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 Both Patti's albums are now available for sales & downloads at the site below
The CD Baby page is ready for PATTI MCKINNON: Freedom Highway
Greenwich Park Woolshed
Annual Fundraiser for Big Hill Rural Fire Service

11am-4.30pm……Walk Up Artists
Artists wishing to perform please contact Patti McKinnon
$ 10.00 $5 kids (under 12)
Huge Woolshed Dance
7.30pm till whenever???
Patti McKinnon
Griz Kitchener ,Alan Neale
Doug McIntyre, Aimee Hannan
The Midnight Riders
$20 Adults $10 kids
(Includes Camping)
Great Bush Tucker from Big Hill Rural Fire Service
Bookings Essential, Limited Seating for Shows and Bus…..
Please contact:
Patti: 0248298335
Bus will leave Gouburn via Marulan & return for both shows if enough interest is shown…..Final bus bookings by end of August…….

15TH September 2007

All proceeds to Big Hill Rural Fire Service
Walk up Artists
11am – 4.30pm
$8 entry
“Woolshed Dance”
7.30pm till Late
$20 entry
All prices include camping site…..
Big Hill Rural Fire Service
Patti McKinnon
Midnight Riders
Special Guests: Norm McMillan.
Aimee Hannan, Doug McIntrye & Griz
A bus will be available from Goulburn for both shows if there is enough demand……cost to be announced
Bookings essential:
Patti McKinnon 0248298335 or 0432253057
Walk up Artists please call Patti also……
‘All profit to Big Hill Rural Fire Service’

JANUARY 18-19-20  2008
Wilson Park, Marton

Friday evening 6pm - walk up concert
Saturday 9-30am—1.30pm - walk up concert
Saturday 2pm - 10pm - Invited Artists
Sunday 9-30am—11-30am - Gospel walk up
Sunday 11-30am - walk up concert
The Marton Country Music Festival will be held at Wilson Park Marton
19-20-21 January 2007.
Powersites:- There are limited power sites for campers, but plenty of non-powered sites. Although there are plenty of camp sites
available it would be wise to book as soon as possible, using the appropriate form. The cost for powered sites is $10-00 for the weekend and non-powered sites are free.   Parking:- There is NO charge for car parking.
FOOD:-The huge food marquee will be on site again this year
Friday $7-00
Saturday $12-00
Sunday $7-00
Weekend Pass $20-00
Power camp sites $10-00 (limited number)
Non-powered sites Free
Please make cheques payable to
Marton Country Music Festival Inc. and send to:
Marton Country Music Festival,
PO Box 21
Email: bioptron@infogen.net.nz 
or sml@infogen.net nz  
e-mail Anne George at
or phone
06 327 7877
Laura Downing  - Australia
Roger Tibbs - New Zealand
Dale Hooper - Australia
Patti McKinnon - Australia
Dennis Morgan - Australia
Ann Pascoe - New Zealand
Bob & Sheila Everhart - USA
OLDOGS - New Zealand
Shotgun - New Zealand
Phoenix - New Zealand
Trevor Stevens - New Zealand
Rewa McGregor - New Zealand
Worldwide Most Played Artist Chart 1-15 May 2007
Posted by Gary Bradshaw on 5/15/2007

1 ….. Shady Creek Outlaws 58
2 ….. Billy McCoy 54
3 ….. John Deer 46
4 ….. Hal Willis 44
5 ….. Andrew Dean 40
6 ….. Johnny Cash 35
7 ….. Peter & The Rowers 35
8 ….. Pam Tillis 35
9 ….. Ernie Ashworth 33
10 ….. Col Millington 31
11 ….. Patti McKinnon 29
12 ….. Liz Talley 28
13 ….. Vernon Oxford 26
14 ….. Gary & Carol Bibb 25
15 ….. Jean Stafford 25
16 ….. Merle Haggard 25
17 ….. Stephen R Chaney 25
18 ….. Danni Leigh 24
19 ….. Graham Gould 24
20 ….. Cheryl K Warner 23

#3 on these charts..Whoopee !!!!!!!!! Patti 
1. Jim Owen
2. Johnny Cash
3. Patti McKinnon
4. Vernon Oxford
5. Suzie Merwine
6. John Deer
7. Tony Pollon
8. Nancy Maureen
9. Dean Holmen
10. George Strait

I have been booked to go to New Zealand in January 2008 ..I am off to The Marton Country Festival along with Ian. B McLeod & Dale Hooper.......It will be a whole lot of fun...
Album Launch
Hi Helen, just letting you know my Album Launch went really well on 24th March....nearly 400 people watched a great show..the Midnight Riders showed the crowd what a truly talented bunch of guys they are........the guest artists were fantastic and it was a dream come true to be able to present such a Spectacular Show in my home town.........Happy Trails Patti McKinnon
Patti's Album Launch -
Note from Helen - If you love good pure country music you will love this album
Midnight Riders with Patti
Cazna on stage with Patti..She made the trip down to Goulburn from Cairns for the Launch.
Will be holding a “Country Hoedown” @ Goulburn Workers Club on 24th March 2007. This night is being held to launch Patti’s new album “Good Hearted Woman’ and to also raise some funds to help purchase a special trolley for the Emergency Department at Goulburn Base Hospital.
This special trolley is to be used to transport seriously injured or sick patients to the helicopter for Emergency transport to larger hospitals…Patti will be donating $2 from every ticket sold to this great cause and also allowing the hospital volunteers to conduct raffles on the night with all proceeds going to the “Trolley Fund”…..Other artists appearing on the night are:


Patti’s band “MIDNIGHT RIDERS” will be the backing band and ‘THE CALAMITY CLAMPETs’ will be there also.
COMPERE will be JEFF DUNN DJ Tickets @
“ Good Morning Country” Goulburn Workers Club

Patti's album is available @ www.joysmusicworld.com
Hi Helen , I am #3 on these charts..I am so pleased to be there..Patti
Chart Reporters Only Playlist Board (NO Internet)
[| Chart Reporters Only Playlist Board (NO Internet)]

Worldwide Most Played Artist Chart 16-31 Jan. 2007 (AM-FM Only)
Posted by Gary Bradshaw on January 31, 2007, 9:40 pm

Worldwide Most Played Artist Chart 16-31 Jan. 2007 (AM-FM Only)
(AM-FM Stations ONLY) from Playlists Posted ONLY
on Chart Reports AM-FM Board

Cut-off dates are 1 day prior to the 15th and last day of
each month. That 1 day is counted on following Chart.
This 1 day is used to compute all the Playlists.

Total Artists = 2,567 Reported
Total Spins = 7,374 Played during this period
2 Playlist Not counted because of wrong format and
there were (NO Internet Stations Counted.)

CONGRATULATIONS: Hal Willis For the Number One Position.
Number.. Artist .. Count
1 ….. Hal Willis ….. 65
2 ….. Erin Hay ….. 56
3 ….. Patti McKinnon ….. 54
4 ….. Peter & The Rowers ….. 49
5 ….. George McAnthony ….. 46
6 ….. Mark Chesnutt ….. 42
7 ….. Donny Richmond ….. 42
8 ….. Jordan Doell ….. 38
9 ….. Buddy Lewis ….. 35
10 ….. Kimberley Glover ….. 35
11 ….. Jim Owen ….. 35
12 ….. Johnny Cash ….. 34
13 ….. Stevie Cee ….. 32
14 ….. Jackie Barnett ….. 31
15 ….. Lantana ….. 29
16 ….. Shady Creek Outlaws ….. 28
17 ….. Billy Chernoff ….. 28
18 ….. GH Barnes ….. 28
19 ….. David Cline ….. 26

20 ….. Maggie Austin ….. 25
Hi Helen, I have finished my new album "GOOD HEARTED WOMAN".....It is in the manufacturing stage but if there is any DJ that would like a copy I will run one off the Master for them....I have done 2 songs with Bill Goodall on this album and you wil be pleased to hear I used Kirk Steel on keyboards again..He is "The Best".....I will email you a copy of songs later....Here are my gigs for 3 months.

10th Feb- Cathcart Hall with Ernie Constance & others
16th Feb- Railway Bowling Club, Goulburn with Wayne Horsburgh
24th Feb- Bombala Country Weekend
3rd March- Crookwell Country Weekend
4th March- Mackenzies Muster @ Young
8th 9th & 10th March- Central Coast Country Music Festival
24th March- Goulburn Workers Club
Album Launch....Support artists:
Stephen R Cheney, Jonnie Russell, Aimee Hannan,Chalkie White, Alan Neal, Kerry Summerfield. Backing Band "Midnight Riders" Compere Jeff Dunn from " Good Morning Country".....
.Love Patti
Albums available at LBS@lbsmusic.com.au
Just letting you know I am now with LBS for sales & distribution of my current album "Freedom Highway" and my new Album "She's a Good Hearted Woman" due to be released mid December.2006.  I am recording with Bill & Caz again @ CaBle Trax......They are a fabulous studio & beautiful people to work with.......Lots of laughs in "The CaBle Cubby"..Love Patti
I am going to England in June/July 2007 to be support act with Lacy.J Dalton...What a great experience it will be for me......I am so overwhelmed and excited......Patti
Some exciting news..I am honored to share the award below with Jeanette Wormald.......I also picked up the Female Artist of The Year 2006 also shared with Jeanette.....They could not seperate us as we came in on equal votes.........I am really humbled by the whole thing and never expected it to happen to me......Love Patti
I have made it to the finals of the ACRA Awards.....I am really excited about being there with such a great group of finalsits
The GREENWICH PARK JAMBOREE will be the event of the year..
23rd September @ Greenwich Park Homestead....
The day starts with a cricket match @ 2.00pm followed in the evening by a "COUNTRY DANCE" in the Shearing Shed....Good Ole Country Food will be available (at reasonable price) and you can BYOG & nibbles

Guests: Mel Cole(Rising young Goulburn Star) & Griz Kitchener (DJ 103.3fm Goulburn) who is a great "Country Blues" singer & Dobro player..
Bring your swag and sleep in Shearing shed or under the stars...Wake up to a great breakfast country style cooked by Big Hill Rural Fire Service.....(at cost)

Spend the morning on the tennis court in the fresh country air after breakfast or spend the day in the Country....just walking through the paddocks.

Greenwich Park Homestead is located between Marulan & Goulburn approx 23 klms west of Hume Highway......Take Marulan exit at RTA Truck Weighbridge and follow the signs.......
TICKETS SELLING FAST SO GET YOURS NOW..........$20 per head (includes camping).
(No showers available owing to drought conditions in area)
Proceeds to WIRES ( Native Animal Rescue ) & Big Hill Rural Fire Service....
Patti McKinnon
0248298335 or 0432253057
8th 9th &10th September 2006
Patti McKinnon, will one of the performers at the GERRINGONG COUNTRY MUSIC WEEKEND .
The event is being organised by JDB Promotions in conjunction with the South
Coast Country Music Association. The Gerringong & Gerroa Business
Association is also part of the organising of the event. It will be a
fundraising event for either the Childrens Medical Research Institute or
Childrens Cancer Research. The two concert times are Saturday afternoon from
1.30pm to 5pm. The Sunday concert times are from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
..Artists are:
Patti McKinnon
Reg Poole
Sunny Cowgirls
Sharon Benjamin

 The program for the weekend is as follows:
Friday Night - Gerringong Town Hall - Talent Quest
Saturday Morning - Busking Competition in main street of Gerringong
Saturday Lunchtime - various artists performing in the restaurants and cafes
of Gerringong.
Saturday Afternoon - Concert in Town Hall featuring various artists
including the talent quest finalists/winners.
Saturday Evening - Country Dance in Town Hall
Sunday morning - Poets Breakfast followed by Country Gospel Music sessions
with church groups.
Sunday Lunch -Various artists performing in the restaurants and cafes of
Sunday afternoon - Concert in Town Hall featuring various artists.
Artists performing will include local artists from this area as well as
country music artists supplied through the south coast country music
Just letting everyone know I have made the ECMA Charts.....In the Top 100 plus 3rd in Top Ten in Italy & 5th in Top Ten in Austria... New album going well, You cant fail if you have Bill Goodall & the CaBle team on your side........
Love patti
I have just received these Worldwide AM/FM Charts that have me equal # 12.
Love Patti

Patti McKinnon
International Country Singer /Songwriter
‘ Proud to be a CaBleTrax(Aus) & Stardust(Nashville) Recording Artist”


What an incredible journey this was, I would like to share it with you…
Flew out of Sydney bound for Nashville via San Francisco & Chicago
I arrived in San Franciso and changed aircraft to go to Chicago. I arrived in Chicago and was directed to the wrong terminal for my connecting flight. I arrived at the correct terminal in time to see the plane take off with my clothing & guitar bound for Nashville without me..  What a scary thing to be alone in Chicago at 11pm…United Airlines checked me into a luxury Hotel in Chicago near the airport and picked me up the next morning for my flight to Nashville
I flew by Lear Jet into Nashville and we were delayed by a storm over Nashville and had to fly around for about 30 minutes before we could land….My first thought was “What a good idea for a song” So I wrote a song which will be on my new album “Clouds Over Nashville”…..My co passenger was a Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon from St Jude Children’s Hospital in Nashville and he said “Most people would be panicking by now but here you are writing a song”, but then that’s just me I guess.
The skies cleared and we flew into Nashville over beautiful green pastures and manicured gardens…..I was pleased that I was held over in Chicago because I had a chance to see Nashville in its daylight beauty.
I was met at the Airport by a lovely young coloured man who located all my luggage that had arrived ahead of me.  He was a happy chappy and danced and sang the whole time I spent with him . He arranged transport for me to “Best Western Hotel” on Music Row, Nashville.  After I settled into my very comfortable room I went for a walk. Then the heavens opened up again and I had to seek refuge in a little Irish Pub close by, (what a sad thing to happen ) I eventually dried out and moved on to a Internet Café nearby and had lunch…..I was made feel so welcome by all there, they wanted me to talk heaps so they could hear my accent……After a lovely lunch of BLT on wheat bread I was beginning to feel a bit weary so I went back to hotel and had the best sleep I have had for years…….
I awoke to a call from Mr Bill Littleton who is a Journalist in Nashville and was Publisher of “Performance” Magazine for 20 years asking me to join him and his wife Connie for his birthday lunch.  We had a lovely Italian meal…..I was picked up from there in a “Lincoln Town Car”and driven to OpryLand for the Grand Tour…..What a great place but it does lack the atmosphere of the Original Grand Ole Opry which is sadly just a tourist site now.  There I caught up with : Bill Anderson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lorrie Morgan, Ricky Scaggs, Jack Greene & Rhonda Vincent……They are all Grand Ole Opry Stars !!!

I then started to loose my voice as a result of atmospheric changes and talking too much so I thought “Oh No !!! I have to get to Alabama tomorrow …I swallowed about 100 throat lozenges that night and prayed hard….It worked !!!
I was picked up by chauffeur in the “Lincoln” and driven to Alabama to the home of 2 great country stars : Taylor McKay & Hatchett where I spent the next 3 days…….Their home was a beautiful Southern Style Home on acres……Hatchett was Dolly Partons Bass player also…

We all drove to Winchester, Tennessee to perform at The Jamboree by the Lake for 3 days…..
I had a great time there and met artists from all over the world that had travelled to perform there….

The other people that stayed in Alabama with me were Tom Cunningham from Dallas, he was a very interesting person ..He was Mr Texas 1979, Director of TV Series Dallas for 2 years and also Texas’s Top Stunt man for many years and starred in many John Wayne Movies as the Flip Flop Man………The other lady was Weis Boonstra from The Netherlands, She is a DJ over there.
I had a great time at The Jamboree and had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with “Col Buster Doss” from Stardust Records in Nashville, what a legend he is, what he doesn’t know about Country Music is not worth knowing.

While in Winchester I played 3 nights also at “Oasis Honky Tonk”..What a great place, the atmosphere there was electrifying …I worked there with Judge Fletcher, Tim Chesney, Judy Kanyo, Wolf Milestone, Taylor McKay & Hatchett….
We arrived back in Nashville last night very tired but today & tonight I have 4 Gigs in Downtown Nashville:

TOOTSIES: This is the Honky Tonk where Willie Nelson used to be the cleaner……he asked one day if he could sing a song and that’s where it all began…….I had a great time and felt proud to sing there.

LEGENDS CORNER: Alan Jackson sang here when he first arrived in Nashville searching for stardom…What a place with atmosphere +++

SECOND FIDDLE: I was lucky enough for a bus load of Japanese Tourists to arrive while I was playing here…They TIP well…

NASHVILLE CROSSROADS :: What a good show , I played with some of Nashville’s best young muso’s.. They nearly wore me out…
Home to bed at 3.00AM

I spent today in Bayou Studios, Nashville watching Buster Doss produce a recording Session for one of Stardust Recording Artists “Jerri Arnold”. A very interesting time watching The “Master at Work”….I will be doing a recording session here on Saturday..

Nashville Songwriters & recording Artists are holding “Sharing Thoughts’ nights every night this week at the hotel I am staying at so I do not expect to get much sleep this week……I met some interesting people here: Mark Knophler (Dire Straits fame), Grant Boatwright (Willie Nelson, Bruce Springstein & Eric Claptons lead player) to mention a few.. I also met Travis Meadows from Nashville who has written 3 of the songs on Adam Brands new album “ Open Ended heartache, My Boots, & Lucky One”. He told me Adam has not met him yet so I felt very honoured to meet him…….

Went to Green Hills Shopping Mall today, This is where all the stars shop……Caught a glimpse of Gretchen Wilson & Nicole Kidman, they are very unrecognisable after hours….

While I was there I went to the Cheesecake Factory with a group of very hungry musicians and overindulged somewhat….I thought I would not need to eat for at least 6 weeks after the “Strawberry Shortcake”..YUM YUM !!
Staying in tonight ..I think I feel OLD !!!!!!

Played at WILDHORSE SALOON with a Nashville Band which was put together for the show…………….WHAT A GROUP !!
We then went to COYOTE UGLY BAR in Nashville for a meal…..This is a pretty wild venue. A real eye opener……beep beep beep!!

Newspaper Interview for Nashville City Paper with Ron Wynn…
This is the daily newspaper in Nashville

I was told about Nashville’s economy situation.
Nashville does not rely on the music industry for income, it is the printing industry that keeps it afloat by printing 90% of the worlds Bible’s.
It is also the largest growing city after New York because there are no State taxes…..1.7 million people live in Nashville City…

Spent the day at BAYOU Recording Studios in Nashville recording today……Some big names come through here: Tracie Adkins, Alabama etc
My producers were : Bill Littleton & George Clinton

Spent today watching some of Nashville budding young songwriters record some songs at Bayou Studios.. Very entertaining day …Great Talent

I met with songwriter Charlie Masters and his publisher and listened to some of his songs he would like me to record…..Nice songs

I was asked to meet some musco’s tonight at The Hall of Fame Bar and to make sure I turned up ..

When I got there I was in for a WONDERFUL SURPRISE, they had put my picture on the WALL of FAME alongside the likes of Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Hank Locklin, and many other Legends, I was just so excited I cried…….WHAT AN HONOUR !!!!

I said a Sad Goodbye to all my new found friends tonight because I was flying out to TEXAS in the morning…..

Up early for my flight to TEXAS.
I flew to AUSTIN.. then on to HOUSTON…..
From here I went to FORT WORTH..
Then I discovered that my luggage had been left behind in Houston, I thought “NOT AGAIN”.

I had a gig that night at The Stockyards in Fort Worth so had to cancel because I had no guitar and no clothes…..They arrived at Hotel by courier at 1am next morning.
After a bad start things certainly got better:


The Texans are just beautiful people, so friendly and well mannered.
I think we could take a page out of their book and correct a lot of the things that are wrong in our country.
During the 3 weeks I spent in Texas I did not hear one swear word or raised voice.. We could certainly learn a lot from them I believe.

Every venue I went to had COWBOY CHURCH……The cowboy non-denominational minister would walk in and say “OK Ya”ll church is on out the back, we are gonna do some Prayin’ & Sayin’ and whoever wanted to would go out the back to Church……No obligation at all….and it went for only 30 minutes total…This is a wonderful idea and widely accepted over there.

The people there call everyone Maa’m & Sir, first names are very rarely used , even between husband & wife….The young folk would not walk ahead of you or walk through a doorway without ushering you through and saying “There you go Maa’m”, What a lovely change to some of our young ones.

Before we had a meal we would all join hands and say “Grace “ which was just so nice and very moving….Something we do not see enough of these days I feel…..

I met up with Jimmy & Jenny Eaves, they are Touring Texan Legends of many years……..We took off on the road and went to some great places;

1. ERNEST TUBBS RECORD STORE- Fort Worth Stockyards,Texas
2. STEPHENVILLE OPRY HOUSE, Stephenville, Texas
5. We went into COMMANCHE Territory in Texas also..

This was a very exciting & exhausting few days and I needed to sleep but as they say in Texas “WE AINT GOIN’ DOWN TILL THE SUN COMES UP”, Boy do they mean what they say over there.

I got back to the Hotel after a very hectic time on the road covering many miles “Deep into the Heart of Texas” and slept for 12 hours non stop…
Back to Stockyards Fort Worth to play at :
With Jimmy Eaves & Pure Country Band, along with Sonny Christopher
All members of Jimmy Eaves and Pure Country are Grand Ole Opry Stars having played with Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Hank Thompson etc’

In Texas all kids learn to play the Fiddle at school like our kids learn the Recorder. From there they learn other instruments…At least this is constructive, you can’t form a recorder band. All bands have a least 2 fiddles over there sometimes 3 fiddles…..

Back on the road with Jimmy Eaves & Pure Country to places that were just unbelievable………Small communities full of fun and just absolute Country Music Fans……..

Jimmy drives a WHITE CADILLAC so I felt like a SuperStar riding around in the CADDY !!!!!
Not much sleep but LOADS OF FUN……
The Food at Western Swing parties has to be seen to be believed

The whole town cooks and brings along food, most venues are alcohol free so the people do not rely on that to have fun, MUSIC is their thing over there..
COLD TEA is the hardest drink you get in most places in TEXAS…Sweetened or unsweetened…Your choice….

I had to sleep so they let me rest today….Thank God !!!

Went to meet the stars that are appearing at The Memorial Concert for the Troops at STAGECOACH BALLROOM Fort Worth …..
I met the last remaining member of Bob Wills Band, and the remaining members of Hank Thompsons Band….amongst many others…

Went to airport with Jimmy & Jenny Eaves to meet Beth Brown DJ who broadcasts for “ORIGINAL COUNTRY RADIO TEXAS”. Beth is from Canberra . She was a guest at Memorial Concert at Stagecoach Ballroom..

This is the Largest Honk Tonk in the World…8.500 people at a time come there…
Beth & I lost control of our senses and rode the mechanical bull there……Bit sore around the butt after this ridiculous decision..
Went to see the beautiful murals painted on the walls of buildings around the Stockyards Complex……

One of these has Jimmy Eaves, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and others outside the Stagecoach Ballroom where they all played many years ago……What a thrill it was to be standing next to and touring with a legend portrayed in these murals…….

26th 27th & 28th May 2006
I worked with many legends of Country Music and upcoming stars:
FREDDIE HART (Easy Lovin”)
NOEL HAGGARD ( Merles Son)

I had the pleasure of having one of TEXAS”S TOP BACKING BANDS behind me in my spots,” THE LONE STAR TEXAS TROUBADOURS”.What a wonderful dream that was, I finally got to work with a band that had “TWIN TEXAS FIDDLES”…..I thought I had died and gone to Heaven……

Sadly this weekend had to end. We all said our GOOD-BYES through a few tears of joy and vowed to keep our friendships alive forever through emails etc….And YES , I did learn to do the TEXAS TWO STEP…….

My tour is almost over but I could not go home without watching the LONGHORNS run through FORT WORTH…. What a site to see, We think our cattle are big, you should see these big guys……..They wanted me to ride one but that was bit ambitious so I just had a photo taken with them instead.

After a lovely lunch with Jimmy & Jenny Eaves & Beth Brown it was time for me to go……….SAD BUT TRUE, I was on my way to the DALLASS/FORT WORTH AIRPORT………..The Memories will live on ……As George Strait sings “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” It certainly will because I had the pleasure of attending his TEXAS CONCERT in Dallas while I was there and if I never live to see another miracle happen it was his show outdoors under the TEXAS stars with the Texan & American Flags flying in the nightime breeze and listening to George Strait sing his songs about Texas , his home state…..

I Left TEXAS wearing a beautiful Red Hat because as they say in TEXAS..”HAPPINESS IS A RED HAT”
GOD BLESS, TEXAS, TENNESSEE & ALABAMA and I Thank God & my understanding, caring husband for the opportunity to take this incredible journey………………….
Yours in Country Style,
“Freedom Ridge” 0248298335
208 Narelle Lane 0438467641
Greenwich Park
NSW 2580
Freedom Highway

I have 2 more exciting gigs:
20th May  "Ernest Tubbs Record Store"
Fort Worth Texas Support act for Jimmy Eaves and Band

22nd May "Cross Timbers Opry" Stephenville Texas
Country Wishes Patti McKinnon

The Original Country Radio Network Announces:
a Huge Memorial Day Weekend "Jamboree and Concerts"
May 26th, 27th, 28th, & 29th.
At the Famous Stagecoach Ballroom In Fort Worth Tx.

A "Very Special Benefit " for our men & women serving in Iraq & Afghanistan.

Featuring Country Legends: Freddie Hart, Pretty Miss Norma Jean,
Claude Gray, Billy Don Burns, Freddie Powers, Floyd Flowers

plus Jimmy Eaves, Wayne Gray, Charlie Byrd, Liz Talley, David Cline
Along with Australian Country Stars: Bruce Greaves & Patti McKinnon
Also Recording Artists: Sheila Adkins & Martha Welch (The Texas Queen of Gospel)
Along with: Trisha Hines, Janet Scott, Ray Fredericks, Earl Bishop
And Texas Teenage Sensation Trey Wilson
With More stars to be Announced!
Please note that May 26th is a Meet and Greet!

I had the pleasure of judging the Talent Quest at Bombala last weekend, presented by Bombala Country Music Assoc...What a great lot of Junior Talent. It is very rewarding to see these kids and look at the "Stars of the Future"..One young lady that really stood out was "Katrina Lee Goldstraw". What a great young artist, I think we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future....I can remember saying the same thing about "Travis Collins & Jason Lee" when I first judged them many years ago.......
You take care ......Patti McKinnon
I have just been told I will be playing Austin, Dallas & Fort Worth when I go to USA in May.....That is
"REAL COWBOY TERRITORY"...Sounds like fun!!! Regards Patti McKinnon
Hello Helen, I am sorry I missed you in Tamworth..It is a big place when you are looking to find someone.....I am over the moon because the "Cold Weather,,Hot Country Music"album on the Stardust Label arrived from Nashville last week and they have included my song "Just Waiting for you" . I am receiving airplay in Texas, Austria, Holland & many other countries already... This is really exciting as I share a spot on the album with Johnny Cash"s brother Tommy Cash and the new kid on the block in Nashville "Troy Cook"..I will also be sharing the stage with these great artists when I go to Tennessee in May..I have been told I am also going to do a show in Austin ,Texas while I am over there....It will be hard to come home to "Dullsville" .......Country Wishes Patti McKinnon
PATTI McKINNON (Australia)
Visit the "JAMBOREE BY THE LAKE" Website and sign our Guest book PLEASE !!    http://www.Jamboree-by-the-lake.com
Patti  is seeking a Managing Agent...Please contact her on the following
0248298335 - 0438467641 or email   freedom.ridge@iinet.net.au
Hi Helen,
I am nearly jumping out of my skin......I have signed with Stardust Records in Nashville... This is how the story goes ..... May 2005 @ Cairns recording album.
May 2006 off to Nashville with Stardust to perform @ Jamboree by the Lake in Winchester. and record on a Compilation album for Stardust.....What a 12 month journey I am having......Country Wishes Patti McKinnon

This is Patti's Gig
MAY 5th, 6th & 7th 2006
Visit the JAMBOREE Website
and sign our Guest book !!

Some exciting news!!
I have been invited to perform at The Jamboree by The Lake in Tennessee in May 2006.......I am so excited .. What a gig......The ole antique musco is on the run now....Happy trails Patti
Hi Helen, I just had a call from Paul Rowe in Tamworth inviting me to do an interview on Festival Fm that will be broadcasting from The Entertainment Centre during the Festival........They will feature my album during the interview on 20th January @ 11.45am.......I am really excited about it and I will also be doing a spot of Telstra Stage outside Entertainment Centre at a date to be confirmed......My album is being played in Austria, Germany & China.. Great Stuff!!! Country Wishes... Patti McKinnon
Hi Helen,
I have just returned form performing and judging at The Merimbula Country Festival by the Sea.  What a great weekend of fabulous artists and contestants......We certainly have some great talent moving through these quests.. I was also in Parkes this month as a judge and guest artist and I am more than impressed with the future talent that I have had the pleasure of listening to...Did a great show with Ernie Constance and Meggan Carswell at Merimbula.  What a great pair to work with......
Country ZWishes
Patti McKinnon
Big Thank you to Patti from Dianne Hammond
My name is Dianne Hammond. I am a presenter of country music at 2WKT Highland FM 107.1  in Mittagong and 2GCR 103.3 in Goulburn.  This weekend Patti McKinnon held a concert at the Railway Bowling club on Saturday night to launch her new cd Freedom Highway. On Sunday she held the exact same concert again to help raise funds for a little boy called Jack. The concert was called just for Jack. This little boy had a liver transplant at 7 months old, he is now 2 and needs ongoing medical help.  It was my pleasure to attend this concert and a big Thank you must go to Patti for putting on the concert. The band for the whole weekend was the Jason Lee band and what a great performance they put on.   Joining the band during the afternoon was Roo Arcus, Norm McMillan, Tina Llambias and of course Patti McKinnon. The 2 shows were compered by Bill Beerens. Bill is a radio presenter for Good morning Country on the CBAA . The afternoon was packed with great music, raffles and WIRES provided afternoon tea. I had a most enjoyable afternoon and I hope it was successful in raising some money to help little Jack. I wish Jack all the best with his future treatment.
Thanks for your time
Dianne Hammond

My CDs arrived from Cable Productions today.......Launch on the weekend so I will take some pics and send them to you. I had a call tonight to say all the Cable Cubby Team are coming to Tamworth. LOOK OUT!!!!!!! 
Country Wishes Patti McKinnon
Patti McKinnon's album in time for her launch and they are thrilled with the results. She had the great pleasure of using Kirk Steel's wonderful keyboard talent on this CD (One of Helen from Ragepage's favourite entertainers).
Info on Jack Webster
Fundraiser 25th September
Jack Webster is now 2 years old. He was born with the same genentic condition that tragically took the life of his 17 month old brother Cody. When Jack was 7 months old he was given a liver transplant that has given him a better quality life but he still needs ongoing medical attention and expensive medication.
The "JUST FOR JACK" fundraiser was set up to help with these ongoing costs.

Hi Helen, Just a quick note to let you know that I was honoured to be a guest at Travis Collins's Album Launch at Sweeneys last Friday night. What a great night it was. I was a very proud "Music" Mum because I took Travis to his 1st Talent Quest when he was 11 years old at Ilabo. He managed to be the Overall Winner and has not looked back since . I was also proud that my other "Music Kid" Jason-Lee was the support act along with his fiance Linda Barnes singing wonderful backing harmonies. Jason also is a young man I am very proud of and Linda is a great artist in her own right, having written some beautiful songs that many artists have recorded. It was a very proud evening for me to see these young talented people all together on the one show. I am extremely proud of all three of them....I was also pleased to meet Alan & Trish Skeed. They are both great people......
Regards Patti
Bill Goodall - Bass, Lead Guitar and Sequenced Tracks
Keith -Lead Guitar
Cazna Goodall -Strings/piano/backing vocals
Kirk Steel -Piano Organ
Dave Martin - Fiddle
Rob Crutcher - Pedal Steel

Patti was born in September 1947 and is proud to be called a "Baby Boomer" her childhood was spent on a sheep & wheat station at Trungley Hall near Temora NSW.   It was there working alongside with her Dad & Grandfather she developed a love of Country Music. Her Dad was great mates with our legendary mate Reg Lindsay. Reg & Dad shared with her their talents and this was her inspiration. The family moved to Fairfield NSW to enable the kids to complete school and find jobs in the city but Patti always missed the bush. Her Dad took her to venues around the suburbs and she met great people like Lonnie Lee, Laurel Lee, Digby Richards, Johnny O"Keefe, The Allen Brothers (Peter Allen) and many others. She began singing a little bit on their shows but realised it was Country Music she loved the most. By this time she had commenced a nursing career training in Forensic, Cardiac & Pathology nursing. In the midst of all this she started riding in Rodeos and met some Country singers, Lee Brittain, Cowboy Bob Purtell, Cazna & the legendary Gordon Parsons.  She heard about a bloke called Bill Kelly and went to one of his shows and that is where it all began. He introduced her to many a great Country Artist and they would ask her up on stage at their shows.  She formed her own band "Freedom Highway" under the musical directorship of Greg Parsons and they soon became one of the most sought after bands on the Country Music Scene. After Greg passed away she lost a lot of her inspiration and the band slowly drifted apart. She then decided to pursue her truck driving ambitions and began driving the "Big Rigs" on the interstate runs. She always had the guitar on board and played at almost all the country pubs and roadhouses she stopped at along the way. After a few years she decided she needed some "Normality" in her life and resumed her nursing career but she missed her music. She played at nursing homes and many a charitable event. There was still a lot of energy so she concentrated on the "Kids", Travis Collins & Jason Lee to name a couple. She took Travis to his first talent quest at Illabo and he was the Overall Winner.
She currently works in a Rural Medical Practice near Goulburn NSW where she and her husband Tony have a grazing property & lavender farm.
Her new album "Freedom Highway" came as a complete surprise. She was ready to hang the guitar on the wall when she received a call from Cable Productions in Cairns Nth Qld asking if she would accept a recording offer from them. She thought about it for about 60 seconds and decided it didn't matter that she was 58 years old and the Grandmother of 14. 'Lets Do It" she said.
The album has some great tracks on it and some songs that the Producer surprised her with because he was the boss and had the final choice of material. There are 3 of Patti's own songs on it.
As the saying goes,
Countrychick    phone no: 0432253057