The Viper Creek Band unleashes Beautiful Destruction

Beautiful Destruction is music to the ears of The Viper Creek Band’s fans after waiting nearly three years for the new album.

​​Released ​today, March 1, Beautiful Destruction ​debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Charts and No. 13 on the All Genre Albums Chart and ​sees the Newcastle outfit stretch their musical wings with songs that encompass their ever-growing influences, but still identifiable as The Viper Creek Band’s work.

“I’m just so excited to get it out because I can’t wait for people to hear it,” front man Damien Baguley said.

“It’s feels like forever since the last album (Just Press Play). The songs show off our different influences, but I still think it’s got The Viper Creek Band stamp on it and people are still going to dig it.”

The two singles from the album, Green Light and Australian Girls, have both charted in the top 5 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart and enjoyed extensive airplay with Green Light racking up 500,000 streams on Spotify.

Green Light has an infectious lyric with the premise being a guy asking a girl to take their relationship to the next level, while Australian Girls is an upbeat tribute to strong Australian women and the roles they play in life. With International Women’s Day just around the corner on March 8, Australian Girls is the perfect country music accompaniment.

Other highlights include Tired from the pens of Damien, Brennin Hunt and Skip Black, who also wrote Green Light. Tired has a John Mayer feel to it, while the Shane McAnally-penned Blue Jean Jacket is about lost love and reminiscing about a former flame.

Beautiful Destruction contains some slower ballads and songs reminiscent of not only John Mayer, but also The Eagles and touches of pop music.

Damien co-wrote four songs of the ten songs with Nashville writers as well as Australian artists including Travis Collins and Matt Scullion.

“I just hope listeners don’t want to skip any songs,” he said.

“I think every song has its place and that they want to listen to the whole thing because, as an album, there are a lot of different flavours.”

The singer-songwriter and lead singer is now looking forward to releasing Beautiful Destruction out into the world and hitting the road.

“We have revamped the live show around the album,” Damien said.

The Viper Creek Band will launch the album with a weekend packed with gigs starting in Muswellbrook RSL on Friday night,​ March 1,  the Sydney launch at Rooty Hill RSL on Saturday​, March 2​ before playing for their hometown audience at Edgeworth Bowling Club on Sunday​, March 3​.

​The full album is available on iTunes: https://apple.co/2VqxCbm

Troy Cassar-Daley strips music back

By Rebecca Belt

TROY Cassar-Daley takes to the stage for his traditional Tamworth Country Music Festival concert with mates at TRECC from 4pm today, Thursday, January 24, but with a difference.

As well as the usual array of surprise guests, it will be a special experience for the audience with Troy performing acoustically without a band.

“This concert will set the tone for what happens on the road this year,” the multi-award winning artist said.

“There is a myriad of guests coming, but the intimacy of an acoustic show is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

The Tamworth festival favourite said the litmus test for how the tour would go was a recent concert at Twins Towns, which was a major success.

“It’s about whether you feel confident enough to get in there and do it, but people love music and love to hear the honest and raw part of it as well because that’s the way the song is born,” Troy said.

“You’re showing them the way it came into the world like showing them the baby wrapped in a blanket.”

Today’s Tamworth show will involve Troy and his mates talking about a song and playing it together on stage.

“It’s a real privilege to put this show on and always is,” he said.

“I am doing a fair bit of listening of iTunes and brushing on some lyrics I haven’t sung in a long time, but it’s great for the brain, so you know you can continue to learn. These artists are such masterful songwriters and I’ve grown to love their lyrics even more now that I’m studying them closer.”

One artist Troy can name on the show is his wife, Laurel, who he loves singing with.

The Queensland artist said the biggest highlight of the Tamworth Country Music Festival for him was the cross-pollination that happens when artists jump out of the crowd and onto the stage to collaborate with other performers.

“That is something I’ve always loved about coming here,” Troy said.

One such gig was Pete Denahy with the Travellin’ Country Band at The Pub that Troy was a surprise guest on, after Pete spotted him in the crowd. He performed Joy McKean’s classic, Indian Pacific.

“This town should be really proud of the stories these songwriters are coming up with,” he said.

Troy is also a finalist in the Golden Guitar Awards in Heritage Song of the Year for Shadows on the Hill.

“I’m always looking forward to the awards,” he said.

“I’m more than excited for Shadows on the Hill because it was written from being with the men in my family, sitting around talking about the history of our area. It was a history that I was keen to learn about, so I was driving home and by myself in the car, and I wrote the song like a jigsaw puzzle all the way home.”

The multi-Golden Guitar winner said he loved going to the Golden Guitar Awards even when he wasn’t a finalist.

“The celebration of the music is a really big part of the night,” he said.

Troy will make a flying visit out of Tamworth on Saturday to play at a Australia Day celebration for Terri Irwin at Australia Zoo before getting back to the Country Music Capital for the night of nights.

Following his headline show and the awards, Troy will morph into Tex Dubbo at The Longyard on Sunday, January 27, with his band Michel Rose, Vaughan Jones, Simon Johnson, and Bradley Bergen on drums.

“The Tex Dubbo show is more of a friends catch up and people enjoy that there’s no compass on the boat,” he said.

“There are no originals and we just go wherever it takes us and turns into something really unique for me. I love the little bit of tradition that we set up every two years.”

Troy’s tour, including his daughter Jem opening for him, begins in Geelong and Warrnambool.

“Jem will be going to places that she’s never seen,” he said.

“Graduating from The Academy was such an experience for her – a kid who is about to turn 18 – and she’s really excited about the tour because she’s catching up with other graduates as we travel around.”

Tim McGraw headlines Deni’s 21st birthday celebrations

Australia’s iconic Deni Ute Muster turns 21 next year and organisers are thrilled to announce that international country superstar, Tim McGraw, will headline the event to be held on 4 and 5 October 2019. Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records and dominated the charts with 43 worldwide #1 singles. He’s won 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 3 People’s Choice Awards and numerous other honours. He also starred in and narrated the hit movie “The Shack” as well as roles in “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side.”
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Tim McGraw will headline the 21st Deni Ute Muster
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Little Man tells big story for country singer, Danny Phegan

THE best songs often come from hard times, and so is the case with chart-topping country artist, Danny Phegan’s new single, Little Man. Released today, November 9, Little Man came out of the stresses associated with the 2006 drought in southern NSW – the worst rainfall recorded for his home town of Walla Walla.

“I wrote this song in the years after that drought while putting in 8 kilometres of new water line. My son Bill was only a couple of years old and always wanted to be with me wherever I went, but he’d be asleep by the first gate,” Danny said.

“I was under a lot of pressure and I remember looking at him and thinking how I wished I could sleep so soundly. Most nights I’d fall asleep starring at the ceiling running sums through my head to get through another month. But I also knew someday he’d get his turn at life’s worries and I don’t want him to be in a hurry to get there.”

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Benny Allen not missing a beat with new single

TAMWORTH has witnessed the beginnings of many beautiful songs, and Benny Allen’s debut single, Day One Of Missing You, is no exception and this morning it has debuted at No. 19 on the iTunes Country Songs Chart.
Written with legendary singer-songwriter Allan Caswell in the Country Music Capital, the song came to Benny after an early morning trek to watch the sun rise over Tamworth at Oxley Lookout.
“It was one of those songs that started from nothing,” he said.
“I had just written the song The Lord Above on the drive up to Tamworth because my girlfriend’s dad was in a coma and we didn’t know if he was going to make it. When I sat down with Allan, I had nothing left in me, so he asked me what I’d done that morning and I’d got up and watched the sun rise over Tamworth at Oxley Lookout.
“We hadn’t had a fight or anything, but my girlfriend was going through a lot and I was 1400km away and I guess that was the emotional genesis of the song; feeling that isolation and separation from someone you love.”

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Tom Curtain takes top independent honours

SINGER-SONGWRITER Tom Curtain’s trophy shelf is groaning after adding another four accolades to his name at The Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards in Mildura on Saturday night.

The Katherine country artist couldn’t ask for a better year than 2018 after winning Independent Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Independent Artist of the Year.

These come on top of two Golden Guitars in Tamworth in January for his song and video for Never Never Land with Luke O’Shea. A few short months ago, he also got married to Annabel McLarty, making 2018 a year that’s hard to beat.

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Morgan Wallen gets Up Down Under for CMC Rocks 2019

UP DOWN singer Morgan Wallen is shining proof that life can throw you curveballs when it comes to your childhood ambitions, but your dreams can still come true. He will add to those achievements when he heads to Australian for CMC Rocks 2019 in March.

The US singer-songwriter had dreams of being a professional baseball player, but an injury forced him to change his life direction and now he’s playing the stadiums he dreamed of as a child, just in a different field.


Morgan Wallen will join other international and Australian acts at CMC Rocks 2019. 
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Morgan has released three singles – The Way I Talk, his latest Whiskey Glasses, but it was his second, Up Down, that caught the ears of new country fans, when he teamed up with chart-toppers Florida Georgia Line.

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CMC Rocks Queensland 2019 artists announced

FULL ARTIST LINEUP

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (USA) – THOMAS RHETT (USA) – LUKE COMBS (USA)

MICHAEL RAY (USA) – LOCASH (USA) – FRANKIE BALLARD (USA) – CARLY PEARCE (USA) – CAM (USA) – DEVIN DAWSON (USA) – KASEY CHAMBERS – TROY CASSAR-DALEY – DANIELLE BRADBERY (USA) – ASHLEY MCBRYDE (USA) – BRANDY CLARK (USA) – LINDSAY ELL (CAN)

Thomas Rhett is among the headliners announced for CMC Rocks 2019

MORGAN WALLEN (USA) – THE SISTERHOOD BAND (USA) – JIM LAUDERDALE (USA) – JEDD HUGHES – TENILLE TOWNES (USA) – NOAH SCHNACKY (USA) – HOME FREE (USA) – ALEYCE SIMMONDS – IMOGEN CLARK – MELANIE DYER – OAKWOOD

THURSDAY 14* – FRIDAY 15 – SATURDAY 16 – SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2019

WILLOWBANK, IPSWICH QLD

*Campers entrance only

GENERAL PUBLIC ON-SALE: 9AM AEST (QLD), TUESDAY 2ND OCTOBER

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More Tamworth tix to come

It may be the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in many states, but the Tamworth Country Music Festival is giving country fans the gifts with more shows on sale for the biggest country music festival in Australia on Monday, October 1.

With existing tickets in high demand, festival goers will be pleased to hear that additional shows are now available to add into their schedules for the 47th Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth.

Adam Brand returns with his festival-favourite show, the Birthday Bash

The DAG Sheep Station, Capitol Theatre and Tamworth Town Hall are just some of venues that will be drawing in the crowds as tickets for popular artists including The Pigs and Sara Storer and collaborations for Australian & Great Britain Country Showcase and Songwriters Retreat Showcase come up for grabs from Monday.

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Gord Bamford returns Down Under

AS GORD Bamford readies himself for another visit to Australia, Rebecca Belt revisits her chat with the Canadian-Australian at CMC Rocks Queensland 2018.

Catching up at CMC Rocks, Gord said he was excited to be part of such a huge festival and to build on the success off his previous Australian visits.

“Things have really taken a big jump for me and I want to spend as much time as I can here,” he said.

“There are more Canadians here this year than I’ve ever seen and this is as good a festival as I’ve ever seen.”

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