Tom Curtain continues WA tour with No. 1 album

THE new album from Tom Curtain, Territory Time, has won the hearts of music lovers, debuting at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and No. 12 on the iTunes Albums Chart (all genres) on release on November 14.

The singer-songwriter has taken the album and his Katherine Outback Experience show on the road through Western Australia, continuing south through January, with Golden Guitar finalist spots under his wing.

Released on November 14, the Territory Time album is a reflection of Tom’s life living and working in the Northern Territory, running the Katherine Outback Experience tourist attraction and training dogs and horses.

“This album is a collection of stories I have experienced first-hand or heard while working in the outback over the past decade,” he said. “It celebrates the different way of life in the Top End. It includes stories of loss, hard work and never giving up, together with a few light-hearted fun songs.”

The country artist is taking the album and the Katherine Outback Experience show, on tour from Katherine, down through Western Australia until February. Continue reading

Book Review: Six Ways to Sunday – Karly Lane

KARLY Lane’s latest novel, Six Ways To Sunday, will take you on a rollercoaster ride through the life of Rilee Kincaid. This isn’t a will they, won’t they romance novel, as Rilee is already married to her knight is denim, Dan, but gives an insider’s look into life in a small town when you’re very much an outsider.

The main problem is Rilee is not only an outsider, she’s also married to one of the most eligible bachelors in the town and they got married quickly and secretly, not winning her any points with her parents-in-law, the formidable Jacob and Ellen.

Having known her husband for only a few short months before they were married, living with his parents who are openly hostile towards her and dealing with the vagaries of a small town who don’t welcome outside influence warmly, presents a multitude of problems for the city girl. Rilee’s somewhat alternative career also leaves the townsfolk of Pallaburra suspicious of the newcomer. Continue reading

BREAKING: 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar finalists announced

 

 

ALT COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
From The Bottom of A Well Brad Butcher Producer: Matt Fell
Real Class Act Fanny Lumsden Producer: Matt Fell
Queen of Boomtown Gretta Ziller Producer: Paul Ruske
Dragonfly Kasey Chambers Producers: Nash Chambers & Paul Kelly
Love and Blood Shane Nicholson Producer: Matt Fell
 

CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Get On Your Feet Adam Brand Producers: Alex Kline & Erin Enderlin
Coming Your Way Drew McAlister Producer: Andy Mak
61-615 O’Shea Producer: Lindsey Jackson
Endless The McClymonts Producer: Andy Mak
Our Backyard Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence Producer: Matt Fell
 

TRADITIONAL COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Lighthouse Ashleigh Dallas Producer: Brett Dallas
The Wide Horizon Darren Coggan Producer: Ben Edgar
All You Need Is Music Davidson Brothers Producers: Mark Thornton & Larry Marrs
All Australian Girl Tania Kernaghan Producer: Stuart French
The Hungry Mile The Bushwackers Producer: Roger Corbett
 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Get On Your Feet Adam Brand
From The Bottom of A Well Brad Butcher
The Wide Horizon Darren Coggan
My Soundtrack Matt Cornell
Love and Blood Shane Nicholson
 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

More Than Meets The Eye Aleyce Simmonds
Lighthouse Ashleigh Dallas
Real Class Act Fanny Lumsden
Dragonfly Kasey Chambers
All Australian Girl Tania Kernaghan
 

COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR

Better Day Carter & Carter
All You Need Is Music Davidson Brothers
61-615 O’Shea
The Hungry Mile The Bushwackers
Endless The McClymonts
 

REGIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR

Hey Kasey Chambers & Paul Kelly
Back in ’92 Lee Kernaghan & James Blundell
Waltzing Australia The Bushwackers with John Williamson, Sara Storer & The Bush Choir
When We Say It’s Forever The McClymonts & Ronan Keating
Our Backyard Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence
 

BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR

Just Like Your Dad Dale Duncan Songwriters: Allan Caswell & Manfred Vijars
Henbury Blues Dean Perrett Songwriter: Neville Anderson
Uncle Harry Dianne Lindsay Songwriter: Peter Simpson
Plains of Nappa Merrie Graham Rodger Songwriter: Graham Rodger
We Still Sing Three Rivers Hotel Ian Quinn Songwriter: Ian Quinn
 

TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR

Roll On Fanny Lumsden Songwriter: Fanny Lumsden
Outback Club Reunion Lee Kernaghan Songwriters: Garth Porter, Lee Kernaghan, Colin Buchanan
Dirt Under My Nails The Bushwackers Songwriter: Rich Davies
Never Never Land Tom Curtain feat Luke O’Shea Songwriters: Tom Curtain & Luke O’Shea
Our Backyard Travis Collins & Amber Lawrence Songwriters: Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, Matt Scullion
 

COCA-COLA INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR

Evelyn’s Kitchen Davidson Brothers
Pick Me! Michael Fix
Porch Pickin’ Mickey Pye
Easy Does It The Bushwackers
Eva Waits Tommy Emmanuel
 

BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Too Young, Too Cute, Too Pretty Carpenter Caswell
Back Where I Started Davidson Brothers
Southbound Train Runaway Dixie
Cumberland Plain The Morrisons
Long Way Over Wide Island

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Ali S. Kix it up with new single

FRIDAY, November 3 is a special day for Queensland country singer-songwriter Ali S. as he premieres his next single and music video, Talking Bout Brooks and Dunn, on Kix Country.

“Kix Country has supported my first single, I Need A Beer, so it’s a privilege to have them premiering my new song, Talking Bout Brooks and Dunn,” Ali said. “They are great promoters of country music across Australia.”

Crossy will interview Ali and premiere the new single after 7.30am QLD time on Friday morning. Continue reading

Winton showcases international talent at Way Out West Fest

WALTZING Matilda is ingrained in the Australian psyche and has inspired a nation. In April 2018, Winton celebrates the re-opening of the iconic Waltzing Matilda Centre with one of the biggest inland music and culture festivals ever held in Queensland, with Winton’s Way Out West Fest.

Bringing together artists from country, pop, rock and blues, the festival brings Jessica Mauboy, John Williamson, The Living End, Kip Moore (USA), Lee Brice (USA), Sheppard, Busby Marou, Russell Morris, The Black Sorrows, Pierce Brothers and more together for the the four-day festival from April 19-22. Continue reading

CMC Rocks Queensland fans have Luke Bryan wishes granted

THE name that has been high on CMC Rocks audience members’ lips for so long is Luke Bryan and organisers have granted their wishes with the country singer, known for his dance moves, headlining the 2018 festival.

Alongside Luke, fellow US artists Darius Rucker and Kelsea Ballerini round out the headliners. The excitement doesn’t end there, with a swag full of international and Australian acts gracing the stages of CMC Rocks Queensland in 2018.

Starting with the USA, we have Dustin Lynch, Old Dominion, Dan + Shay, Randy Houser, Brett Young, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Davisson Brothers Band, and Ryan Follese.

Continuing the international flavor, Canadians Dean Brody and Gord Bamford make a welcome return, joined by fellow Canucks High Valley.

From across the ditch, CMC welcomes Jody Direen and Kaylee Bell back to the fold.

The Australian line-up is nothing less than impressive with Busby Marou, Travis Collins, Sunny Cowgirls, Troy Kemp, Jayne Denham, Steve Forde, Melanie Dyer, Missy Lancaster, Baylou, Mustered Courage, The Viper Creek Band, Casey Barnes, and Route 33, with the current Toyota Star Maker Rachael Fahim rounding out the Australian contingent.

Crowds will begin flocking to Willowbank Raceway on Thursday, March 15 for campers and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the general admission ticket holders.

Pre-sale tickets went on sale yesterday, Wednesday, October 4, and sold out within an hour, but never fear, general public one-sale begins at 10am AEDT (9am Qld) on Monday, October 9, so don’t miss out. Continue reading

Nicholson pours Love and Blood into new release

By Rebecca Belt

A PRODUCER handing the reins of his own album to someone else can be a daunting experience, but it’s a plan that’s working out for Shane Nicholson and Matt Fell. Shane’s latest album, Love and Blood, sees Matt back in the production chair and Shane taking on the role of solely being the artist.

“Making my record, is not something I do in my studio anymore because I enjoy the process more if I’m just an artist,’ he said. “I did more of that this time and went down the same path.”

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BLOG: CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music celebrates

WEDNESDAY may be hump day in the rest of the world, but at the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music, every day is a party and we’re on the downhill run to our amazing graduation concert at 7pm on Friday night at Calrossy Anglican School.

Everywhere you turn at the academy, there is music. There are small groups going over the songs they will perform that they may have written together, there is the band rehearsing their songs and learning charts and there are full-on rehearsals happening in the hall in preparation for one of the biggest nights of the students’ careers so far.

With rehearsals for the grad concert in full swing, the tension and nerves are almost palpable no matter where you go on campus, but it all makes for an amazing experience. This is all mixed with media interviews and today another four students appeared on radio with Jon Wolfe and Jodie Crosby. Continue reading

BLOG: CMAA Junior Academy of Country getting to pointy end

I’m a day late with this update, sorry. Day 4, Tuesday, was the biggest day at academy thus far. I can’t believe we’re halfway through already!

Tuesday brought with it more co-writing with Allan Caswell and Aleyce Simmonds as well as the group leaders and the students have been writing with their peers. I’m amazed at the calibre of the songs these young people are coming up with. I would find it very difficult to write a news story with someone else, let along pour my emotions or my story out into a song with someone else’s input. I am truly amazed by their talents. Continue reading

BLOG: CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music talent astounds

DAY 3 dawned in below zero temperatures as is the case at this time of the year in Tamworth, but the talent and music coming out of this CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music is hot, hot, hot.

The biggest news on the block was former student Judah Kelly’s win on The Voice. There were massive celebrations here last night in the boarding house, with cups of tea as it’s a dry academy.

Today we had the company of Allison Forbes again, along with fellow Tamworth artist Aleyce Simmonds and Allan Caswell was back in the writer’s hot seat. Joining us to chat about media and country music magazines was Country Music Capital News manager Cheryl Byrnes. Continue reading