September News from the World of
It’s that time of year … lots happening on
the country music scene and plenty of new releases either out or on
Full marks to Adam Harvey on his new album, I’m Doin’Alright. His
first release for the Sony BMG label, it’s full of great tracks and
should put Adam among the early favourites for a Golden Guitar in
January. Favourite tracks: You’d Do The Same For Me, Walls, A Better
Man … the list goes on! Great stuff!
Had an interesting chat with Lucky Starr,
who is still in demand and performing a mix of rock’n’roll, country
and jazz around the traps. Based on the Central Coast, Lucky said he
never tires of performing and meeting people. “I think I come alive
when I’m on the stage,” he said.
Ran into Paul Costa, just back from
performing at the legendary Birdsville race meeting. This year it
was a race meeting without horses, thanks to the outbreak of equine
influenza. Despite the lack of horses, the crowd still had a ball
and enjoyed the wheelie bin races that replaced the nags. As Paul
said, it was quite an experience!
Look out for an interesting album from the
talented Jayne Denham. Sudden Change in Weather, produced by John
Kane and Mark Walmsley, features 12 tracks – a number of them
co-written by Jayne. One track that has been receiving special
attention, Boy From Black Hill, tells the story of Jayne’s
grandfather, who still lives in the Minmi area.
Have you caught up with Graeme Connors’
latest album, The Last Supperteers, recorded with Fiddlers Feast?
It’s a very different sound for Graeme. Favourite track: Bondwood
An interesting debut single, Big Skies, in
the country arena from Morgan Evans – the only artist ever to win at
rock music’s MusicOz Awards and country music’s Telstra Road to
Tamworth. This is an upbeat track and sure to win Morgan many fans.
Looking forward to the release of Beccy
Cole’s new album, Live at Lizotte’s, due out soon. Had a sneak
preview and it sounds fantastic! You’ll love the live versions of
Poster Girl and a not too well known song, What’s Up? Some of
Beccy’s best work to date and a great live band!
Finally, if you’re in the area, don’t miss
Port Stephens FM’s Open Day, 10am to 3pm on Saturday, October 6. As
well as a chance to look through the studios, you can enjoy a free
sausage sizzle, maybe win a prize or two, get a free ‘goodie’ bag,
be entertained by Elvis tribute artist Norm Bakker and see part of
one of Australia’s biggest and best collections of Elvis
memorabilia, displayed by its owner, Rusty Roberts. Hope to see you
BUSY TIME IN THE WORLD OF COUNTRY
It’s been a busy few weeks in the world of country music,
with the Hats Off to Country Festival in Tamworth, the Telstra Road
to Tamworth concert and competition in the Hunter Valley and a
number of country artists busily preparing to release new material.
Caught up with Adam Harvey at the weekend.
Recently returned from the USA, where he received the 2007 CMA
Global Country Artist Award, and fresh from the Telstra Road to
Tamworth show at Hunter Valley Gardens, Adam is very excited about
his new album, due for release towards the end of August. From what
we hear he has reason to be excited – those in the know say it’s his
best work to date.
Another one to look out for … Beccy Cole
has just recorded a live album. Should be great!
Talking of Beccy, the Songbirds (Beccy, Gina Jeffreys
and Sara Storer) are in big demand and continue to play to
packed houses. The girls also continue to add new material to their
An emotional John Williamson was the centre
of attention at the sell-out Golden Guitars Salute to John
Williamson concert, held in Tamworth as part of the annual Hats Off
to Country Festival. The show paid homage to the Mallee Boy and
featured the likes of Gina Jeffreys, Beccy Cole, Sara
Storer, Brendan Walmsley, Lindsay Butler, Tracy Coster and Jeff
Brown – all of whom performed their own interpretations of
Williamson songs. MC for the evening was Jim Haynes.
Blustery weather conditions prevailed, but the show had to go on
when Adam Brand shot a video clip in the
historic village of Morpeth, near Maitland in New South Wales. The
clip is for his latest single, That Changes Everything, the fourth
to be released from the What a Life album.
It’s big and it’s beautiful! Looking forward to hearing some new
sounds, now that Jeff McCormack has taken
possession of a double bass.
Had a chat with the legendary Arthur and Berice
Blanch, who were on the Central Coast for a brief stopover
recently. Arthur celebrated 50 years as a recording artist in 2002
and his 50th Anniversary Show in Tamworth was a career milestone, as
well as an outstanding success. Another milestone was reached in
January this year when daughter Jewel, now based permanently in
America, flew in to join her parents on stage during the Tamworth
Country Music Festival. Arthur says he’s keeping busy performing as
well as working on new material. In the meantime, if you haven’t
read Wollun One, the story of the Blanch family, you really should
grab a copy. What a fascinating career and an interesting life
Mark Wells is a step closer to realising
his dream after winning the Hunter Valley heat of the Telstra Road
to Tamworth competition. A 25 year old musician from Merewether,
Newcastle, he plays in a number of bands as well as performing solo.
He will now compete in the finals in Tamworth during the Country
Music Festival next January and will be in line to win a lucrative
prize package, including a return trip to Nashville and an album
deal with ABC Music.
We mentioned another great young talent, Kaylah Anne, recently.
Kaylah Anne was the winner of the inaugural Dolphin Award at the
Port Stephens Blue Water Country Music Festival. Since then she
has been a placegetter in the APRA Teen Songwriter of the Year
Award, just a few days before her 17th birthday
Worth a listen:
Eliza Gilkyson’s Hard Times in Babylon and Land of Milk and
Honey . Although Eliza is more in the folk/country genre, it
seems surprising that she hasn’t been accepted more readily in
the mainstream. Great listening!
Also currently listening to Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear, another
excellent album from this outstanding young Nashville talent.
(Love the sentiment in the track Ticks!)
Print out and have the memories