BETWEEN 11.15-11.45pm EST.
Drongo Jack will be
 taking a short break & will return February 2015
 Both Jack Paten & Floreena would like to wish you all a very
Happy Christmas &
A Happy New Year

Click on Photo to listen

The Song
"Just Someone I Used To Know" was recorded by Floreena Forbes this year, 2014 in memory of her husband Wal Forbes who passed away in 1984.
Floreena & Wal Forbes formed their band "Floreena Forbes & The Tumbleweed in 1977. In this video, I have included Floreena's stepson Wayne Forbes whose life was lost  in a motorbike accident along with his 7 year old son. Wayne was their drummer in the earlier years.
This song is on the album
"A Trip Down Memory Lane" as a Bonus track available by going to her website
"Drongo Jack"
Jade Hurley.
Drongo Jack interviews the King of Australian Country Rock.
" Check out Drongo Jack Page"

Travel Club
Yours in Bootscootin' Fun,
Ray, Darryl and Sharron
Phone from Australia:
1800 654 899
Phone from New Zealand:
00 617 5491 2033

 Updated 28th.10.2014

Vale Good Morning Country Founder/Presenter BOB SPENCE, 1928-2014

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Community Radio Network and Good Morning Country are deeply saddened to announce
the death of veteran GMC presenter Bob Spence, age 86, who passed away early on Thursday 11 December, 2014.

A true gentleman and former broadcaster with Sydney stations 2SER, 2SSR and 2RDJ, Bob was an original founder of Good Morning Country in 2000 and the show’s first Program Manager. Having previously presented the five-hour CRN overnight program ‘Australia Country Wide’, Bob was a dedicated Country music fan who was inducted into the Australian Country Music Broadcasters Hall Of Fame in 2004.

“I guess I play more Australian Country music, but I do like some the American songs too,” he admitted in a recent GMC article in the sector magazine CBX. “I prefer the older style, the kind of songs that bring back memories for people,” related Bob.

“I recently played an oldie, ‘Dark Moon’ by Bonnie Guitar, and a listener phoned up crying because that song was his late wife’s favourite. It really touched him to hear it again.”

Having only returned to GMC in July 2013 after a long break, Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him and enjoyed his excellent radio programs.


For more information, contact the Community Radio Network, 02 9310 2999 / crn@cbaa.org.au.

Martin Walters

CRN Operations Coordinator

T: (02) 9318 9610

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

PO Box 564, Alexandria, NSW 1435


Martin Walters

CRN Operations Coordinator

T: (02) 9318 9610
Allan Caswell Receives His 29th Golden Guitar Finalist Nomination
with "Sometimes When You Lose You Win"

ALLAN CASWELL earned his first Golden Guitar nomination in 1980 and his latest in the 2015 Awards … a remarkable 35 years between the two! There are a number of artists this year that weren’t even born when he won the “Best New Talent Award” for King Of The Rodeo.

“If it wasn’t for JW doing so well … I’d be the oldest in this year’s Awards too … it’s nice to still be relevant after all these years”, said Caswell. “I am really proud of the work that Roger Corbett and I did on this album. It started as a fund and awareness raiser for my court case with Sony but quickly turned into a collection of some of my best ever songs and stylistically a big step out of my comfort zone”.

And why choose Alt Country?

“When I started, I was considered either too country for pop or too pop for country … now I’m too country for country” … “I don’t belong in the mainstream as it now is … I prefer it out here on the edges … I love writing with the mainstream artists. They are really talented and I’m proud of the songs we have written together and about having the songs on their albums but as an artist I need to express things the way I feel them myself.”

“Roger Corbett’s work on “Sometimes When You Lose You Win” was amazing. His vision for the album was as strong as mine was and he pushed it into areas that I hadn’t imagined it going … he also claimed that I listened to him on this record more than I had on the other albums he produced for me.”

Much of what occurs on Sometimes When You Lose You Win reflects a really personal struggle. The title track is the first single off the album to go to radio and was written with Allan’s wife Marian about what it feels to take on something this big and how much you appreciate the support of “people you don’t even know”. As a whole, the album is laced with humour, satire, nostalgia and the depth of lyric content Caswell is known for. Apart from Marian’s contribution and the songs he wrote by himself, Allan also collaborated with Lachlan Bryan, Drew McAlister and ex-Roxy Music member Dave Skinner to build a collection of songs that are biting, funny, moving and clever, sometimes all at the same time. The seamless medley of Christmas In Dixie and On The Inside must surely be ruffling a few feathers down at Sony.

For more information, copies of the album and interviews, please contact Allan Caswell on 0419 218 988 or email allan@allancaswell.com


GEOFF WILLIAMS, President of Belrose Country Music Club, is celebrating another songwriting success.

At the recent Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival, Geoff ‘s song “That Picture of You”, to be included on his forthcoming new album, won the Traditional Song Award.

The tribute album recorded by The George Jones Band reached #1 in the US early this year and it included Geoff’s “The Dobro Song”.

The single “Christmas in Sydney”, released on CRS 169, is again available and will be performed at the Christmas show at Belrose Bowling Club on Sunday 30th November, featuring newly appointed club Patron DIANNE LINDSAY with PETER SIMPSON, the very popular BROTHERS3 and KATIE HAMBLIN. Santa will also make an appearance at the concert that starts at 1.30 pm.

For further information please visit www.belrosecountrymusicclub.org.au or email Geoff at williamsge@ozemail.com.au


Small Town Culture has just topped off a massive year by winning the Regional Services Award at the 2014 Regional Achievement Awards. The awards highlight the work done in rural communities across all of Queensland. 

Earlier in the year 'Small Town Culture' produced the song and video "Life of a Country Kid” for the ICPA (Isolated Children's and Parent's Association), released on CRS 175 (Track 8).

The production was not only a huge success in education circles but also reached # 28 on the Australian Country Music Radio Charts.
The song was one of many created this year by Josh Arnold with school students right across South West Queensland. The work done by Josh through 'Small Town Culture' continues to change the lives of many young people in rural areas as well as showcase to the rest of Australia the unique personalities, identities and talents in the bush. The towns and communities as well have wholeheartedly embraced the program which is supported by the University of Southern Queensland.

The award was particularly special to Josh as he is so truly passionate about his work and dedicated the award to the thousands of children he has worked with in the last few years.

The 'Small Town Culture' team is already gearing up for a huge 2015!

A new program introducing country music into schools in the Tamworth region will commence on Friday, 14 November 2014.

Visiting artists Kaylens Rain and Kaylee Bell (the 2013 Toyota Star Maker) and reigning Toyota Star Maker Jared Porter will visit Oxley High School and Peel High School during the day.

The schools’ music teachers, Matt Parnell and Anthony Walmsley, have both welcomed the trio of artists and their participation in the

Event and progam coordinator Cheryl Byrnes said school visits by music artists wasn’t a new idea, but as it was rather haphazard and infrequent, it didn’t build sufficient momentum or interest – until now.

“Country music is an extremely diversified genre with music for all tastes,” Cheryl said.

 "When I went to school I was in a folk group for five years.  Our song list included country songs influenced by my home life and the other girls loved the songs of John Denver, America and The Eagles, to name a few, so we were able to include country songs in our set list.

“At that time, singing for your peers was confronting because they didn’t appear to like what we did.  Thirty years later those same friends have told me just how much they enjoyed what we did.  I know the school students of today who love singing and playing country music get the same reaction and don’t feel accepted and that’s what I’d love to change.”

Cheryl believes students of all ages will love this concept and hopes teachers in the region will jump on board this new program.

“This will create a wonderful interest for the students who will find out so much from country music artists of all styles and those same students will start filling their listening devices with their favourite country music,” she said.

“In most cases, students aren’t old enough to attend concerts unless their parents are into music and go out regularly, so we need to take the music to the students.”

Evidence shows there are hundreds of young people already singing at country music festivals around the country and who come to Tamworth in January for the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.

“Each decade, every year, there are always new artists; we see them in the talent quests, in big competitions like Star Maker and the New Talent category in the Country Music Awards of Australia,” Cheryl said. 

Cheryl said the whole concept was about having fun, connecting with the artists and – there’s no better genre than country to make that association.

The hashtag #schoolcountry encourages students and artists to post photos on all their social networks and maybe one day soon, schools right across Australia will be jumping on board and that’ll be just fantastic for country music.

Any schools in the region interested in participating in the program contact Cheryl Byrnes at cheryl.byrnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au or
phone 0407 106 966.



Connie Kis officially released her 5th album “Naked Under The Radar” through WJO today Friday November 7th. The latest release features 12 tracks all of which were written by Connie Kis who also plays acoustic guitar on ten of them. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Mastermind, Nashville TN by Doug Wayne (Holmquist).

Some of the tracks would be familiar to her fans and that’s because Connie chose to re-work some personal gems from earlier albums that had slipped ‘under the radar’ the first time around and the tracks have now been re-recorded acoustically.

The album’s first radio single, ‘On The Other Side Of Midnight’ has already grabbed the attention of radio presenters and is steadily gaining momentum with its up tempo, bare bones, country roots story of love possibilities after a fun night out at the local bar. This week the single came in at #4 on the Country Tracks Top 40.

Since the release of her previous album, Connie Kis has dealt with and survived treatment for cancer.  “Releasing this album has great significance to me,” says Connie Kis. “It symbolizes new life and opportunities on so many levels.  New life for me personally and new life for my songs.”

Connie’s career highlights include being named Western Australia’s Best Country Female Artist three times, winning the Best Independent Country Music Album for Western Australia twice, and receiving a TIARA for Female Vocalist in 2012 along with multiple awards for song-writing. She has already enjoyed chart success in Australia with her self-penned songs.

‘On The Other Side Of Midnight’ was serviced to radio earlier this month via

CRS Publicity #177 http://crspublicity.com.au/crs-cd/177/connie-kis-andersen4/ & WJO Content Delivery Service in September

http://www.conniekisandersen.com.au/ | https://www.facebook.com/conniekis.andersen

“Naked Under The Radar” is out now through WJO


For further information including an interview with Connie Kis, please contact: KrisKat Publicity

E: kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au | Ph: +61 2 9349 5328 | M: +61 414 334 348

Rhiannon Cooke

Rhiannon Cooke Releases First Single to Radio

Thursday night 30th October, Rhiannon Cooke debuted her very first single to radio in front of family, friends and supporters at The Church Bar in Windsor. At 19 years of age this is a great thrill for Rhiannon to be on the path to fulfilling her dreams.

Her single “Swings and Roundabouts” (CRS 177) was gifted to her by Golden Guitar winner Tamara Stewart and Horizon Award winner Amber Lawrence, the writers of the song. Produced by the highly talented Brad Bergen, the song is an uplifting look at the in’s and out’s of being in love.

“Love is the ride of your life, love is the lows and the highs,

  Love is the goodbyes and the I can't live withouts, Oh swings and roundabouts.”

A stunningly shot video was also launched on the night produced by the talented Paul Denham and is now on CMC.

She began training in singing and dancing at five, and held a vocal scholarship for six years at St Paul’s Grammar School Cranebrook.
For the past 10 years Rhiannon has been studying vocal performance with Natalie Carboni while also studying guitar and song writing.

In 2007, Rhiannon won the “13 and under Vocal section” in the Sydney Eisteddfod - a big achievement for a 13 year old. In 2010 Rhiannon was chosen as one of the top eight for the Grand Final of the Contemporary Singer of the Year.

In 2013 Rhiannon placed highly in all categories she entered, but her most satisfying achievement at the 2013 Sydney Eisteddfod was when she won the Country Section performing one of her original songs from her EP – Reflections.

Rhiannon is also enrolled in the Australian Academy of Country Music this January to set her on the path of what we believe to be a stellar career.

Interviews: Cameron Syrett: 0437 880 887

Susan Lily Press Release*

I'm overjoyed at the moment!  This is so lovely and brilliant that I'm doing *happy dancing* all day!

Love that so many are playing the track and hope that if you want to do an interview or get some radio ID's that you let me know

Planning for my EP launch both here in Adelaide and up in Tamworth is underway and I will have more news soon for you all.

thanks again, you all rock my world! xx

Susan Lily




On the back of the release of MISCHIEF (Your Backside's Gonna Pay) - her 3rd single from her ARIA charting 2014 Album, RANDOM TRUTHS - Tanya is looking forward to her performance as a headline artist at the CANBERRA COUNTRY, BLUES and ROOTS FESTIVAL, November 14-16.

Tanya will appear on the Southern Cross Stage 7.30pm - 9pm, Saturday 15th November.  And again on Sunday 16th November on the True Blue Stage from 1-2pm.

"I'm really looking forward to such a wonderful music event! It's been a while since I've performed in Canberra.  So I can't wait to get amongst the music and the fun!"


Tanya's Tamworth 2015 schedule is filled nicely with a number of key appearances:

Special Guest STAR MAKER FINAL 10

  a ONE SHOW ONLY of her RANDOM TRUTHS ALBUM SHOWCASE, Friday 23 January 7-9pm at the South Tamworth Bowls Club.

For interviews with Tanya contact KRISKAT PUBLICITY

P: 02 9349 5328
M: 0414 334 348
E: kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au 

   Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth


Friday, 23 January 2015 at 10:00

Capitol Theatre in Tamworth, New South Wales

The December deadline for Capital News is the same as the Official Guide To The Tamworth Country Music Festival.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1) If you've booked a Super Package with the Official Guide and you haven't yet sent your artwork please send it by Wednesday so it will appear in the December issue of Capital News for you as well as in the Official Guide.  
2) Upload your gigs to www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au for the monthly gig guide and to the www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au/officialguide for the Official Guide so they will be published
3) Don't forget to let us know if you have a special event, festival or other coming up and send us your news.
CD Releases | IMPORTANT | If you are hoping to have a review or editorial in Capital News to coincide with your release you MUST give me at least three months notice.  Even if you don't know if you're album will be ready at least let me know and we can pencil something in to save disappointment.
And don't forget ask me how to receive a monthly copy of Capital News at a special industry price of $25 for the whole year!!!!!   We look forward to your support in return.
Many thanks
Cheryl Byrnes | Rural Press Events | PO Box 585 | Tamworth 2340 Australia
Direct: 02 6768 5812 | M: 0407 10 69 66
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    Kathy Coleman has 5 self-penned songs gaining a Finalist placing in the 2014 ASA Songwriting Awards!

    Kathy, from the Hunter Valley of NSW, has been listed as a 5 x Finalist in the 2014 Australian Songwriting Association National Songwriting Awards to be held in Sydney in November.

    Kathy’s 5 songs that have progressed through to the Finalist listing are:

    - They Call ‘em Coopers - Australia Category

    - Daisy - Ballad Category

    - My Get Up & Go - Country Category

    - Looking Back - Open Category

    - My Imagination - Spiritual Category

    All of the songs gaining a Finalist placing are on Kathy’s current Album titled “Because of You” available for distribution through WJO. This is great news for Kathy’s current single at Radio They Call ‘em Coopers released on CRS 176 in September 2014. The song has previously won 3 Songwriting Awards at the 2012 Canberra Country Music Festival and is currently Number 12 on the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart as at the 25.10.14. The ASA National Songwriting Awards are the largest of its kind in Australia with the Association receiving thousands of entries. The Awards are prestigious and highly regarded, with a Gala Dinner & Awards night held at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, Liverpool on the 24th November 2014.

    The night will feature Kate Ceberano, performing live as the Australian Songwriters Hall of Fame Recipient, with Ross Ryan (I Am Pegasus) being the special Guest Artist. The Top 10 Songwriters in each category will be honoured on stage with the Winners of each Category to perform their winning song. The winner of each category will then be in the running to win Songwriter of the Year.

    The last few weeks have been amazing for this very talented singer/songwriter, with her current single They Call ‘em Coopers entering the Top 40 Country Tracks Charts & 5 x Finalist placings in the Songwriting Awards. Kathy writes from the heart, her songs are all true stories about life, love & the beautiful country that we live in. She loves what she does and it shines through in all of her songs.

    If you would like more information about this Press Release, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathy Coleman directly on 0417 419 983 or email sales@doubledeal.com.au

    Hi friends;
    Today the Clown Prince of Australian Country Music - celebrates 62 years since he recorded
    The Sheik of Scrubby Creek - October 24th 1952, on the famous Regal Zonophone label.
    It became a huge seller, outselling international entertainers: Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney
    and Frankie Lane at that particular time.  Since then, Chad has been singing the song 'The Sheik'
    at every show.   In 1958 she was the first to come out on an LP (10 inch) also titled 'The Sheik of
    Scrubby Creek'
    Today at the age of 82 Chad still performs has comical shows Australia wide.  He had recently
    attended the Mildura Country Music Festival, where he was presented with the Barry Thorton
    Award - for his contribution to Country Music.   The lovable 'Sheik' will be in Tamworth in
    January 2015, for the annual Country Music Festival.
    Congratulations Chad.


     Ray Kernaghan Named 2014 Australasian Country Music Living Legend

    Iconic Australian Country Music artist, Ray Kernaghan, was presented the 2014 Australasian Country Music Legend Award at the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Concert in Kempsey over the weekend.
    The award honours an artist’s lifetime contribution to country music by entertaining and supporting traditional Australian country music. It also honours the achievements of those who pioneered Country Music in Australia and who are actively engaged in writing, recording and performing Country Music.
    To receive the award, recipients must qualify in a minimum of four of the seven criteria. Ray Kernaghan qualified in all seven categories.
    The announcement of Kernaghan as the 2014 recipient proved a popular choice throughout the audience and one that completely shocked Kernaghan stating, “I’m flabbergasted. In fact, I’m bloody flabbergasted!”
    For decades, Ray Kernaghan has toured the length and breadth of Australia and is the recipient of twelve Gold and two Platinum Albums having reached sales in excess of one million copies – a major achievement for an independent recording artist.
    Ray Kernaghan was joined at the announcement of the 2014 Australasian Country Music Living Legend Award by wife, Pam and daughter Tania.

    For further information please contact karen@taniakernaghan.com

    The knitting brigade is similar to the women who knitted socks for the troops during the War.


    It is exciting times ahead with Tamworth fast approaching.  I thank you very much for your support of my latest single “Australia’s Colonial Sons” (CRS 176 Track 9) which will be included on the new CD “They Answered The Call” to be launched at Tamworth. 

    We have five ladies knitting red poppies for the launch and we are including a single track DVD of “Australia’s Colonial Sons” as well.  The knitting brigade is similar to the women who knitted socks for the troops during the War.


    It is exciting times ahead with Tamworth fast approaching.  I thank you very much for your support of my latest single “Australia’s Colonial Sons” (CRS 176 Track 9) which will be included on the new CD “They Answered The Call” to be launched at Tamworth. 

    We have five ladies knitting red poppies for the launch and we are including a single track DVD of “Australia’s Colonial Sons” as well.  The knitting brigade is similar to the women who knitted socks for the troops during the War.

    Any presenter who is in Tamworth is very welcome as my guest to attend any of my concerts.  Also, I would love to have a chat with you about my upcoming Tamworth shows, the new album and my current single, so please give me a call on 0427 130 853 or email grahamrodger1@gmail.com

    Kindest Regards,

    Graham Rodger

         Bradley Pullen with his Trophies             Bradley & Drongo Jack with their Trophies
    With lots of practice & dedication 6 year old Bradley has picked up an award
      at the Gloucester Country Music Club Talent Quest,
      Bradley - took out 1st Place in the Under 9's and also
      was  presented with 'Polly Everett's Junior Encouragement Award'.
      (October 12th 2014) 
    Bradley also picked up an award with his uncle 'Drongo Jack" at the Bellbird Country Music Club Talent Quest Via Cessnock NSW on the August.8 .2014
    " Keep up the Good work Bradley"



    Multi-instrumentalist BOB HOWE and vocalist DONNA FISK have joined forces to salute the songwriting and recordings of fellow inductees in the Australian ‘Country Music Hands of Fame’. The first release is a pair of digital singles; Donna sings ‘Still In Love With You’ and Bob performs ‘The Preacher’.

    was written by GARTH PORTER (inducted in the year 2000) and Tony Mitchell. At the beginning of the seventies, I was fortunate to see their band Sherbet win the ‘Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds’. By the mid-seventies, while working for Festival Records, I would meet the band and also experience them in concert at the peak of their popularity (I’ll never forget the sound of the Hordern Pavilion packed with screaming girls!). In the nineties, Garth would become the uber-producer on the Australian Country Music scene.

    I saw Sherbet as a young girl when my Dad Gene Bradley Fisk and his band were on the same bill and Dad compered the show. I remember trying to listen to the music while the other girls were content to scream. Years later, I would work with Garth when he was producing James Blundell’s debut album and I was asked to duet on one of the tracks. For this new project, produced by Bob Howe, I chose ‘Still In Love With You’ to respectfully represent Garth and also pay tribute to Daryl Braithwaite who I regard as having one of the finest and most unique voices in the world.


    I first met DONNA FISK in 1980 just before we became part of the ‘Johnny Chester & Hotspur Roadshow’. Later I led Donna’s own band, ‘Hot Diggity’ and by the mid-eighties, we had toured every state of Australia and cemented (no Hands-of-Fame pun intended) a friendship that has endured more than three decades. I’ve always regarded Donna as one of Australia’s finest singers and was delighted that she agreed to join me in this project. She has won countless Victorian and National awards and was herself inducted into the Australian Country Music Hands of Fame in 1989. Though we’ve given Still In Love With You a country twist while still retaining the essence of the song (including the memorable bass line), Donna brings a new vitality to the lyric and melody.

    The inspiration for this new version of THE PREACHER comes from a recording by legendary Australian guitarist DAVE BRIDGE (inducted in 1993). A founding member of the Joy Boys, Dave also had a string of solo instrumental hits. He recorded The Preacher on the B-side of his 1963 single The Swan and it features a distinctive bass part and minimalist approach. I’ve combined that with the influence of the original version by the Horace Silver Quintet and a dash of Western Swing.


    Working with a gifted professional like Bob has always been just natural; cups of sweet tea and biscuits on the ‘easy road less travelled’! A true country gentleman. He played on many of my early recordings, a professional showing ultimate respect to his fellow music artists in his many roles as musical director, producer and entertainer. I truly cherish this fun time making music together again. No-one was more delighted than me when he was inducted into the Australian Country Music Hands of Fame this year (2014). On The Preacher, Bob shows his multi-instrumental skills by playing (in order) bass, brushes, acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica and electric guitar!

    Still In Love With You and The Preacher are available now
    from CDBaby, Amazon and iTunes

    © ShowNet Records 2014


    101 DAYS UNTIL THE ​ 


    It​'s ​40 years since Country Music Capital News published the very first program for the 1975 Tamworth Country Music Festival   

    Now with just 101 days until the 43rd Tamworth Country Music Festival commences, Rural Press Events is preparing the next big publication of the program, now referred to as the Official Guide To The Tamworth Country Music Festival.

    The “Official Guide” is the ultimate reference for the 55,000** country music fans anticipated to converge on Tamworth – Australia’s Country Music Capital – and will assist navigation around the gigantic music fair.

    The festival will see more than 800 individual artists and musicians perform and the “Official Guide” is a valuable and resourceful annual for fans to plan their 10-days experience. 


    ​Take note of the website and deadline to make sure you are listed in the guide.

    Advertising opportunities are available.  Book online or download a ‘live’ booking sheet here, complete and return.

    Upload gigs at Official Guide Log In before Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
    ​DEADLINE: November Capital News is October 10​
    ​DEADLINE: December Capital News is November 7​

    The Official Guide will be available through pre-sale, from newsagents in and around Tamworth and selected newsagents throughout 

    New South Wales and Victoria from the first week in January 2015.

    ** (aggregate over 10 days)

    ​RURAL PRESS EVENTS | 02 6768 5800

    Congratulations to all the Winners in Mildura last night;


    1. APRA/AMCOS Australian Independent Country Music Single of the Year.
    Three Brothers (The Great War) Luke O'Shea

    2. Australian Independent Album of the Year.
    Sing You Up Luke O’Shea

    3. Australian Independent Heritage Track of the Year.
    I’m The Land Dean Perrett

    4. CRS Australian Independent Rising Star Male.
    Damian Howard Once In A While

    5. CRS Australian Independent Rising Star Female.
    Kate Cook Give The Girl A Spanner

    6. Capital News Australian Independent Male Vocalist of the Year.
    Luke O'Shea Three Brothers (The Great War)

    7. Capital News Australian Independent Female Vocalist of the Year.
    Aleyce Simmonds Believe

    8. Australian Independent Group/Duo of the Year.
    Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes Black Coffee

    Barry Thornton Memorial Award
    Chad Morgan


    For 36 years Star Maker has been searching for a new country music star and organisers, Rural Press Events, are urging artists to enter the 2015 competition which closes on October 31, 2014.

    Entry is open to an individual 18 years or over who may already be working full-time in the country music industry.

    The annual winners’ list includes artists of all age groups so there’s no particular age-boundary.  It’s all about the performer’s ability and x factor.

    Star Maker has been a crucial launching pad for some of Australia’s biggest country music stars including KEITH URBAN, LEE KERNAGHAN, JAMES BLUNDELL, BECCY COLE and KYLIE SACKLEY.

    The competition has a responsibility to deliver a new winner who becomes an automatic ambassador for the Australian country music industry.

    It’s easy to enter.  Simply read the conditions and download the entry form here:

    Silver Saddle To Find Undiscovered Country Gem At Sydney Country Music Festival 
    Silver Saddle To Find Undiscovered Country Gem At Sydney Country Music Festival   

    Aspiring country music artists will have the chance to showcase their talents to some of the most enthusiastic country fans in NSW as they converge on the Sydney Hills in November.

    The Silver Saddle competition is aimed at unearthing the next big thing in country music, with the final to be held at the Sydney Country Music Festival on Saturday November 8.

    Heats will be staged at the 2014 Orange Blossom Festival on September 13 and the Hawkesbury Harvest Markets on October 11 and 25.

    Multi-award winning country singer-songwriter Donna Boyd said she can’t wait to get the competition underway.

    “The thought of giving aspiring country music artists a great opportunity like this is really exciting and I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Council on this project,” Ms Boyd said.

    “There are so many talented artists that are just looking for that opportunity to get their name out there and have their voices and their music heard. This is the opportunity they’ve been looking for.”

    Hills Shire Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne said she was happy to be supporting amateur musical talent.

    “Performing arts is something I’m really happy to support and the Silver Saddle competition is a great way of promoting undiscovered talent at one of our signature events,” Mayor Byrne said.

    “The unique and historic Bella Vista Farm Park is the perfect location for this event. It’s a rural and historical oasis in the centre of one of Australia’s biggest commercial business parks. I can’t wait to welcome thousands of residents and visitors to the Sydney Country Music Festival for what will be a great day out for all.”


    Please note - this info can also be found by clicking here:


    Kind Regards,

    Donna Boyd | Talent Coordinator

    Silver Saddle Competition


    M: 0414 781 231



     It is sad to announce that we have lost another Country Music artist, who shared inspirational songs such as 'If I Can Do It, So Can You'.  In his 56 years of performing and recording Colin James had become well known within the Australian Country Music arena.   
    In 1958 Colin started performing in public where was part of the group 'Country Club' which also featured the wonderful Olive Bice. He first recorded in 1961 - releasing 'Sleepless Nights' / 'What Is It?' on the Crest label.   Around 1960/61 Colin started his own Entertainment Agency - arranging acts for various shows including The Chad Morgan Show. This was the first time he met The Sheik, and had written two song for Chad virtually on the spot - 'Nobody Else But Little Me' and 'You're Getting Old Son' These two songs Chad still performs today.   Colin ran the Agency until 1975.
    Besides Chad, Colin's songs have also been recorded by many other known artists.  He has also recorded with Olive Bice. 
    In 1984, Colin was honoured when he was inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in Tamworth. One of the highest achievements was being presented with an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for his continuous services to the community.

    Over the years he has appeared on various TV shows:- Good Morning Australia, Getaway, The Great Outdoors and other variety shows. He also appeared on New Faces where he won an Award for his recitation 'If I Can Do It So Can You'.   Colin had also been a support act for: Reg Lindsay, Frank Ifield, Slim Dusty and Freddie Fender to name a few.

    Colin James

    Country music presenter at 106.7 Phoenix FM

    Colin shared his stories and laughter with listeners homing in on his program at Bendigo radio station,106.7 Phoenix FM. on Fridays  between 12.30-2.30pm called Movin On with Bobby & Colly.

    Rest in Peace Colin

    Jack Paten & Floreena



    Press Release: August/September 2014

    Justin Standley Riding High For Relay with ‘Stand By Me”


    When JUSTIN STANDLEY was named Patron for Relay for Life in his hometown of Bundaberg for 2014, he decided to promote the worthy cause through his music.

    “Cancer takes so much from so many,” said Justin. “As a cancer survivor myself, and having two of my best friends being diagnosed with aggressive cancers this year (one of whom passed suddenly in May), I made my role as patron into an opportunity to fight back against this disease.”

    Justin teamed up with multi-Golden Guitar winning producer MATT FELL to produce this special song, Stand By Me.  Matt has captured Justin at his vocal finest on this latest single with Justin’s live performances of this song moving many listeners to tears.  The single has also debuted in the Country Tracks Top 40 Chart this week.

    “Musically, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done!”, says the former X-Factor star. 

    Stand By Me is the theme song for Bundaberg Relay for Life and appears on the charity album Hope Lives Here (produced by Justin Standley and Karen Bath).  This country/folk CD also includes the talents of Golden Guitar winners EVELYN BURY, AMOS MORRIS and LINDSAY BUTLER.

    Copies can be purchased via the Bundaberg Cancer Council by calling (07) 4150 4500. 

    Stand By Me is also available on iTunes (single only) with 100% going to the charity.


    For interviews and further information please contact:  

    Justin on 0478 900 432 or email: teamjustinstandley@gmail.com

    Karen Bath (Relay for Life) on 0412 180 490


    Vale Paul Rowe

    It is with the deepest sadness that we pass on the news that well known country music commentator Paul Rowe passed away yesterday (Friday) from what we understand is a heart related condition. 

    Paul, who has spent most of his career in the radio industry in both New Zealand and Australia, and more recently over the last 15 years, headed up the iconic Festival FM at the Tamworth Festival, spent the last days of his life doing what he loved - on air at Australia's largest field days as the AgQuip FM on site PA voice.

    Many of you will know Paul as the first contact for both the Festival FM radio station and the Official Guide to the Tamworth CM Festival publication, a task he performed with passion, professionalism and a great sense of humour.

    Paul's sudden passing has, and will affect many of us in different ways and our collective thoughts from not only the Rural Press Events team, but the whole country music family, go out to Paul's wife Marg and son Bradley and extended families.


    Barry Harley and the Rural Press Events
    Further to the notification of the passing of Paul Rowe please know that his funeral is set down for this coming Wednesday.

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 
    Lincoln Grove Memorial Cemetery
    Commencing at 10:00am
    Seating is limited.  
    NB: If it's a hot day or a rainy day bring an umbrella and if it's a cool day be sure to be warm.  You may wish to throw a chair in the car boot in case you don't arrive early enough and can't be seated inside.

    If you wish to and are in a position to, in lieu of flowers you may wish to donate to a fund that has been set up by this office to help Paul's widow Margie.  More information is on the link below which is a safe link to follow.

    If you wish to send a sympathy card please send to 

    Margie Rowe
    9/180 Johnston Street
    Tamworth 2340

    Yours sincerely

                                             Graham Rodger                    
      Catherine Britt

    Graham Rodger & Catherine Britt

    present their latest single

    “Reach Out” (CRS 175 Track 14)

    3 million people in Australia are living with Depression or Anxiety!

    Di Carroll, CEO of the Trans Help Foundation, an organisation dedicated to the wellbeing of truck drivers, approached Graham to write a song which would encourage drivers to seek help if and when required.  The result of that request was “REACH OUT”, a song which delivers a very important message not only to truck drivers, but to every one of those three million people suffering from some degree of depression.  The voices of Graham and Catherine combine dynamically to deliver a positive message of hope and the importance of anyone in need to seek and to accept help.  Assistance is available to anyone if they just “REACH OUT”.

    Both “Beyond Blue” and “Trans Help” have adopted “REACH OUT” as a tool to get their message out.  A special introduction to the song, recorded by Graham, is also attached to this Press Release for you to use on your program/s.

    Graham is very happy to conduct interviews and discuss the road that led him to the writing and recording of this song. Catherine sends her total commitment and support but unfortunately is overseas recording her new Album, so will not be available for interviews.

    Phone Graham on 0427 130 853


    We trust we can count on your support in getting this important message out into our community.



    ON CRS 175 (TRACK 10)
    Whilst the subject matter might call for a cry-in-your-beer melody, that’s not what you’ll get with Doug Bruce’s new song, Broke Down Heart. This catchy song provides an omen to what is to come for Doug Bruce fans on his upcoming album, as it promises to grab the listener in the first few moments and never let go till the very last song Broke Down Heart is one of ten tracks on the new album written by Doug, which includes three co-writes. “This song is a little different than what I have done before and I love that! I don’t set out to write a song with a particular feel or story. If you just let yourself go with it a song can end up writing itself ...and being just what it was meant to be”.

    Doug engaged the talents of his band members, Rusty Cochrane, Andrew Hosking, Mark D’Rozario and Anthony Taylor in the recording of this fourth, self-produced album, as well as recruiting other local musicians, Jacob McGuffie (Davidson Brothers) on rhythm guitar, Jonathan  de Robilliard and Brendan Marolla on keys. For this album, he also called in the talents of Nashville-based steel player, David Spires (who has performed with Shania Twain, Jo Dee Messina, Josh Turner and Craig Campbell) and Jenee Fleenor (has recorded for Rascal Flatts, Neal McCoy, Terri Clark, Don Williams, and Jon Pardi, and toured with Martina McBride, Terri Clark and currently with Blake Shelton) on fiddle and mandolin.

    Broke Down Heart is the first single release from Doug Bruce’s new album Somewhere Better to Be – due for release at the Gympie Muster, 27 August 2014.  And stayed tuned for the video clip on the Country Music Channel...it promises to be a little different! 
    Bookings: Geoff Bell, Laing Entertainment geoff@laing-entertainment.com.au 0401498816
     Media enquiries/interviews: Jodie Doyle  doug@dougbruce.com.au 0477863258

    Website: dougbruce.com.au

    Facebook: DougBruceMusic

    Twitter: DougBruceMusic

    Instagram: dougbrucemusic


    Born n Bred Summary

    They are multi-award winning singer/songwriters who have recently won “Best Alternative Song” at the Canberra Blues and Jazz Festival in 2014.

    They have just returned from a successful - charting tour of Nashville, Tennessee and Alabama.

     They have a raw, unique sound that is as equally emotive as it is uplifting and fun to jig along with.

    The self-titled album was co-produced by Mark Mosely and this is what Gordy Collins had to say:

    .... after several decades ( I won't say just how many)  in the Music and     

    entertainment business, in this town and others, I can say it's not often that I get to become part of a

    project that I feel this good about!  And be proud of!    Paul & Glenda are two great people!  But more than

    that ...They are Good at What They Do!  Write,  Sing  and Perform!   I love everything about them

    both!   Their Attitudes, their genuine love for Their Music, Music in general, for People, and their joy to be

    able to give all of this along with the zest for life itself….to the people they perform
    for.   Gordy Collins

    Your audiences will enjoy dancing, singing along and generally, having a great time with both their originals

    and innovative covers.

    Here is the Website and a couple of YouTube links:

     White Lies (ballad):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_V5fLp2mU8

    The Kelly's (uptempo):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC_XS1Sjwuo

    Debra Wylde
    Valley Girl Promotions
    Mobile:  61 415 766 660
    Email:  debrawylde@gmail.com

     Col Hardy
    This album is the first I have recorded for over 20 years.  It includes some of many favourite songs along with songs that have special meaning to me. 
    The title song ‘I Am’ was written by Eddie Lowe, is for my grandson Jayden, who is autistic.    The song is about understanding how important it is for peoplewith special needs to be understood, to help them lead a normal life as possible.

    The song ‘We Are Australian’ is a song that brings all Australian’s together.  ‘The Royal Telephone and Australia Downunder is my tribute to Jimmy Little.   There are 11 tracks on the album, and I am sure my fans will enjoy them.

    Col Hardy.

    Entries are invited for the Capital Country Music Association (CCMA) Junior Winter Talent Quest
    being staged as part of this year's Hats Off To Country festival in Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital.

    Now in its 16th year, the successful mid-year talent quest totally dedicated to junior performers is on again in July, Friday July 4, at Tamworth's Family Hotel function centre.

    The Talent Quest has 14 sections altogether with prizes, prizemoney and trophies totalling in the order of more than $2,500.

    Following conclusion of the Talent Quest, the Winners Concert will run in the evening at the same venue.

    A limited number of total entries can be catered for so the CCMA is encouraging entrants to do so well and truly before the closing date, Friday, June 27.

    Sections will be contested in two junior age groupings... 12 years and under and 13 to 17 (as of and including July 4, 2014).

    The sections in each grouping are Female Vocal, Male Vocal, Group/Duo, Instrumental, Bush Ballad, Gospel and
    Open Country.

    Entry fees are $10 for the first entry, $5 for all entries thereafter.

    Those wanting to enter can do so on-line at the CCMA website www.ccma.net.au.

    Further information can be obtained from CCMA Secretary Diana Jones on 0413 349 746.

    Further media information from Publicity Officer Tracy Coster on 0412 860 102 or by return email


    A sincere Thank You and some news from Graham Rodger


    It has been such a wonderful feeling to see my new single “Scrub Bull Hunters” hit the top of the Country Tracks Top 30 Chart.  It goes without saying that I thank you all very much for the support both past and present.  Radio Presenters are the life blood of the Australian Independent and I am very aware of your contribution in “getting my music out there”.

    I had great pleasure in writing the song as it depicts such a heritage of our Australian culture.  As you all realise I am passionate about Australia and writing ballads of our life, people and history has been my passion since I was thirteen when I started to write some songs.  I recorded my first LP with Starlight Records in Queen Street, Brisbane so that is telling you something of my age.

    In July, I intend to release another single on another subject that has also become close to me, namely people suffering depression. The song was recorded as a duet with Catherine Britt.  More on that in July though.

    Just an update on a little trivia news on my plans for the next few weeks.  The Tag-A-Long Tour starts on the 23rd May at Miles.  I am delighted that over the period there will be over 50 vans following for all or half of the tour.  You know Tex Morton was my first inspiration followed closely by Slim. Tex and Slim were amongst the first hands in concrete in Tamworth and on the existing wall I am the last.  Tex once had 60 vans follow him on tour and of course Slim travelled across the breadth of Australia with his music so I suppose I am following in their footsteps.  It is going to be, I hope, the first of more to come as people are contacting me asking about the next one as they couldn’t make this tour. 

    If you would like to have a chat to me during the tour I will be available most of the time on my mobile 0427 130 853.  I have a Blue Tic phone so reception should be available.



    “Back In The Little Town” – the self-penned new radio single from Southern Highlands based singer-songwriter Doug McIntyre, is the captivating story of the Australian prodigal son. The son leaves home, blows his inheritance in Brisbane, ends up sleeping in a cardboard under the city’s ‘Story Bridge’, then crawls back home where the ‘old man’ accepts him with open arms.

    This song possesses all the characteristics of a classic Aussie Country/Rock ballad and is the first single to be lifted from Doug’s third album “Riding Free". Produced by current CMAA Producer Of The Year, Matt Fell (Sara Storer, John Williamson, Graeme Connors) the album will be released next month.

    Doug grew up at Goolgowi, in the northern Riverina of NSW and has been inspired by everyone from Pavarotti to Slim Dusty. Music was always played in Doug’s childhood home with his grandad playing accordion and Doug picking up the guitar at 14. An artist who writes songs about Australia for Australians, Doug was named ‘Male Rising Star’ at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards, and went on to become a CMAA Academy of Country Music graduate.


    "I'm fascinated by people’s stories, and I love this great country of ours! I share my passion through my words and music;

    light a spark in people, drop them in at the scene" 

    Doug McIntyre

    For further information including an interview with Doug contact:

    E: kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au | M: 0414 334 348 | Ph: 02 9349 5328

    W: http://kriskatpublicity.com.au/ | F: https://www.facebook.com/KrisKatPublicity



    $50,000 Music Career Scholarship NOW OPEN

    The PIM Music Career Scholarship, worth $50,000, is now open to independent music artists and bands (16 years and over), Australia-wide.

    The package includes an album, a professional photo shoot and video clip, 500 copies of a CD, a website, set up and management  of social media accounts for three months, professional written materials, electronic press kit, business plan, marketing consults and media coaching.

    Could you please help us to ensure that all Australian artists are aware of the scholarship opportunity by forwarding this information to your database and social media networks as well as providing your announcers with the scholarship information to share on air.

    Pacific International Music, JMusic Australia and SoGuru Media, three Australian music businesses hope to increase the number of scholarships available each year, ultimately increasing the pool of talent and skills amongst Australian independent artists.

    Are you able to post about the scholarship on your social media sites?  Send some information to your database in a newsletter?  We’ve included the poster and a web image in case you are able to put something onto your website for us.  Let us know if you do, as we would be happy to offer some cross promotion for your festival on our websites.  The poster and a web link image are attached.

    For the scholarship guidelines and application form visit PIM Music Career Scholarship.

    Interview enquiries can be directed to Karen Andrews Latter from J Music Australia, who is project managing the scholarship;

    P: 0403 916 975

    Please keep in touch and like the scholarship Facebook Page and sign up for the enewsletter to receive ongoing information about the scholarship.

    Talk soon,

    Karen Andrews Latter | Visionary, Risk Taker, Payer of the Bills


    MOBILE: 0403 916 975


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    It's been a good year for Doug Bruce, with his first finalist nomination in the prestigious Golden Guitar awards for Best Male Vocalist in January.

    And now 'Clock Out At Five' has honoured Doug Bruce with his second number

    1 hit this week on Australia's Top 30 Country Tracks.

    And it comes at a time of great pride for Doug, as next Monday (7 April) he fronts up at Bendigo Town Hall to make his Pledge of Commitment, to mark his Australian citizenship status as official.

    "I've been living in Australia now for nine years, and they have been some of my best years, so much has happened". Asked why it took him this long to make his 'Australian's adopted Texan' title official, Doug responds, "I guess I wanted to earn my stripes first. I wanted Australia to be just as proud to take me on as one of its own as I was to be called an Australian".

    Doug remains proudly a US citizenship too. "I'll always be a Texan, you can't take a man's heritage away. But I am lucky that dual citizenship is an option between my two homes".

    'Clock Out At Five' is the third single release from Doug Bruce's third album Made That Way - which this year produced for him his first Golden Guitar nomination for Best Male Artist ('Thank God I'm A Cowboy').

    Doug's first number 1 Coffey Road continues to be a crowd favourite. He has been extremely close on three other occasions, with 'Honky Tonk Shoes', 'Sweet' and 'Made That Way' all hovering at number 2 on the chart for a couple of weeks.

    "I've had a few bridesmaids over the last two albums so it is awesome to finally make it over the line again."

    'Clock Out At Five' was written, recorded and produced by Doug at his recording facility, Shoo Fly Studios, in Heathcote, Victoria.

    Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters have also just been announced in the line-up for this year's Gympie Music Muster. "Everyone loves playing at the Muster so we are rapt to be invited back again this year" Doug says.

    This Muster will be extra special for Doug as he will be launching his new album. This will be Doug's fourth album, and his second to be recorded at his newly located Shoo Fly Studios in Heathcote.

    "The space here at Shoo Fly is incredible and I'm really excited about everything that's happening here." Doug says.

    Tour dates to support the new album's release will be posted soon.

    ‘I Wouldn’t Change A Thing’ is the fourth single released from Adam Toms’ album “Rich Man”, produced by multiple Golden Guitar winner Matt Fell. Toms wrote the track when his eldest son Mitchel was slap bang in the middle of the ‘terrible twos’.

    Like most parents going through this time Adam and his wife continually questioned their parenting ability but a few years later, Mitchel was diagnosed with Autism.

    Toms remembers, “We had a good couple of years scratching our heads thinking we were just lousy parents and it wasn't until the kindergarten called us in to bring to our attention some common behavioural and sensory traits that we started the diagnosis process”

    A couple years on, ‘I Wouldn’t Change A Thing’ has a whole new meaning and Toms has formed a relationship with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). Aspect is Australia's leading supplier of services for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities. Aspect services provide much needed support to children, families, carers and communities.

    ASD is a lifelong developmental disability that affects, among other things, the way an individual relates to his or her environment and their interaction with other people. An estimated one in 100 people have ASD; that’s almost 230,000 Australians. ASDs affect almost four times as many boys than girls.

    Inspired by his sons everyday breakthroughs Toms intends to raise awareness for all things Autism and raise a few dollars along the way. With his youngest son Riley, three, also showing signs of Autism, Toms knows the importance of early diagnosis and intervention which is one of the messages he wants to communicate.

    With April 2nd being 'World Autism Awareness Day', Toms will be in and around Sydney that week and is honoured to be performing at the 2014 Aspect National Recognition Awards in Sydney on April 8. Coinciding with that special date, all single download sales will be donated to Autism Spectrum Australia and for the following six months Toms will also be donating $10 (Aus) from all physical “Rich Man” album sales to the cause. Albums can be purchased at www.adamtoms.com In addition, for the following three months Toms will also be running a raffle with the major prize being a Maton M225 guitar generously donated by Maton Australia. Again all proceeds will be donated to Autism Spectrum Australia.


    The associated video clip, now playing on The Country Music Channel, created by Toms himself was a three-month labour of love– view here   : http://bit.ly/1qXkp6a

    ‘I Wouldn’t Change A Thing’ was serviced to radio via CRS sampler #172: http://bit.ly/PRKLJ6  

    And Amrap’s AirIT: http://bit.ly/1qXk2Zr

    For further information including an interview with Adam Toms, please contact: KrisKat Publicity

    E: kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au | Ph: +61 2 9349 5328 | M: +61 414 334 348

    Lydia has been a keen vocalisit from the age of 12 years and has pursued her music career
    Lydia has performed at RSL Clubs and Country Music Clubs in Victoria leaving her audience spell bound and wanting more.
    Lydia enjoys singing and has done from a very young age has sang in church and school choirs and Festivals and Recently won the Buskers Award at the Horsham Country Music Festival this year 2014
    Her infuences are LeAnne Rimes,Taylor Swift,Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood,Tammy Wynette,Connie Smith and Patsy Cline also to name a few Australian artists Gina Jeffrey's Camille TeNahu,Clelia Adams and trhe McClymonts, Country Music is played daily in her home Country music is what Lydia loves to sing.
    Lydia attends the nationial Music School in Melbourne Victoria.where she studies music and singing.
    Over the years Lydia has taken part in a range of Australian Country Music Festivals and local talent quests,taking out prizes in her age and older age groups.
    Her 2 track CD was recorded in January 2009 at Swingin Doors in Sydney n(2 days)after her 12th Birthday
     For furthur information contact Jude on 0427 291 290 or email: jdlassel@clubtelco.com  .

    Glory Bound Train is a barn burner single from DEAN PERRETT’s newly released bluegrass gospel album The Shelter Of The Cross and enters the Country Tracks Top 30 Chart for the first time this week.

    Produced by LARRY MARRS and recorded at Marrs Studio and Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, the album features outstanding musicianship from legendary bluegrass greats SCOTT VESTAL, ROB ICKES, AUBREY HAINE, MIKE BUBB, TIM MAY, CODY KILBY and PAUL BREWSTER.

    Dean has been a long time bluegrass fan and the recording of this project was something of the highest importance to the heart and soul of this country bloke from Queensland. These recordings are widely regarded as Dean’s best recordings in a recording career now spanning 24 years.

    Dean Perrett is a truly versatile traditional country artist, from Bush Ballads to Bluegrass, he nails it every time!

    To organise an interview with Dean about his great new single and album, please phone 0438 780 760 or email info@deanperrett.com

    Popular-Chad Morgan - One of our Pioneers in Country Music
     Supporting Lifeline


    18 Jan 2014 - Town Hall  (Presented By Lifeline Northwest NSW)

    Now in its 7th Year with the best of country music variety and fun entertainment on offer at the Country Music Festival.  Enjoy air conditioned comfort and the best of acoustics in the awesome Tamworth Town Hall.

    Artists and musicians donating their time and talent for this Lifeline community fundraiser with iconic Country Music journalist Gary Turner as MC includes  THE PAUL ROBERT BURTON BAND, ALLAN CASWELL, LOU BRADLEY, LUKE O’SHEA, PIXIE, CHAD MORGAN, CLELIA ADAMS, ALISON FORBES, BRAD BUTCHER and KATE COOK.
    Also includes the LIFELINE ALLSTARS Band. 
    Support our Country Music artists - supporting Lifeline – supporting your community in need.
    Tamworth Town Hall
    26-28 Fitzroy Street
    Tamworth, NSW - Australia

    Throw us a Lifeline at our Annual Fundraiser and come along with a group of friends for our 7TH Annual Concert and help raise much needed funds for the Lifeline 131114 telephone crisis line. 


                                REG LINDSAY & ROSLYN

               REG LINDSAY

    ‘Statue Fund-Raising’ 

    Australia’s Country Music Pioneer, Reg Lindsay was one of the few who opened the door for many of the younger artist of today, who would later walk through.  During the 1960’s he made a platform in the US for Australian artists, to me recognized there.   

    Over the past 24 months, Reg’s wife Roslyn (pictured with Reg) had started fund raising – for a life-like statue to be erected in Cessnock NSW.  It was near the town of Cessnock where Reg had lived.   The town folk are proud of their Country Boy and will be equally proud to have a statue of their hero.

     Reg was all about giving to the needy even in the earlier days of his career.  Another time in 1979 Reg Lindsay put on a variety concert at Lismore to raise money for North Coast children's homes. 

     Roslyn had been auctioning off a few items connected to Reg, at special Country Show she had put together.  A total of $15,000 is still needed to have the statue completed for his anniversary of his birth in July 2014.   This January, Roslyn will be in Tamworth fund-raising with the help of many friends in the industry.

     If anyone have any suggestions of Tribute Shows etc, that could help raise the funds to make the statue a reality
    please contact Roslyn direct on  02 4991 1585. 

    It may have come in a roundabout way but Doug Bruce is riding high after securing a belated finalist position in the Male Artist category of the

    2014 CMAA Awards.

    Of the unconventional way in which his finalist birth was awarded - with one of the previous finalist being eliminated due to eligibility issues - Doug is characteristically non-perplexed.

     “I guess the way this all happened was just the way it was meant to happen for me... a little unorthodox but I'll take late over never any day!”

    This nomination has capped off what has been a remarkable few years for Doug, with a steady rise in his success paralleling his popularity as an artist and a songwriter.

    “I have had so many public and private messages of support after the awards announcement - it has been truly humbling to me”, Doug claims.

    Doug Bruce has just released the third single from his highly acclaimed third album Made That Way - “unquestionably his best album to date” (Susan Jarvis, Capital News, 2013), topping off a very successful year of album sales, performances and award nominations. The first two releases (Made That Way and Thank God I’m A Cowboy) from the album were big radio and video chart successes.

    Self-penned and self-produced by Doug at Shoo Fly Studios in Heathcote, Victoria, Clock Out At Five has been described as “a Buffet-esque song that radio DJs pick up on immediately and its already becoming a rowdy crowd favourite” (Denise Torenbeek, Country Update, 2013).

    Doug has been honoured with several award nominations this year, including Best Country Album for Made That Way at the prestigious The Age Music Victoria Genre Award last month.

    Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters, have graced the bill of many of the big-ticket shows this year, including CMC Rocks the Hunter, CMC Rocks North QLD and Mud Bulls & Music, illustrating the rising affection audiences have for this artist and his band.

    Recently described as ‘the love child of America and Australia’, in recognition of Doug’s Texas origin and his adopted country and ‘band of brothers’, it seems we can’t get enough of the authentic, honky tonkin’

    country Doug and the boys keep serving up.

    The New Year will see Doug and the band hit the ground running, with another full schedule lined up for the Tamworth Country Music Festival, with 17 three hour free shows scheduled. Better add a red carpet walk to that now too!

    For performance bookings please contact Geoff Bell, Laing Entertainment geoffbell@iinet.net.au

    Award Win & Title Track Hits The Top 30

    Amber Joy Poulton accepting her Fowlers Live Music Award for SA Best Country Music Act

    “And the winner of South Australia’s Best Country Music Act is……Amber Joy Poulton”

    It certainly has a nice ring to it and it was music to Amber Joy’s ears when she was announced as the winner at this years’ Fowlers Live Music Awards in Adelaide.  She was thrilled to be recognised for her work and achievements during 2012/13.  It’s been filled with an array of successes firstly receiving the TIARA Award in 2012, nominations in Tamworth for Peoples Choice - Best Female Vocalist, a new recording from Nashville and best of all four of her songs marking their spot on the Country Music Top 30 charts.  

    She can now add another achievement with the news today that her latest single Foolish Things has entered the charts at number 28, making a total of seven single releases hitting the Top 30 since her arrival on the country music scene in 2009 as a Toyota Starmaker Grand Finalist.

    The new single is the title track from her brand new album and was inspired by her idol, Loretta Lynn. 

    “After sitting down to write a song and getting nowhere fast, I thought I would try putting myself in Loretta’s shoes and attempt to write a song in her style.  After that the song pretty much grew a personality of its own and it emerged as a lovely, heart warming, traditional ballad”. 

    Amber Joy has only just gotten her land legs back after being part of the artist line up aboard Cruisin’ Country 2013 alongside Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Gina Jeffreys, Adam Harvey and more.  You would assume that she might sit back and enjoy this exciting moment after such a fantastic cruise, a brand new award and now a Top 30 berth but she’s busy planning her Tamworth 2014 performances at Diggers, plus festival appearances in

    Wagga Wagga, Tasmania and her own tours around the country with her band The Holy Men.

    You can check out Amber Joy’s future gigs as well as purchasing her material at www.amberjoypoulton.com.au.


    Tickets to Tamworth shows: http://www.wtlc.com.au/tickets-sales/

    Fowlers Live Music Awards website http://fowlerslivemusicawards.com.au/2013-award-winners/

    Australian Country Music Chart -  http://www.countrymusicradio.com.au/CT30/chart.cfm

    CD’s can be purchased online at http://www.amberjoypoulton.com.au

    For images, interviews and performances contact Amber Joy on 0411 230 822 or amberpoulton@hotmail.com

    Doug Bruce


    Doug Bruce is releasing the third single 'Clock Out at Five' from his highly acclaimed  third album Made That Way - “unquestionably his best album to date” (Susan Jarvis, Capital News, 2013), topping off a very successful year of album sales, performances and award nominations. The first two releases ('Made That Way' and 'Thank God I’m A Cowboy') from the album were big radio and video chart successes.

    Self-penned and self-produced by Doug at Shoo Fly Studios in Heathcote, Victoria, 'Clock Out At Five' has been described as “a Buffet-esque song that radio DJs pick up on immediately and its already becoming a rowdy crowd favourite” (Denise Torenbeek, Country Update, 2013).

    This song is the perfect entree to imminent Aussie work break-ups and summer holidays. It’s all about working hard and living for the weekend (and whatever days that may be to shift workers!).  “Work a 40 hour week for the boss man’s dime... 5 days are his, the last two are mine!”

    No matter which days of the week you work it’s that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel that gets you through...“It ain’t easy but it’s how we survive. Time drags on till you clock out at five”.  'Clock Out At Five' is sure to get you there a whole lot quicker!

    Hear a snippet from the single, for release digitally on CRS 1 November



    Contact Jodie Doyle @doug@dougbruce.com.au for radio interviews or for further information on how to get the single if you are not subscribed to CRS.

    Doug has been honoured with several award nominations this year, including Best Country Album at the prestigious The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards.

    Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters, have graced the bill of many of the big-ticket shows this year, including CMC Rocks the Hunter, CMC Rocks North QLD and Mud Bulls & Music, illustrating the rising affection audiences have for this artist and his band.

    Recently described as ‘the love child of America and Australia’, in recognition of Doug’s Texas origin and his adopted country and ‘band of brothers’, it seems we can’t get enough of the authentic, honky tonkin’

    country Doug and the boys keep serving up.

    The new year will see Doug and the band hit the ground running, with another full schedule lined up for the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

    “We say every year that we need to pull back on the number of shows we do at the Festival, but hey, we have too much of a good time to just do a show or two and get outta town!” All of their shows are free and, as Doug says, “If you can’t find us in Tamworth...you just ain’t looking!”


    Congratulations to Country Music's pioneers Col Hardy - who was awarded the 'Living Legends Award' during the Country Music Festival in Kempsey, NSW - on 27th October 2013.   
    Previous recipients of the award include: Lindsay Butler, Chad Morgan, Dusty Rankin, Barry Thornton, Slim Newton, Trevor Day, Slim Dusty, McKean Sisters and Les Partell.    The Award is designed and created by Pauline Fisher.
    J.Paten & Floreena

    Vale: Noel Watson

    Noel Watson has died at the age of 70 - October 9th 2013.

    He was born on December 17th 1942.

    Noel Watson first came to public notice in 1988, when he was invited to sing his rendition of Waltzing Matilda at the AFL's grand finals.     He has toured constantly throughout Australia telling his stories in song, and was noted supporting overseas artists Charlie Pride and Irish comedian Hal Roach.   He has performed in Nashville, Brazil and Hong Kong.

    He was a regular on TV shows including: The Midday Show and Good Morning Australia.  Noel had recorded at least seven albums the first being 'All For Being Alive',  and his final release was 'Banjo, Jim and Me' a collection of Banjo Patterson's poems set to music.  



    Vale: CAL SMITH

    Popular Country Music entertainer, Cal Smith -- who enjoyed a rich country career, had passed away on October 10th  2013 at his home near Branson, Missouri, USA, at the age of  81.    He was born Calvin Grant Shofner on April 7th 1932, in Oklahoma, and making his public appearance at the age of 15.  

    In 1961, he was discovered by Ernest Tubb, who hired Smith to play with him and his band 'Texas Troubadours'  - Smith can also be heard playing on several of Ernest Tubb's recordings, and leaving Tubb's company on 1969.

    He first single 'I'll Just Go Home' failed, although his second release 'The Only Thing I Want' hit the Country Music Singles Chart in 1967 - positioning at N.58.     Late 1972 he released 'The Lord Knows I'm Drinking' (written by B. Anderson), which became his first No.1 record in  March 1973.  His next major hit (bigger than his first) was 'Country Bumpkin' which was released early 1973, and earned him a CMA Award for single of the Year.     Cal's final appearance on the Country Charts was in 1986 'King Lear' which peaked at No. 75.  

    Cal Smith is survived by his wife Darlene, their five children, and fifteen grandchildren.




    for all booking numbers or details visit www.carterandcarter.com.au
    or ring Crestway Music on 0416 075 638

    Carter & Carter win the Australian Independent Group/Duo of the Year at

    The Southern Stars - Australian Independent Country Music Awards

    Carter & Carter have won their eighth award at the 2013 Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards taking out the Group/Duo award for their hit single release 'To The Moon And Back'. David and Merelyn were in WA performing a show when the news reached them from some of their excited friends sitting in the Awards audience in Mildura.

    "We are thrilled to win another Mildura Independent Country Music Award with a song that is so special to us and that was the catalyst for our latest album 'To The Moon And Back'. To everyone who has played the song, written about the song, come along to a show or bought the album we want to say a huge thank you. We could not keep doing this without you. Also to the Mildura festival organisers who facilitate these awards each year we want to say thank you for helping give independent Australian country music a voice. Also, a huge thank you to our group of friends who have picked up the award for us and are bringing it back to Melbourne." Merelyn & David

    A special big thank you to all the radio presenters, station directors and music directors on stations throughout Australia for the incredible support that you have given Carter & Carter throughout their career.
    If you do not have a copy of their award winning song and would like one please email Crestway Music on info@carter-carter.com.
    For any Carter & Carter enquiries or interviews please ring Crestway Music on 0416 075 638 or email info@carter-carter.com
    Info on Carter & Carter is also available at www.carterandcarter.com.au

     Christie Lamb
    Christie Lamb named CRS Australian Independent Rising Star Female winner at Mildura
    Christie Lamb –Southern Stars Awards

    Australian Independent Country Music Awards– 2013

    Australian Independent Rising Star – Female WINNER


    RUCKUS  Press release

    Yep, a new song from the RUCKUS gang.

    After a spell out of the studio RUCKUS are at it again.

    RUCKUS have been and still are feverishly recording a new CD to be released later in the year.

    With a great lot of new original material, a couple of revamped older originals and a couple of great covers thrown in there promises to be something for everyone.

    It’s been a few years since RUCKUS have hit the studio and this album promises to show off the new direction they have headed in as a band.

    Still playing live regularly and gathering new fans as they go, RUCKUS have been including their new material in their repertoire and getting a great response for their new tunes.

    The first single released from the album is “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” (CRS 168 Track 17) A slightly slapstick look at the people you might come across while pursuing our favourite passion and pastime, playing live!!      

    The face of RUCKUS may have changed a little over the last three years but our dedication to our fans and supporters is unwavering and we appreciate very much your ongoing support.

    We hope you love and look forward to our new album coming out later in the year …..The RUCKUS gang.

    We’ve also attached a Radio ID for your program!!

    We’d love to have a chat about our new single so please contact Mick on:

    Ph. 0407 338 343



    Songwriter Performer Liam Gerner

    To Release Debut Album

    ‘Land Of No Roads’ On November 22

    “Liam is an extraordinary musician. Both as a songwriter and performer Liam is a force to be reckoned with.” - Ryan Bingham

    Let just say it. In his native Australia Liam Gerner is virtually unknown amongst the vast and wide beast that is the Australian musical landscape. But that is about to change as he prepares to release his debut album Land Of No Roads November 22. 

    South Australian born and bred Liam Gerner left his life in the Adelaide hills and headed to London with a guitar in one hand and not much in the other. He was looked upon as a "hot new talent', found himself touring Europe with Paul Weller, Jason Isbell, Alanis Morissette, Paolo Nutini, Elton John and the Drive by Truckers and was offered a recording deal with RCA which he walked away from it and headed to the USA after being asked to tour with Ryan Bingham (Grammy Award, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner for Crazy Heart) and his band the Dead Horses in 2011.

    From this point it was all good and Liam had found his musical calling. 

    In between touring with Bingham, jamming with Jackson Browne and Kris Kristofferson, trading licks with Dale Watson in Austin bars, playing Johnny Cash’s J200 at Marty Stuarts house, discussing songwriting with Tom T Hall in Nashville and playing on Empire of the Sun's second album 'Ice On The Dune', he lived in a cabin in Topanga Canyon just out side of Los Angeles with the deer, mountain lions and rattlesnakes; a welcome change from the city and road life. It was here that the album that was to become 'Land Of No Roads' started to take shape. 

    'Land Of No Roads' was recorded at Rick Rubin’s studio Shangri La over 3 days and was produced by Rubin’s engineer Eric Lynn. Liam - "Gary Louris of the Jayhawks and I wrote a song called ‘Window To a Wall’ and Gary and Robbie Fulks both sing harmony on several tunes while legendary Cajun accordionist Steve Riley plays accordion and my dear friend Lucky Oceans added pedal steel and dobro. I grew up listening to Lucky’s radio show.”

    You can listen to Land Of No Roads here

    As a songwriter is it clear that what drives Liam is storytelling. “Several of the songs on Land Of No Roads are true stories that I found while touring. Stories, which resonated with me.” 

    'Land Of No Roads' is an extraordinary body of work. It deserves to be heard. And so it will be. 

    Liam Gerner - ‘Land Of No Roads’ will be released via Shock Records on November 22.

    For all media & interview requests please contact - Chris O’Hearn @ Thrillhill Music

    chris@thrillhillmusic.com or 0413 382717 






    Allan Caswell
    Allan Caswell
    Forty years into a long and successful career, Allan Caswell is having one of his best years ever.

    At the Australian Independent Country Music Awards (The Southern Stars) in Mildura he picked up the award for “Album Of The Year” for “It’s A Country Song”. The title track also won him the awards for “Male Vocal Of The Year” and “Single Of The Year”

    “It was a huge night,” said Caswell “ … I think the highlight was receiving an Award from my hero and good mate Chad Morgan.”

    2013 was already a big year for Caswell, having co-written hits for McAlister Kemp, Graeme Connors and Stephanie Jansen as well as co-writing a song for Jasmine Rae’s new album. The first single, the title track from “It’s A Country Song“ has already been a chart hit and the new single “The Next Thing That You Hear” is receiving a lot of airplay right across the Country. Since the start of year, there have only been 3 weeks when there hasn’t been at least 1 Caswell song in the charts.

    As Caswell puts it “The difference between being a has been and a legend is often how long you can grow your beard … “

    Caswell’s “Caswell Takes It To Australia By Eyre Tour” is in full swing with recent appearances in Queensland (including The Gympie Muster), Canberra, Broken Hill, Mildura and South Australia. 2014 is already shaping up with tours planned to Queensland and South and Western Australia.

    For more Information and interviews: Allan Caswell 0419 218 988 www.allancaswell.com

    For Bookings: Amanda Thomas 08 8331 7966, 0411 414 886




    Get on board with Australia’s fantastic country rock sensation JAMES STEWART KEENE!  His contagious new single  Bottom of the Barrel is out to radio now through CRS Publicity on the September CD (CRS 168). 

    The songwas co-written in Nashville earlier this year with Sydney singer-songwriterSTEVE McNAUGHTON.  The “tongue-in-cheek” ditty tells the story of a guy unlucky in love, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for him!  Despite all the trouble, with a beer in hand at a cheap bar and a string of willing ladies to keep a fellow company, there really is “a whole lot of love at the bottom of the barrel!”

    Produced by James, mixed by award winning Producer/Engineer MATT FELL and mastered by DON BARTLEY, Bottom of the Barrel is sure to be a huge success!

    James has been very busy finalising his forthcoming digital album The Navigator and

    Bottom of the Barrel highlights the strength and depth of the material to be released later this year.

    He is among the new breed of modern Australian Country Rock artists.  Bottom of the Barrel is OUT NOW and exclusively available for sale through all good digital music retailers including iTunes.

    James is available for interview now! Contact him directly on 0422 758 138 or email: jamesstewartkeene@hotmail.com to secure your interview with this very talented artist! 

    Kel-Anne Brandt
    Kel-Anne Brandt
    ’Grandma’ is the long awaited single release from Kel-Anne Brandt, having been 12 months since the release of her last single to radio.

    You may not believe it, but in the last 3 years, Kel-Anne has become a Grandmother - not once, but 4 times over!! Kel-Anne is overflowing with the joy of being a Grandmother and, along with all this joy, Kel-Anne remembers her Grandmothers who have passed away. “Grandmothers are precious and so are Grandchildren”, says Kel-Anne, which gave her the inspiration for this beautiful country song simply entitled ‘Grandma’, which she co-wrote with Roger Corbett.

    May this song take you on an emotional journey in remembering your Grandmother!


    Kel-Anne Brandt

    Ph: 02 4344 3185

    Mobile: 0418 161 362

    Celebrations for 


    Connie Kis ANDERSEN


    Connie Kis ANDERSEN

    Two years after its first broadcast on CMR Nashville, SHOWCASE AUSTRALIA celebrates its second anniversary and more, this Sunday September 8th.

    Growing from strength to strength, the niche program has developed from initially being broadcast on one international network, to proudly showcasing the music of Australian Country Music Artists through 5 online networks and 12 terrestrial stations both in Australia and overseas.

    As an artist, it’s important to me that this radio show accurately reflects current country music activities in Australia by Australian Artists” says Connie Kis. “The playlist selection focusses on singles that are charting in Australia, new and current releases, some alternate country as well as Australiana music.  To keep the program fresh, I make a concerted effort to ensure that playlists on any one network are not repeated within the month.”

    A strong believer in the adage; ‘A rising tide lifts all boats’,  Andersen has given of herself to her industry for many years now and this is just one more example where she has demonstrated support of her peers.

    Connie Kis admits that this was one of the hardest jobs she had ever undertaken, especially since she was a novice at broadcasting and programming.  Add to that, she also found herself dealing with some challenging health issues, but recognizes now that after all the effort she has invested in her program these past couple of years, there is no turning back. 

    Her next step is to develop the concept of showcasing Australia through the magic of music even further.  This time she plans to go beyond the broadcasting platform, so stay tuned for exciting developments. 

    In addition to embarking on a new SHOWCASE AUSTRALIA extension, Andersen is also looking to expand her reach and listenership through her existing radio program.


    Radio stations and PDs interested in airing the program are welcome to get in touch with her via the contact information below to find out how they can access the program freely for their network/station.  

    For more information about Showcase Australia and what networks are broadcasting it, please visit the SHOWCASE AUSTRALIA information page or contact; 


    Arthur P. Benko

    KM Publicity


    PH: (08) 9467 7885

    The Harmonators
    Wherever I Go’... The Harmonators
    Wherever I Go’ is the fourth radio single to be lifted from The Harmonators 2013 Golden Guitar nominated “Big Mouth” album release.

    The new single was co-written by one-part of the duo, Rae Moody, along with Nashville-based Aussie Phil Barton, co-writer of the USA # 1 Billboard hit ‘A Woman Like You’ performed by Lee Brice, and Kris Bergsnes (25 years in Nashville with over 60 songs recorded including hits for Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd and Willie Nelson).

    Rae’s first Nashville co-write was the last album track to be written during a time when she was missing home and realised that you take the people you love and care about the most, with you... wherever you go.

    Since the release of “Big Mouth” in May 2012, the musical duo have been touring and visiting places and festivals – some for the first time including the inaugural Broadbeach Country Music Festival (Gold Coast QLD), Blue Water Country Music Festival (Port Stephens, NSW), Coastal Country Music (Nambucca Heads, NSW) and they were part of the all-girl line-up at Lizotte’s Newcastle with Allison Forbes, Christie Lamb and Sally-Anne Whitten.

    And just last month, the Australian Institute Of Music graduates were surprised but excited to learn ‘Perfect Storm’ the album’s lead single and video was voted No.7 on the Country Music Channel’s 30 Best Independent Aussies chart.

    ‘Wherever I Go’ was serviced to radio via CRS sampler #167

    You can listen to a snippet of the song here:


    And if you don’t have a copy of this track, please contact KrisKat Publicity



    For further information including an interview, please contact KrisKat Publicity:

    E: kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au | Ph: +61 2 9349 5328 | M: +61 414 334 348 | Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KrisKatPublicityManagement
    Doug Bruce

    Doug Bruce has earned himself another three finalist nominations in the Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards, repeating the honour he had with his previous album in 2011.

    This year ‘Thank God I’m A Cowboy’ has landed him Single of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. This is the second release from Doug’s new self-produced album, “Made That Way”, which has also been nominated for Album of the Year.

    ‘Thank God I’m A Cowboy’ has been enjoying success on many individual radio charts as well as the national  Country Tracks Top 30, currently sitting at #13.  The video clip is also proving popular, with regular play on The Range and on the Country Music Channel, where it is #24 and rising on the Top 30 countdown.

    “ ‘Thank God I’m A Cowboy’  got me right from the first bar – it’s just one of those songs!’ Doug contends of his latest hit song. “It was sent to me by Nashville friend and co-writer Bill Shore, who has written several of the songs on this album and my previous one [A Good Place].  He’s written hit songs for the likes of Garth Brooks and George Strait so it’s such an honour to be given the privilege to cut one of his songs”.

    A third radio single from Doug Bruce is set for release soon...and this one promises to get any country party started!


    Latest Doug Bruce album, 'Made That Way' can be purchased from:


    Thank God I’m A Cowboy video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e8CaRR2l3w

    Thank God I’m A Cowboy single for radio airplay (only):


    Website: www.dougbruce.com.au



    Twitter: www.twitter.com/DougBruceMusic

    Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/dougbruce



    Fiona O’Shea releases new EP 'Rose'

    Fiona O'Shea has released her newest EP entitled “Rose” to emphatic, widespread critical and fan acclaim. Containing five original tracks, “Rose” serves as an excellent primer for Fiona’s growing repertoire, which has since increased by the release of her new single On Top of the World on the June CRS (CRS 166 Track 9).

    Fiona's genuine and heartfelt tone results in a simple, unadorned beauty that is accessible and appreciable the moment her record begins to play. Her voice is gorgeous and direct at the same time, somewhat like Alanis Morissette with more delicacy, or Sheryl Crow without all the prepackaged overproduction. “Rose” is an album the listener can believe sounds much like Fiona O'Shea playing acoustic, natural and unaccompanied before fans at a cafe. The EP is a straightforward musical address to her global audience and it has all the warmth and charm in the world.

    Fiona has many important musical influences including Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson along with Nashville artists Buddy and Julie Miller. Patty Griffin and Alison Krauss as well as Lucinda Williams. Of these, Fiona's writing and performing sounds mostly reminiscent of Alison Krauss whose music in the “O' Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack helped bring bluegrass back into the musical spotlight. Of the lyrical themes contained in “Rose”, Fiona explains, “From the raw emotion in 'Buried Alive' to the story in 'Rose' or the everyday frustration of wanting to be able to see into the future such as in 'Restless A Little Reckless,' listeners will get the message that every feeling we have, whether it be good or bad, has been felt before and will be felt again.”

    “Rose” by Fiona O'Shea is available online worldwide.

    For interviews, please contact Fiona directly on 0427 724 088 or via email fiona@fionaosheamusic.com.au

    The EP “Rose” is distributed globally by MondoTunes (www.MondoTunes.com) and is available at iTunes for convenient purchase and download.
    Amber Joy Poulton

    Amber Joy Poulton’s new album Foolish Things has arrived.  Recording her latest country album in Nashville using the best in the business couldn’t have happened without the support of her fans via crowd funding and the support of Arts SA, “Being all the way over there in Nashville, knowing I had the support of all those people made the experience all the more satisfying but also all the more significant.  I had to make sure I came up with the goods and did everyone proud.  I couldn’t be happier….or more relieved!”. 

    The album called Foolish Things features 12 songs written or co-written by Amber Joy and showcases the talent of Nashville’s finest musicians who have played with some of country music’s biggest stars: Jedd Hughes (Emmylou Harris), Bryn Davies (Jack White/White Stripes), Steve Mackey (Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, Wynona Judd), Dan Dugmore (Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw, Neil Diamond), Nick Buda (Taylor Swift, Jewel).  Not forgetting Australian producer Sam Hawksley who has toured, produced and worked with the best (Keith Urban, John Farnham, Adam Brand, The Whitlams, Wendy Mathews, Richard Clapton & more).  Name-dropping perhaps? But hey we’re talking “Nashville” here!  Also on the album is her version of the touching gospel song    I’ll Fly Away and a show-stopping duet with Amber Lawrence, She Won’t Love You.

    Currently Amber Joy has lots to be proud of with the beautiful love song The Lovin’ Is The Easy Part entering the Australian Country Music Charts 11 weeks ago and has settled in the Top 10 for the past three weeks.  The same track also has a touching film clip (Mackbel Films) on high rotation with Foxtels CMC and has hit their Top 50 Countdown with a bullet at number 45.  Not one to sit back and smell the roses, she has just released the first single off her new album with the cheeky single Rosalie which is already getting radio play around Australia and overseas, with the film clip soon to be on CMC.

    Amber Joy has high hopes for this second original offering after the huge success of her debut original album.  Her first album produced by Doug Bruce, Taking Goodbye introduced her to the country music scene with five tracks entering the Top 30 on Country Music Charts with her biggest success yet, Break Even making it to Number five and spending 14 weeks in the charts.  Along with radio success, the album also garnered her the APRA SA Best Traditional Country Song Of The Year for both 2009 and 2010, a nomination in the Victorian Country Music Awards for best duet 2012 and the highly respected TIARA Award for best Vocal Collaboration 2012.

    What’s on the agenda for 2013?  “lots of touring and festivals to promote Foolish Things, more single releases, more film clips and really giving this album as much time as it deserves”

    Not only has she cemented her position in the industry as a songwriter but also as a performer that the crowd can connect to with support acts including her childhood favourite, Kenny Rogers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Melinda Schneider, Brian Cadd & Russell Morris and sharing the stage with the best in the industry aboard Cruisin’ Country alongside Gina Jeffries, Beccy Cole, John Williamson, Amber Lawrence, Adam Harvey and a return to the high seas this October with Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, McAlister Kemp and more.


    Foxtel Country Music Channel (CMC) - http://www.countrymusicchannel.com.au/news/top50

    Australian Country Music Chart -  http://www.countrymusicradio.com.au/CT30/chart.cfm

    Hot Country Radio (QLD) - http://www.hotcountry.com.au/top50chart.php

    Hot FM – Sunraysia Community Radio - http://www.hotfm.org.au/uploads/1/1/5/8/11580560/week_commencing_11th_may_2013.pdf

    CD’s can be purchased online at http://www.amberjoypoulton.com.au

    For images, interviews and performances contact Amber Joy on 0411 230 822 or amberpoulton@hotmail.com

    For bookings please contact:

    Greg: 0402 106 233     Vic: 0418 331 068

    Band can supply A2 and A3 posters as well as huge vinyl advertising banner.
     Mt Little Joe Management:        Jim Clarke Mb:     0417.136.075 
     Sandie Dodd Mb:   0409.332.414    E-mail:  sandiedodd@live.com

    Correspondence:  -  PO Box 1014 Mountain Gate 3156

    www.facebook.com/Sandie Dodd Music

    www.reverbnation.com/Sandie Dodd

    www.myspace.com/Sandie Dodd

     Wild Honey are a newly formed Melbourne based band and we are now ready to start working.

    We would be very interested in providing live country rock entertainment for any special events/functions or festivals.
    I've attached suitable media for your perusal and listening.

    Featuring the award winning voice of Ms Sandie Dodd.
    The band includes ex members of Ruckus, and current members of Stomp Dog, and the
    Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show.
    Wild Honey play a great blend of country rock songs by popular artists such as Dixie Chicks, Gretchen Wilson, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban to name just a few.


    Sandie Dodd is an accomplished singer / songwriter and busy Mum.

    She has been entertaining country music audiences for over 12 years in various bands most notably lead singer in Victorian award winning and Golden Guitar Finalist Country band Ruckus.

    In 2012 she released a solo EP produced by Saltbush legend Bernie O’Brien, which had 2 tracks in the European Independant Charts reaching number 3 and number 5 and  earned her to be a Finalist for “Entertainer of the Year” at the Victorian Country Music Awards 2012.

    Her song writing accomplishments include Best New Songwriter finalist, 2nd place in Tasmania Awards and 3rd place in Vic Song Awards with her song “Dance Cowboy Dance.”

    Her vocal ability has been recognised with finalist for Best Female Vocal 2006 and 2008 along with “Duet of the Year” 2008 and 2011 with Harry Jon Nanos from Crakajak.

    Sandie has performed at major country music festivals nationally including Tamworth, Whittlesea, Caboolture, Wandong, Red Hill, Blue Water, Tasmania, Mt Isa Rodeo and Melbourne, Brisbane, Castlemaine and Alice Springs Truck shows and events as well as B&S balls far and wide. 

    She has been featured in many Music Video clips with some having high rotation on CMC.

    She was also a featured artist to sing in the new year at Crown Casino complex for NYE 2000.

    Sandie enjoys catering to the audience with her repertoire and includes songs of Dolly Parton, Gretchen Wilson, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lyn, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Kasey Chambers, Jo Dee Messina, Reba McIntyre, Leeann Womack, Shania Twain , Linda Ronsdadt and the Dixie Chicks along with many other hits and standards. 

    She also loves to perform her Dolly Parton tribute show and cabaret act for morning melodies.

    From Left- Liz Hales-Floreena Forbes-Debbie Parry- Gaye Clark
    Floreena with Brian Lewis at Community Radio 96.1 Fm-Relay 92.Fm Hobart
    Bob & Pat McCann Floreena Forbes-Robert Ramadge    FloreenaForbes & Vanessa Warra            Bob McCann on Banjo,Warren Smith Guitar & Vocals- Diane Smith Harmony
    Recently I took a short break and ventured to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania and had the pleasure of performing at Country Music functions. I also was able to talk on 96.1 Fm - 92FM Community Radio in Hobart www.mvfm.com.au.  With Brian Lewis 
    Country Music is alive and well along the Central Coast of Tasmania with country music several nights a week from Devonport,Lonceston & Hobart  also  many smaller towns along the way.


    Cooper’s Run onto Oz Radio

    Cooper’s Run onto Oz Radio

    New Zealand country rock combo, Cooper’s Run, have hit the Australian Airwaves with their debut single, “I Ain’t That Into You”. Released on CRS sampler disk 164 (Track 17) the song has been compared to Lady Antebellum and early Taylor Swift with its high quality production by Jeff Huskins.

    Coopers Run are a New Zealand duo consisting of Michael Tipping and Ashley Cooper and come from the Waikato region of New Zealand’s north island. Michael and Ashley began performing as a duo in September of 2008 and just one month later were named the winners of the Rising Star Award at the Variety Artist Club Annual Awards Show. 

    Avid and skilled songwriters, these two also got the nod as New Zealand Country Music Song Writers of the Year in 2009 and were the very first Kiwi's to appear on the Country Music Association's Global Artist Party in Nashville, Tennessee.

    During this trip they met producer Jeff Huskins who was immediately convinced of the star quality of this young pair. “Rarely does the entire package walk in your door,” said Huskins, “they simply have it...whatever it is.”  

    Cooper’s Run have shared the stage with some of the world’s country superstars including Glen Campbell and Lady Antebellum.

    In 2010 Coopers Run were crowned New Zealand Country Duo/Group of the year at the National Country Music awards.

    “I Ain’t That Into You” comes from Cooper’s Run’s debut album “Unfinished” and is available on iTunes.

    Interviews with this hot new band can be arranged by calling LockHouse Productions on 02 4721 3732. 



    More information:

    Tracy Dann

    LockHouse Productions


    +61 412 136 676

     D O U G    M C I N T Y R E 

    2009 Male Rising Star Award in Australian Independent Country Music Awards

    Check out Doug’s New Music Clip for ‘Adelaide’ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bhSguqhHSQ


    DOUG MCINTYRE is just what we need - an authentic Aussie voice presenting authentic Aussie themes in quality Aussie songs.

    He works a crowd well and will continue to make a great impact on Country Music. Ted Egan   Australian Country Legend


    'DOUG is a great Contemporary/Traditional Country music artist!  He brings a unique fresh style to Australian Country music...

    We love his music, his enthusiasm and his positive approach to life’ Merelyn & David - Carter & Carter


    Happy New Year to you all !  I’m really enjoying sitting down and writing songs for album number 3. The dynamic between producer and artist is so important. I’m going with the highly talented Sean Rudd for my next album. As well as being a great musician and Music Director for Beccy Cole, Sean is dedicated to making an album where production focuses on the story, the song, and the vocal. Exciting times indeed. “Frank the Fox” has been a real hoot at the shows with enquiries as to when I’ll record the song.  It will of course be on the next album. The song’s a comedy, but there’s a serious underlying theme of the destruction foxes have on our native birds and animals (and our poor old chooks!) I had a great time again at Tamworth this year where it was great to catch up with old friends and meet new ones at all the shows. Being a guest on Steve Passfield and Graham Rodgers’ shows were particularly enjoyable. Steve has a fantastic sense of humour in his shows. Congratulations to Graham on his Golden Guitar. Thanks to all the fans for buying the albums and supporting me in my passion - writing and performing songs about our great Southern Land and her characters.

    All the best  




    Sunday 10 March   Moss Vale Show

    Saturday 16 March   Camden Show


    They have been calling him 'The Sheik' for 61 years, and there is certainly no indication of slowing down anytime soon.  

    Chad with a large safety-pin through his old army giggle hat and those buck teeth - has been making us laugh for more than six decades. 

    Tex Morton stated "Chad Morgan was the only original arist, the others followed him".  

    Slim Dusty called him 'The Master of Mirth'.

    Trevor Day said "Chad Morgan is a National Treasure"

    Jazza Smith once said "Let's make sure we honour and enjoy him while he is with us"

    On February 11th 2013 - Chad Morgan will be turning 80 - 'Happy Birthday'
    Chad just recently released a film titled


    The film ‘I’m Not Dead Yet’was written and directed by Janine Hosking. The title came about –because of a Queensland radio station in January 2008, had announced that Chad Morgan ‘The Sheik of Scrubby Creek’ was dead. This announcement had sent shock waves through the Morgan family and fans. I will never forget that morning, as I, myself was in Tamworth with Chad for the Country Music Festival– when I called around that morning to his caravan to see him – as he walked passed me he said “get out of my way, ‘dead man’ walking”, it was then I knew what was said over the radio. As Chad stated – he’s been dying for 50 years, when he was drinking heavily in the earlier days, people would say he’ll be dead in a year. The Good news is he has chalked up 60 years in Country Music and there are no signs of slowing down. He first stepped onto the stage in 1952, and although he never won Amateur Hour, the winners (brother and sister act), stated that Chad should’ve won on laughs alone.

    The film has been viewed in various parts of Australia and still showing across the country. At its premier, it was reported as a ‘crowd pleaser at the Sydney Film Festival (2011). Narrated by rocker ‘Tex Perkins’, the film crew set out to find the ‘sheila’ who started it all for Chad – then one who inspired him to write his famous song ‘I’m The Sheik of Scrubby Creek’, with little success. In the film there are at least three women who claim to be the one, although old Chad says “no it wasn’t them”.

    You’ll find in this documented movie – music, laughter and Love as our last pioneer of Australian Country Music travels from town to town telling it as it is. He has seen a lot of change in the Music Industry, since he first started 60 years ago – he is a National Treasure.

    Published by by Jack Paten
     Chad Morgan-The Sheik


    TSA winners

    Tamworth Songwriters' Association (TSA) award and competition winners were announced in a gala 

    presentation at Country Music Capital's Longyard Hotel last night.

    Ged Hintz was named winner in the Traditional Bush Ballad category for Grandad's Memories

    Graham Rodger took home the Contemporary Song award for Stronger For It All 

    Bill Crosbie & Keith Jamieson won the Country Ballad category for My First Rodeo.

    Allan Caswell won the Comedy/Novelty section with Skin

    Alita Fahey the Children's Song with I Should Have Listened and 

    Dean Perrett was named winner of the Gospel Song category with The Shepherd's Fold.

    The songwriting team of Kalesti Butler & Gretta Ziller took out the New Songwriter Award for The River

    Chad Morgan 'The Sheik' was presented with this year's Song-Maker Honour 

    Brian Howard was named winner of the Tex Morton Award.

    TSA's National Songwriting competition - Ian List won Amateur Traditional with This Land Australia 

    James Donnelly took home the Amateur Contemporary category with Her Kiss 

    Angus Gill (pictured) was named winner of the Junior section.

    Stan Lenz won the Blues, Roots & Bluegrass section with Picking The Blues 

    Merv Webster took out the Lyrics Only section with The Dingo Scalper's Daughter 

    John Walsh & Mike Carr were successful in Professional Traditional with The Comfort Of A Stranger.

    Pete Denahy wins Instrumental Golden Guitar at Tamworth

    At the country music awards in Tamworth on Saturday 26th, Pete Denahy picked up his second Golden Guitar, this time in the instrumental category with tune called "Yackandandah 1852". All instruments on the album were played by Pete - fiddle, guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin. The tune is from Denahy's gold rush inspired bluegrass album "Wishbone Road".

    It was an unexpected win for Pete who was up against the Davidson Brothers, Lawrie Minson and Lindsay Waddington, Bob Corbett and Roograss and Tommy Emmanuel. 


    Christie Lamb has returned home from a very successful Tamworth Country Music Festival where she won the Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award for the Most Promising New Talent 2013.

    She was also selected as a Grand Finalist - Top 4 of Toyota Star Maker, met Lee Kernaghan and had a whirlwind of a week with over 30 gigs, numerous radio and media interviews and sold many EPs!

    Christie’s current single ‘Invincible Me’ is currently number 7 on Country Tracks Top 30, Number 2 on Mildura Hot FM and number 4 on Hot Country QLD.

    As 2013 starts Christie is still touring with Jon English and focusing her attention on writing for her debut album.

    Christie would like to thank everyone who has supported her music by buying, playing and requesting her songs, as well as coming along to her live shows.

    www.christielamb.com  christie.lamb@hotmail.com  0423977285

     Graham Rodger
    I am a passionate Song Writer of Australian Ballads and I am very pleased to have been

    successful in being honoured with the Golden Guitar in the Tamworth Country Music Awards 2013

    Bush Ballad of the Year with my song


    I wish to sincerely thank you for giving my songs such wonderful support

    I intend to continue to work hard at promoting

    The bush ballad a heritage handed down by

    The likes of Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams and Stan Coster

    Just to name a few.

    If possible I’d like to follow up on my success at Tamworth with an interview

    Please contact me on my mobile 0427 130 853

    Or emailgrahamrodger1@gmail.com

    Hurray! We did it!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the Peoples Choice Awards in Tamworth this year. We never thought we would get a hat trick! Yes, we have won Best Band in 2011, 2012 and 2013. We also managed to get Children’s Song of the Year with I Should Have Listened. We are very proud. The highlight of the festival was performing and seeing our audiences sing our song Australia at the top of their voices. This happened at every show so we thank the radio stations for playing this popular song.

    We met lots of new fans in Tamworth this year and we thank you all for your support

    We raised $630.00 in donations for our fire fund shows and the money was deposited into the Mayors Warrumbungle Fire Donation Appeal at 2.30pm on 29/01/13.

    We met lots of wonderful performers along the way and worked with legends such as Slim Newton, Graham Rodger, Peter Coad, Johno Sutherland and Frank Gray. The highlight of the festival was being in the Cavalcade. Boy! It was hot and Shardyn half-walked and half-flipped all the way down Peel Street.

    The new album Let it Drift has just been released and you will hear some of the tracks on CRS in months to come.

    Website: www.brothers3.com

    Phone:     0424260479

     It was an early autumn day in September 2010 when a pick-up truck pulled up in front of
    Boyd’s Recording studio in the small town of Wylie, Texas just outside of Dallas. A man stepped

    out with his guitar in hand, went inside and laid down guitar/vocal tracks to ten songs.
    Wesley Parker was back!

    While prolific in his writing, unique in his style and right at home on stage in front of any
    audience, Wes left the music scene in the early 90’s to stay closer to home and rest from the
    rigors of the road.
    When tragedy struck in 2002 with the loss of his only son many believed no one would ever
    hear or see Wesley Parker performing his songs again:
    For the next 7 years the lights wentout in Wesley’s life. Finally, in 2009 he began picking up his guitar and the writer that he is
    once again came to the surface revealing an even more “connective” style; a style now formed
    from the depths of life’s sorrows and the heights of life’s joys.
    In the summer of 2011 the air-waves around the world once more began carrying the sounds
    of Wesley Parker as his crisp baritone voice carried the lyrics of his songs to country fans
    around the globe.

    Have Someone To Love, his first release in three decades, was aired to a totally new generation
    of listeners combined with many who remembered his songs from before. While this
    introductory song peaked at #21 each of his subsequent releases to date, Montana Sky (#4),
    Rusty Warner (#6), What Love Can Do (#4), What I Was (#2 on secular chart; #1 on the christian
    chart) and Another Day O’ Loving You (#5) have, all but one, placed in the Top 5 of the Hot
    Disc international Top 40 chart: Rusty Warner peaked at #6. All of these songs, and others,
    are now available on his just released Now and Then CD (Garden Isle Records #60112).

    While some have said “Wesley Parker is making a come-back”, Wes himself takes the comments
    in stride, grins and replies “I don’t know ‘bout all that, I’m just seeing if folks will still listen
    to my tunes, and if they will – I’ve got some thoughts I’d love to share with ‘em”.
    . . . Listening they are! His web site www.wesleyparker.net is receiving hits from a world-wide
    audience on any given day, request action for his songs continue to flourish and his schedule
    is never lacking of requests from presenters and DJs from Australia to the United Kingdom
    for interviews and recorded station I.D. sound-bites.

    As his grass root following continues to expand, the remainder of 2012 and 2013 scheduled
    to see continued singles released, international sales on the rise, a follow-up CD scheduled
    for release in the spring of 2013 and growing interest in the public to see the artist singing his
    hits in person – it seems it won’t be long until this congenial giant is once again “putting boots
    on the stage” and meeting his fans around the world face to face.

    For more information regarding Wesley Parker please contact Martin Chambers by e-mail at
    Country features duo ,Florence & Robbie
    Country Features
    met at a search for a country star competition back in 2005.After the show they got talking and after a few months rehearsing decided to go on the road as country features.They to date have toured Scotland and many parts of Ireland. In 2007 they got the chance to tour the Shetland Islands, Scotland with Philomena Begley the queen of Irish country music.
    They have also taken part at Irish country music festivals in Spain for the last two years. To date they have picked up two prestigious awards in Irish country music as best Irish country duo..They have recorded three albums and a DVD together as well as two solo albums. They appear regularly on Sky’ hot country TV show and also take part in outside radio broadcasts for Hugo Duncan’s Radio Ulster’s country show.
    Florence is well known for her song writing and her songs regularly go to number 1 in local radio stations. Robbie comes from a strong traditional music family originally from Donegal. He studied music with London college of music, but country music was always his first love.
    The duo also double up as a backing band for a lot of concerts and this gives them the chance to appear along side some of the big names in Irish country music. They are an exciting duo on stage and play non stop good old’ country music. Florence and Robbie are always on the look out for somewhere exciting to play and hope one day to tour Australia and America..




    Floreena Forbes & Olive Bice Bendigo's 2 Country Divas

    Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
         "Drongo Jack" Interviews with         Olive Bice & Beverley McShanagg

    Charley Landsbough
    Releases first single
    from upcoming new album

    ‘Statue Fund-Raising’
    Australia’s Country Music Pioneer, Reg Lindsay was one of the few who opened the door for many of the younger artist of today, who would later walk through.  During the 1960’s he made a platform in the US for Australian artists, to me recognized there.   
     If anyone have any suggestions of Tribute Shows etc, that could help raise the funds to make the statue a reality – please contact Roslyn direct on  02 4991 1585.

    Drongo Jack