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Some figures, detailing how the Australian music industry impacts on the economy, were central to discussions Country music is definitely in the air at Easter time in Australia. We have a comprensive listing of festivals here , but let's take a closer look at a couple of the more significant events coming up this weekend.

The National Folk Festival is on in Canberra. Undoubtedly there are other smaller events, but plenty of option for fans wanting to get out and enjoy their favourite music.

New Zealand country artist Peter Caulton died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, March Dubbed an "outlaw country singer" Peter's career extended to 26 countries, including Australia where he had his own radio show and the United States where he recorded an album in for Austin, Texas-based BSW Records.

He has played on live shows, on tlevision and in concert with many well-known performers. Born in New Zealand, Peter grew up in small country towns and spent time in Europe as well as Australia. Finnian Johnson — a rising country star, as evidenced by a number of wins at Tamworth in January — was presented with the Junior MO award. Darren Carr — another country aligned artist — was named Comedy Act of the Year. A full listing of winners can be found at www.

The Manning River Times reported that the venue is a special place for Dianne. Back in the s, two young country music entertainers hit the road with their first music tour, along with a five-week-old daughter. Their first show on the tour was in the hall at the Nabiac Showground. In honour of her parents and Australian country music pioneers, Saturday night's concert is held back where it all began for her family so many years ago. The show will be conducted in "fine old country style entertainment" with a light supper provided at interval and time for the audience to meet and speak with the entertainers.

For further details and bookings, phone Peter Simpson on A former deputy Prime Minister of Australia and current member for Grayndler in Sydney, Anthony Albanese was a huge supporter of the Australian music industry and fan of Australian music. The musical development of just about all professional musicians in this country would have been very much influenced by their patronage of independent stores.

The Global Country Artist Award recognises outstanding achievements by a country music artist signed outside of the United States. The artist must have furthered the popularity of country music as well as brought attention to the country music format in their foreign-based territory. Previous winners have included a number of well known Australian acts The Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award — recognising outstanding achievements in the media as they relate to country music outside of the United States — was presented to Mark Hagen, a year television and radio veteran producer, currently working for BBC Radio 2 in the United Kingdom.

The International Artist Achievement Award — recognising outstanding achievement by a U S based artist who has demonstrated the most significant growth, development and promotion of the country music industry outside of the United States — went to Little Big Town.

The International Country Broadcaster Award — recognising outstanding achievement by a radio broadcaster or syndicated radio reporter outside the United States who has made important contributions for the development of country music in their country — went to Chris Stevens, a well-known United Kingdom country music broadcaster.

And the winners are For Country Work of the Year, they are Pictured above from left: Busby Marou, Bernard and Tash. Held at the East Cessnock Bowling Club, the day started with the 10 years and under section with Sam Thompson who took out the honours. Instrumental was won by Brayden Rowland of Parkville. Brayden's father Troy Rowland was udged runner-up.

Bill Rowland was second with his song Growing Old. In the Grand Final Showdown, all section winners sang another song — different to what they performed during the day. Louis Burt was judged Overall Winner on the day. Finalists have been announced for the International Songwriting Competition ISC and the list includes a good number of Australians.

Established in , the ISC is recognised as the world's largest songwriting competition and is open to all professional and amateur songwriters. More than 16, entries were received for the current Awards from countries. In country music and related categories, the following writers are listed among the finalists In the Country category Australian artists are being invited by the music industry benevolent fund Support Act to join EveryOneBand: You can record as much or as little as you want!

Anything, from a flute to a triangle part is welcomed. But we want more! Maleny Muster in September. A week-long celebration "of country and old-time music" includes guitar jams and blackboard sessions, production of the Family Concert of invited artists, Ukulele Friday and an Old Time Dance. The Muster brings together musicians and audience from all corners of South East Queensland and further afield and will give local country musicians the opportunity to perform and interact with visiting players and professional performers, according to Muster organisers.

New Zealand's Taranaki Country Music Festival last month was deemed so successful, it will be held again next year, according to organisers.

Hundreds of people attended the three day event held at the Waitara Memorial Hall. Country music enthusiasts and performers Jocelyn and George Tuahine — who run the Riverside Country Music Group — organised the festival which featured a line up including world champion yodeller Laura Downing from Australia. Jocelyn says around people attended on the Saturday night when Laura performed. The hall was just packed. More than 50 motorhomes and caravans parked up for the weekend and many singers were first time visitors to Taranaki.

Jocelyn says the festival goers were mostly from Taranaki and across the North Island. Festival supporter and country music fan George Worsley says the weekend was a great success and the music was of a high quality. Line dancers from Hawke's Bay attended and gave a display with Taranaki line dancers which was great to watch. Foxtel and CMC noted: For Male Artist of the Year For Australian Video of the Year For Group or Duo of the Year For International Artist of the Year For International Video of the Year Winners will be announced Thursday March 15 at 8: Award winners pictured were announced earlier this month during the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.

The names of a few more winners from the annual country music bash in Tamworth have come to light, from the talent quest activity run in the famous Tamworth Town Hall by Tamworth Regional Council. Australia's longest-running such activity. Board members meeting this week elected artist manager Dan Biddle pictured as Chairman taking over from Dobe Newton who will remain as Association President. Roger Corbett, who has been Vice Chairman for some time now, remains in the position of Academy of Country Music General Manager and will "expand his focus on the growth of the Academy".

Meryl Davis continues in the role of Secretary and Ross Johnson as Treasurer, "rounding out an executive team which is focused on increasing the profile of Australian and New Zealand country music of all genres globally," according to a statement from the Association. Dan, who has 20 years experience working within record labels and music management, said: Back for its 31st year, the Penrith Working Truck Show will be another big day of non-stop entertainment next month.

A crowd of more than 20, are expected for the event which will have hundreds of vehicles on display from huge B doubles to custom trucks "plastered with chrome detailing and spectacular airbrushing" together with "the outstanding collection of fire engines owned by the Museum of Fire. Children will be kept busy with 22 free rides, free fairy floss, free face painting, free airbrush tattooing and other activities.

For this cost, all rides, entertainment, activities and exhibits inside the show are free. As a registered charity event, all funds raised from the Show will be used to educate families in fire safety and to "preserve the history of our bravest". The event is supported by local fire fighters, who are helping to run the event. Entry forms are available from www. The celebration of Australian Indigenous culture features music, dance, film, fashion, food and sport and will include a special focus on Indigenous art and a performance by Australian country music favourite Troy Cassar-Daley.

Highlights of the four day festival include an Indigenous fashion parade featuring top Indigenous model Samantha Harris, and celebrity chef Mark Olive will return to present the "Tastes of Tjungu Desert Dining Experience under the stars" featuring a contemporary bush foods-inspired menu.

Troy, and rising young star Alice Skye pictured , will also give a special performance. As well as the music, the day will feature "an array of family friendly experiences" including rides, food and market stalls and demonstrations.

The brainchild of Deepwater Inn owners, Longhorn Country runs up to and including Sunday with a feast of entertainment and activities. Walk-ups run from today with "great prizes" and camping is available for visitors.

For Independent Single of the Year For Independent EP of the Year Independent Album of the Year Video Clip of the Year For Emerging Artist of the Year For Songwriter of the Year Australian born Canadian country star Gord Bamford is heading "down under" for a series of performance dates next month. He will be supported on the tour by well known Aussie country star Kevin Bennett.

Gord's tour is predominantly to showcase his latest album release — his second in Australia, eighth studio album in Canada. Returning to Australia in is something he has been working towards since the last tour.

It is a great atmosphere and I just feel blessed to be able to come to the place I was born, play my music and reconnect with my father and family.

Gord grew up in Traralgon until the age of five when his parents separated. His mother moved him — and his sister Twila — to Canada.

It was almost two decades before he returned to Australia again. Despite the time away, he says he has always felt an affinity with Australia. Voting is limited to a pre-determined list of finalists; voters can vote every day until the close of voting on February For New Artist of the Year For Female Artist of the Year For Austraian Artist of the Year The presentations will be hosted by The McClymonts.

The ICMAs are a more low-key fan-voted awards presented to independent artists, groups, balladeers and bands during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Keith won all three categories In the Blackened Billy competition for written verse There were poems of nostalgia and regrets for past or passing eras. There were stories about our relationships with other species especially dogs and horses. Then there were poems of life as it is in city, coastal, country or outback locations, highlighting the concerns and issues faced by Australians today.

This was the third year of the competition which awarded cash prizes to placegetters as well as a "paid gig" at the January festival. The baton — nearing the end of it's almost year-long journey from Buckingham Palace to the Games on the Gold Coast in April — came to Tamworth via Gunnedah.

Sixteen baton bearers were selected as carriers through Tamworth ending with Troy at a special celebration next to the city's Bicentennial Park. Troy said he was humbled to be given the honour of carrying the baton alongside local "unsung heroes". A total of 12 young ladies were a part of the Queen of Country Music Quest which was organised again this year by Tamworth Zonta.

The Quest is not a beauty pageant. Entrants are judged on their presentation, personality, participation, deportment and knowledge of the Tamworth region and the country music festival. Among quest prizes are an all expenses paid trip to Tamworth sister city Gore, New Zealand for the Queen and Princess, for that city's annual country music festival.

The family band of six — Kerrie Gambley, husband Dave Church and children Ella, Jackson, Lachlan and Marcus — hail from Mt Tamborine in Queensland and have been winning a swag of awards since organising as a musical outfit in Between them, they play accordion, bass, double bass, drums, guitar, harp, mandolin, resonator guitar, ukulele and xaphoon It also helps them build a solid foundation in Tamworth and set themselves up to take on other opportunities As winner of the Toyota Landcruiser Busking Championships, Haystack Mountain Hermits took home prizes including a number of performance opportunities.

The other major event that takes place on the main Saturday of the Tamworth Country Music Festival is the giant street parade, the Country Music Cavalcade. Almost individual floats made their way down Tamworth's Peel Street on Saturday morning to the cheers and applause of thousands of fans lining the street. In addition to the official placings, two entrants received "highly commended" from the judges, Australian Air League Cadet Group and Tamworth Pipe Band.

The CCMA inited all solo winners of known talent quests in Tamworth this January to compete on Saturday afternoon the main day of the country music shindig for the titles of junior and senior Tamworth Champions of Champions. These included winners of the CCMA's own SongStars songwriting competition as well as the junior and senior talent quests conducted in the Tamworth Town Hall during the week.

Kasey Chambers is the 51st inductee to the Country Music Roll of Renown, at 41, the youngest yet to be elevated to Australasian country music's highest honour. In making the presentation during last night's Golden Guitar Awards, last year's winner Troy Cassar-Daley said Kasey had earned the admiration and respect of both her industry peers and her multitude of fans all over the world.

Time and time again, Troy said, she has demonstrated her extraordinary ability to connect with country and mainstream audiences in both Australia and overseas. Accepting the Award, Kasey paid a special tribute to her parents Bill and Diane and to her brother Nash her long-time record producer.

Born in Mount Gambier on June 4, , Kasey grew up on the Nullarbor, sharing the music that infused the lives of parents Bill and Diane and brother Nash. Kasey's first solo album, The Captain , released in , was a national sensation, hailed as fresh inspiration for Australian country music.

Kasey has released a string of highly awarded recordings including some with other artists, all featuring her distinctive vocals, powerful lyrics and unique contemporary approach. Acclaimed in Australia, she has also gathered a large following in the USA.

The Roll itself comprises large bronze plaques mounted on a cluster of giant granite boulders in front of the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre. They also wrote the song and directed the video clip. The song was by Amber and Travis with Matt Scullion.

Lee Kernaghan had been previously announced as winner of the "top selling" award for his 25th Anniversary album. As well as their SongStar titles, Tayla and Kasey now compete in the Champion of Tamworth Champions at the Town Hall this afternoon against other talent quest winners from this year's festival.

Junior winner Kase y left the event before the announcement of winners to honour a performance committment. Hattie and Rory also have the opportunity to compete in today's Champion of Tamworth Champions event. Brothers3, another perrenial winner, snaffled their 12th People's Choice Award, this one for Best Group.

Gina Timms pictured here receiving her trophy from presenter and fellow award winner Dale Duncan was named Best Female Vocal winner. Moving tributes were paid during the night to three legendary broadcasters who passed away during the past year The Galaxy of Stars was introduced in with Slim Dusty.

The Galaxy of Stars was introduced to formally recognise the achievements of outstanding country music stars. The actual "star" plaques are displayed in the forecourt at Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre. Jorja Dalton and New Zealand's M. Jorja was judged winner of the junior section while the M. Trio won the senior section. Matthew Munro was presented with the Nathaniel O'Brien Encouragement Award Nathaniel, a previous Entertainer of the Year winner, died tragically in a motor vehicle accident while still very young.

Photo by Bob Mcgahan from left, standing: Alison, Matthew, Finnian, Jorja and Harriet; front: Tracy will be joined at the launch concert by fellow balladeers Jeff Brown and Glenn Jones which will double as a tribute to the late Stan Coster, Tracy'. Key among the accolades was Greg Champion's elevation to the ranks of Song Maker, Australia's country music songwriting hall of fame. Adelaide's "In Daily" reported that, together with host Todd McKenney, a show that was entertaining, amusing and moving was produced.

Big Golden Guitar turns Acclaimed as one of Australia's most recognisable "Big" icons, it shares the spotlight with a handful of other famous big statues such as the Big Merino at Goulburn and the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour.

It is a major tourism centre and attraction now with a wax museum, a cricket museum, a busy cafe and country music souvenir merchandise. Importantly, it is one of the attractions that provides Tamworth with a year round country music presence. Max and Warwick are pictured acknowledging the 30th anniversary of the Big Golden Guitar. Brad trumped fellow finalists Brad says he was inspired to pursue his country music career after a month-long songwriting trip to Nashville in He recorded his debut album of which his first single, Too Drunk to Drive, debuted at number two on the iTunes country chart.

Star Maker Co-ordinator Cheryl Byrnes said: Brad has a unique country spirit. The networking is extraordinary. Brad thanked his family and friends for coming out to cheer him on "all the way" from Jindabyne, NSW. It's true to say there's nary a venue that works in Tamworth that doesn't have some sort of activity running during the January country music festival. Pubs, clubs, major theatres, local halls, church halls, the main street of town and most of the shopping centres. The shopping centre with the most activity is Tamworth Shoppingworld off Bridge Street, West Tamworth, which hosts a big program of entertainment for nine days of the Festival.

As most previous Festival visitors from recent years would be aware, the main attraction at Shoppingworld is one of Australia's best known country pioneers, Chad Morgan. Chad — aka "the Sheik from Scrubby Creek" — kicked off his regular series of performances on Friday and continues every day up to and including Saturday from Dare 2 Dance linedancing demonstrations will be conducted all of this week, Monday to Friday, from 2pm to 4pm. All shows at Shoppingworld are held in the centre food court area and there is no charge for admission.

Based on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, Don Costa has been one of our best known independent entertainers for many years. He has a number of recordings under his belt, has performed at numerous country music festivals and has been inducted into the SA Country Music Hall of Fame. For many years, he performed with brother Paul as the Costa Brothers. Since deciding to pursue solo careers, Paul Costa has built an impressive list of awards and accolades including numerous finalist nominations in the Golden Guitar Awards.

Long involved in country music, especially in Queensland, Hugo Fitz-Herbet started in the business playing drums for the Webb Brothers but played professionally in Sydney during the late s and early s.

Graeme Hugo began his music career in at the age of 18 and continues to this day. South Australian based, he has toured throughout Australia several times with a number of high profile artists and has performed at numerous notable venues including the Sydney Opera House.

Apart from his work as a musician, Nev has also run an independent recording studio which has recorded numerous artists over the years. Peter Simpson has become more known in recent years for his marital and musical collaboration with Dianne Lindsay but prior to that partnership, he has had a long and successful career of his own.

He is very well respected for his guitar playing, and especially for his bush ballad style playing, and as an award-winning songwriter.

He has a number of his own recordings. Kevin worked as a long-distance transport operator for a period before working as a professional musician. At one time, he wrote and recorded for the then RCA label and had his own country band, The Hilltones.

The hand imprinting ceremony will be held at the Hands of Fame, next Saturday January 27 from Three names are being added this year Marge Graham pictured , John Slaven pictured and Wally Wray who, between them, have been playing country music on the radio for more than 35 years. The final award announced yesterday at the Hall of Fame was the Eric Watson Literary Award, named after one of Australia's most prolific country music historians. Pioneer country music writer and historian Ian Hands was presented with the honour.

Ian is particularly known for his concentration on recording the history of our early country music pioneers. In a surprise announcement yesterday afternoon in the Tamworth Town Hall, leading Australian country music journalist and writer Anna Rose was recognised for her service to Tamworth via country music.

The special award is simply known as The Tamworth Award and has been presented by Noel and Dawn Smith theyre the folk who organise the Golden Guitar trophies every year, among other things! Long-time broadcaster and country music personality Brian Howard makes the presentation annually on behalf of Noel and Dawn. Highlights of day two of the Tamworth Country Music Festival include Cowboy Up, a rodeo-horse-sports oriented fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service.

Billed as a family event, Cowboy Up will also include a two hour concert starring American singer and recording artist Eric Lee Beddingfield pictured and a ute and truck show. Eric was a key supporter of the inaugural staging of Cowboy Up in Tamworth last January. It gets underway at 6: Daily live radio broadcasts from the Festival will also take place as well as live broadcasts from Tamworth of Saturday Night Country and Australia All Over on Sunday morning.

This partnership takes the relationship to an exciting new level, enabling the Festival and ABC to reach country music lovers across all our platforms in all corners of Australia and internationally. Handprints will be set in concrete the following Saturday at the Hands of Fame cornerstone at the corner of Kable Avenue and Bridge Street. Amber Lawrence will host the announcement event from From those humble beginnings, "Tamworth" grew to a three day weekend festival, then to a week and ultimately to the jam-packed 10 days we now see every year in the northern half of NSW.

From a talent quest, winners concert and gala recording awards presentation, the annual January shindig has grown to become Australia's biggest music festival, the second biggest country music festival and one of the top 10 music festivals in the world. The variety of country music is endless during the 10 days with more than performers and 2, shows across different venues in and around Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital.

Bush poets come to town, buskers, bluegrass players, singers, songwriters, broadcasters and industry people all converge on Tamworth for the annual music fest and unofficial industry "convention". All culminating in a giant weekend which still features the CCMA Jamboree, the glitter of the Golden Guitar Awards and one of the many new events, the massive Country Music Cavalcade along Tamworth's "boulevarde of dreams". Dozens of shows and performances run through the day — far to many to list — concluding with the Australian Academy of Country Music Graduation Concert at Wests from 4pm and the Official Opening Concert from 7pm although visitors should arrive much earlier to claim a seating area.

Pictured top, from left: Mark, Travis, Rachael and Judah; above: Throughout the Festival, the Bulletin will be covering all the news with talent quest and award winners and all other aspects that need reporting.

Updates will be posted to our facebook page as we report Country Music is always in his thoughts and, over the years, his passion has seen the development of not only the Festival itself, but a wide range of activity which has stimulated and encouraged the growth of the genre and industry that goes with it, all over Australia.

The other is the recording of the history of Australian country music since its inception by Tex Morton, the acknowledged "Father" of the uniquely Australian version of the genre, in By co-incidence it was also the year of Max's birth so he can claim that his entire existence has run parallel to Australian country music's life line. The book celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Golden Guitar Awards and the beginning of the Festival in Now he has produced another Milestone, or rather a series of Milestone events and happenings since Tamworth first took notice of country music way back in the s.

He has researched and compiled the list of hundreds of events and happenings which have shaped the Capital and placed them in chronological order, often with background material to assist with an understanding of their importance. The feature also references a list of both 2TM staff and country musicians from the early period of the Awards up to the s. Max insists it's a work in progress so if anyone has any comments, corrections or omissions they are concerned about, he'd love to hear from you, at info historyofcountrymusic.

Organisers of Australia's annual Country Music People's Choice Awards today announced the line-up of finalists who will perform at this year's gala presentation. Country music broadcaster and a previous winner of the Most Popular Country Music DJ award Jane Kellaway will compere the event with special surprise guest hosts and award presenters.

The People's Choice Awards provide recognition and encouragement to artists and country music announcers as voted by the people.

This is not a criticism of other more established and longer running awards, Bob said, "like the Golden Guitars which are peer-judged and peer-voted". The People's Choice Awards have been running continuously since the turn of the century. Further information, including a complete rundown of finalists and a link to ticket sales, can be obtained from the website This January celebrates another major achievement for James James is acknowledged by many as the act that single-handedly shaped modern Australian country music.

The first single from the album has been released — a reworked version of James' biggest chart hit Way Out West, his duet of The Dingoes original with James Reyne in that shot to number two overall on the national ARIA mainstream singles chart. The CCMA has issued a challenge to try and determine if there are any still continuously running talent quests that have been going longer than the National Talent Quest.

A change to CCMA activity this year sees the Jamboree re-badged as the Champion of Tamworth Champions which will be an invitational for the winners of all solo-entrant talent quest activity taking place during the January Country Music Festival. This event will determine senior and junior champions, each of whom will win a scholarship to the Australian Academy of Country Music in January The CCMA is still directly running one section of the talent quest, the senior and junior songwriting sections under the banner Battle of the SongStars.

This will be conducted as a "facebook live" event at 2pm on Thursday January Four friends or five to be precise of the late June Smyth are coming together for two special concerts during this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival to honour June's life. The long-time host at Tamworth's famous Longyard Hotel, and more latterly the country music specialist at Tamworth Council, June died tragically in November after retiring to the NSW coast some years earlier.

For eighteen years they sang and played together at The Longyard: Colin, Greg and Jane were mainstays at The Longyard in its early days. A number of special bluegrass events will be staged during this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth: More information on this event can be found here. The event will seek out four finalists in each section, Fiddle, Banjo and Guitar with the winners to receive a number of special prizes to determine junior and senior Tamworth bluegrass champions. The Industry Observer reported Carey and Golden claim in their lawsuit that the two songs are musically, lyrically and thematically similar.

Specifically, the lawsuit says, the songs are "substantially similar in bars of both songs" and a detailed analysis of chord structure and melody are presented in the paperwork. Darren Coggan will host the event that will also showcase new and rising stars. Further information, including booking detail, can be obtained via www.

A wide range of traditional country music concerts and showcases will be staged from Friday to Friday January 19 to Artists appearing this year include The Salvation Army Canteen provides food and hot and cold drinks at the venue and there is plenty of parking for patrons. During their stay in Tamworth, the Association will be running its annual general meeting on Saturday, January 27 at 2pm.

For a full rundown of shows, visit www. Tracy is doing double duty this January and for most of this year as she is now featuring in the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame and will do so until November. I have dedicated a lifetime to country music, loved every minute and would not change a thing. The Hall of Fame said they wanted to recognise all generations of Australian country music artists and Tracy was part of the middle to younger generation currently being featured.

Following the release last month of semi finalists, the Tamworth Songwriters' Association has now announced top five finalists for the Salute Awards and National Songwriting Contest. In the Songwriter Salute Awards, the finalists are Highway 39 by Wendy Phypers.

Anzac Song of the Year In the Lyrics Only section In the Youth section It's no surprise that Keith Urban has topped the chart of Australia's top selling country albums for Not only is Keith's latest studio album — Ripcord — at number one, he has three other albums — two "best of" collections and his previous studio album — Fuse — in the top seller list Lee Kernaghan's 25th Anniversary Album 35 weeks in to date comes in at number two while Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly is at number three for the year, the second in the Great Country Songbook series this one by Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole is at number four and The McClymonts' most recent studio album — Endless — is at five.

The Very Best Of Slim Dusty , at number seven, is a perrenial seller, notching up a mighty weeks in the chart as of this week. If it remains as popular as it looks like it's going to, the "best of" release will pass 1, weeks almost 20 years in early July.

Interestingly, country fared better than "pop" in the respective charts. Half of the country top 10 were Australian acts compared to no homegrown hits in the 10 of the broader Australian international albums chart.

A preliminary rundown of artists scheduled to appear at the popular Toyota Fanzone in Tamworth during this month's country music festival has been announced.

Situated in the heart of the city's central business district, the Toyota sponsored activity features a continuous program of free entertainment with established and rising stars alike. Over the years, Toyota Fanzone has grown to be one of the most popular destinations for artists to get close to their fans. Fanzone operates from 9. A large concentration of bush poetry will be a highlight again at this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival.

A choice of day is offered to competitors as there are three heats before the finals on Saturday January Sessions kick off at Entries will close when all sessions are filled.

All sessions from 2pm to 4pm. All presenters are award winning poets with "a wealth of tips and information to share". The Writer's Workshop will run from 10am to 12 noon, the Performance Workshop from 2pm-4pm. Vale — Frankie T Thatcher. Frankie was well known for his support of many young up-and-coming country music artists and established acts, providing them with opportunities for wider exposure of their music. He was a staunch supporter of numerous country music activities as well as charities like the Fred Hollows Foundation and was an ambassador for research into prostate cancer.

Macarthur Community Radio President Rodney Simpson said Frankie joined the group on January 21, , providing more than 20 years of service on community radio in the Macarthur Region. Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont are combining professionally as well as maritally in Babies have meant Brooke and her sisters are taking time out from The McClymonts allowing more time for making music with Adam.

Brooke said they were both surprised there were no arguments about chord progressions or riffs and thrilled how smooth the process was. The couple's five-year-old daughter Tiggy starts school next year which could prove interesting around tour time, as mum and dad are scheduled to be away each weekend from February to May.

In a positive sign for the future of country music in Australia there was a marked increase in voting For Most Promising Future Star, so much so that Awards organisers resolved to nominate 10 finalists rather than the usual five.

The festival, which runs from May 11 to May 20, will also feature rodeo events and acts from the Melbourne Comedy Festival. I think the Ord Valley Muster should be on everyone's bucket list to go at least once," Lee said. The host town — Kununurra — is situated some kilometres from Darwin and more than 3, kilometres from Perth. Organisers have a number of transport options for visitors.

The year-old Brunswick Heads retiree worked with former Tamworth journalist and "grey nomad" Anna Rose to document his life. In one particular incident a capacity crowd at the Lismore Showground in saw Ray flung from his trotting gig in a near-fatal accident. The indomitable Essery returned 12 months later to win the same race, the Inter Dominion. His first public performance was at the Byron Community Centre in where, he said, he was shaking with nerves.

A number of country stars are featuring in a variety of Christmas Carols events in Australia this month. Organisers of the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival have announced the line-up of entertainers for the event.

To be held from Thursday February 15 to Sunday February 18, Boyup Brook is billed as one of the top country music festials in the nation. In addition to the music, the festival has a street carnival, truck and ute musters, buskers and markets as well as the West Australian Country Music Awards. Industry activities such as workshops, a panel session on songwriting, bush poetry and more are also a part of the festival program.

Co-presented by the Jimmy Little Foundation, the show will be staged in the city's Capitol Theatre during the country music festival on Sunday January Co-presenting the show in Tamworth is the Jimmy Little Foundation. Jimmy Little was the first Aboriginal musician to achieve mainstream success in Australia enjoying a career that spanned six decades.

Jimmy died in after a long illness. Semi finalists have been announced for Tamworth Songwriters' Association activities this January. In key categories, they are A full listing can be viewed on the TSA website. And the finalists are The networking among the past alumni and the current crop of Star Makers is extraordinary. Toyota Star Maker continues the tradition as the main event of the first weekend of the biggest music festival in Australia.

For the second time in its long history the event will be free to the public with all 10 finalists being judged on the night to decide the winner who will receive a prize package which includes the use of a new Toyota motor vehicle and an unlimited fuel card for 12 months plus guaranteed performances at major festivals and events throughout Australia. The course runs in Tamworth for two weeks culminating in a graduation concert just prior to the start of the January country music festival.

Lee Kernaghan will host a regular country music program on the Triple M regional network next year. Lee has long been a champion of the country music scene with two million album sales, 34 chart topping singles, four ARIA awards and 36 Golden Guitars. He has been named Hit Maker of the Decade twice, in and , for having more chart hits in Australia than any other country music artist in the world.

The new show begins on January 28 during the Australia Day long weekend, the day after the Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth and will be heard on more than 66 stations. Named Australian of the Year in , Lee has raised millions of dollars for drought, flood and bushfire relief, hospitals, schools, ambulance and volunteer organisations.

The track features on the second album from the television series "The Secret Daughter". He swiftly got her into the studio where Jess was able to record for the first time.

In at age 14, Jessica won the Tamworth grand final of the Telstra Road to Tamworth talent search and reclorded a cover of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun before moving further into the pop music field with her involvement in Australian Idol. Fast forward to the Yabun Festival in January this year when a chance meeting saw Jessica and Warren H make a pact to record together again. With a tight schedule and little time outside of her television and promotion responsibilities, Jessica made the duet project happen in the course of her busy life by writing Warren into an episode of "The Secret Daughter" Season 2.

Warren plays a cameo role in a scene which showcases a duet of Always On My Mind performed acoustically around a campfire.

News of the US time Saturday wedding was announced yesterday by various media. One such medium, countryfancast. I think that makes for a really full life — when you can do everything that you want, and then share it with someone," said Kelsea. After a whirlwind nine months of dating, they got engaged last Christmas. For the Female Vocal award Winners will be announced on Saturday February 3. Announcements and presentations to the successful artists will take place with a special concert that evening on the Greg Gordon stage at the Bungendore Showground featuring performances by all finalists.

A walk-up artists competition will be held on the Friday morning with "great prizes" available for those judged to be winner and runner-up. Further information and tickets can be obtained here. Allan said he was pleased Australian country music had a permanent tribute in Tamworth. Weblink for a full list of winners — www. The exhibition — titled "Gif ted Country: Emerging Aboriginal country music singer Quarralia Knox will perform at the opening. John has been taking portraits of Australian country music artists for more than 30 years and this exhibition brings together a selection of his iconic images of stars such as Slim Dusty, Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan and many more.

All great country music has a respect for the past and I hope my photographs help young artists connect with what came before. John says he is as passionate about photography today as he was when he started clicking away in the s. My work depends a lot on my ability to get close to my subjects. I spend more time developing that close working relationship with the subject than I do on the photography.

The exhibition will feature large-scale prints, memorabilia, moving images, data projection, performances, photography workshops and talks by John. John has been a writer, photographer and documentary maker who is mainly concerned with Australian culture, the bush and music.

Gates will open at Camping sites are available. The Aussie country star swept the country awards for which he was nominated and seemed genuinely shocked with his triple — for Male Artist, Song and Album according to a report by music-news.

The winners of the album categories will vie for the overall Album of the Year Golden Guitar. Festival is recognised world-wide, attracting significant overnight visitation to the State and delivering important economic and community benefits," he said. Long-time South Australian country music broadcaster, writer, recording artist and industry personality Wally Sparrow died at his home yesterday morning.

He would have been 75 tomorrow. Leo told that he was short of his 15th Birthday when he was auditioned by Jim Reeves at the house of the Ross family. If what Leo said is to be believed, and we have no reason not to believe him, citing his birth year as circa , then it casts doubts on his stated birth year of It is known Jim Reeves bragged on the fact that Leo was only 15 when he joined him, but it was never taken seriously by authors and historians, and no proof of this was ever found.

Birth certificates are surely in the possession of members of Leo's family, which will shed more light on the mystery. One thing is certain - the debate is set to linger on. You can read about it here. Jack Benner reported he was one of ten speakers, plus the preacher. There was a crowd of plus not counting those that came just for "visitation" and left before the service. The services were video taped and can be viewed on the website of the Funeral Home.

The stream runs for 95 minutes and can be viewed here. A few Jim Reeves songs were played during the service. The Guest Book will be online thru February 15th. Today, Mary Reeves would have celebrated her 89th Birthday. Although she passed away 18 years ago, her hard work on maintaining Jim's image and his record catalogue is the reason that Jim's music still lives on, more than 50 years after his death.

I can not think of any artist whose music is still popular and listened to by thousands of listeners half a century after his death. Bill White will be officiating. Stewart Family Funeral Home is in charge. Visitation is from p. Memorial services are at 3p. We received an email from Jack Benner at 2. His wife Billy was with him.

No info yet on services. Jack will keep us posted. I could not report on the auction sooner as I was in bed with the flue.

I am recuperating and hope to get back to work on the fan club magazine this week. This early handwritten lyrics did not get sold on Ebay last week, as no one bid on it. The lyrics were first auctioned, by a different seller on Ebay in March of The notebook has fallen apart, but this is one of the original songs that were inside. Fortunately, a number of lyrics from that notebook have been shared between fans.

It opened a window to a part of Jim's early career. A few very interesting items of Jim Reeves memorabilia are being auctioned on Ebay this week. These are handwritten lyrics of an early Jim Reeves song, "Vagabond Baby". The lyrics are the original for the song, and most likely when it came to a demo, Jim decided he didn't like the word "Vagabond" anymore and decided to change it for "Heartbreaking" which certainly doesn't agree with the original Vagabond" theme of the rest of the lyrical content.

I note there were four verses in Jim's original and only 3 in the demo. This was left blank I believe, so that Jim could come up with the lyrics for a bridge sometime later. He was never very good at writing bridges which always caused him problems in those early song efforts. On the other side of the lyrics is the typed lyrics of an Eddy Arnold song, "I couldn't believe it was true".

Jim would sing it in "E" key. Together with the lyrics, a telegram from a Mr. Stiles from Albuquerque asking for a glossy picture, and an October program book of the "Saharan" hotel in Las Vegas. Jim would play golf there occasionally. Jack Benner reported to me today: A few days ago, a small portion from an acetate recording from the same demo, surfaced on the web.

It is believed that both originally were part of the Jim Reeves estate. It makes one wonder what other never commercially released Jim Reeves recordings, in part or in full, will eventually surface. The three songwriters were honoured at the BMI dinner November 2, For almost 35 years Mary nursed, promoted and especially protected the image of 'Gentleman Jim Reeves.

Jim Reeves first used this studio on December 12, from The building still stands and is a museum visited by many country music fans, although it is occasionally used for special recordings sessions. Leo has played on many Jim Reeves recording sessions, although he's been listed on only a few session sheets.

Leo Jackson was born 83 years ago today. I can't remember who took this picture of Leo Jackson, me, and two members of the fan club, taken at a special fan club meeting, at the Carthage Chamber of Commerce, on April 13, Fan club member and publicist James Reddiough wrote an article about the Jim Reeves tour of the west of Ireland which got published on the 'Irish Memories' website. James has written many articles about the tour which were published in a number of Irish magazines. He also published a booklet about that tour a few years ago.

The song was recorded by Larry Cunningham. The presenter, Joan Hallmark reported: I did talk with his wife Billie. We were going to have a fan club meeting in October but the venue in Hilversum had no spare dates in October or November left.

We will have one in the Spring, probably at an other location. Darcy Johnson, of the Carthage Flower Shop, reported: So we are just getting a little rain. Thanks for checking in on us! Houston and the rest of South Texas need prayers. RCA even promoted the fan club by including the name and the address on the rear cover of volume 2.

That's very unfortunate as a number of fans will no doubt tune in to his program today.

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