cowboy
THE artist formerly known as Bal Kishore Das Loiwal really is one in a
billion. Indians, that is, and not the bow-and-arrow variety. Therein
lies the ultimate irony: an Indian country-and-western star from the
subcontinent, not the Apache badlands.
A name change to Bobby Cash and the realisation of a dream to visit
the Tamworth Country Music Festival – this doco tracks him from his
home in New Delhi to rural NSW. Producer/director Colin
Bromley (Club Buggery, The Dream) "discovered" Cash in India, where he
is virtually unknown, and filmed this very watchable account around
Tamworth's 2003 festival. There is no narration, the handsome Cash is
a natural talking to camera and Bromley makes effective use of split
screens, candid interviews with Tamworth audiences and enough of
Cash's music to beg the question – so, where's the album?
Since his uncle made him an electric guitar when he was "four or five
years old", Cash has been mad about C & W. One of his aunts moved to
Nashville and sent him records. He loves the sound and the sentiments
of country style – it's about "families and home towns, very Indian
He has only played "properly" since his father (an eccentric kind of
"Indian Howard Hughes") passed away. He entertains in the
drinks lounge of New Delhi's swish Oberoi Hotel and plays at family
gatherings. We meet his Aunties Guddo, Meena and Sheila.
His sisters, Shibari and Shalini, chatter about his success.
His wife, Angelina, says it was like "meeting a library of country
music" when they got together. She loves men "who wear boots".
Tamworth loves Bobby, too. The women love his tight denim and fringed
jackets. He reminds them of Don Williams, Charlie Pride –
and Kamahl. "He's from New Zealand, is he?" asks one girl as he busks
on Tamworth's main street. Another is surprised he "speaks such
good English". Every female under 90 wants to know if he's married.
Imagine a Wild West version of Sanjeev Bhaskar. A 6ft hunk with
faux-southern accent and rugby player muscles. Then add a
ravishingly good voice and great guitar picking – no wonder he was the
overnight toast of Tamworth.
Bobby is descended from a princely Indian family, grew up in the
foothills of the Himalayas – "You can be a cowboy anywhere" – and
lives a comfortable middle-class existence in India, even if his
leather outfits turn heads. His style is down-home – there are
no airs or graces: when his guitar-picking thumb-nail breaks just
before departure for Australia, he finds the missing piece and
super-glues it on. "Sometimes I cut off my wife's nail . . . I tell
her I need it more than she does." He's accompanied on his Australian
adventure by his friend, Manish, known as RHM – Right Hand Man, that
is. They goof around with a digital camera (Manish-cam) like a
couple of schoolkids when Cash isn't singing – which is seldom. He
just sings and sings, like an angel in a 10-gallon hat.
Country music stalwarts Lawrie Minson and Lee Kernaghan appear in the
Tamworth segments, as do The Baileys, "Tamworth's own Indian family",
who invite Bobby round for a jam – and a curry. Smoky
Dawson can't wipe the smile off his face when he hears Bobby perform.
And the album? A wealthy local benefactor offers to fund
his first recording session. Four months after the festival – and his
triumphant ride in the Cavalcade of Stars street parade, aboard a Taj
Mahal float created in the tray of a ute – Cash returns to Tamworth,
makes Cowboy at Heart and goes online
modestly likening his looks to Imran Khan.
This is a timely look, too, at how readily outsiders can be
assimilated into an Australian country town: a place with a big heart
that just couldn't get enough of the best Indian cowboy they had never
- Susan Kurosawa
- He is one in a Billion
- His dream was to come to
- He came
- And a fairytale came true
- This is the
- Featuring Smoky Dawson
- Tania Kernaghan
- Bobby Cash:
- Bobby is India’s only
country music artist - he is literally one in a billion.
He grew up in NE India in the foothills of the Himalayas. Born Bal
Kishore Das Loiwal, his father used to call him “Babu” which
became “Bobby”- and Kishore became “Kish”, which in turn became
“Cash”. His mother loved country music and Bobby learnt to play by
ear from the records his Aunt sent from Nashville in the 60’s. He
left school and became a music teacher and eventually he and his
family set up a school and hostel for underprivileged children in
his hometown of Clement town. In the mid 90’s Bobby moved to New
Delhi to pursue a career as a professional solo musician and help
support the school. After briefly dabbling in “Hindi pop” he
returned to his first true love- Country Music. In New Delhi
whenever any Australian heard him they would tell him he that had
to go to the Tamworth Country Music Festival. It was to be the
start of a dream. This dream became a reality in Jan 2003 when
Bobby finally got to Tamworth, Australia. He became a sensation.
At the festival he caught the eye of a wealthy benefactor who’s
Aunt had been a missionary in India in the ‘30’s and 40’s. While
knowing nothing about Bobby, he offered to help Bobby record a CD
- in the hope that some of the profits would go to help
underprivileged children in India. It turned out to be a match
made in Heaven. This is that CD.
Bobby Cash Session Players Bios.
Lawrie Minson. Son of John ‘Mr Hoedown’ Minson from Tamworth. Has
been playing professionally for nearly 25 years. Has toured and
recorded with Buddy Williams, Slim Dusty, Jimmy Barnes, Ross
Wilson and James Blundell. Spent last ten years in Lee Kernaghan’s
band. Co-wrote seven songs and produced Cowboy at Heart.
Jake Lardot. Has been playing lead guitar in Lee Kernaghan’s band
for 5 years. Jake is originally from Belgium and moved to
Australia playing Blues and Rock’n’ Roll with the likes of Rose
Tattoo. Has always wanted to play Country music and now he has
realized that dream. Jake has also released several solo albums.
Larry Muhoberac. Resident of the northern beaches of Sydney, Larry
is originally from the U.S. and played piano for Elvis Presley for
many years. Larry is a brilliant arranger and session musician and
his playing can be heard on most of the big name country
recordings in Australia.
Ian Lees. Original member of Moving Pictures and had national hit
‘What about Me’. Founding member of Chasin the Train and has
toured with Lee Kernaghan, Phil Emmanuel, Mal Eastick and is
presently working with James Blundell. Ian has recorded one solo
Paul Burton. Worked with Lawrie in Three Chord Wonders. Has toured
Europe and SE Asia with his band The Shuffle Kings. Paul’s double
bass features on tracks 1 & 5.
Glen Wilson has toured with many top artists including Lee
Kernaghan and Troy Cassar-Daly. Has worked with the legendary Ross
Wilson as part of the Country and Wilson Band. Has also been a
drum tutor at the Country Music College in Tamworth.
Mick Albeck. Was once a member of Golden Guitar winning band The
Wheel. Has been awarded title of Australian Fiddle Champion
several times and has toured and recorded with most of the big
names in Australian country music.
Michel Rose. Session king. Renowned Steel guitarist, Michel has
toured with Slim Dusty and Lee Kernaghan. Is also a member of
Golden Guitar winning band Feral Swing Cats. Originally from
Mauritius Michel now operates his own studio in Sydney.
James Gillard. From Western Australia, James toured to the Eastern
states with Blues legend Matt Taylor. Went on to play Bass with
eighties super group Mondo Rock. James has played and sang on all
of Lee Kernaghan’s recordings and is currently a member of his
band. He also has recordings with Kevin Bennett and The Flood.
Chrissy Moy. A member of hit group The Moy Sisters, Chrissy has
also toured with Gina Jeffries as a backing vocalist and although
she is now a mum is still in high demand for session work.
- BOBBY CASH HAS RECORDED HIS
FIRST COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUM – Titled “COWBOY AT HEART”
THE ALBUM WAS PRODUCED BY
Lawrie Minson and recorded at Rancom Street
Studio, engineered and mastered by Ted Howard.
The songs on the album are listed below with a short
description of each.
TRACK 1: BABY SO ARE YOU
A good rockin‚ country song and good listening material for those
whose sweethearts are real hard to budge!
Song written by Bobby Cash/Lawrie Minson
TRACK 2: A MAN OUT ON THE ROAD
This is a song about a man who has lost everything he values due
to his own mistakes. He wants to go back to all that is precious
to him and make amends. But he’s not sure what awaits him and his
loneliness is almost killing him.
Song written by Bobby Cash/Lawrie Minson
TRACK 3: I DIDN’T SEE YOU LEAVING
A great country song with a honky-tonk feel. He is a man who has
been so caught up within himself and his feelings, that he’s
unable to see beyond them . He has missed the signals and the
woman in his life has left. Life’s more than just romance.
Song written by Lawrie Minson/Brenda Heathcote
TRACK 4: LOSING YOU AGAIN
This is the love that never died. Years have gone by, and the man
and his love have gone their separate ways. Yet, a chance
encounter makes his heart burn afresh but brings with it the pain
of losing her again.
Song written by Bobby Cash
TRACK 5: TRAIN, TRAIN
A classic wild, wild west song. It’s a dramatic and powerful
suspense story about a man on the run...
Song written by Matt Scullion/Casey Wood/Mike Ambroe/Al Ditrolip
TRACK 6: IN ‘92
Another great contemporary country song. It’s all about enduring
love and the power and value it can have despite the changes that
are wrought by time and a changing world.
Song written by Bobby Cash/Lawrie Minson
- TRACK 7: A WORD AWAY (duet with Tania
On the verge is what this song is about She’s been through a rough
phase. He’s been faithfully there, and at last they’re on the
verge- just one word away. A country duet featuring Tania
Kernaghan with a very contemporary feel and sung with a lot of
Song written by Matt Scullion/Brett Stacy/James Stacy
TRACK 8: COWBOY AT HEART (duet with Smoky Dawson)
Truly a classic sounding song featuring a living legend ‘Smoky
Dawson’ and of course Bobby as the Indian Cowboy. He isn’t a
regular cowboy but he’s a cowboy at heart.
Song written by Lawrie Minson/Brenda Heathcote
TRACK 9: WHAT WOULD YOU DO
A country & western romantic song with a nice Tex-Mex feel. He’s a
love-sick boy who’s wooing his woman. Great singing with nice use
of the piano, accordion and Bobby’s guitar.
Song written by Bobby Cash/Lawrie Minson
TRACK 10: I ONLY MISS YOU NOW AND THEN
A beautiful, classic country heartbreak song. A special treat for
all those who love classic country music and who would like to
hear it in Bobby’s velvety baritone.
Song written by John Minson
TRACK 11: SINGING STAR
This is a beautiful contemporary country song with a timeless
quality and one can feel Bobby’s heart right in it. It’s a song
about a simple country boy who has seen the other, harsher side of
life. Tonight he is a star, yet he is still a humble country boy
at heart and it’s the love he’s getting from all his adoring fans
that inspires him to sing on and on.
Song written by Bobby Cash
TRACK 12: DADDY’S CADILLAC
An edgy country rock and roll song. It’s got the power, the punch
and an interesting story.
Song written by Brenda Heathcote
TRACK 13: COUNTRY FEELING
It’s a real country jamboree - meant for foot stomping, line
dancing and a good yeeh haaa of a time!
Song written by Bobby Cash/Lawrie Minson
PRESS RELEASE 21st
- BOBBY CASH AND LAWRIE
MINSON are “Cowboys at Heart”!
Bobby Cash’s visit to
the Tamworth Country Music Festival created history last January when
India’s only country music artist performed at the festival for the
first time. As a pioneer of Country Music in India, Bobby was embraced by
the Australian crowds and welcomed by Industry musicians and artists
– in particular, local Tamworth musician Lawrie Minson.
Over the 10 days of the
festival, Lawrie’s friendship and bond with Bobby fostered an
incredibly strong musical partnership that is creating another
historical occasion. Lawrie
is currently in New Delhi, India collaborating with Bobby to produce
an album to be recorded at Garth Porter’s studio in Sydney next
month. This unique combination of an Aussie and an Indian Cowboy
sharing their joy of country music will create a nourishing musical
flavour – a curry western perhaps!
Look out Bobbywood!
This is a very exciting time
for both Bobby and Lawrie. Bobby’s
dream of recording a country music album is being realised and
Lawrie’s contribution to the Country Music Industry in Australia is
being recognised by this incredible opportunity that has been
Bobby Cash says “In my mind an artist has to be a giver, the getting
out then takes care of itself”
The collaboration of
these two very talented country music artists is guaranteed to produce
a unique sound that will showcase to the world that Bobby Cash and
Lawrie Minson are definitely “Cowboys at Heart”.
For further information please
contact Gerry O’Leary GOBSMACKED TELEVISION email:
or by mobile: 0418 602243
Lawrie Minson will be
touring with Lee Kernaghan in NSW during the Hats Off festival.
- Bobby and Smoky
- Message from Bobby
- I would like to thank the wonderful people in
the beautiful city of Tamworth-all those wonderful countrymusic
lovers from all over Australia who received me as their very own
and made me feel like I belonged! I'll always be there to
sing for them!
- Thanks for your mails.
All is cool here with me. Thanks for the new pix on rage
- I should be back in Australia before
long to record my CD. It seems there's a lot of
people waiting for one! Lawrie Minson is already working
on stuff at that end. Will keep you posted.
- If you like, you can touch base
with Gerry O'Leary at email@example.com .
She would know about schedules and also about the film
that she and Colin Bromley were shooting on my Tamworth
- My website should be ready soon.
- I am doing my bit here for country
music by performing live as much as possible. Hopefully
soon, Australian artists will be able to come and perform
country music here. I am working towards it.
- If possible, please thank the
wonderful people in the beautiful city of Tamworth-all those
wonderful country music lovers from all over Australia who
received me as their very own and made me feel like I belonged!
I'll always be there to sing for them! I will be deeply
appreciative if you can put this little message out on the rage
- Well that's it for now
- Take care
- Print out and have the memories