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- Danny Mack (The Cement
City Cowboy) News
- It has been a little more than a
year since my Aussie wife Bonnie and I arrived in Australia.
We have had a very exciting & successful year thanks largely
to the phenomenal generosity of the Aussie country music
fraternity, to whom we send a big THANK YOU. One of the main
people we would like to acknowledge is Clelia Adams. Clelia
and I both released singles on the Canadian compilation CD
‘Hillcrest’ and were acquainted through email & a few phone
chats prior to our arrival in Australia in late 2005. Since I
had no musical track record in Australia, Clelia knew I would
have difficulty getting in front of an audience so she gave me
the fantastic opportunity to perform an opening set for each
of her gigs at the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival – a
great introduction to the Australian country music scene.
Clelia showed me the ropes & thanks to her I met loads of
Australia’s great players & performers many of whom kindly
invited me to share their stages as a guest artist, allowing
me the exposure to build my profile. Things just seemed to
blossom from there.
During 2006 we managed to finish up our new CD ‘Ride Me Down
Easy’ - started in Canada, with three songs completed and the
drum and bass tracks for six more in the can. We had met Bill
Chambers at the 2006 Tamworth Festival and before long Bill
and I were co-producing and finishing up the CD in his studio.
We are very proud of this record which was officially released
at the 2007 Tamworth Festival and the reaction to the music
has been extremely positive. We were lucky enough to have some
great Australian contributors to the recording. Bill Chambers
did a fantastic job on lead, dobro, lap steel & slide guitar:
Michel Rose on pedal steel: Simon Johnson on bass: Katie
Brianna, harmony vocals: Justin Brady on harmonica & mandolin.
Justin Brady is a multi-instrumentalist (harmonica, mandolin &
fiddle) from the Aussie band ‘Things Of Stone And Wood’ who I
also met at the 2006 Tamworth Festival where we became friends
and continue to do shows together. Throughout 2006 I was lucky
enough to perform at festivals and at my own shows up and down
the east coast from Malacoota in the south to Gympie. I was
also thrilled to be invited to go to Western Australia to play
in Bunbury. I’ve seen many beautiful & interesting places in
my great Australian adventure & have had the privilege of
getting to know & perform with some outstanding, world class
2007 started out with a great time at the Tamworth Festival -
our gig at the Southgate Inn being a highlight. We were lucky
enough to score one mighty fine band which included Michel
Rose (pedal steel), Brad Bergen (Guitar), Mal Lancaster
(drums) and Simon Johnson (bass). It was an honour to play
with these talented musicians who really understand &
appreciate what I call ‘Country’. THANKS DUDES!!! My friend &
Tamworth legend, Wanita also joined us for one of her
fantastic vocal performances. Wanita is an incredibly talented
singer/performer and she certainly brings that “IT” factor to
the stage. Later in the festival, I was lucky enough to get to
sing with Wanita at her famous Albert shows.
I would like to thank Bill Chambers and Stuie French for their
kind invitations to join them on stage during their respective
shows at the 2007 Tamworth Festival.
To be associated with musicians of the calibres of Bill &
Stuie is a total knockout.
Thanks again to everyone who generously made me feel welcome
We hope to see you at:
The Rose Cottage (Canberra) - March 30th
The Hexham Bowling Club – April 4th
The Wyong RSL – April 5th
The Moruya Country Roundup – April 21st
- DANNY MACK (The Cement City
INTERNATIONAL RECORDING ARTIST AND COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER
“Danny Mack is the real deal. He’s sort of country but with a
touch of rock
n blues attitude that reminds me of Waylon Jennings’ outlaw
Ex-pat Canadian DANNY MACK (THE CEMENT CITY COWBOY) will be
rolling into Tamworth’s SOUTHGATE INN with “ONE MIGHTY FINE
BAND” and a brand new CD in tow. The band will feature MICHEL
ROSE – STEEL GUITAR, BRAD BERGEN – LEAD GUITAR, SIMON JOHNSON
– BASS GUITAR, MAL LANCASTER – DRUMS. The CD “RIDE ME DOWN
EASY” is Mack’s first Australian recorded album co-produced
with legendary multi-talented BILL CHAMBERS. Danny and the
band will be leaning heavily into the “Cry In Your Beer” style
of country…..music Mack likes to call “Bartender Don’t Wait
For Me To Order”. They will present a top shelf honky-tonk
showcase consisting of Danny’s powerful original compositions
along with a selection of songs from some of country music’s
greatest writers…Merle Haggard, John Prine, Willie Nelson, Ian
Tyson, Whitey Shafer, Billy Joe Shaver, Townes Van Zandt…etc.
Soulful uncompromising country music at it’s best.
- DANNY MACK ARTIST
-DANNY MACK & JUSTIN BRADY appear on ABC’S Stateline
Danny Mack (The Cement City Cowboy) and Justin Brady (Things
of Stone and Wood) were featured in a segment on ABC’s
Stateline television program hosted by Mark Bannerman. The
piece presented Danny & Justin playing live and was
interspersed with the story about how they met and came to the
decision to perform together. The interviewer, Mark Bannerman
did a great job in putting the piece together – he managed to
capture the easy humour and camaraderie between Danny & Justin
as well as the serious way they approach their music.
The show aired on ABC Canberra on Friday evening July 28th and
Saturday midday July 29th and also on ABC 2 at 2:30 on
Saturday July 29th and 4:30 on Sunday July 30th.
-DANNY MACK & JUSTIN BRADY draw capacity crowd
Canberra’s ROSE COTTAGE
Hot on the heals of their ABC Stateline appearance, Danny Mack
(The Cement City Cowboy) and Justin Brady (Things of Stone and
Wood) had Canberra’s Rose Cottage packed to the rafters
on Sunday July 30th. There was standing room only inside and a
queue of people waiting to hear Danny and Justin play. The
concert style, three hour show went down a treat as Mack
growled out his compelling ‘bare to the bone’ lyrics and
Justin wove the mood with his soaring violin, harmonica and
mandolin solos. The very appreciative audience was a pleasure
to entertain and the Rose Cottage’s management commented that
it was one of their best days ever.
-DANNY MACK riding the ol’ promo trail
Danny has lately been doing radio interviews and
performing on “ABC South East NSW” with host Tim Holt and on
“ABC Gippsland Victoria”.
-DANNY MACK & JUSTIN BRADY perform in
Danny & Justin had a terrific time at their concert at
the coolest of venues, Mallacoota’s Mud Brick Hall, on Friday
The fantastically receptive audience hung on every note and
word – a musician’s dream! They are planning a return visit in
the near future when some of the great local players will be
- Danny Mack (The Cement City
Cowboy) will be performing at the inaugural Port Stephens
Country Music Festival. The ex-patriot Canadian’s shows are on
Saturday June 10 at the Nelson Bay Golf Club beginning at 8:45
pm where he will be joined on stage by the all-star lineup of
Justin Brady (Things of Stone and Wood) on harmonica, mandolin
and fiddle and bass/guitar player Greg Franks.
Danny’s new recording project “We’ve Got Them Covered” is in
the can. With Bill Chambers at the helm as co-producer,
guitarist and engineer, “We’ve Got Them Covered” is a
fantastic collaboration between two country music legends
covering some of the greatest honky-tonk songs ever written.
The boys were joined in the studio by a stellar cast including
Michel Rose (steel guitar) Justin Brady (harmonica, mandolin)
Simon Johnson (bass) and Katie Brianna (harmony vocals). The
CD will be mixed and released later in the year.
Danny is really pleased to announce he has made the final cut
for the 2006 Gympie Muster in August (dates and venues to be
announced) and he will also be appearing at Canberra’s premier
live music venue “The Rose Cottage” on Sunday July 30 from
- INTERNATIONAL RECORDING
ARTIST AND COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAMER
- DANNY MACK HAS
MOVED TO AUSTRALIA!
Ex-patriot Canadian singer/songwriter Danny
Mack (The Cement City Cowboy) has recently teamed up
with award winning multi-instrumentalist Justin
Brady from the stellar Aussie band
Things of Stone and Wood. Danny and Justin first
met during the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2006 where
Justin proudly took home the Golden Harmonica
Award. The two gifted performers struck up an
immediate musical friendship. The music Danny and Justin
create together is a contemporary roots country/folk mix
highlighted by Mack’s haunting and compelling story telling
lyrics and driven by Justin’s electronically affected
mandolin, harmonica and violin. The sound is
big, powerful, moving and original…..music
with soul! Danny and Justin
will be in your area in the very near future.
Danny and Justin will be playing on March 30 in
Bunbury WA for the ‘Great Western Australian Bike Ride’.
Danny’s two critically acclaimed CDs “Galaxy
Cabaret” and “We All Fall Down”
will soon be distributed nation wide in Australia by
“One Stop Entertainment”. Watch for a
June release on NFS.
Danny Mack is currently in
pre-production for his new CD titled “We’ve Got
Them Covered” and is thrilled that Bill
Chambers has agreed to work on the
recording. Bill and Danny are planning to begin work on
the project on April 11 and a mid year release accompanied by
a video clip is planned. The album will be laced with songs
that Mack feels are amongst the greatest country songs ever
written. These include Merle Haggard’s “If I Had Left It
Up To You” and “You Don’t Have Very Far To Go”, Jimmy Wakely’s
“Too Late”, Billy Joe Shaver’s “Ride Me Down Easy” and Kasey
Chamber’s “Nullarbor Song”. As Danny himself puts it, “Over
the years I have learned, performed and recorded hundreds of
songs most of which I have forgotten. Every once in a
while I come across a brilliantly crafted song that I just
can't get out of my mind. My new work in progress
"We've Got Them Covered" is a sampler of
tunes that have stuck with me through the years and they have
been written by some of the greatest country music song
writers of our time”. The CD will also include some of Danny
Mack’s gems that have until now remained unrecorded.
Since moving to Australia Danny Mack has not yet had the
opportunity to showcase what he does best. In intimate venue
with an audience that is interested in sharing Danny’s tales
of a life lived both hard and wide awake, the man literally
For bookings and further info call 04 2372 2056
Promoter and agent inquiries welcome.
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- Danny at 2006 Tamworth Country Music
We at Dakotamack Inc. are
proud to announce that on Sunday, October 16th 2005 Danny Mack (The
Cement City Cowboy) will be inducted into the “Country Music Hall Of
Fame” in his home province of British Columbia Canada by the B.C.C.M.A.
(British Columbia Country Music Association).
Bonnie Dakota McCartney (President)
G'day from Vancouver
Canada! Well it won't be long until I will be writing you from
Australia. I have recently received my Australian residency visa and
my wife Bonnie and I are permanently moving to Oz at the end of
November 2005. Bonnie is Australian from Sydney and after visiting in
1999 we have been methodically making plans to move to your fantastic
I am looking forward to getting down to the chore of establishing
myself in the Aussie country/roots music scene. We will be seeking out
venues for live performance as well as releasing CDs into the
Australian market. I am excited with the prospects of meeting some of
the great Aussie musicians and of course all of the country music
We will be in Tamworth for at least five of the ten days and we are so
looking forward to attending the 2006 festival and with any luck we
can meet up with you.
Kindest regards from a new Aussie,
Danny Mack (The Cement City Cowboy)
G'day from Vancouver
Canada. I thought I would drop you a note and maybe catch up a bit. I
was talking with Clelia Adams on the phone the other day and she
recommended I look at your website. Little did she know that you and I
have already introduced ourselves to each other.
I was in Edmonton Alberta
recently doing a singer/songwriter concert with Corb Lund, Stewart
MacDougall and Tom Phillips. The show was part of Juno Fest which was
a celebration of Canadian music during the Juno Awards (Canada's Music
A small report on our
CD 'GALAXY CABARET'. The song
'Holy Karumba' stayed at #2 on the European Country Music Chart for
weeks. Larry Delaney who is the editor of 'Country Music News'
(Canada's Country Music Magazine) listed 'Galaxy Cabaret' as #3 in his
annual "Delaney's Dozen" (Canada's top twelve country CDs of the
Note - Danny is
hoping to get some gigs for the Tamworth 2005 Country Music Festival.
Danny Mack has been an innovator and a leader in
western Canada's roots music scene for close to four decades. 2003
finds him writing and singing better than ever. His new release
"Galaxy Cabaret" is a full on honky-tonkin', two steppin', country
shufflin', steel guitar driven little beauty. This is the 'real deal'.
Danny spent July 2003 in
Holland promoting "Galaxy Cabaret" with live gigs, radio interviews
and live-to-air performances throughout the Netherlands and is now
back in Canada on the performance and promotion trail. Over the past
year Danny has also been doing concerts with the British Columbia
Cowboy Heritage Society which is committed to celebrating and
preserving cowboy culture.
In the early stages of his
career he shared stages with the likes of The Doors, B.B. King, Dr.
John, Commander Cody, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Byrds, New Riders Of The
Purple Sage and the Sir Douglas Quintet, until becoming a featured
singer/songwriter in his own right. Mack began his professional career
as a Vancouver teenager with a dream and from the outset, his musical
interests seemed destined to be ahead of their time. He spent his high
school years belting out Rhythm & Blues with his first band THE
VAN-DELS and later in Alberta as he joined forces with THE BANFF
PLAYBOYS. Performing under the name DANNY SOUL he worked audiences
into a frenzy with James Brown like gyrations and danceable, soulful
In the mid-sixties Mack heard
about a new surge of underground music back in his native Vancouver.
Danny jumped on the next bus back home and on his arrival was
recruited as a lead singer for the psychedelic rock band THE FANTASTIC
SENSATIONS, a regular at Vancouver's first lightshow club, "The
Afterthought". Next for Mack was the forming of THE HYDRO ELECTRIC
STREETCAR, a pioneering Acid-Rock group, which among other things, was
one of the first acts in the world to incorporate a Moog Synthesizer
into live performance.
In the early seventies Danny
formed the country rock group FIREWEED which was solely responsible
for introducing country music to western Canada's rock and roll clubs.
FIREWEED went on to tour and record an album with native spokesman and
actor Chief Dan George. Through the mid seventies Mack delved deeper
into country music with the formation of the CEMENT CITY COWBOYS. The
COWBOYS began as a four piece outlaw band which evolved into an eight
piece western swing unit, that played to packed houses at Vancouver's
famous COMMODORE BALLROOM. By the late seventies Mack had moved back
to Alberta to further his pursuit of the perfect country and western
song. With his group ALBERTA CRUDE he managed to become a fixture in
Calgary's then flourishing live performance music scene, as well as a
regular at rodeo dances in Alberta and Saskatchewan. During this time
he recorded the critically acclaimed self-titled album "DANNY MACK".The '80s found Dan on the
move. He spent time in New York City where he played such noted venues
as The Lone Star Cafe and the Village Gate. He then flew off to
Amsterdam in '86 and backed by the Dutch group WOODY AND THE SIDEMEN
did twenty four one-niters in Holland. They included dates at the
world famous MILKY WAY and PARADISO clubs.
On his return to Canada, Mack
took a different turn as he disappeared into the movie and television
business working as an actor, stand-in, then writer and performer of
motion picture soundtracks. He worked on such productions as The
X-Files, Poltergeist The Legacy, Dead Man's Gun, Millennium, and the
feature film We All Fall Down.
In 1999 Danny Mack returned to
his true passion, a roots singer/songwriter. With yet another
refreshing take on musical styles, he released a CD titled I'M ALRIGHT
NOW, a contemporary folk, sometimes satirical look at relationships,
politics and the human condition.
In 2001 Danny released "We All
Fall Down" which includes three songs from the feature film of the
same name. "We All Fall Down" is a gritty unflinching cityscape - Mack
'telling it like it is' as always. Between studying acting, appearing
in film and television, touring and promoting his music
internationally, Mack continues to look ahead to the next creative
- Dance With Me
I Remember Loving You
Ol' Beat Up Truck
The Loving Game
You Beat Me To The Door
If You Only Knew
Rock This Place
Galaxy Interlude 2
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We All Fall Down
- (We All Fall Down Interlude)
Where Did I Leave My Heart
Bobby's On The Run
Live And Die In Fear
What Are Us
Why Must This Go On
Time Of The Thunder
(We All Fall Down Too)
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