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Brian Letton & Terry Bennetts in Bungedore National Bush Ballad Awards This Weekend
The Aussie Independent Music songwriters were named in the final nominations in Male Vocal and Group/Duo in November last year.

Multi-award winning vocalist Brian Letton and accomplished singer/songwriter Terry Bennetts of West Australian Duo Terry & Jenny Bennetts are both finalists in the 2007 Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards.

Brian Letton was named last year’s Male Vocal of the Year at the national awards held annually in Bungedore in the state’s south near Queanbeyan and the national capital Canberra and is again sitting squarely in the Top Three Nominations in Saturday’s Awards.

His latest album ‘Today’ has both tracks ‘My Son’ the 2007 Male Vocal nomination and the 2006 winner ‘Two Chords’ originally pre-released as a single. The album is available through LBS Music distribution and online www.digitalmusiccentre.com.au

Brian is currently working on his latest project with this year’s ACMF Roll of Renown recipient producer Lindsay Butler. It’s due for release later in 2007.

Terry and Jenny Bennetts arrived in Bungedore yesterday after several shows in Tamworth during country music month promoting their latest album.

Following last year’s successful CD ‘The Soldier With His Banjo’ they released their latest album ‘The Good Old Days’. The title track made the Top Five in the prestigious TIARA 2007 Gentleman Geoff Brown Memorial Award.

Both albums are available through LBS Music 07 5562 1292 and The Country Music Store 07 3221 3000 or direct from Terry & Jenny 08 93063025.

Produced by Terry Bennetts ‘The Good Old Days’ boasts a great lineup of WA session musicians Ian Simpson on banjo in an instrumental with Terry; Lucky Oceans pedal steel accordion and slide dobro; Mark Donohoe bass; Eric Kowarski fiddle; Dave Clark harmonica & fiddle; Ric Whittle drums; Sophie Walker cello; Eunice Hicks fiddle and Terry Bennetts on all guitar work and mandolin.

It’s this instrumental line-up with Terry Bennetts and Ian Simpson on the track ‘Trouble At The Diggings’ that’s made the top three in the Group/Duo Section.

In 2005 their very successful debut album featured the single The Soldier With His Banjo which stormed into major music awards and national songwriting honours.

Four out of the eight songs on the album either won awards or were finalists leaving no doubts about Terry and Jenny’s abilities as songwriters.

Its steady rise to recognition included runner-up in the 2005 Boyup Brook Country Music Awards; finals of the TSA South East Queensland Songwriting Awards; runner-up in the ASA Australian Songwriting Awards Country Category and the NT Bush Ballad Song of the Year; Top Five Finalist in the TSA Tamworth Songwriting National Awards; Top Five CMAA Awards Golden Guitars Bush Ballad and selection by EMI for The Winners Album.

It didn’t stop there – at last year’s Bungendore Stan Coster Memorial Awards Jenny won the Female Vocal with her version of Slim Dusty’s Camooweal.

Announcements and presentations to this year’s successful artists will take place on Saturday evening 3 February 2007 on the Greg Gordon stage and will be followed by what will be an incredible concert including all nominees a total of 21 of Australia’s best.

‘The growth and popularity of the Australian Bush Ballad and the importance of these awards is well demonstrated in the number and diversity of the nominations received for 2007. Over 180 nominations. They have once again attracted nominations from the very best ‘Australian country artists’.’

‘The awards together with the Bungendore Muster continue to consolidate awareness of the Bush Ballad and are major factors in the preservation of the Australian story through the music that is Australian’ Organisers said.
For media interviews:
Brian Letton 0408659182
LBS Music 0412605488 www.lbsmusic.com.au
Terry Bennetts 0413462109 www.terryandjenny.com.au
Aussie Independent Music Rhonda Sinclair 0438 902 413
For more information contact:
the Bungendore Committee: bungendorecountrymuster@yahoo.com.au
Major award for Brian Letton
17 February 2006
The Australian Bush Ballad Awards were held at Bungendore New South Wales last weekend. The Stan Coster Memorial Awards recognize nationally the input by artists and musicians to traditional ballads and their essence in a uniquely Australian marketplace.

Brian Letton won the Male Vocal Category for his single ‘Two Chords’.

Co-written by Shaza-Leigh and Rick Aitchison its a deeply moving melodic song that portrays age and circumstance and is a ballad of true account. It tells a story that Australians relate to and expect of their balladeers which is the main criteria if not the only for any bush ballad and which is pivotal in any award recognition especially the Australian Bush Ballads.

Brian’s sixteenth album and newest release ‘Today’ delivers all that his audiences expect. Ironically it’s synonymous with his own view of his career. Released in December 2005 ‘Today’ is purely Brian Letton - a collection of new songs and one that reminisces. A consistent and respected audience pleaser Brian has a considerable percentage of country music followers who simply just ’like’ his music and what he does. Some of his past albums have been dedications of music where he recorded covers by Jim Reeves and a selection of gospel material. More often his albums contain originals either self penned, penned by other writers or co-written. His best work however remains with songs like the beautiful ‘In the Arms of a Memory’ by NZ writer Ginny Peters and ‘Hard Calloused Hands’ co-written by Brian, Roy Sinnamon and Shaza and ‘Two Chords’ parochial in every sense - to Australia, to simplicity and to unrefined analogy.

It’s not unusual for listeners to ring radio stations and request ‘more songs like that’ or ‘can you play more of Brian Letton. He’s a great artist. We don’t hear enough of him’.

On behalf of Aussie Independent Music - Congratulations a worthy win Brian and to Shaza-Leigh and Rick Aitchison for ‘first the song’.
For media interviews:
Brian Letton 0408 659 182
Aussie Independent Music Rhonda Sinclair 0438 902 413

Two of Mel Sommers Songs on Brian Letton CD
Brian has two of Mel Sommers songs on his latest CD, called "Today".  First song is Roll with the Punches. This is receiving a fair bit of airplay, the second one is called Waltzing with Matilda.  Click here for Mel Sommers
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