Floreena Forbes
Inducted into the Australian Country Music Broadcasters Hall Of Fame
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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

Floreena Forbes & Jack Paten in the  Radio station studio,106.7 Phoenix Fm Victoria
 With-Floreena Forbes & Country Music Historian Jack Paten (Drongo Jack )
More re: Nev Nicholls (Country Music Pioneer).During the 1970's
Nev began his recording of Truck Driving Songs - earning him many Gold Records. His truckie albums have been aired on Australian Radio, US and the UK. Although Nev has retired - he is releasing a new album containing his hit songs of the past.

Apart from entertaining / recording - Nev has also helped with various programs and judging talent quests etc. Including:
Telethon in Support of Australian Olympic Team (1984),
Telethon in Aid of Cancer Appeal (1985)
MO Awards (1993 to 2004).
Tasmania & NZ Songwriting Contest (1997 & 2000)
CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia (1998 to 2000)
Australian Club & Entertainment Awards (1999)



He was born Glen Travis Campbell in Pike Co. Arkansas USA on April 22nd 1936. His parents were John and Carrie Campbell.  Glen was one of twelve children and grew up o a farm, growing cotton, corn, watermelon and potatoes.   He started playing guitar at the age of four and by the time he was six he was appearing on local radio stations.

It was with no formal training he continued playing the guitar, when he the work in the cotton fields were done.   Dropping out of school at age 14, ended up in Houston working alongside he brothers working on gas stations.

In 1954, Glen moved to New Mexico to join his uncle’s band which was known as Dick Bills and the Sandia Mountain Boys. It was here that he met his first wife whom he married prior turning eighteen.  In 1958 he formed his own band ‘The Western Wranglers’ performing six or seven nights a week.   Moving to Los Angeles in 1960, he became a session musician, and later joining ‘The Champs’.   In 1961, Campbell obtained a day-time job at ‘American Music’ (a publishing company), writing songs and recording demos.

As a session musician – he played on recordings by:- Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, The Monkees, Nancy Sinatra, Merle Haggard and Elvis.  He befriended Elvis when he helped record the soundtrack for Viva Las Vegas in 1964.

May 1961 he left ‘The Champs’ and was signed up by Crest Records and his first solo release ‘Turn Around, Look At Me’ was a moderate success.   The following year he signed with Capitol Records, his first single for the new label was ‘Too Late to Worry Too Blue to Cry’.  He never learned to read music, but he play guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass.

It was from 1964, Glen appeared on many TV shows including a regular spot on Star Route and Hollywood Jamboree.   Around Christmas 1964 for 3 months who toured with the Beach Boys filling in for Brian Wilson  playing Bass guitar and singing falsetto harmonies.  In 1965 he had his biggest solo hit with ‘Universal Soldier’ reaching No. 44 on the Hot 100 Chart, it was the same he joined Ricky Nelson on tour.

He hosted his own weekly show ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ from January 1969 to June 1972. Inviting many major artists including:- The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Willi Nelson, Merle Haggard, Neil Diamond, Roger Miller, Mel Tellis, and Waylon Jennings. He helped launch the careers of Anne Murray and Jerry Reed who were regulars on the show.

He appeared in movies including:- True Grit with John Wayne (1969), and Norwood (1970) and Strange Homecoming (1974).   The 1970’s saw more hits for Campbell including ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, ‘Southern Nights’, ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Country Boy’.   

Rhinestone Cowboy was his largest selling single and became his best known recording, initially selling more than 2 million copies. The song continues to be a hit – being used on various TV shows and films – Desperate Housewives, Daddy Day Care and High School High. It became the inspiration for the 1984 Dolly Parton / Sylvester Stallone movie ‘Rhinestone Cowboy.

In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  In 2010 and after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Campbell embarked on his final ‘Goodbye Tour’ and having three of his children joining him on stage as his backing band.  

His final performance was on November 30th 2012 in California.   After the tour he entered the studio again which would be his final recording. The album was ‘Adios’, however it was not released until June 2017.

Glen Campbell, who was married 4 times, and fathered 5 sons and 3 daughters,  – died in Nashville Tennessee on August 8th 2017



Mason, is a fine young entertainer from Queensland's Sunshine Coast, a talent to be reckoned with. 

Besides being a versatile entertainer, and multi-instrumentalist, it has been stated that he's an National Ambassador for Headspace (Australian Youth Mental Health initiative, established by the Australian government in 2006) joining the committee at age 11.    He is also a credited Level 8 drum teacher.

In 2015 he released a self titled EP - titles include: You Are Me Home, Cool, Liar's Game, Bad Things.  This was followed up by his second EP 'Get Me to Memphis'.  If his previous  EPs/songs are any indication -  his next EP or album will certainly be a must for Country/Blues fans.   Check out his songs on YouTube.

In 2016 he made his mark on the music industry with talent quests, TV shows appearances, Festivals and appearing with some of the industry's great artists.   At the Coca Cola 'Young Rising Star Quest' in Tamworth (2016) - Mason made the Top 4 out of 150 contestants.  He went on to win the Gympie Music Talent Search and 'Voice of Urban' at the Urban CM Festival, Caboolture, QLD. 

In May 2017, Mason was honoured to represent Australia at the Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year Awards (Norfolk Island) - and also had taken out the Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year.  No bad for a 17 years old.   He will be back in Tamworth in January (2018) for the Country Music Festival.  

For bookings:-  masonhopemusic@gmail.com



Ernest Francis Bridge, was born at Halls Creek, December 15th 1936.  His parents were Ernest

and Sarah Bridge.

Long before he ventured into music, Ernie was pastoralist and business man prior to him serving

Halls Creek Council in 1965.  In 1972 he was a founding member of the Aboriginal Lands Trust and between

1980 and 1996 he was a member of the WA Legislation Assembly, representing the electorate of

Kimberley, first as an Australian Labor Party Rep.

In 1979 Ernie released a custom recorded through EMI titled 'Sings Kimberly Favourites', this was

followed by another custom recording in 1980 titled 'Helicopter Ringer'.  It's believed that Ernie and

his two sons took these songs and others to a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Ernie was a singer, but he was not just a man with a guitar and a song and dance routine; he was no

mere wandering minstrel. Ernie Bridge was a man of substance. It was with all the connection with the

Bush, Ernie Bridge was made a member of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in 1984.

In 1990 Ernie released yet another album 'Great Australian Dream, and the following year (1991) was

inducted into the South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame.  In 1995, he was also inducted into the

Tamworth Country Music Hands of Fame.


Received the Centenary of Federation Medal (Service to Parliament and Aboriginal Affairs)


Won the Western Australia Australian Citizen of the Year Award. 

 Ernie Bridge died on March 31st  2013


Keith Darcy

Grew up listening to his Grandfather playing the button accordion with other members of his family playing the Saxophone & Violin, he was the oldest of three boys.

He grew up on a farm near Port Macquarie, by the time he reached the age of 12 years Keith had learned guitar and was eager to join with his family and friends belting out a tune on his guitar and singing many of the Country and Rock & Roll Hits.   

By the age of 16 he was thrilled when he got the opportunity to perform with Rick & Thel Cary, Keven Shegog and Chad Morgan.  He entered into  two Talent Quest one  in Kendall NSW and another in Taree the Mid North Coast Country Music Club of NSW,and he won both Talent Quest the prize was  presented to Keith by Mr Reg Lindsay  which was a ticket to Tamworth where he was able to enter in the Up & Coming New Talent Competition in 1968.

Keith had an ambition to form his own band, a three piece band called Pepper Tree was born. The band played everywhere around Taree and surrounding  areas in Clubs, Pubs, Parties and any occasion that Keith could play at he was there.

1974 Keith moved to Victoria, due to family commitments Keith put his music aside till the time was right to get out there again. As the years rolled on he met up with Shane Teinaki Singer/Songwriter from Tasmania.    This bought back Keith’s inspiration to get back on the road again.

2008 he released his first EP 3 + 1 in Bendigo Victoria

2010 released his first Album “Jukebox on My Mind” at SOUL STUDIO”S Bendigo

Keith joined The Bendigo Caravan Club where met up with Ray Rainey, Ray played the Piano Accordion and  on each rally  Ray and another club member Charlie Grenfell who played a Button Accordion would do a little gig together and they called themselves the Ray Charles Band  Keith joined in with guitar and as time moved on things changed a lot and little fun gigs were  soon changed when Keith introduced backing tracks into the group.    As time moved on Ray decided he would learn guitar in 2010 both Keith & Ray decided they would work as a Duo and they named the Duo as RayDar their 2 names joined in one and was soon doing a lot of charity work around Nursing Homes in Bendigo, Kilmore, Seymour and Dunolly plus a lot of work for Senior Citizens Clubs, Loins Clubs ,Rotary Clubs The Bendigo Club and Bendigo R S L Club plus birthday parties   

 2013-2015 they have  entertained in Cooper Pedy South Australia in the Italian Club, Pizza Restaurant at the Stuart Range Resort also at the Opal Inn Motel They worked in the Daly Waters Pub in the Northern Territory Woomera Coogie Bar South Australia, Alice Springs & Tennent Creek  Working 65 Gigs in 90 days. 

2014 They also entertained in the outback of Queensland Charleville, Cunnamulla, Quilpie, Mitchell.  Plus  Broken Hill and Mildura just to name a few placers.  They have entertained in Katherine and all down the West Coast of Western Aust and across the Nullarbor

2016.  Keith & Ray enjoy working in Clubs, Pubs, Parties and private functions in Victoria, and enjoy singing in the aged Care Centres sharing their talent performing at many charity functions as they can, and are back up in Coober Pedy entertaining every night again for 2 months this year 2016

Dennis Morgan

Dennis Morgan’s Salute to Don Williams

This show is the culmination of over forty years of loving the music of Don Williams.

It is not an attempt at impersonation, merely an interpretation of some of the most beautiful songs of our generation including “You’re my best friend”, “Amanda”, I believe in you”, “I recall a gypsy woman”, “Good ole boys like me” and many, many more.

Dennis Morgan has been entertaining for just over forty years around Australia and the north island of New Zealand playing in bands and also as a solo artist in clubs and pubs in a wide variety of places also he’s been involved in recording having recorded three albums and has

Appeared on national television programmes such as pot of gold, Reg Lindsay’s country homestead and Conway country. The salute to Don Williams is a reasonably new addition to Dennis’s repertoire and has been really well received by both Don Williams fans and event organisers everywhere.

Dennis Morgan

Dennis Morgan has been entertaining for 29+ years in bands and as a solo artist touring as support act for the Chad Morgan Show for six years and also in his own entity.  He has been involved in recording and national television on such shows as Conway Country and other musical variety shows

In 1987 he recorded a song called “Henry Lawson” which was entered into the golden guitar awards in Tamworth in 1988, and reached the final five in the heritage section and also received extensive national airplay.

He then lived and worked in the Whitsunday region of North Queensland playing in clubs and hotels throughout the state and has recently recorded three CD’s.  The first of which is called ‘In Over My Heart’, the second is ‘A Salute to Don Williams’, an American country singer who retired in 2006, and the third is an album of original songs called ‘A Substitute No More’, which was released in April 2009.

Dennis has a very mellow yet at times raunchy voice covering such artists as Don Williams, The Eagles, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jim Reeves, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, James Taylor and the like.

A night with Dennis Morgan has been described as “music that bites and humour that sucks”.

A recent addition to his shows is a salute to Don Williams which is very well received by Don Williams fans everywhere.

In January and February 2008 he toured the North Island of New Zealand where he was accepted extremely well by fans and organisers alike.  He then completed an extended tour of the North Island in 2009 when he was a special guest at the Bay of Islands Country Music Festival in Paihia.  While in New Zealand he met Bob and Sheila Everhart from the National Traditional Country Music Association in the USA, and they were so impressed with Dennis, that they invited him to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Be sure to catch Dennis at a venue near you soon.

For Bookings contact Dennis on 0417438791

Isla Grant

Isla Grant was born in Wigtownshire, Scotland but when she was a few months old her family moved away and

eventually settled in the Scottish Borders.   Her parents were dairy people and Isla spent many happy years with

her parents and two older brothers on the farm. She loved the farm life and would help her father in the milking

parlour at milking time and did for a while show hereford bulls at the cattle shows.

Her love of music started at an early age when she would listen to records her mother had, which were

mainly Scottish and Irish recordings, while her brothers were at that time listening to jazz and pop and

some skiffle.

When she was about 8, she used to pluck the strings on her oldest brothers guitar and eventually he gave her the guitar

so I suppose you could say that he is responsible for Isla starting to play music although music was right through her family.

Her father’s side of the family were highland bagpipe players and her mother’s side were violin players and there were a few

accordian players there as well.

When she was about fourteen Isla started to sing in the folk clubs mainly in Scotland and in the north east of England, then she

discovered country music and that changed her style in music.   She worked professionally in the country music scene till 1992

when she was involved in a serious road accident along with her husband Al.

It was due to injuries of the accident Isla was off the road for five years and in that time she started composing more of

her own material which led to a recording contract.   After releasing 11 albums, some of which have gone triple platinum,

Isla has branched out and started her own record label (I.G.E.) and released her first album on her own label in October 2008.

The first album on her own label was a tribute to the Father of American Country Music 'Hank Williams', featuring 'You Win Again',

Why Should We Love and Love Sick Blues. 

Her other albums include: Only Yesterday, Mother, Childhood Memories, The Beauty of My Home, The Best of Isla Grant, When The

Day Is Done, Faith, Love and Hope, Down Memory Lane ,A Dream Come True and Special To Me.    Her husband is also an artist

in his own right but is always on stage with Isla playing bass guitar and giving a few songs.

Featured regularly on Gold FM, Isla Grant who has won the hearts of audiences with the purity and warmth of her music

with songs such as Sweet Baby of Mine, A Single Yellow Rose, Cottage In The Country, Falling In Love With You, and duets with

her husband Al include: Darling When You’re Hurting and I’ll Be Faithful To You.

Isla is now firmly established in Ireland, Australia, and the UK as a singer/songwriter of the highest quality. Her beautiful voice, together with an ability to write sensitive songs that cross over from country/folk to easy listening have not only established her as a major recording artist but also a popular live entertainer. Her interaction with her audience is second to none and the atmosphere at her ‘Live’ Shows is a joy to behold.

Today she still tours - entertainer her fans across the world,  and throughout September and October this year - she

toured Australia.  Her shows are backed by an array of international musicians including keyboards, steel guitar, lead guitar, fiddle/mandolin, percussion, bass and piper. State of the Art sound, lighting and audio visual effects.



Connie Kis Andersen was born in Denmark, she migrated with her family to Australia when she was two years old.

She began learning the banjo at the age of 8 and by the time she was 11, she had already performed with Australian

Country Music legend Slim Dusty when his show came to her home town of Bourke, NSW.  

It was with a degree in Psychology and Economics gained from the University of NSW, Connie  worked in Sydney in the

field of Special Education for two years before moving to Perth W.A. where she continued to teach in Education Support.

Around the same time, she began to pursue a career in music, which was her first love.

She performed as the lead singer in several bands, the most current being Kis'n Tel, and AKAKis, an acoustic original duo.

In the past, Andersen's full seven piece band; The Hired Guns came together on special occasions to perform her original

songs from the albums, Gone Wishin’ and the award winning Once Again

Now, she mainly tours solo and on home turf, teams up with well known Perth roots/blues player David Capper for special

acoustic shows promoting her current albums; Connie Kis and Naked Under the Radar.

Connie had been honoured to be the support act for Don McLean, Kasey Chambers, BJ Thomas in Perth, taken her on 

press tours in Scandinavia, Europe and numerous radio and solo promotional tours of the USA, including performances at

CMA's Fan in Nashville TN.

In 2006 - Perth, she opened a show for Bobby Cash - an acclaimed Country singer/songwriter from India, who was touring

Australia in support of his latest album 'State of my Heart'.  The audiences were pleased with these to polished artists.

A career as a recording artist and top singer, she has had chart action with several of her songs gracing the Australian Country

Tracks Top 40 Hit charts - 3 of them making the Top 5.  The same songs also making the APRA 'Song of the Year' List for voting -

a list of the most played songs in Australia by Australian writers for the year of their release. 

Connie Kis has been the recipient of multiple awards – both in song writing and as an artist.  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 an Australian TIARA for Female Vocalist.   She is a proud member of APRA, ASCAP (Publishing),



In 1998, they were inducted into Tamworth’s Hands of Fame.

Singles Released:
1965 "Won't You Tell Me" / "Little Girl"
1965 “Island Skipper” / “I Wish”
1966 "Summers Long" / "All Around"
1966 "Through My Fingers" / "Can I"
1967 "We Don't Do That Anymore" / "Paradise"


The brother and sister act were born after WWII in Germany.  Their parents (Ukranians) migrated to South Australia in 1951 and settled in Kingston-On-Murray.   

At the age of 11, Rick (as he was later known) was eager to learn the guitar and soon took lessons from Dean ‘Rocky’ Page, and encouraged by Page, he would perform in the local area. It was about six months later his sister Tammy would join him.

Those early days of their career they were known as The Kingston Kids, which the name was derived from the place where they came to settle.  It was in 1961 they toured Tasmania with Slim Dusty during the holidays, and it’s believed that Slim suggested the stage name ‘Ricky & Tammy’.  

After finishing school, they were invited up to Sydney by Johnny Devlin. They appeared on Bandstand as Pop singers which went over quite well, although later concentrating on Country & Western side of entertainment. 

In 1963 saw the beginning of their first tour around Australia via the showground working with various entertainers including: Tex Morton, Chad Morgan, Normie Rowe, Kevin Shegog and various other Aussie performers along the way.  The showground, promoted by the late Frankie Foster was a footing for many Australian Country and Pop/Rock performers.  The Wild One ‘Johnny O’Keefe also did the showgrounds. 

Their first release in 1965 through Sunshine Label,  ‘Won’t You Tell Me / ‘Little Girl’  / Island Skipper /I Wish   were backed by the Blue Jays, who were Tony Worsley’s backing band.    

For twenty years they regular live gigs around Australia supporting many top acts both local and international.  In this time they have released several recordings. – In 1968, they travelled to play for the American and Australian troops in Vietnam on 2 occasions.

It was after the appearance on Reg Lindsay’s Country & Western Hour in 1973, they were offered a regular spot on the Traveling Out West program hosted by John Williamson and screened on 50 TV stations Australia wide.  The program aired for 2 years – which also saw the release of two albums via EMI .

After 16 years performing – they parted ways as duo, Ricky going out on his own. Tammy settled down to family life.  During the early 1980’s, Tammy and her husband bought a restaurant on the Hawkesbury River and on the weekends, Rick and Tammy are performing once again. 


It seems that almost everyone in early Australian Country Music scene have

changed their names – to a more professional name, that will be remembered

and fit their style.  Here is a list of just a few.

Professional Name

Birth Name

Tex. Morton

Robert Lane

Sister Dorrie

Dorothy May Ricketts

Buddy Williams

Harry Taylor

Smoky Dawson

Herbert Henry Brown

Edwin Haberfield

Shorty Ranger

Slim Dusty

David Kirkpatrick

Joy McKean

Mildred Geraldine Joy

Tex. Banes

Herbert Joseph Banes

Buddy Bishop

William Manning Bishop

Pee Wee Clark

Charles Phillip Clark

Rex Dallas

Frederick Amos Doble

Ted Egan

Edward Joseph Egan

Geoff Mack

Albert Geoffrey McElhinney

Rocky Page

Dean Page

Dusty Rankin

Roger Hogan



Alison was born on July 23rd 1971, Illinois, USA.   

She began her musical journey at a young age, studying classical violin at the age of five, however she would soon

switch to Bluegrass.    She was 8 years old, when she entered her first talent quest, and at the age of 10, she formed

her first band.   He musical influences include: J.D. Crowe, Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice.

It wasn't until age 13, at the Walnut Valley Festival, the she won the 'Fiddle Championship' and the Society of the

Preservation of Bluegrass in America named her the 'Most Promising Fiddler in the Midwest'.  In the popular Vanity

Magazine, they called her 'Virtuoso' (Highly skilled in music)

Alison made her recording debut in 1985 with her independent album 'Different Strokes' which featured her brother

Viktor (Victor).   It was from the age of 12 she performed in a band called 'Silver Rail' replacing their previous fiddle player.

The band was renamed 'Union Station' when it was discovered that another band was using the name ''Silver Rail'.

At 15, she played fiddle on the album 'The Western Illionis Rag' by US musician Chris Vallillo  In 1987 age 16, she released

her debut solo album 'Too Late To Cry' with Union Station as her backing band.  The album was released through a commercial

label 'Rounder Records'.  It was 2 years later, she released her first group album with Union Station titled 'Two Highways'.  The 

album consists of traditional tunes:- Wild Bill Jones, Beaumont Rag, along with a bluegrass interpretation of The Allman Brother's

'Midnight Rider'.

Her follow-up solo album in 1990 'I've Got That Old Feeling' became her first album to hit the Billboard Charts and peaking in

the top seventy-five on the Country Chart.  Also with this album, she earned her first Grammy Award.   Her second group album

'Every Time You Say Goodbye' (1992) earned her a second Grammy for Bluegrass Album of the Year.

At the age of 21, she joined the Grand Ole Opry - and became the youngest cast member at the time, and the first Bluegrass

artist to join the Opry in twenty-nine years.    In 1994, Alison collaborated on a project with the Cox Family - a bluegrass album

titled: 'I Know Who Holds Tomorrow'.    nother group album in 1997 score her another Grammy.  One critics said its sound was 

'rather untraditional' and likely to change quite a few minds about bluegrass.  

Her songs have appeared in various TV shows including: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and also played a singing voice for the characters

in 'Eight Crazy Nights' in 2002.  And also appearing in shows such as 'Miracle On Highway 31, Austin City Limits and Sesame Street.

In 2001, the album 'New Favorites' went on winning another Grammy, with the single 'The Lucky One' also winning a Grammy. The

success of the album was followed by her 2002 double album 'Live' which went double platinum.   In 2014 Alison and her band

'Union Station' toured with the legendary Willie Nelson and family, along with special quests Kacey Musgrave and The Devil Makes


There are many highlights of her career - which include two performances at the White House attended by then president Bill Clinton,

winning 14 international Bluegrass Music Association Awards, winning 27 Grammy Awards.  The Recording Academy (which presents the

Grammy Awards) presented her with a special musical achievement honour in 2005.  And in 2002, she was ranked 12th of the 40th Greatest

Women of Country Music.

At the 76th Academy Awards (2004), where she performed two songs from the 'Cold Mountain' soundtrack - this very night she was

chosen by Hollywood's shoe designer to wear a pair of $2 million 'Cinderella' sandals with four and half inch clear glass stiletto heels and 2 straps

adorned with 565 diamonds set in platinum. 

To date she has released 16 albums, her lasts is 'Paper Airplane'



Leigh was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1978. 

It was by the age of 4, Leigh's parents had moved to Colac at the age of 8, he went with his parents to the old time dances in the Colac district where he became fascinated with the drummer.  He knew there and then he wanted to learn the drums. Although his parents had other ideas, who though it best that their son should learn the guitar or keyboard. 

  Leigh chose the keyboard - and became a quick learner.  After returning from the old time dances around 1am, he would head directly to his keyboard and played some of the songs he had heard during the night.

It wasn't until age 16, he took up keyboard lessons.  However in September 1993, there was an advert in the local paper  for a drummer.  It was the Old Time Dance Band that he had listened and danced to as a child was in need of a drummer.  It was after a short discussion, Leigh answered the advert, and got the gig. 

There was only one problem, Leigh never played the drums, and never had a drum-kit.  He acquired himself a drum-kit, which had arrived 2 days before the first dance which he was assigned to, and began to practice and at the dance hall, it all went well for him.   It was about 18 months later, the band leader retired at the age of 84.  

In 1995, Leigh formed his own dance band which still performs today.

In year 2002, and shortly after his father's death, Leigh entered his first talent quest.  He hadn't much experience being

Exposed to the audience - unlike the dances sitting behind the drums.  However managed to win the male vocal section,Gospel section and a couple run-ups.   Next was the Mildura Talent Quest (same year) where he also took Male Vocal, and came 2nd in the duet section.   His first professional gig as a Country performer came in 2003.

Leigh never really learnt the guitar until his early twenties.  After learning the first three chords on his newly bought red 'Fender Stratocaster' the first song he played was Slim Dusty's 'When The Rain Tumbled Down In July'.  Which seemed a bit odd, (as Leigh recalls) for he wasn't a Slim fan at the time. 

Over time his had various influences in music:-  He became a dedicated Slim Dusty fan - others depending on type of show include: Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como - they all had an impact on his career.

In July 2007, Leigh released his debut album ‘Down That Lonely Road’ which was recorded at Redback Recording Studios in Leeton, NSW.   His latest album ‘Rock’n’Country’ was released in December 2014. 

In 2013, Leigh and his wife and family moved to Ballarat where they reside today. Currently Leigh and his wife Amie and their band are following in  ‘In Dusty Footsteps’, performing tributes to the late Slim Dusty apparently keeping his songs alive.



Colin Perkins was born in Victoria in 1953.

His early attempts in music was playing the 'Kettle Drum' self-taught at the age of eight.  His love for music seemed to be enhanced due to his brother's appreciation of Rock n Roll music, particularly the King of Australian Rock'n'Roll 'Johnny O'Keefe'. 

At the age of eleven, Col sure got his hands on his first guitar and lessons at the McKinnon Guitar School, in Victoria.

It was with the first twelve months of taking up the guitar, Col started his first public performances at Bentleigh (Aussie Rules) football club social nights.  Col continued his self-generated solo career for the next four years - at weddings, school functions, and community fates And fund-raisers.

His mother (who was musically minded) was the driving force who made sure that young Col continued with his guitar practising, even at the point when he wanted to stray from the country and popular songs to the wilder songs of Rock 'n' Roll.

Col soon began to make his appearance in the Rock'n'Roll world. In 1967, he formed his own band the 'Gathering'. The band became popular and lasted until about mid-1970s'.  The produced three "Top 10" singles and appeared on several TV shows including 'Uptight, Happening and Turning On. 

 After leaving the band he formed a duo-act with a long-time friend Gill Robert.  The two would do the club circuit in Victoria and Tasmania until 1978, when Gill was transferred to Sydney with his employment within Festival Records.

Col then reformed the 'Gathering' to perform the Pubs and exclusive Restaurant market.   Once again left the band in early 1980, with another band member a John Wallis, who convinced Col to join him.  Wallis, Col and four other musicians joined 'Wallis & Matilda' - putting music to the lyrical works of Banjo Patterson.

Apart from this venture, Col also continued as a solo act. 

Between 2006 and 2011, Col had been part of an Eagle's tribute band, known as the Eagle's Story, performing at major event across Australia. 

Today, Col is mainly concentrating on his 'Morning Melodies', performing for elderly, and occasionally Wallis & Matilda gigs.   Col Perkins also have several shows including tributes to some of our greats in music:- John Denver, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Cliff Richards, Col Joye, Johnny O'Keefe,Pat Boone, Perry Como and Nat King Cole. 

After a career spanning more than 40 years, he still enjoys entertaining today



She was born Jo Dee Marie Messina on August 25th 1970, Massachusetts, USA.

It was an early age, he love for music began, with influences like:- Patsy Cline. Reba McEntire and The Judds.  By the age of 16,

it became quite the family affair - when Jo-Dee began performing in local clubs with her brother and sister on drums and guitar. 

They continued their segments until Joe-Dee graduated from High School.

At the age of 19, she moved to Nashville, where she would work in various jobs including: computer programing, accounting while

entering talent quests around Nashville.   One of her wins lead to a regular gig on a radio show 'Live at Libby's', caught the interested

of producer Byron Gallimore who helped her with a demo tape.   Gallimore was also working with a young Tim McGraw, and Messina

would soon befriend him.   Backstage at one of McGraw's concerts, she met an executive from his label 'Curb Records' and jokingly

suggested that label needed as 'redhead'.   Jo-Dee, got her wish was soon signed up to the label.    Gallimore and McGraw would later

come co-producers of Messina's albums.

She released her self-titled debut album in 1996, which produced two Top 10 singles:- Heads Carolina, Tails California and 'You're Not

In Kansas Anymore' It was following this release and the singles in the charts, Jo-Dee performed around 215 shows in 1996 and became

one of the most successful female artists to come through the 1990's.   Her debut album sold over 500,000 copies and was certified Gold by RIAA.

Almost suffering bankruptcy, due to a series of poor business decisions and a change of management where she nearly lost everything, Jo-Dee

spent almost a year trying to writing new songs for a new album that could help him in this lean time.   She released her second album 'I'm Alright'

in 1998 - with three number 1 hit singles  Bye, Bye, I'm Alright and Stand By Me - and credited the radio success for giving her a second chance.  Her

second album became her biggest selling album today, selling more than two million copies in the US alone, receiving an RIAA certification of double


In year 2000 she received the Country Music Association's Horizon Award.  She also one Billboard magazine's 'Most Played Female on Country Radio,

and also won three major awards from Boston Music Awards located in her home state of Massachusetts.  

Apart from music, Jo-Dee also made appearances on TV shows, 'Crash and Burn', Nash Bridges and Touched By An Angle.  Jo-Dee is also an author and

a fitness coach.  She had co-authored 'Chicken Soup of the Soul'.   In a career spanning 28 years, Jo-Dee has had 9  number 1 hits -  she is residing in

Nashville with her two sons, Noah 6 and Jonah 3 and her husband Chris Deffenbaugh whom she married in 2007.

Leave her record label, she found hard to raise funds to release an album.  It was with the help of fans, that Joe-Dee's was able to release her 2014

album  'Me' .  She had started a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for the album which surpassed her $100,000 goal.   She is currently working on

her 5th album which she hope will be released later this year. 


American country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic recording “Rose Garden,” died Thursday 30th July 2015, 

of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.  She was hospitalized in Nashville for pneumonia following a trip to Italy. 

She was born in North Dakota and raised in Sacramento, California, and started performing at the age of six.  Alongside her singing

career, she made a number of television appearances with big stars including Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby and John Wayne.  

She is survived by her father, three children—Lisa, Melissa and Gray —four grandchildren and her partner.

Lyn Anderson was 67.



Leanne was born in Newcastle (NSW) on April 13th 1955.

She began learning the guitar at the age of 11, and took lessons for five years learning

lead guitar which became an integral part of her floor show.   Leanne began singing in

a band when she was 15 and immediately began working the Newcastle club circuit.

Leanne was inspired by many including: Hank Marvin, and the Shadows.  Her father, 

(talented Highland Piper) encouraged her to learn other instruments, and as a result

Leanne learnt to play not only the guitar, but, fiddle, mandolin and bass. 

Though it was in 1975, Leanne quit music to complete her training as a nurse although

which saw her out of action for 6 years.  It was by the time she was qualified , she had

then realized that music was where he heart was.

She entered Tamworth's Star Marker Quest in 1981, and became the first female to win

the award.  As a result she released her first single 'Don't It Wanna Make You Cry' backed

with 'One Tear At A Time' via the RCA label.   She was nominated to as a support act for

Glen Campbell in Newcastle. 

She began to make many appearance on the Lee Conway TV special in Brisbane.  She would 

relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where she formed a band 'Leanne and The Surf Broads' that

featured her growing talent as a lead vocalist and lead guitarist.   Her band was retro-style

paying tributes to the music's of 1960's. 

One of her highlights in the US,

was performing at Gracelands for the Elvis Presley International Fan Club.

In the US, Her first solo CD, "Blue Heeler" was released in 2003 - includes ten instrumentals penned by Leanne,

along with her three favourite Hank Marvin tunes.  This album was renamed and repackaged for Australian release

in October 2005. 

In 2004, Leanne was invited to play at the NAMM showcase in Nashville at the Hallmark Guitar booth, showcasing

their unique style of guitars.   Joe Hall, autographed the guitar which Leanne chose to play, he then presented the

guitar to her showing their appreciation. 

Late 2005, Leanne released her first vocal album, "Under The Covers", a collection of country classics

in pure country style, recorded in Nashville.  Tracks include: Harper Valley PTA, When You Walk In The Room,

Rose Garden and Lonely Too Long, Straight Tequila Night

Leanne spent 16 years in Nashville, and has since returned home to Australia.  Since returning home, Leanne released

her 3rd album 'My Yellow Guitar' instrumental.     Leanne is currently performing, and recording


Terrence Roy Gordon was born in the New South Wales town of Taralga on November 28th 1942. 

As a young teen, Terry would listen to The Sunset Trail radio program transmitted from

2WL Wollongong (the station no longer exists) listening to his favourite singers including

Kevin King, Nev Nicholls and Slim Dusty.

He started his career in music in the south coast town of Wollongong in 1960, as front man

of the band ‘City Five’ the following year (1961), Terry joined the established band ‘DJ’s’

who was left without a lead singer. Terry auditioned and got the job, the band was changed to

Terry Gordon and The Wanderers.   They were the first band to perform on Win TV’s show

‘Dance Date’.    It’s believed they also appeared on Bandstand, Six O’Clock Rock and Saturday Date.

Terry and his band recorded several tracks though they weren’t released to the public.  In 1962 the

band was scheduled to play at the Royal Hotel, Wollongong though, Terry failed to show up and it

became apparent to the other members of the band that was not returning.  Terry moved to Brisbane,

to try his luck on the Queensland hotel circuit as a solo act.  In 1965, he landed a job as a radio

manager’s position at 2AD’s Glenn Innis studio.  Also that same year, Terry released his debut

EP with Sunset Records putting down three Australian compositions and cover version of Star Spangled Heaven.

His first Country tour came in 1967, when he toured with Athol McCoy Show who were known as

The Real McCoys performing in every state.  The show needed a comedian, and Terry volunteered

and became known as ‘Nose Bag’ in bib and brace overalls. After leaving the show in 1968, Terry

headed back to Sydney doing the club-circuit, and recorded his first LP in 1970.

In 1982, Terry hosted a TV show in Tamworth called ‘Must Be Country’ which last about 12 months. 

On the show Terry invited various artists to perform their songs – including: Buddy Williams, Stan

Coster, Tex Morton, Gordon Parsons, Chad Morgan, Buddy Bishop, Brian Young and many others. 

Episodes of these great shows are currently available. 

Although touring and sharing the stage with many great artists like Tex Morton, Buddy Williams,

Slim Dusty, Nev Nicholls it wasn’t until 1984, he toured with another character of Country Music,

the daring ‘Sheik’ Chad Morgan. Terry once claimed that touring with Morgan, was the best years of

his career.

When Terry was 10yrs old, he heard Chad sing on Terry Dear’s Amateur Hour which was in 1952 –

he never dreamed that one day, he would manage and tour with the legend himself.  The Chad

Morgan Show toured throughout Australia continuously each year to packed houses.

After a successful year in 1985 a live performance of The Chad Morgan Show was recorded in Tamworth. 

The album which Chad had financed, was titled Booze Ballads & Broads with Terry opening the show on

side ‘A’ and Chad closing on side ‘B’.  It was the first and only time that Chad recorded a full album

with another artists.  After 12 years of managing and touring with the Chad Morgan show, Terry left to

pursue another solo career.

In 1995 Terry was invited to appear at the Hodag Country Music Festival in Wisconsin, USA,

alongside Willie Nelson, George Jones, Bobby Bare, Clint Black and other American Country Music legends.

During the 1980’s and 1990’s Terry released more albums – including an            ‘R’ rated album which he

toured as an ‘R’ rated singing comedian.  Terry had released more than 20 Country albums including :- West

Of The Diamantina, My Kinda Country, Load Of Bull, If It Weren’t For Country Music I’d Go Crazy, I

Just Can’t Get Enough, I Forgot To Remember To Forget, Givin’ The Lizard A Run and Spirit Of The Outback.

Terry Gordon is a versatile entertainer:- Balladeer, Bush Poet, Comedian, TV host, songwriter and he has performed in all kinds of venues from old dusty tents to TV studios, and entertainment centers.

1981 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame, Tamworth

1993 – Country Music Entertainer of the Year

1995 – Lifetime Achievement Award, Kempsey

2005 – Awarded the O.A.M.

  • 2014 – TSA Gospel Song Of The Year ‘Hear Me Lord’
  • 2013 -  The Gidgee Coal Bush Ballad Awards –
  •  Female Vocalist

    Bec was born and grew up in Lang Lang Victoria on the family beef farm. Her early introduction to music was her

    father playing the vinyls showing her his favourite songs.  He mother was a huge fan of Loretta Lyn and cassette

    would be playing in the family car – these would be Bec’s earliest taste in music.

    It was for several years Bec pestered her mother in letting her learn to play the piano, which eventually she gave

    in.  At the age of 10, her song learnt on the piano from an elderly lady down the street, was Three Blind Mice.

    Between 2005 and 2008, Bec performed in various talent quests in New South Wales, Queensland and her own

    state of Victoria. It wasn’t look before she started being successful either taking out first place, or as runner-up.  She

    would also backed other singers as well.   Her influences in music consists of Connie Frances, Shirley Thoms, Loretta

    Lyn, Johnny Horton, Johnny O’Keefe and John Williamson.

    One highlight that changed her chosen career forever, was the highest accolade winning Queensland’s Champion or

    Champions and gaining the CMAA College Scholarship in 2009.   As a grand finalist she performed on the famous

    Toyota Star Maker contest in Tamworth 2009.  

    Bec released her first single ‘I’ll Cry’ in 2009,  the song appeared on her album ‘The Tranquillity’.    

    Her fourth and latest album is ‘Proud of My Country’.

    Ever since her induction into the CMAA College, Bec has been nominated for many awards, including five

    nominations for the Southern Stars Awards in Mildura, and two times Golden Guitar nominee in 2013 and 2014.

    Bec classes herself as an Australian artist retaining the traditional sound country music Australia and the US

    bringing them together with modern twist. She is a talented singer/songwriter, one of few women making their mark

    in the traditional country genre.


    Born into a musical minded family, Brian Williams was born in Ouyen on August 10th 1946 He has a brother sings & acts in play’s, his mother played the Piano

    He was inspired by artists like Hank Snow & Merle Haggard

    At the age of 18 Bryan contacted

    A songwriter/singer and an established Country singer in the form of Mary Cummins - from whom he learnt basic knowledge of the guitar, voice and importantly presentation.  

    His first professional performance came in 1964 with the Owltones as a

    Lead singer and rhythm guitarist.  During the 70's and 80's he continued performing with the 'Marton, Barton and Fargo Band'.

    He recorded his first CD in 1997 titled 'Sunset Country' via Star Production.  His second release 'Mallee Country' came about in

    1999.  Both albums contained Country and classics and co-written originals. 

    There was yet a 3rd CD album which remains a

    Special release.  The song 'The Old Akubura Hat' was chosen and placed in a time-capsule in Balcoldon, Queensland.  & has released 4 albums

    BrIan (Chooka as he is known) has appeared at various Country Festivals, including: Tamworth, Adelaide, Barmera Mildura

    He was inducted into the Rocky Page South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame in Barmera in the year 2011 & was a contestant in the Livin In the country contest at Mildura in front of 18.000 people

    Chooka Williams tells me the there is a track from one of his albums titled ‘The Old Acubura Hat“that is presently circulating around Canada & England at the moment in a documentary


    2005 – TSA Award Best Contemporary Country Song for ‘Dance You Cowboy’ (3rd Place)

    2006 – Tasmanian & NZ Song-writing Contest for ‘Dance Cowboy Dance’ – (2nd Place)

    2006 – Hawking Brother’s Award for Best New Talent

    2007 – Tamworth Independent Artists – Best Band – (with Rukas)

    2008 – Tamworth Tooheys Battle of The Bands

    2008 – Tamworth  Independent Artists – Best Band – (with Rukas)

    2009 – Tamworth Coca-Cola Battle of the Bands


    Sandy Dodd

    Sandy was introduced to Country Music via her Mother who would sing her to sleep with old favourites like:  The Blue Velvet Band,

    There’s A Bridle Hanging On The Wall, Old Shep and El Paso.   Her Father loved classical and big band music of the time and

    during the depression he would sing, and Sandy would listen hi smooth polished voice. 

    On trips to Sydney with the family she would harmonize with her sister while listening to the cassette that was playing.  This and growing

    up with a piano in the family home helped her to harmonize.    She would pick out songs she heard either on cassette or TV and played

    them, the theme song for A Country Practise was her favourite to play on piano which she taught herself by ear.

    Sandy had violin lessons and recorder, though apart from those, she had no formal training in music.  She could never read music, they

    she can play piano, guitar, keyboard, tin whistle, mouth-organ and the kazoo.

    She spent her younger days in dance lessons and later theatre. After working as dentist assistant and receptionist, she took a break from

    the stage to raise a family.  In 1999, Sandy re-discovered her passion for music after attending a motivation segment and attended singing lessons.  She got an audition that was advertised by a vocal quartet requiring a singer/dancer/harmonist who was pleased with her at first

    due to her lack of credentials in music etc.  

    However it was the first she sang into a microphone and with hands trembling as she stood on the lonely big stage closed her eyes and

    sang.  The producer listened from the back row of the auditorium and was pleased of what he heard.  He asked her to joined his group

    ‘Hot Stuff’.  After more singing lessons, it was with a month, Sandy was performing lead and harmony staying with the group two years.  

    She would also appear in other bands including:- Wild Country, Ron Kingston Duo, The Blue Label Band, Somebody’s Daughter and Trigger.

    In 2004 she join the group ‘Ruckus’ a Victorian Country Rock Band where she performed as lead singer.  The band toured nationally

    and appearing at major festivals.  She left the group in 2011.   Since then, the journey has lead her to receive recognition including

    Best Female Vocalist, Best New Songwriter.   

    Since going solo, she has had international success with her first ‘Burning Memories’ which reached No.1 on the European Independent

    Music Charts and earned her a nomination for ‘Entertainer of the Year’ in 2012.  Sandy is now gain great success in appearing at

    various Country Music Clubs and Festivals namely Horsham, Tooleybuc and Corowa.  

    Kim Ritchie :

    Kim currently resides in Bendigo where she is ably assisted, John and secondly (or perhaps the other way around) by her beautiful black Labrador Seeing Eye dog,

    It’s an absolute delight to watch Kim perform; music is her life. This becomes obvious when you attend one of her shows, you’ll see the pleasure she gets from sharing her music with others.

    Kims Words say

     “God didn’t give me sight, but he gave me the ability to sing and play guitar and that obviously makes up for what I haven’t got"

    ·        Enquiries

    Phone:   (03) 5443 7453 or 0458 474363

    Email:   kimboritchie@bigpond.com

    Kim Ritchie :

    Kim is a Country and Variety singer with a difference. She came into the world blind, Kim says the love of music and performing has given her a clear view of the world around her.

     Music has been a big & important part of Kim’s life since her early years. She grew up on a farm just out of Pyramid Hill,

    She learned the guitar at the age of eight, her growing up years was no different in     the way of learning, but because of her blindness she learned Braille when she was young and that was her way of jotting things down. Kim also used a tape recorder to record things in order to help her learn. For example, if she was writing a story, she would sometimes say on to the tape what she wanted to and write it in braille, KIm learned to read Brail while playing the piano and  didn’t feel she was able to read with one hand and play the piano with the other.

     Even though she was blind, learning wasn’t much different for her as any other child. She still had to listen and retain things but would do that more so than a sighted person because she relied on her hearing

    When Kim was only 11, she began her performing career by entering talent quests, having won two grand finals by the time she turned 15years of age

    Kim learned to play music by ear. She had to learn to read braille music but decided it wasn’t for her, besides that, it would have been hard for her to read the music and play the guitar she decided that reading with one hand and playing with the other wasn’t her cup of tea Kim

    Not many of her friends were interested in music in terms of playing instruments but through them, she acquired a taste for modern music, more 70’s and 80’s but modern as far as she was concerned. All instruments were learned by ear then playing what she heard and keeping it in the memory bank.

    Kim sang in a local church group as well as local concerts prior to entering talent quests. And sang at parties as she got older (when she was in my teens).

    Her mother played guitar with her (she more or less taught kium how to play). Her father, although he had a lovely singing voice, introduced Kim to Slim Dusty records and that was his contribution to the music side of things.

    Kim was 20 years old when she got her first guide dog. Her name was Kylie and was a lovely golden Labrador. 

    Kim Ritchie has worked with worked with Craig Giles. Reg Poole, Mike Keryn and Rod Coe (two members of Slim Dusty’s band), Dennis Marsh and Joy Adams from New Zealand. I has been a regular performer at the Mildura Country Music Festival for the past five years and met and worked with some very known artists

    When she was living in New Zealand, Kim had a band for about three years called Sighted Company but has worked as a solo artist as well as being in the band.

    Since being back in Australia, she has worked as a solo artist with her guitar and backing tracks, although at festivals, she plays with backing bands and loves every minute of it.

    Kim is  happy to go as far with her music as it will take her. She is in no hurry to get anywhere in particular. I just enjoy doing what she does.

    Kim is a regular performer at many country music festivals throughout Central and North Western Victoria, Southern New South Wales and South Australia, where she captivates her audiences with a mixture of country, gospel, rock and even a touch of comedy now and then…

     Kim has four albums under her belt. Her first CD Ambition, a sixteen-track album of her favourite country songs was recorded in New Zealand and released in 2004.  2010 saw the release of From Me To You, a twelve-track album recorded in Bendigo by internationally recognised country music artist Doug Bruce, followed by her seventeen-track 2013 release, The Power of Love.  Now 2014 sees Kim team up with Doug once again for A Different Side of Me, a seventeen-track album featuring her favourite rock ’n’ roll songs.


    2009 Tamworth Independent Artist Recognition Awards, Winner ‐ Best Male

    Artist (What I’m Drinkin’ About)

    2009 Victorian and National Country Music Awards, Winner ‐ Smoky Dawson

    Best National Independent Release (All I Need), Winner ‐ Victorian Album of

    the Year(All I Need), Winner ‐ Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (What I’m

    Drinkin’ About)

    2009 Tamworth Songwriters’ Association (TSA) National Songwriting

    Competition, Winner ‐ Best Contemporary Song (I Know About Lonesome),

    Finalist ‐Traditional section (Just Three Minutes)

    12th Annual Unisong International Songwriting Contest , Finalist ‐ Americana

    section (All I Need)

    2011 Victorian and National Country Music Awards, Winner ‐ Victorian

    Album of the Year (A Good Place), Winner ‐ Victorian Male Vocalist (Honky

    Tonk Shoes), Winner ‐ Best National Traditional Song (Coffey Road)

    2011 Victorian and National Country Music Awards Runner‐up ‐ National

    Independent Release and Victorian Entertainer of the Year

    2011 Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards – Finalist,

    Australian Independent Male Vocalist (Coffey Road), Finalist, APRA/AMCOS,

    Finalist, Independent Single of the Year (Honky Tonk Shoes), Finalist,

    Independent Album of the Year (A Good Place)


    Doug grew up in Aubrey, Texas.

    He sprang from a talented family of singers, songwriters and musicians. His father, Dale was a bass player that toured with Red Steagall and so Johnny Duncan.  His uncle Buddy Bruce wrote songs for Red Sovine and the hiliarous Minnie Pearl.  This gives an insight of the Bruce family.

    In was mid 1980, that Doug Bruce began his career in Country Music as a drummer and backing vocalist with a handful of bands in north Texas.  He was later chosen to be part of the successful Dallas /Fort Worth band ‘Cheyenne’ performing in popular venues.   In 1999, they were awarded vocal group of the year, and People’s Choice Award in 2000 at the Terry Awards in Dallas.  Doug was nominated drummer of the year in 2000 and 2001.

    The end of the road came for Cheyenne late 2001.  Dough moved to Nashville along with the group’s front-man, singer/songwriter Brit Stokes. Together they would perform several shows around Nashville.  It was while in the heart of Country, Doug’s song-writing became more serious. 

    In 2003 he teamed up with Billy Yates for a number of shows , which apparently included live broadcast performances on the Grand Ole Opry, on the Midnight Jamboree at the Texas Troubadour and opening for George Jones in Joplin, Missouri.

    Doug met his Aussie wife in Nashville – where she was visiting.  There seemed to be almost a year of expensive late night calls and a few trips back and forth between Nashville and Australia – they married in Texas.  It was with many visits to Australia, Doug fell in love with the country and after the birth of their first son, they relocated and now reside in Central Victoria.

    Since his arrival in Australia, Doug has devoted himself full time to making music his business.  He joined the Australian Country Rock Band ‘Crakajak’ as their drummer for three years.  He started writing with Harry Jon Nanos on Crakajack album which was released in 2008.  The single of the album ‘Somewhere Between the Truth and Goodbye – was co-written by Doug, Harry and Donna Fisk, took out several awards at the 2008 Victorian and National Country Music Awards.

    Doug’s debut EP ‘Brand New Memory’ was released in October 2006. They include all original songs with a couple selected tracks written by Billy Yates, Buddy Bruce and Brit Stokes. 

    It wasn’t until October 2008, Doug released his first album titled ‘All I Need’ with every tracked original with two co-written with Harry Jon Nanos. The album which has been claimed as ‘stone cold country’ has earned Doug numerous awards.

    His second album came about in 2010 titled ‘A Good Place’. This album received critical praise and garnered a swag of industry awards.  The nostalgic track ‘Coffey Road’ earned Doug his first No. 1 radio hit in Australia.

    Doug’s third, self, produced album ‘Made That Way’ was released in January 2013 and had earned Doug a finalist place in the 2014 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards for Best Male Artist alongside such acts as Keith Urban and Lee Kernaghan.   The single ‘Clock Out A Five’ scored Doug his second  No. 1 radio hit in Australia.    In August 2014, Doug released is recent album ‘Somewhere Better To Be’ the first single released from the album, ‘Broke Down Heart’ shot to No.1 in the Australian Country Tracks Top 30 Charts.   

    Doug has been inducted into the South Australian Country Music Hall of Fame

    Doug owns and operates ‘Shoo Fly Studios in Heathcote, Victoria, which was established in 2006.  Some of the artist whom Doug has worked with at his recording studio include:- The Davidson Brothers, Kim Richie, Terry Clark, Ann Conway, Maggie Murphy, Anthony Taylor and Floreena Forbes.


    1990 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame

    2003 – Inducted into the Barama Hall of Fame

    2004 – People’s Choice Award

    2007 – Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Award


    Owen was born in Tumut NSW, on March 22nd 1960.  He was a twin, and he proudly admits that he is 10 minutes older than his brother Ian.

    At the age of 6, the twins (Owen and Ian) would learn nursery rhymes and other short songs from their mother and older sister who played the old 78’s.  They were encouraged to singing the nursery rhymes and other ditties for the manager and the overseer of the property their father worked on.  The young boys were paid 10 or 20 cents a song.

    Own began singing in school concerts and often took the lead role.  

    It was 1976 when Owen first heard someone Yodelling, it was none other than Frank Ifield, which was played through the speakers at a music shop.  Owen was sold, he bought the cassette ‘She Taught Me To Yodel’ and tried to yodel along with the song.   At first it was a failure, and was believed that the feedback he got from his mother Mother, was “Get out of the house and up the paddock”

    Owen started to discover other singers including:- Slim Whitman, Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Johnny Cash and Wilf Carter.  After learning a few songs, Owen began singing around rodeos and camp-drafts for anyone who would hear him.   All these songs, he sang while playing the spoons, as he couldn’t play guitar which he had tried.

    In 1983 Owen headed to the Tamworth Country Music Festival to have a look ‘round.  He arrived into town on his Honda 750 motorbike and only stayed two days watching his favourite singers.   The two days was long enough to inspire Owen to work harder to learn to play guitar.

    Owen kept yodelling songs constantly until the age of 39 – when he  developed nodules on his vocal chords. Over the years Owen has impersonated various well known artist, most popular being Frank J. Spencer.  

    He has released at least 15 albums – which are currently available: including: The Spirit of Gospel, From New York to Bali, The Rambler, Changing Ways, Duelling Yodellers (with Rex Dallas), Could I Have This Dance, Rawhide, Double Trouble (with brother Ian) and Early Mountain Sunrise.

    Each year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival – Owen teams up with Terry Gordon and Reg Poole with their popular comedy and song.  


    Industry Inductions:
    1990 - Hands of Fame
    2005 - Womens Wall of Fame
    2007 - Wall of Honour
    2007 - Female Vocalist of the year (Australian Bush Ballad Awards)
    2007 - Vocal Collaboration of the year (Australian Bush Ballad Awards


    Lynette was born at Yarrawonga, Victoria on

    Since a young age Lynette was surrounded by musical evenings, and was encourage at the age of 4 to sing.  Her father bought a guitar, which her mother had learnt to play who in return taught Lynette.  It was by the time she turned 6, Lynette was playing and singing.

    It was until three years later that her brother learn the guitar, and it wasn’t long before a brother and sister act was formed, as well as singing solo.  Her first public debut at the end of her first year at school, a Christmas concert which Lynette lead the school choir singing Silent Night.

    At the age of 7 Lynette made of first appearance on TV, which was televised directly to air.  It was a weekly show in Shepparton ‘G.M.V. Junior which was hosted by Len Wintour, followed closely by Nancy Cato and Wally McQuaker who played the comical part of Joey The Clown.   

    Lynette continued making regular TV appearances and competed in various talent quests.  In the early part of 1970’s, the family travelled to Adelaide so that Lynette can appear on Reg Lindsay’s Country & Western Hour where she performed two songs ‘Yodelling Cowgirl’ and ‘Peace In The Valley’.

    In 1972 she travelled around Australian with the Yodelling Jackaroo, Buddy Williams show for 12 months.  It was during this tour she found herself in Sydney studios recording harmony on Buddy Williams LP ‘Aussie On My Mind’ and the Buddy, Tex Morton and Sister Dorrie single ‘I Love Country Music’  It was an historical event, as it was the first time Tex and Buddy recorded together.

    In 1975 Lynette released her debut single ‘For The First Time’ backed with ‘MacCleay St Sydney’ which was recorded on the Opal label.  Her first album was released the following year containing 14 tracks titled ‘Be My Guest’.

    In April 1978 she married Rodney Walker – Tamworth’s resident funny man. Rodney a musician, is known well for his One Man Band and more recent years as Rodney the Clown.  Lynette has performed with many in the industry, Rex Dallas, Ray Kernaghan, Wayne Horsburgh – and for many years a duo act with Patti Morgan.

    In 1983 she released her second album via the Opal label titled ‘Blue Days and Dark Nights’   Her latest album (2011) containing 12 tracks was titled: Trails of Dreams released through the LBS label in Tamworth.

    Tara Naysmith

    Tara was born and raised in Cessnock, which is nestled in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
    She grew up listening to the likes of Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and of course Slim Dusty.  Although these
    days her music taste is much different.    She was enrolled in singing lessons at the age of 12.  Bu the age of 14 she joined her first band which her parents were supportive driving her to all the gigs.
    Tara released her debut EP titled 'Strong Hands' in 2004, just before her competing in Star Maker contest in Tamworth. The EP featured self-penned tracks and received extensive radio play within the Hunter Valley. 
    It wasn't until 2009, Tara was in the position to release he debut album with the help of fellow artist Rob Wilson. The album was titled 'Now's The Time'.   The album sported 4 radio hits - including her self-penned 'If I Didn't Have You' which earned her a spot on the Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 TIARA Awards - which also became a finalist in the MusicOz Awards.  Another track 'Do You Wanna Dance' (a duet), peaked at No. 18 on the Australian Radio Country Tracks Top 30, and positioned at No. 38 on the Country Music Channel. 

    In 2013 Tara released her second album of fourteen tracks titled: 'What It Takes'.  The album was also produced by Rob Wilson. It's believed that some of Nashville's songwriters had a hand in writing some of the tracks.  The first single from the album 'Lovable' became a favourite with Australian Country Radio also the single 'What it Takes' was a stand-out and became a video-clip appearing on the popular Foxtel's CMC.

    Tara has become well known throughout the Hunter Valley, and has performed at various festivals:- Mildura, Cessnock, Central Coast (NSW), and Tamworth.   Her career highlights to date, include:- In 2000 she was selected to sing at the Olympic Torch Party in Cessnock before a crowd of 15,000.   She has also performed at events with audiences that include Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard. 

    Tara Naysmith is hot property at the moment - performing throughout the Hunter Valley.



    Cameron Mason was born in Bendigo, Victoria, May 30th 1964.

    Cameron has been writing and performing Country Music from his early teens. Rarely a day went by when Country Music wasn’t coming from the Mason family home. Much of Cameron’s influence coming from his musician Grandfather and also his father’s love of Country Music.

    At an early age Cameron became a big fan of legends such as Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Charlie Pride, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, and Waylon and Willie.

    At the age of 9, he learnt to play the guitar and sang, and it wasn’t long before he started writing his own songs.  Around the age of 12, Cameron along with other family members started their first band.  Cameron still performs many tunes from his heroes along with a few original tunes as well.  At the age of eighteen Cameron was signed to Nashville publishing Company “Loose-ends Music”. In much later years signing with Warner-Chappell Music Australia.

    At the age of 28 (1992) Cameron became lead singer of a Sydney based Rock Band who called themselves ‘That’s Right’.  Other members of the band included: Jeff Stevenson, Leigh Randall, Andy Judd, Noel Funicello and Greg Morris.  They would play constantly as a support for the likes of John Paul Young, Goanna, and international acts Hot Chocolate.  

    It would have been about 12 months before Cameron realized that Country Music was his love, and he left the group and headed back to Victoria to pursue a career in Country Music.  The Rock Band, which Cameron was with, saw a few changes of musicians, and discontinued in 1994.

    Cameron became a finalist in Tamworth’s Starmaker Quest in 1993 and again in 1995.  In the late 1990’s Cameron had formed the popular band “Runaway Train” winning Tamworth’s battle of the bands competition followed up by a Golden Guitar nomination for best group in 1998.  Cameron’s original song “What am I Gonna Do?” gained high rotation on Country radio and film clip on CMC.

    Over the years Cameron has appeared on stages all around Australia from Burnie in Tasmania to Cooktown in Queensland’s far north with a vast array of Country Stars such as Chad Morgan, Reg Poole, Jimmy Little, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, John Williamson, Lee Kernaghan, and Slim Dusty.

    Cameron now appears on a regular basis at Clubs, Festivals and stages Australia wide following his dream as a Country performer. Whether it be solo or with his band Cameron Mason is one act not to be missed.

    Cameron has released 8 albums, his latest being – Stuff That Works.



    Lyn Bowtell was raised in Toowoomba Queensland.

    It's believed that both her parents were musical. Her father played accordion with his father and brother in the old

    time dance halls.  Her father also sang and played piano, her mother also sings plays piano-accordion, auto-harp, and bag pipes. There was always music in the Bowtell family.

    Around about the age of 6, Lyn got a copy of Dolly Parton's 'The Great Pretender' and The Carpenters 'Greatest Hits' - which she learnt from listening to.  Her first guitar was borrowed from a friend at the age of 12, it was

    3/4 size classical - she then started writing songs.

    She released her debut album ‘Headed South’ with her band Southern Steel, in 1996 and rested in the Top #10 on the Country Charts.  Her album and performances were a success which lead to Lyn winning the Tamworth’s Toyota Star Maker Quest in 1997.  

    Her Star Maker single ‘The One You Love’ and once again became nestled in the Top #10 in the Country Charts.  She also became a finalist in the New Talent in 1998 Country Music Awards, Australia.

    She later became part of the group called ‘Bella’ which also consist of Kate Ballantyne and Karen O’Shea the group parted around 2006 and after becoming so popular. It was while with the group they won Best Vocal Group of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

    As a solo artist, Lyn Bowtell has released two albums  ‘Secret Songs’ (2012) and Heart of Sorrow (2014).   Her influences in music stems from Country, Jazz, Blues and Pop.  

    In 2014 Lyn reunited as the Bella trio for a tour, giving Bella fans the opportunity to see them on stage again.   

    In 2015 Lyn Bowtell earned her 1st Golden Guitar for alternative Country album of the year.  She has a tally of three Golden Guitars.

    Lyn is still appearing with ‘Bella’ and also doing solo shows


    Donnie was born into a family of entertainment, which can be traced back to his great grandfather. Donnie’s father, Joey Soper also pursued a career in entertainment started in the 1960’s. – encouraging young Donnie to follow suit.  Donnie was 4 years old when he first entered a talent quest. ‘It’s A Small World After All’ would be one of the earliest songs he sang, which he included a yodel.       

    Donnie released his debut album ‘Fly Like A Bird’ in May 2012 which was released on the Drover Music label.  The album contains 12 tracks including, Crystal Chandeliers, Sweet Caroline, I Believe In You – which also includes two original tracks ‘Forever More’ and ‘Ode To Jack’.

    Donnie toured for 11 years with the popular Medieval Old English themed theatre restaurant ‘Dirty Dick’s’ where he participated in more than 200 performances where he showcased his skills as a singer, comedian, musician and actor.

    His skills as an actor were polished when he still in his teens when he joined The Maitland Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Society (as his father died before him).  He started in many musicals including: Patience, The Music Man, Hello Dolly – and also successfully directed their successful productions including Oklahoma and Grease. 

    Donnie has built up a huge following with his music, disco and karaoke entertainment.


    Australian Independent Country Music Awards
    2012 - Album of the Year, HERE TO STAY
    2012 - Group, My Heart Can't Believe My Eyes
    2012 - Best Instrumental, OMFG
    2009 - Best Instrumental, Left Hand Drive
    2007 - Album of the Year, RAISED ON THE ROAD
    2007 - Best Instrumental, Scrub Turkey
    2005 - Best Instrumental, Hunter Valley Breakdown
    2004 - Best Instrumental, Orange Blossom Special

    Melbourne Prize for Music
    2010 - Most Outstanding Musicians (Top Ten)

    Australian Independent Country Music Awards
    2010 - Group of the Year, Born to Play

    Australian Bluegrass Championships (Tamworth, NSW)
    2010 - MANDOLIN Champion (Lachlan)
    2009 - MANDOLIN Champion (Lachlan)
    2009 - BANJO Champion (Hamish)
    2008 - MANDOLIN Champion (Lachlan)
    2008 - Horizon Award / Best Overall (Hamish)
    2000 - FIDDLE Champion (Hamish)

    27th Annual Smokey Mountain Fiddlers Convention
    Loudon, Tennessee, USA
    2009 - Bluegrass Band Competition (Runner Up)

    NESCAFE BIG BREAK (Australia & New Zealand)
    2005 – Winner


    The Davidson Brothers, Hamish and Lachlan grew up in rural Victoria.

    They were raised in a musical family, where the brothers had been performing from a young age. 

    The Davidson Brothers released their debut album ‘Blue Spruce’ in 1999, while they were still in their early teens. This recording was the beginning of what would span into numerous recordings and awards.

    The Brothers are graduates of the Australian Country Music College, and in 2003 the won the State Final and were a Runner-Up in the Grand Final of the National University Band Competition, which also saw Hamish win Best Overall Musician. 

    At the Australian Bluegrass Championships, Lachlan won the Mandolin Championship three times in row from 2008 to 2010.  While Hamish won the Fiddling Championship in 2000, and the Banjo Championship in 2009. Together they were recognized as finalists in the Most Outstanding Musician category of the 2010 Melbourne Prize for Music.   It is with their dynamic brand of classic bluegrass, they not only in demand in their own country, but in the US and Europe as well.

    In recent times, the brothers have toured extensively through Australia and America which included representing Australia at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in America in 2004 and 2009.  They were also invited to present at the 2010 International Bluegrass Awards held in Nashville.

    The latest album ‘Wanderlust’ was released in June 2014 – which contains eleven original compositions, three of which are instrumentals. 


    Australian Country Music Awards
    2012 - Instrumental, OMFG (2012)
    2010 - Instrumental, Fox on the Freeway (2010)
    2009 - Instrumental, Left Hand Drive (2009)

    TREV AWARDS (Tertiary Recreation and Entertainment Victoria Awards)
    2003 - Best New Act

    National University Band Competition
    2003 - Best Overall Musician (Hamish)
    2003 - National Final (Runner Up)
    2003 - Victorian State Final
    2003 - RMIT, Final
    2003 - RMIT, Heat 1

    Tamworth Country Music Festival (NSW)
    2003 - Open Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year
    2002 - K-Mart Jazzer Smith Memorial Talent Quest, Open Division
    1999 - Junior Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year
    1999 - Junior Golden Swaggie (with Ailsa Davidson)

    Whittlesea Country Music Festival (VIC)
    Overall Winner - Whittlesea Country Music Talent Search (2003)

    Victorian Country Music Awards
    2012 - Bluegrass, Rather Be Gone
    2012 - Best Instrumental, OMFG
    2011 - Bluegrass, Breakin' New Ground (w Kristy Cox)
    2011 - Duet, Breakin' New Ground (w Kristy Cox)
    2010 - Bluegrass, Born to Play
    2009 - Victorian Group, City Life
    2009 - Victorian Entertainer of the Year
    2009 - Best Instrumental, Left Hand Drive
    2009 - Bluegrass, Just To Get To You
    2007 - Bluegrass, Don't Turn Me Down

    Golden Fiddle Awards (Tamworth, NSW)
    2010 - Best Band Featuring a Fiddler
    2008 - Best Composition, Tipsy Gypsy
    2008 - Best Band Featuring a Fiddler
    2007 - Best Composition, Mojo (Judges Commendation)
    2006 - Best Band Featuring a Fiddler

    LeAnn Rimes


    2009 - Won ACM Home Depot Humanitarian Award
    1997 - Won Academy of Country Music Award category Single Record of the Year for "Blue"

    1997- Won Academy of Country Music Award category Top New Female Vocalist AMA

    1997 - Won American Music Award category Favorite New Country Artist  Billboard Music Awards

    1997 - Won Billboard Music Award category Artist of the Year

    1997- Won Billboard Music Award category Country Artist of the Year

    1997- Won Billboard Music Award category Country Album of the Year for "Blue"

    2001 - Won Blockbuster Entertainment Award

    LeAnn Rimes

    LeAnn Rimes was born the only child to Wilbur and Belinda, on August 28th 1982, Jackson, Mississippi.   The family moved Texas when she was 6, and soon she was enrolled in vocals and dance classes and performing at local tent shows since the age of 5.

    She began a career in Musical Theatre, performing in Dallas, Texas the production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, and had almost landed the lead role in the Broadway production of Annie.  It was after her appearance of a TV competition show ‘Star Search’, LeAnn decided to get into Country Music.   By the age of 9, LeAnn was an experienced singer, and had recorded on an independent label (with the help of her father) three singles between 1991 and 1996.

    Becoming the youngest country music star since Tanya Tucker in 1972, LeAnn made her break-through in Country Music in 1996, when she released her debut album ‘Blue’.   The album reached No.1 on the Top Country Album Charta and was certified multiplatinum in sales.

    Rimes would shortly gain national acclaim for her similarity to pioneering country great Patsy Cline’s vocal style.  When LeAnn Rimes released her 2nd album ‘You Light Up My Life’ she moved more towards Country Pop songs, which set the trend for next few album over the coming decade.

    Her influences in music were: Barbra Streisand, Wynonna Judd and Reba McIntyre, although the main one was Patsy Cline.  Rimes had covered many of Patsy’s hits songs and her 1999 self titled album was a tribute the Patsy Cline.

    In 2007, she began hosting for five consecutive years, The Colgate Country Showdown, which was a national wide Country Music Talent Quest.  In recent times, LeAnn Rimes has also written four books: two novels and two children's books.

    She also appeared in several TV shows / Films:- Days Of Our Lives (1998), American Dreams (2003), Holly Hobbie and Friends (2006), Northern Lights (2009), I Get That A Lot (2009), Good Intentions (2010), Drop Dead Diva (2011), Reel Love (2011) and Anger Management (2013).

    With a total of 16 albums, her latest offering for 2014 was a Christmas album ‘One Christmas’.  

    Garth Brooks


    Some of Garth Brooks Awards


    1997 - Artist of the 90's (Block Buster Entertainment Award)

    1997 - Artist Achievement Award

    1999 - Artist of the Decade (ACMA)

    2000 - Artist of the Decade (AMA)

    2001 - Award of Merit (ACMA)

    2011 - Songwriter's Hall of Fame, New York

    2011 - Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    2012 - Country Music Hall of Fame


    Troyal Garth Brooks was born was the youngest child to Troyal Raymond Brooks and Colleen McElroy Carrol on February 7th 1962 - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

    His mother was a Country singer of the 1950's who recorded for the Capital label.  At their home in Oklahoma the family hosted weekly talent nights - all their children would participate, your Garth (as he was later known) learnt to play the guitar and banjo at young age.

    Although Garth would play Country Music in casual family settings, his one love was athletics.  It was High School he played football, baseball ran track and field.  He would later enter University, where Brooks graduated in 1984 with a degree in advertising.  His room-mate played guitar in his road band until going solo in 1995.

    It was late 1995, Garth Brooks began his professional music career, singing and play guitar in pubs and clubs in Oklahoma, notably the popular Tumbleweed in Silverwater.   It was through his older siblings, Garth was exposed to  various genre of music, especially that of George Jones, however he was fond of Rock Music.   It was only in 1981, after hearing the sing 'Unwound' by George Strait, Brook decided to sing and record Country Music.

    Garth's first album (self titled) which was released in 1989 was a chart success, peeking at #2 in the US Country Album Chart and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Pop Album Chart.  Most of the album was traditional Country, influenced in part by George Straight.   The first single 'Much Too Young' was Country To 10 success.  This was followed by his first #1 'If Tomorrow Never Comes'.

    His second album 'No Fences' was released in 1990 and spent 23 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Music Chart and also reaching #3 on the Pop Charts.  It became his highest selling album more than 17 million copies in  the US alone.  The album contained what would be Garth's signature tune 'Friends In Low Places'.   Hi fourth album 'Ropin' The Wind' released in 1991, had advanced ordered of 4 million copies and entered the Pop Charts at #1. 

    Charity has become a focus point for many entertainers. In 1999, Garth started a children's charity which is now called 'Team-mates For Kids'. To date, the charity has distributed $80 million in cash, gifts, and scholarships, bring aid to children across North America and more than 60 countries.

    In year 2000, Garth Brooks (frustrated with conflicts between a music career and family) announced his retirement from recording and performing. His recording label 'Capitol' saluted his achievements of selling 100 million albums in the US with a lavish party in Nashville.  Garth Brooks final album was 'Scarecrow' released November 2001.  The album didn't match the sale levels of his previous albums.  

    On October 15th 2009, Brooks announced his was coming coming out of retirement. It was two months later he signed a 5 year concert deal the with Encore Hotel and Casino on the well known Las Vegas Strip.   

    In 2010 Garth completed 9 sellout concerts in 6 days to raise money for flood relief efforts in Tennessee.  More than 145,000 people attended the concerts.  ABC World News declared Garth as 'The Person of the Week'.

    Brooks latest album 'Man Against Machine' according to his website, is due to be released in November 2014.



    Trisha Yearwood


    1991 - ACMA - Top New Female Vocalist

    1992 - AMA - Favourite New Country Artist

    1994 - CMAA - Album of the Year

    1995 - Grammy Award - Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (with Aaron Neville)

    1995 - Grammy Award - Best Female Country Vocal Performance

    1997 - ACMA - Top Female Vocalist

    1998 - Grammy Award - Best Collaboration with Vocalist (with Garth Brooks) 

    2013 - Emmy Award - Outstanding Program


    Patricia Lynn Yearwood was born on September 19th 1964 - Georgia, USA

    She grew up listening to the Pioneers of Country, the like of Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells and Hank Williams. It was while she was in elementary school, she sand in musicals, choir and also talent quests.  

    Trisha gained employment with MTM Records, and with the help of the label's resources she was able to record series of demo tapes.   She would also found herself doing background vocals for new artists.  One of the new artist that Trisha recorded with was Garth Brooks in 1989.   Brooks and Yearwood developed a friendship and he had promised if he made it in the industry, he would get recording contact for Trisha.  

    In 1990 she sang background vocals on Garth Brooks second album 'No Fences' and performed live at the label's showcase.  An MCA producer was impressed by her vocal ability at the concert and helped her sign a recording contact with MCA Nashville Records.  It was following the signing to the label, she invited as the opening act on Garth Brooks 1991 nationwide tour. 

    Her debut album plainly titled 'Trisha Yearwood' in 1991 brough a long a string of single hits, the included 'She's In Love With The Boy' which peeked at #1 on the Billboard Country Charts late 1991, bringing her success. Three other singles from her debut album reached the Top 10 - 'Like We've Never Had A Broken Heart (co-written by Garth Brooks), The Woman Before Me and That's What I like About You.   Her debut album eventually sold 1million copies, she became the first female artist to sell a million copies of a debut album.

    In 1992, she released her 2nd album 'Hearts In Armor' which she chose songs that came from her own emotional conflicts - following a divorce.  The album had collaborations with other artists including: Don Henley and Emmylou Harris.   It was after Yearwood was named the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Vocalist in both 1997 and 1998, she decided to branch out into other fields of entertainment.

    She began an acting career with a 'The Thing Called Love (1993), Ellen (1996), Dr Quinn Medicine Woman (1994) Kenny Roger's Keep Christmas For Yourself (1995)  and landing a multi-season recurring role on CBS's "JAG" in 1997 till 2002.  In 2012, she hosted her own cook show 'Trisha's Southern Kitchen'.

    In the April of 2008, the star collaborated with other family members to publish the cookbook entitled Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen.  Yearwood currently lives in Owasso, Oklahoma with musician Garth Brooks whom she married in 2005 he had proposed to her in front of 7,000 fans.

    Linda Davis

    Linda Kaye Davis was born on November 26th 1962, Dotson, Texas, USA.

    She grew up in a musical family as one of 5 children.  It’s believed that Linda made her singing debut on a local radio show at the age of 6.  In her teens she appeared on the revived and popular Louisiana Hayride. 

    At the age of 20 she decided that Country Music was her love, she moved to Nashville in search of a dream.  Just out in the business, she needed a stable job, so she landed a receptionist job at a recording studio.   Her singing ability enable her to find working singing demos for songwriters and recording advertised jingles for their clients including: KFC and Dr. Pepper.  During the evening she would sing accompanied by piano.

    Her talent landed her a contract with a small recording label MDJ Records, where she was paired with singer Skip Eaton for a few duet recordings.  The became known as ‘Skip and Linda’, releasing 3 single in 1982:- If You Could See Through My Eyes, I Just Can’t Turn down Temptation and This Time.  Although the song made it onto the Charts, the never reached Top 60.  The Skip and Linda duet was shortly lived.

    It seems that from here, Linda set out to find other opportunities career wise other than music, and to start a family.  It was after the birth of her daughter in 1986, her career in music got back on track from 1988 when she signed a recording contract with Epic Records.  Her first single for her new label ‘All The Good Ones Are Taken’ had reached the Top 50 singles chart.  Her next two singles ‘Back In The Swing Again’ and ‘Weak Nights’ didn’t chart so well. 

    One again Linda changed labels, this time a contract with Capitol in 1991 where she released ‘In A Different Light’ and ‘Some Kinda Woman’ charted outside of the Top 50 and her contract with Capitol ended.

    She was always in demand as a background singer and began working in that capacity with Reba McEntire. It was in 1993, Reba was releasing her second Greatest Hits album for MCA and Reba invited Linda to duet with her on the single ‘Does He Love You’.  The single soared to the of the charts which earned them a Grammy Award.

    This briefly revitalize Linda Davis’ career.  She signed a contact with Arista in 1993, and the first single for her new label ‘Company Time’ became her biggest selling single to date reaching #43 on the Charts.  Her next single ‘Love Didn’t Do It’ only reached #58.   However in 1996, her single ‘Some Things Are Meant To Be’ became biggest solo hit reached #13.   She charted a total of 16 times, with only 3 of her songs in the Top 20. A label change in 1998 ended her career as a Charting artist.

    In 2003, she independently released a Christmas album with her husband Lang Scott and their daughter Hillary.  Her daughter founded the Country Music group ‘Lady Antebellum’ in 2006.

    In 2009 she was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.  In November 2013, Linda toured with fellow artist Kenny Rogers on months tour of the USA.

    The Bellamy Brothers


    The Bellamy Brothers

    Homer Howard Bellamy b. February 2nd 1946

    David Milton Bellamy b. September 16th 1950

    The Bellamy Brothers were born in Darby, Florida, USA.  They were inspired by various musical sources at a young age.  Their father played Country Music and was a member of the local Western Swing Band, they were equally inspired by Rock’n’Roll music that their sister played.

    The brothers never had a formal music training – yet they bother learned the guitar, mandolin and banjo.  In addition to this, David learned the piano, accordion and fiddle.   It was stated that their first musical gig was in 1968 at a benefit concert with their father in San Antonia, Florida.  

    In 1975, the brothers signed to Curb Record – a single featuring only David titled ‘Nothin’ Heavy’, was unsuccessfully.  It was at the suggestion of Neil Diamond’s drummer Dennis St. John, the Bellamy Brothers recorded and released the sing ‘Let Your Face Flow’ written by Diamond’s roadie Larry Williams in 1976.  It became a No.1 single on the US Pop Charts, as well as more than a dozen countries around the world.

    Another huge hit for the Brothers came in 1979 with ‘If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me’.  The title was derived from a Groucho Marx quote, which earned the Bellamy’s their first No.1 Country Music Hit in the US.  

    It was after this great success, the brothers continued with many hits including: ‘Redneck Girl’, ‘Santa Fe’, ‘Old Hippie’ and ‘Kids of the Baby Boom’.  In 1991 they signed with Atlantic Records and after releasing one album with the label, they formed their own label.  The Brothers continued releasing albums however their singles struggled to achieve the success of their previous hits and by the end on 1998, they signed with Blue Hat Records – and released their ‘Lonely Planet’ album.

    They returned to Curb Records in 2005 to record ‘Angels and Outlaws’ Vol 1, a compilation album featuring re-recordings of the duo’s hits with additional artists such as: Dolly Parton, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker and Montgomery.

    In 2008, the song ‘Let Your Love Flow’ had re-entered the UK single charts at #48 based on internet downloads and peaked at #21 on Pop charts in 2009.

    They are the most successful duo in country music history, racking up fourteen  #1 singles in the U.S from the 70's to the 90's and released more than two-dozen hit songs outside the U.S.

    The Following titles have lined the corridors of the Bellamy's musical history and their walls with Platinum and Gold. . . . "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)," "Dancing Cowboys," "Sugar Daddy," "You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie," "Lovers Live Longer," "Do You Love As Good As You Look," "Redneck Girl," "For All The Wrong Reasons," "I Love Her Mind," "I Need More Of You," "Old Hippie," "Too Much Is Not Enough," "Kids Of The Baby Boom," and "Reggae Cowboy" and "Crazy From The Heart,"

    Releasing more than 52 albums, and chalking up 39 years of entertaining, The Bellamy Brothers, still touring the US and the World.  They are currently on a world tour – which will stage their shows in Norway, Germany, Switzerland        and began their tour of Australia in October 3rd 2014 where they’ll stay until October 18th before heading back the States.

    Kris Kristofferson:

    Kris Kristofferson:

    He was born on June 22nd 1936, Bronsville, Texas.

    In the earlier years he was award winning short-story writer and a Golden Gloves boxer.  After graduating from Pomona College in 1958 with a degree in creative writing, he went on to attend the Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar.

    While in England he performed Country Music / Folk Music under the name ‘Kris Carson’.  After leaving Oxford, he joined the US Army in 1960 and served as helicopter pilot in Germany.  He would later turn down a teaching career at West Point Military School to pursue a career as a professional songwriter.

    In 1965, Kris moved to Nashville, where he struggle and took whatever job he could to pay the bills, including walking as a janitor at Columbia Records.   His first big break came when Roger Miller recorded his song ‘Me and Bobby McGee’

    The next big artist to record his songs was Johnny Cash – ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ which became a hit.  It was very popular song winning the Country Music Association’s song of the year award in 1970.  While writing a string of successful songs for others, Kris released his first album titled ‘Kristofferson’ that same year, which was not a huge commercial success.

    It was his second album in 1971, ‘Silver Tongue Devil and I’ which proved to be a huge success with songs: ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night and Me and Bobby McGee, which he received two Grammy nominations.  

    It was around this time, Kris turned his hand to film acting, his first was a small part on ‘The Last Movie (1971) and he began to star in more than fifty films, which included: “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), A Star Is Born (1976) with Barbara Streisand.   He continued a career in acting into the 21st Century, with roles in the ‘Blade’ films and ‘Beer For My Horses (2008).

    Like many in the industry, and for all of his accomplishments, Kristofferson had his share of personal and professional struggles.  He has battled a problem with alcohol which ended his marriage in 1979. After taking a break from the industry, he would then team up with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson as ‘The Highway Men’.  The group of Country’s Superstars released four albums ‘Highwayman’ (1985), Highwayman 2 (1990), ‘Live’ (1992) and ‘The Road Goes On Forever’ (1995).

    As a solo performer, Kris released several albums including: ‘Repossessed’ (1986) and the Third World Warrior’ (1988) both showcased his views on political and social issues.

    It’s believed that Kristofferson lives in Hawaii with his third wife and three youngest children. He has three children to his earlier marriages.   He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004

     All of her awards are not listed as there are so many

    2005 – ACM Special Award

    2004 – American Music Award – ‘Favourite Country Female Artist’

    2003 – ACM Leady Lady Award

    2002 – Home Depot Humanitarian Award

    1998 – American Music Award

    1996 – American Music Award

    1995 – American Music Award

    1995 – American Music Award

    1995 – ACM Award -

    1992 – ACM Award – Video of the Year

    1992 – ACM  Award – Top Female Vocalist

    1991 – ACM Award -  Top Female Vocalist

    1988 – ACM Award – Top Female Vocalist

    1987 – ACM Award – Video of the Year

    1987 – ACM Award – Top Female Vocalist

    1986 – ACM Award – Top Female Vocalist

    1985 – ACM Award – Top Female Vocalist


    Reba Nell McEntire was born on March 28th 1955in McAlester, Oklahoma.

    Reba’s mother had always wanted to be a country music singer, although

    decided to become a school teacher.  However she did teach her children

    how to sing.  Once Reba learn to play the guitar, her siblings started to learn

    to sing in harmony – and they would soon form their own country group and

    called themselves the Singing McEntires’

    Her career in the music industry began when she would sing in High School

    Bands, on local radio shows and with her siblings at rodeos where they

    performed as The Sing McEntires’.   Her first recording came about in 1971

    ‘The Ballad of John McEntire’ which was about her grandfather.

    It was while she was in College, she performed the National Anthem at the

    National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and had caught the attention of Country

    Music singer Red Steagall.

    Steagall would later brought her Nashville, where she signed a contract with

    Mercury Records in 1975.  Reba released her first solo album in 1977 and

    released another 5 albums under the same label until 1983.   She would then

    sign with MCA Nashville Records in 1984 and released her 7 studio album

    ‘Just A Little Love’

    While on tour for her 1990 album would lose 8 members of her band they

    include: Chris Austin, Kirk Cappello, Joey Cigainerio, Paula K. Evens, Jim

    Hammon, Terry Jackson, Anthony Saputo and Michael Thomas. The pilot

    and co-pilot would also lose the lives, when their charter jet plane crashed

    near San Diego, California early morning of March 16th 1991.

    The devastating news was report to Reba who was staying a nearby motel

    with her husband.  

    During the late 1990’s Reba made a huge comeback to the industry with her

    twentieth studio album ‘What If It’s You’, a single from the album ‘The Fear

    of Being Alone’ reached No. #2 on the Country Charts, and further two

    singles ‘How Was I To Know’ and ‘I’d Rather Ride Around With You’

    reached No.#1 and No.#2 respectively.

    Apart from recording Reba also dabbled in the Film Industry.  She would act

    in films such as ‘Tremors’ (1990) and in 2001 the WB Network launched  a

    TV sitcom called Reba, staring the Country singer as a devorcee trying to

    raise a teenage daughter.  The show ran for 6 seasons the result of the

    popular comedy sitcom – a Golden Globe Award.

    It’s believed that Reba holds the record for the most Academy of Country

    Music Top Female Vocalist Awards a total of 7 and American Music

    Awards for Favourite Country Female Artist total of 12.  She also holds the

    distinction of being the first to win the Country Music Association’s Female

    Vocalist of the Year Award – 4 times.


    Grammy Awards
    2014 Best Americana Album (Old Yellow Moon)
    2005 Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("The Connection")
    2001 Album of the Year (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
    2000 Best Contemporary Folk Album (Red Dirt Girl)
    1999 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("After The Gold Rush", with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)
    1998 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("Same Old Train)
    1995 Best Contemporary Folk Album (Wrecking Ball)
    1992 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers)
    1987 Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (Trio, with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)
    1984 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female ("In My Dreams")
    1980 Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("That Lovin' You Feelin' Again", with Roy Orbison)
    1979 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (Blue Kentucky Girl)
    1976 Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (Elite Hotel)

    Country Music Association Awards

    2001 Album of the Year (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
    1980 Female Vocalist Of The Year
    1988 Vocal Event of the Year (Trio, with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt)

    Other honours

    • VH1's 100 Most Influential Women in Rock and Roll (1998) - Number 22 out of 100
    • Billboard's Century Award recipient (1999)- inducted by Sarah McLachlan
    • CMTs 40 Greatest Women of Country Music - No. 5 ranking (2002)
    • Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on February 12, 2008
    • Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009.
    • Awarded an honorary doctorate of music from Berklee College of Music in 2009

    She was born on April 2nd 1947, in Birmingham, Alabama.
    Emmylou studied music at University of North Carolina - where she learnt to play songs of Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan on guitar. After dropping out of College, she moved to New York, working as a waitress and also pursuing a career in music performing folk songs.   In 1969 she recorded her first album 'Gliding Bird'.  
    It seemed that her introduction to classic country music came through Gram Parsons, who had helped pioneer a new form of country-rock as a member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.  Parsons recruited Harris to sing harmony and join his band as he toured as a solo artist and bandleader.   Harris has credited Parsons with helping her realize the emotional resonance found in the best country music. After Parsons died in 1973, Harris took his visionary ideas and molded them into something distinctly her own.
    Emmylou released a major label solo album 'Pieces Of The Sky'.  She formed her group 'The Angel Band' and signed with Warner Bros. Records.  By the end of the 1970's  she had released six more albums including 'Luxury Liner' and 'Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town'. 
     It was from 1975 through to 1978, Rodney Crowell  - a future star in Country Music and rhyme guitarist in her legendary 'Hot Band', he  harmonized with Harris and had supplied her with some classic songs 'Blue Bird Wine',  Til I Gain Control Again', 'Even Cowgirls Get The Blues'.  In 1977, another now well known artist Ricky Skaggs had joined Emmylou's Hot Band, when he was just twenty-three. It was around this time Skaggs introduced Emmylou to Bluegrass.
    It was with Ricky Skaggs help, Emmylou Harris released her next two albums 'Kentucky Girl' (1979), found that Emmylou and her band were heading down the path of traditional Country Music with Bluegrass gradually creeping in.  Not everyone agreed with her move to traditional songs.  To Warner Brothers, the traditional style seemed to be a gigantic step backwards for Emmylou, although she knew what she was doing.   Surrounded by her band members, and guest appearances by Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and many others - she took a stand.
    Her fans embraced both records which had gone gold, and in 1980 she was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year.  In 1987, she teamed up with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt for the Grammy winning album 'Trio' and to-date Harris has won 12 Grammy Awards. 

    Emmylou would frequently record duets, including hits with: Earl Thomas Conley, John Denver, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens and Don Williams.   She began to emphasize her songwriting more with the albums Red Dirt Girl (2000) and Stumble into Grace (2003), recorded for artist-oriented Nonesuch Records.  
    Over four decades as a professional, Harris has played venues ranging from colleges to Carnegie Hall, and from Tennessee’s giant Bonnaroo rock festival to bluegrass and acoustic music gatherings. Despite her busy schedule, she continues to devote time to causes close to her heart, including animal rescue and landmine removal.
    Her distinguished career and personal example make her richly deserving of election to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Today, age 67, Emmylou is still in demand, and constantly tours.  April this year (2014) she had re-issued 'Wrecking Ball' (which was a 1995 release)  as a 3 CD set, containing many of greatest hits.  

    Colin Millington was born in Melbourne on January 13th 1949
    Colin (Col) was 8 years old when he starred in his first song and dance routine.  His first professional
    group 'Midnight Special' was all the rave in Melbourne, also the band 'The Rondells' who was famed
    for backing Pop music hit-makers 'Bobby & Laurie'.
    After these two bands, Col joined recording band 'Bluestone' who had a hit single in 1973 called 'Wind
    and Rain'.   It was long before Col branched out with a group of his own 'Bass Straight' that played a
    variety of instruments - which included harmony and lead vocals.
    In early 1976 Col went solo.  His first release 'Mo John & Fraser' in 1977, which was followed by a 1978
    release 'I'll Sing You A Song' backed with 'Husband & Wife'.   His first LP was also released in 1978 'Going
    Back To The Country' and several other albums saw the light of day.   
    Like many artist (including: Chad Morgan and Slim Dusty) all appeared on Reg Lindsay's Country Homestead
    TV Show which became great publicity for them.  Col Millington appeared on Reg's TV show in 1980 singing 'Midnight Flyer'.
    His albums 'Midnight Flyer' and 'Red Roses For A Blue Lady' won silver awards for sales of 10,000 units
    each.  The Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) awarded Millington an associate membership
    for his songwriting ability.
    In 2012 Col released another CD album titled 'Charters Towers Gold' with 21 original songs, from array of
    singers in the Charters Towers area.  These include: Tammy Wilson, Stan Verra, Bob Wine and Donna-Maria
    Morris just to name a few.  They are the local talent, which prompt Col to record them on this special CD
    which was sent around to various radio stations for airplay.
    In 2013 Millington teamed up with Gene Bradley Frisk on a song titled 'I Ain't Dead (Just Retired)' which is about
    two entertainers who performed all their lives, letting people know that they are not dead, they are just


    2000    BMCA – Best Male Vocalist

    2000    Southern Country Award for best Album

    1989    Cliffsons C.M.C. Top Solo Artist

    1989    Smokey Mountain C.M.C Solo Artist


    He was born on October 26th 1941.

    Charlie was the youngest of eleven children. It’s believed that during the War Years the view from their front window were a mixture of docks, dumps, railway lines.  Having stated that they were surrounded by a loving family and music.

    He started learning to play guitar at 14, with the help from his brother after learning the first few chords he’d sit up all night playing Hank Williams, Elvis, Jimmie Rogers etc.  His education began to suffer, even more so when he discovered the banjo.

    He would soon join the Army without informing his family, with his guitar and a D.A. Hairstyle he set off to Wales to do his training, then it was off to West Germany.  He returned home after his stint in the Army, and jobless, so he returned to Germany.

    In the 1960’s he joined a group ‘The Chicago Sect’ in Germany, and returning home to England, he married and worked in several bands before becoming a teacher at Portland Combined School.   It was at this time, he started writing songs and continued to perform on a semi-professional basis.

    His big break, would have came about in 1968 – when Roy Orbison heard a demo tape and invited him down to where he was playing to have him signed to his own label.  Unfortunately, when he travelled down to London where Orbison was to perform, he was told, that Roy had dropped everything to fly back to the US when learnt by telegram that his family had been lost in a house fire.

    It wasn’t until 1994 his song ‘What Colour Is The Wind’ which tells the story of a young blind child’s attempt to envision the world – had reached #1 in the Irish Music Charts.

    His first album was success in Ireland, Landsborough appeared on several TV programs in UK.  Since then, he has released 10 additional albums including originals and greatest hits.  His album have exceeded 700,000 units.  He has had two number 1 singles on the Irish Pop Charts and several albums topping the British Country Charts.

    His most successful release was ‘Still Can’t Say Goodbye’ which was recorded in Nashville in 1999.   He has performed in most major concert halls and theatres in the UK and he has also toured Australia and New Zealand in 2001.

    Mary Duff
    It was at the age of 12, that Mary had her first taste at singing.   Her father, who had a band at the time, invited Mary onto the show at weekends.  After her schooling years she took up an office job, and had auditioned for vocalist with a band called 'Jukebox.  She would
    then give up her job at the office and remained with the band for three years.
    Mary really made her mark when she won the Sunday World Nationwide Talent Competition in Ireland.  She scored a recording contract
    with Ritz Records and in time had much success with her albums.  She auditioned for and was offered a special guest spot on Daniel
    O'Donnell's first UK concert and today she remains part of the Daniel O'Donnell show as a special guest.
    Her first LP release 'Love Someone Like Me' came about in 1988 - songs include: Forever and Ever Amen, Crazy and Are You Teasing Me, this was followed by her second album 'Winning Ways' in 1991. 
    In 2009, Mary completed her first solo tour of the US. The following year toured Ireland, UK, US, Switzerland and Australia both with Daniel
    O'Donnell and her own solo shows. 
    In 2013 Mary celebrated 25 years in the Music Industry.


    1990  Named Meath Person Of The Year

    2013  Female Vocalist of the Year

    Awards / honours

    • 1988 - Favourite Country Artist of the Year
    • 1989 - RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
    • 1989 - Donegal Person of the Year
    • 1989 - Entertainer of the Year
    • 1990 - RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
    • 1991 - RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
    • 1991 - British Country Music Awards International Artist of the Year
    • 1991 - CMRU Most Popular British Vocalist
    • 1991 - IRMA Entertainer of the Year
    • 1992 - IRMA Entertainer of the Year
    • 1992 - RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
    • 1992 - British Country Music Awards International Artist of the Year
    • 1992 - CMRU Most Popular British Vocalist
    • 1995 - British Country Music Awards International Artist of the Year
    • 1997 - British Country Music Awards Ambassador Award for Outstanding Services to Country Music
    • 2000 - This Is Your Life -  Tribute
    • 2002 - Awarded an Honorary MBE for services to the music industry and charity
    • 2004 - Lifetime Achievement Award from The Irish Post
    • 2011 - Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sunday World
    Daniel O'Donnell
    He was born Daniel Francis O'Donnell - on December 12th 1961 in the Irish County of Donegal.
    He grew up the youngest of a Catholic family, his parents were Francis and Julia.
    At the age 9, Daniel worked for 2 pounds a week in general store where he'd stay until the age of 14.

    During Daniel's schooling, he considered a career in banking, apart from this, a music career was always a possibility. As a
    young lad he would sing in the local church choir - In January 1982 he joined his sister's band who had already forged a successful career in
    music.  His sister was big in Ireland just as Cliff Richard was in the UK.
    In 1983, Daniel decided that it was time he released a record and on the 9th February he released for tracks including 'My Donegal Shore' 'Stand Beside Me' , 'London Leaves' and 'Married By The Bible'.  He put together little over a thousand pounds of his own money, selling all copies himself.  It was late 1983, he formed his own group 'Country Fever' and letter formed 'Grassroots'. 
    Hi break came in 1985, when a well known agent signed him up.  It was under this management he performed at sell-out concerts
    in England on a regular basis.  However, it was all too much, and January 1992 O'Donnell hit rock-bottom with exhaustion, and after
    three months vacation he returned to the stage.  
    There have been many favourites songs recorded by Daniel - 'Standing Room Only', Stand Beside Me, How Great Thou Art, Oh Danny Boy, Black Board of My Heart and many others.   In 2012, he became the first artist to have a different album in the British charts every year for 25 consecutive years
    Losing his father when he was just 6, another sad moment in Daniel's life, came in May 2014 - his mother Julia had died at age 94.  The whole community had
    turned out to bid their farewell. His mother once knitted for the Pope and the Queen, and also black socks for the parish priest.  His mother was also a
    composer of songs.
    Daniel has toured the world over and every couple years or so, he would tour Australia.   He has released some 48 albums, a few recorded with Mary Duff.
    He was inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth in 1994 and was named Victorian Country Entertainer of the Year in 1996. Until now, JR Williams was forced to put his love of music into the background while fighting the worst drought his family farm has ever seen. Like many Australian farmers JR did it tough working his land near Echuca, Vic.

    During this time though he tried to stay in touch with music as much as possible, he recorded a duet with Renee Stewart and in 2007 when the Victorian Government decided to build a pipeline and pipe water from the north of the state away from the struggling farmers who where battle ling drought and water shortages and send it to Melbourne he wrote and recorded “ Who Gives A Stuff About The Farmer” supporting  his fellow farming friends,  a song that received a lot of attention throughout Victoria. Now he’s ready to take on the country music scene like never before.

    Known for his long running radio show, JR’s Country, which can be heard across 3 states, JR had success with a number of singles early in his career, including a duet with Kasey Chambers “The Losin’ Side of Love” from his most popular album “Back on the Border” produced by legendary Nash Chambers.

    Born and raised in the country, it is probably his intimate daily contact with the land that gives JR his ability to relate so well to his large following, on what seems an almost “person to person” level. One of the finest hard working performers in the industry JR is at his best in front of a crowd, what you see with him is what you get.

    From the mid 80's to early 90's JR produced a range of singles and albums. Keeping up appearances, JR was one of the resident team of Country Performers who entertained passengers on the Country Music Train each year on route to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

    In 2009 JR decided it was time to make some tough decisions. The dairy herd was sold and his focus was back to his love of music. After a trip north! with Bill Chambers, a group of Australia's best country musicians and a handful of great songs were carefully selected and a long awaited album was born.

    JR knows that life is ever changing like the seasons, and because music and nature are in natural harmony it is important to be always changing as an entertainer.

    Watch out for his upcoming album “Mustering Time”, set to be one of the most anticipated country albums released in 2010! The first single, “I’ll Be in Sydney Tonight” released 22nd March.

    • JR's First album "Country From The Heart was released in June 1978 and the same year was his first tour with the Rick and Thel Carey Show.
    • JR appeared with American Don King and followed that with a guest spot at the Gore Gold Guitars Awards in New Zealand.
    • From the mid 80's to early 90's JR produced a range of singles and albums.
    • JR was awarded an Honorary Life Govenor of the Royal Children’s Hospital for his work in organizing fund raising concerts.
    • JR has been the host of every Victoria/National Country Awards until 2010, they are broadcast live via satelite all over Australia.
    • He was inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth in 1994.
    • In 1996 JR was named Victorian Country Entertainer of the year.

    Winner of "The National Songwriting contest of Australia
    Winner of "Songwriters Salute Award for Bush Ballad"
    Winner "Peoples Choice Award

    Winner Peoples Choice Award "Bush Ballad of the Year"
    Winner TSA Songwriters Salute Award "Country Ballad of Year"
    Winner TSA Songwriters Salute Award

    Winner People's Choice Award "Best Album" - "The Fire Within Me"
    Winner People's Choice Award "Best Male Vocal"
    Winner TSA Songwriter Salute Award Best Country Ballad
    Winner TSA Songwriter Salute Award Best Bush Ballad
    Winner TSA Award National Songwriting Award of Australia

    Winner Heritage Song of The Year Australian Independent Country Music Awards
    Winner TSA Award National Songwriting Award of Australia
    Winner TSA Songwriter Salute Award Best Comedy/Novelty Song
    Winner TSA Songwriter Salute Award Best Country Ballad
    Winner TSA Songwriter Salute Award Best Country Song
    Winner Stan Coster Award Male Vocal of The Year
    Winner Golden Medallion "Songwriter of the Year"
    Winner Golden Medallion "Touring Artist of the Year"

    Winner Heritage Song of The Year Australian Independent Country Music Awards
    Winner of the Bush Balladeer of the Year ACRA
    Winner of the TSA National Songwriting Contest of Australia
    Winner of the TSA Songwriters Salute Award Best Bush Ballad
    Winner of the TSA Songwriters Salute Award Best Country Ballad
    Winner SE Qld Songwriter of the Year Award
    Winner Qld Gold Medallion Award "Songwriter of the Year
    Winner Qld Silver Medallion Award "Touring Artist of the Year
    Winner Songwriter of The Year Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards


    Graham was born and raised in Gympie, south-east Queensland.

    Since the age of 12 when he first learnt to play the guitar, Tex Morton has been a major influence on Graham's professional development. It wasn't too much longer before Slim Dusty was also becoming a major influence in his life. 

    He began writing songs at age 11, although it wasn’t until 1991, that Graham began writing songs professionally, and as luck had it, the following year (1992) he received a phone call from Slim Dusty, asking permission to record a song he had written. 

    The song was ‘You Can’t Take Australia From Me’ which was released on Slim’s album ‘Ringer From The Top End.  This led Slim to record several other originals which flowed from Graham’s pen.

    There have other artists who have also recorded his songs: Brian Letton, Glenn Jones, Dean Perrett, Tom Maxwell and Jeff Brown. 

    Graham would soon resigned as a Queensland Ambulance Officer to become a full time professional entertainer, had certainly made a huge impression on the music industry.

    It was in July 1998, Graham released his debut album ‘”Steering Wheel Drovers’ which contained all original songs.  The song ‘The Drysdale River’ reached    Top-10 on the Australian Country Music Charts.  A string of awards nominations from this album cemented his future as a professional entertainer.

    His second album ‘The Colours of Australia’ capitalised on the success on the success of the first album.

    To date, Graham has released thirteen albums.  Over the years Graham has won many awards, and just as many nominations.  He was inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in 2014.

    Also in 2014, Roger teamed up with Catherine Britt - in duet titled: 'Reach Out'.  'Beyond Blue' and 'Trans Help' have adopted the song as a tool to get their message out.  It's believed that 3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety.  



    National Songwriting Contest of Australia (Traditional)

    Songwriters Salute Award of Australia (Contemporary)

    A Brumby Award for a vocal collaboration with Dale Duncan

    A Gold Medallion Award for Queensland Bush Balladeer of the year


    CMAA – Golden Guitar Award – song ‘Looking Back’


    Male Vocal Of The Year - Gidgee Coal Awards - Millmerran
    Peoples Choice Awards - Vocal Event Of The Year –(Graham Rodger & Sara Storer)
    Peoples Choice Awards - Best Male Vocal - Graham Rodger
    TSA Traditional Bush Ballad Of The Year - "Son Of The Red Dirt Country"
    Male Vocal - "Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards" – Bungendore



    She was born Beverley Levin in, Geelong, Victoria.

    It was around 1941, the family moved to Maldon because of the War and live an isolated area. When she started school at Maldon, she would ride a bicycle to school each day.   There were no houses around although there were people living further in the bush.

    On her merry way to school she would sing and yodel – though never at home – until people along the way heard Beverley singing and yodelling and told her mother.   At the age of 10, she got a cheap guitar and had a few lessons from a teacher in Maldon.

    It was at was at the age of 11, Beverley won 1st place in Dick Fair’s 3DB ‘Australia’s Amateur Hour contest.   After this, she started getting offers in Melbourne, and after 6 months at Castlemaine High.   It was because of this success, she appeared for one month at ‘The Theatre Royal’ in Hobart, Tasmania, with Graeme Bell’s Jazz Band and Willie Fennell.  It was here she was billed as ‘Australian Youngest Female Yodelling Star’.

    After settling down to a job in Bendigo, Beverley, now 18, received a letter from a ‘Rodeo Man’ in Queensland, asking her to go on tour with him.  She went on tour for a few months, performing in tents in various towns, later returning to Maldon, and at the age 22, she married a man from the rodeo circuit, a magician and ventriaquist.   She would then receive a telegram from Buddy Williams ‘the Yodelling Jackaroo’ asking of she and her husband would join his traveling show.

    They were with the Buddy Williams Show for 2 years, performing in halls 6 nights a week.  Once after successful tour, they again returned to Maldon.   They would soon move to Queenscliff where they ran the carnival on the beach for two years, after which, they found themselves back in Maldon, then Bendigo.     Beverley divorced her husband and would later meet someone from Castlemaine who got a job in Darwin, and Beverley followed.    She did a lot of work around Darwin and appeared in Tamworth every year performing at the Country Music Festival.  Her last visit to Tamworth came in 1993, when Beverley was honoured to have hand placed in the Hands of Fame.

    Beverley had been in the Darwin area for the past 40 years, although since 2001 had been traveling around the countryside in her mobile home, taking her music everywhere except Perth.  In Darwin she performs with her band ‘The Top Enders’, and sometimes as solo performer. 

    Beverley appeared on various radios and TV shows, including Channel 7 (Melbourne) as a support act to the Dave Clarke Five, The Reg Lindsay Show and The McKean Sisters ‘Harmony Trail. She has worked alongside many Country artists including: The Hawking Brothers, The Hayes Bros, Olive Bice, Coleen Honeyman, Nola McFarland and Desree-Iliona Crawford.

    Apart from recording on the old 78rpm records, Beverley has released 4 CD albums. It’s believed that two of these albums are of Beverley singing solo, another CD, she recorded with Olive Bice, and a fourth with family members.   Her repertoire includes: Traditional Country, Ballads and Yodelling, and 50’s/60’s Rock.

     Peter Coad & The Coad Sisters


    Virginia and Lynnette

    They started performing as the Coad Sisters in 1989 becoming a popular duo act, then in 1991 they joined Peter Coad.   Their music traditional country music, ballads and yodelling.   They also do bush poetry and some comedy.

    They have released a string of albums including: Talk of the Town, Front Row Ticket and also Endless Highway.  They have also released albums with Peter Coad, their first being ‘Home Again’ (2003), another was ‘The Road We Travel’

    In 2004 the Coad Sisters took home Instrumental award in Bungendore for ‘Ballad of Camooweal’.  The Coad Sisters with their brother Peter, have toured parts of the US in 2011.   They have performed in various towns across Australia including: The Birdsville Races, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide / Melbourne Royal Shows, Brisbane World Expo’88, all major Country Music Festivals and isolated outback towns.

    The Coad Sisters – were inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in January 2011.  

    Peter Coad

    Peter was born at Hawker, South Australia on March 20th 1948.

    His parents played the old time dance music around local events, and wasn’t long for Peter to get into music.  His was inspired by the likes of the early Hill Billies Tex Morton and Buddy Williams among others. 

    His first live show performance came in 1961 – was on Bob Fricker Show, when the show toured the Flinders Rangers area (S/Australia). Another appearance came in 1963 on 5AU Port Augusta SA on ‘Yodel and Smile’. These early performances cemented their pathway to the Country Music scene.

    The Coad Brothers (Peter, Phil and Trevor) released their first album in 1979, titled ‘In Ford Country’. It was their ‘Ford Anniversary Song’ which was used in a documentary by the Lelyland Brothers.

    The brothers began taking their approach to music seriously working continuously in venues in South Australia and appearing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in the early nineteen-eighties.   In Tamworth the Coad Brothers including ‘Big’ Mal Coad were the first electrified act in Peel Street at night. They were popular to listen to that – it had be stated that Police had to close down the street because of the crowd.   His last tour with the Coad Brothers came in 1986

    After releasing two more albums with his brothers, Peter released his first solo album in 1987 simply titled: ‘Peter Coad – Vol 1’ which was recorded with Roy Cooper in Sydney.   

    It was by the 1990’s he was now working with his sisters Virginia and Lynnette forming Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters.  Peter and the Coad Sisters had released several album including: ‘The Road We Travel’, Home Again and aslo The Road of Song.

    In 1999 the Australian Bush Balladeers Association (A.B.B.A) began, with Peter Coad being elected as President in 2000. The foundation committee include: Bluey Francis, Kelly Dixon, Lynne Bennett, Buddy Thomson, Peter Coad and Lynnette Coad.  Many of the stories and albums of Australia’s balladeers can be obtained via the A.B.B.A magazine.

    Peter was awarded 3 TSA Awards in Tamworth in 2012 – Country Song of the Year (A Garden Full of Roses), Country Ballad of the Year (A Garden Full of Roses) and Comedy/Novelty song of the Year (The Kid on the Kangaroo). In 2013 Peter was awarded ‘Gold Medallion Award’ for Central West Bush Balladeer of the Year.

    Peter Coad was inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in 2007


    Over the years she has written many of her own songs, and produced 9 albums including:

    1.      Destiny

    2.      Sharing My Dreams

    3.      Songs We’ll Remember

    4.      Pot Pourri

    5.      About Us (All Australians)

    6.      Billy’s Bones

    7.      Hands Of Time

    8.      Take Five

    9.      Down The Track

     Cheryl Lethlean

    Cheryl Lethlean was born in Castlemaine, Victoria on October 21st 1945.

    Her early involvement in music, can be traced back to singing at Sunday school and School Concerts.  Then when she was a teenager, where she would sing in her brothers band ‘The Castel Men’ at social functions, although she never really pursued a career at that time. 

    At the age of 20, she married her husband Richard and has two daughters; Cindy and Donna.

    It was in 1990 she bought her first guitar and it was a long process of being self-taught that she eventually mastered. She began to write her own songs.

    Her first album ‘Destiny’ was recorded at Birubi Studios in Tongala in 1994. It was believed to have been well received and with frequent airplay, she was invited to be a featured artist on the Birubri Showcase at the Tamworth and Mildura Festivals.

    This secured her work with various other showcases:- including Anne Conway’s Grace Brother’s Shows, Desree Illona Crawford Club Shows and Craig Byrne’s shows.

    Cheryl has also been a finalist in the Bendigo Country Talent Club Songwriters contest several times with:  I Won’t Be Chasing Rainbows Anymore (1992), Trade For Fame (1994), and Just For Tonight (1995).   She took out third place the TSA’s Victoria Division songwriter’s competition in 1994 and became a finialist in Tamworth that same year with ‘Wild Bush Kids’.

    Over the years she has written many of her own songs, and produced 9 albums including:

    Although she performs solo, she once again joins her brother (and his wife) and become the harmony trio ‘Campaspe Country’.


    Peter Sheahan begain his career in 1981 – at the popular Bendigo Country Music Club.

    He has worked in many pubs, Clubs and private parties along the way. Like many other artists from the Bendigo area, Peter has worked hard raising monies for various charities.

    Peter has ventured up to Tamworth during the famous Country Music Festival which is held every January – where he would busk in the earlier days on Peel Street.   Years later having his own showcase where he would have at least thirteen artist on his show – including a very young Adam Brand, who became one of Australia’s popular Country Music artist.

    While his connection with Tamworth for 10 years, he became President of the Victorian Branch of the TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association), he also has compared some of the TSA showcases.

    In 1999 he was awarded 1st place in the Children’s song of the year for ‘Where’s My Teddy’ and Gospel song of the Year for ‘Hold The Ladder Lord’ at Tamworth TSA Awards It was in 2003, Peter was thrilled to receive the Peel Street Lions Club Tamworth Committee Award. 

    Three years later (2006), Peter wrote 2 songs for the 50th Anniversary of the famous Fergie Tractors and the Wentworth Floods.  ‘The Little Grey Fergies’ that saved the town by building a levy banks around the town.  He recorded the songs and also performed them at the Wentworth Celebrations in July 2006. The songs were ‘I Now Own A Fergie’ and ‘The Fergie T.E.A.’

    In August 2012, Peter was invited to write a song regarding the Serpentine Creek at Durham Ox.  His song was accepted and he performed the song at the opening of the Fishing Platform at Durham.  It’s also believed that the song will be preserved in the Archives at Loddon Shire, Victoria.

    Peter has recorded at least 10 Albums, which are currently available.


    Singer,Radio DJ.
    "Tubby" Dyer (circa 1942)
    A rural upbringing saw a love of Country Music from an early age, and musically the old valve radio was a comfort during teenage years on the farm....exposure to a variety of artists such as Reg Lindsay, Buddy Williams, Slim Dusty, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Frank Ifield, Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, and others planted the love for the C/M genre and the catalyst was Saturday evenings with The McKean Sisters programme "Melody Trail" on 2UE which was a must listen to before a two mile walk to the main road and bus to the "Flicks" (movies) in Gosford.
    Time at the Army School of Music after schooldays (Trombone being weapon of choice) ended after a horrific accident which entailed a long period of hospitalisation & rehabilitation, during which time the guitar became a friend and after resuming work engaged with the Central Coast Country Music Association.this led to a serious entry into many facets of entertainment, emceeing, promoting, performing and gaining an Industry profile.
    Many trips to the annual Tamworth Festival and events around the Central Coast and further afield, especially overseas cemented the diversity he now expounds on air.
    The continual search for information and music led to the tag of "Country Music Archaelogist" being kindly tagged to him.
    Radio involvement occured around twenty five years  ago on the North Coast, and has been the catalyst for most of his retired life since 1986.
    Many overseas trips,contacts and personal meetings have garnished a plethera of friends from artists, agents and publishers and many of them contribute to his "Bar-B-Q Country" show on Wednesday  nights from 6.00 P/M (www.todayscountry94One.com.au) in Gosford, about an hour north of Sydney on the east coast.
    The show is a mixture of anecdotes, recollections, C/Music milestones and events complimented with an extensive range of C/Music encompassing Traditional, New Age, Bluegrass, Cajun, Gospel and Alternative, with many Independent artists and the odd track from "left field" supplementing the entertaining segments.
    Travel to many parts of the USA, UK, Ireland, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands and Hawaii have added to the musical collection of music and friends.
    Community Radio is a medium which apart from local listeners envelops the whole country, and courtesy of the W.W.Web world it is an educational tool with listeners who applaud the ever changing format.
    IF IT'S COUNTRY, IT'S ON BAR-B-Q COUNTRY*****************
    **To contact "Tubby":tubby@bbqcountry.com.au    or    P.O.Box 4018, Lake Haven, N.S.W. 2263


    Australia’s Electric Horseman

    Greg Anderson was born in Melbourne on October 12th 1950.

    Born into a family of show business he started performing at a young age. At the age of 7 Greg took part in Rodeo Festivals as a trick rider, and had appeared on TV shows and commercials by the age of 10.

    It was at the age of 15, Greg was in the position to gain recognition in the Grand Final of TV’s Showcase which let to be represented by a top talent agency.  He became a regular on the Melbourne Pop group circuit – and with his ability to dance, singing, playing guitar, piano and drums – left him no shortage of work.

    It was 1966 he released his first single ‘I Feel Good’ on Kommotion label, which became a minor-success. Although his second release for the same label ‘I’ve Been Unfaithful’ was not a success.   In 1970 Greg released a self penned song titled ‘No Roses For Micheal which gained enormous radio play and peaked at No.21 on the charts later that year.  This success was followed by a self titled album on Festival label.

    After marrying at the age of 20, Greg and his wife established a quarter horse stud where his hobby was to breed horses, and also studio, Gala Productions in 1975.  It’s believed that they produced many successful stage and TV productions.

    In 1980 the Sydney Pollack movie ‘The Electric Horseman’ took Greg back into equestrian performance.  At the film’s premier, Greg created a costume with hundreds of lights on his horse and himself and adopted the title ‘Australia’s Electric Horseman’. 

    In the early 1980’s it’s believed that Greg and his wife Lynda, ran a talent school for your people, teaching the fundamentals of dancing, acting and singing.   Over the years he has shared the stage with many artists including: Col Joy, Johnny Ashcroft, Jimmy Little and Judy Stone.

    Greg has earned 3 Country Entertainer of the Year awards, in 1987 he became Variety Showman of the Year and in 1993 he stage show earned him the prestigious MO Award for ‘Production Show of the Year’.

    Today, Greg Anderson performs, currently in the US.   



    Patti Morgan grew up in the Wollongong area (South of Sydney).  She grew up listening to traditional country music – (mainly US artist) from records her mother had played.  She learnt the basic chords of the guitar from her dear mother and another relative when she was around the age of 10.   She was able to pick up the chords quite easily.

    In the early 1970’s Patti would attended, on regular basis the local Country Music Club – which gave her the confidence singing on stage in front of a live audience.  This would eventually lead to her first paid gig which was at the Jamberoo Hotel.

    Patti Morgan moved to Tamworth ‘Country Music Capital’ in 1974 and commenced performing, mainly with a dance band ‘Country Gold’.   Festivak time, 1978 singing Joy McKean’s ‘Old Aunt Eliza’, Patti entered the CCMA Talent Quest where she took out Female Vocal Award.  It was the very same year a young Keith Urban won a junior category presented to him by legendary Smoky Dawson. 

    Around 1983 she teamed up with Lynette Guest and total still performs with her.  Patti and Lynette became well known identities in Tamworth with duets on the hotel and club circuits often traveling out of Tamworth.   Lynette is equally a fine artist, is well known and respected in the music industry.  Her husband (Lynette’s), is none other than the rather cheeky and very talented Rodney Walker, known to many Tamworth goers as the One Man Band.

     In 1992 Patti Morgan recorded her first single through the LBS label, although it wasn’t until year 2001 she released her first album ‘A Single Yellow Rose’.  Patti decided to release the album as she was battle with cancer at the time, and didn’t know how things was going to be.   After many months waiting she was told she was in the clear.

    In 2013, Patti released her second album ‘Walking On My Way’.

    It was at the Bungendore Country Muster 2014, Patti won Female Vocal Award with ‘The Old Cattle Dog’.



    2001 – Palm of Honours, Redcliffe Brisbane

    2003 – TSA Song-maker Award

    2007 – Inducted into the Wall of Honour – LBS, Tamworth

    2008 – Gold Medallion Award



    John Greenwood was born in Brisbane on June 29th 1939.

    It was the year 1942, his family moved to Goondiwindi, then onto Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.   It was here that he sang his first song ‘Away In A Manger’ to soldiers attending parties at his parent’s home during the second world war.

    His family moved back to Brisbane in 1944, and by 1947 they were living on a dairy farm in Central Queensland.  It was, while on the farm Johnny became interested in hillbilly music radio program. He also became interested in watching Roy Rogers and Gene Autry movies at the local theatre.

    In 1952, Johnny bought his first guitar and taught himself three chords, and performed his first concert in 1955 in Mt Larcom Hall. One of the songs he performed that evening was his own composition ‘Where The Fitzroy River Runs.

    Johnny moved to Brisbane in 1958, working a day job, and performing in the evening at concerts and Hotels.  The following year (1959) he began to appear on Brisbane television.  Greenwood recorded his first song ‘The Forty Mile Pub’ in 1962 on Lancer Label, as private recording, which he sold at concerts.

    It wasn’t until the following year (1963), he recorded his first single for commercial release through W&G Records titles ‘Loving Arms’ backed with ‘Sweet Little Lonely One’.   He was now established on the Hotel and Nightclub scene.

    It was from the year 1964, he began to appear on various TV shows including ‘Swingin’ Scholl’, ‘The Late Show’ and ‘Brisbane Tonight’. It was at the stage, he was  a support act for Le’Garde Twins, Lorne Green and youthful Bee Gees.

    That same he was one of the founders, and became the first President of the Australasian Modern Country Music Association.  It was considered the forerunner for the Country Music scene in Australia.   Other members who supported the association (long before Tamworth started) included – Ellie Lavelle and Chad Morgan.

    In 1965, Johnny was performing overseas. In England, he would work the club scenes in Newcastle and Sunderland, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was during his overseas touring of the UK he met famous yodeller Harry Torrani.   The tour then took him to perform for the US forces in Germany and Italy where at times who worked alongside American performer ‘Stonewall Jackson and George Morgan.

    Hi first visit to New Zealand was in 1967, performed with Col Wilson and the Tumbleweeds, Max McCauley and Dusty Spittle.    Johnny continued recorded throughout the 1960’s, and in 1973 he recorded his first hit song ‘Goondiwindi Grey’ on RCA.

    The ‘Goondiwindi Grey’ made the Top 40 Charts, and became RCA’s biggest selling single in Australia at the time.  It was believed to have outsold singles of Elvis and David Bowe.

    Around 1980, he started his own record label ‘Colonial Records’ and released his second truck album ‘Big Rigs and Truck Stops’.   Johnny has performed at many festivals and alongside many of the industry’s great artists including, Chad Morgan, Slim Dusty, Lee Conway, Arthur Blanche, Ron Peters.

    He made his first visit to Nashville in 1994 and recorded another album ‘Here I Am Again’.  Johnny had written many songs, and a number of them have been covered by other artists including: Chad Morgan, Slim Dusty, Dean Perrett and Terry Gordon.



    2003 – Rising Star Award (Independent)

    2004 – Female Vocalist of the Year – (independent)

    2004 – New Talent of the Year

    2004 – Professional Development Award

    2010 – Artist of the Year – (Independent)

    2010 – Female Vocalist of the Year – (Independent)

    2010 – Single of the Year – (Independent)


    Dianna was born on June 20th 1979, Parkes, NSW.

    After leaving High School, Dianna moved to Adelaide SA, where she held down three jobs, recruitment, dog food factory and car part plant.  She did so, to save enough money to make her first record ‘Little Bit Crazy’.

    It was in 2004 she became a professional performer, and began touring with Adam Brand as support act.  It was the same year she won her first Golden Guitar in Tamworth for Best New Talent.

    Like all entertainers, Corcoran was deployed on three known occasions to perform for Australian troops on active duty which included a tour of Afghanistan with Jenny Morris.  On a tour of the Solomon Islands in March 2007 she met Tom Hinds (Australian Soldier), she wrote a song for home titled ‘Come Back Home’ released on her album Keep Breathing.

    The following year (2008) she won her first golden guitar in Female Artist of the Year.  That same year in August, she was invited by Deborah Conway to be part of the Broad Festival project which toured all major cities in Australia including the Opera House.   

    In 2013 she released her latest album ‘Love & Therapy’ and tour with Alleyce Simmonds on the Pure Acoustic Blonde tour.   In 2013 Corcoran will release a new album Love & Therapy and tour with Alleyce Simmonds on the Pure Acoustic Blonde tour.



    Wanita has successfully secured her name in the Australian Country Music scene, and also internationally.  Her songs have been heard in England and throughout Europe.  She is Australia’s Queen of Honky Tonk, with a huge following of fans across the globe.

    Wanita is a huge supporter of the King of Australian Country Music legend, Reg Lindsay with her personal connection to the man himself.  When invited to be a guest artist on a show to raise money for the Reg Lindsay Statue, organized by Roslyn Lindsay, Wanita was there in full swing performing her songs.

    Due to her popularity to the music industry, she was invited to perform in Sweden in March 2014.  Although little is known, at hand, regarding Wanita, I feel she deserves to be acknowledged, along with all our Country Music entertainers.
    Link to her website on the links page on this website

    Kevin Sporer


    Kevin was born in Mt Gambia, South Australia on July 8th 1941.

    At 17 years of age he had left home, and worked as a long-distance transport driver for 12 years.  During this time, Kevin wrote and recorded for the RCA label titled ‘Thunder Wheels’ backed with a Hank Williams number ‘Your Cheating Heart’.    It was also around this time he formed his own Country Band ‘The Hilltones’ which stayed together for a total of thirteen years.

    In May 1978 he turned professional in Country Music, releasing his first LP ‘Country Sounds Vol 1 – which had sold out within 3 months.  Due to the great success of his first album ‘Country Sounds Vol. 2 was released in October that same year.   To date, he has 5 albums to his credit.

    Kevin has been a support artist for many of the top-line acts in the industry including: Chad Morgan, Bill & Boyd, Lee Conway, Kevin Shegog and Eureka Smith.

    Today Kevin Sporer performs as a duo – ‘Country Sounds Duo/Band’ mainly in South Australia where he is well known, however he does travel interstate.   In 2000, he was awarded Songwriter of the Year in Adelaide. 

    Diana Trask 

    Diana Trask 

    Diana was born on June 23rd 1940 in a lumber camp town in an outer Melbourne suburb.

    She would learn to sing at an early age, performing at school plays and for her family, although at age 16 she became part of a singing trio.  In 1958 Diana was singing her own ballads on local TV shows including 'In Melbourne Tonight' hosted by the King of Comedy, Graham Kennedy.    Diana eventually opened shows for some of the much well known entertainers of the era 'Frank Sinatra' and Sammy Davis Jnr who were touring Australia.   

    She made a huge impression, and both Sinatra and Davis wanted Diana to move to America to further her career as a solo artist. Taking their advice, she became a regular on TV shows such as 'Don McNeil's Breakfast Club TV show and also the Jack Benny show.  

    Diana Trask was then noticed and was given a recording contract in 1960 with Columbia Records (EMI).  She also became a regular artist on Mitch Miller show 'Sing Along With Mitch' who was very popular at the time. It was Mitch who pushed for a recording contract for her. 

    She released two Pop albums in 1961 and 1962 although they weren't a success, and after Mitch Miller's show was cancelled - Trask moved home to Australia, to restart he career.

    However in 1967, she moved back to America and settled in Nashville, where she began a career as a Country singer.  After being signed with Dial Records, in early 1968 her first minor Country hit single with "Lock, Stock, and Teardrops" - was enough to secure a record deal with a major record company 'Dot Records. 

    She released her first album in 1969 'Miss Country Soul' which was also released in the UK.  It wasn't until 1970; she reached the Top 40 Chart with a Patsy Cline number 'I Fall To Pieces'.   It was from 1972, she had various hit singles including:- We've Got To Work It Out Between Us (1972), It Meant Nothing To Me (1972) and with 3 straight To 20's hits with:- Say When (1973), It's A Man’s World (1973) and When I get My Hands On You (1974). Her biggest hit was 'Lean It All On Me' (1974) which reached No. 13 on the Country Charts.

    Diana played many venues in the US - like the Grand Ole Opry, where she was introduced to Roy Acuff and had played in Las Vegas for many years.  She has toured with Glen Campbell, and Hank Williams jnr and appeared many TV shows, including Merv Griffin and Johhny Carson. 

    While on tour in Australia 1977, she was confronted by Roger Climpson with the famous words 'Diana Trask, this is your Life'.  Her entire family were on the show and entertainers all over the world to help celebrate this special presentation. 

    During the 1980's she recorded several albums in Australia, and in 1985 was invited to sing at the Australia Rules Football Grand Final in Melbourne and again in 1996 for the 100 years of Australian Football celebrations.

    These days, Diana is a proud grandmother and is enjoying life.


    List of Recordings:

    1991 - Galahs In The Gidgee

    1992 - Hard Times

    1993 - I Want My Mummy

    1994 - The Measure of a Man

    1996 - Remember The Lord

    1997 - Practise Being Godly

    1998 - Follow The Saviour

    1999 - Edge of the Kimberley

    2000 - Real Hope

    2001 - Land of the Getaway

    2002 - God Is Great

    2002 - Live in the Big Tent

    2003 - God of Wonders (Double CD)

    2003 - Baa Baa Doo Baa Baa

    2004 - Jesus Rocks The World

    2004 - Missing Slim - (with Lee Kernaghan) 

    2005 - King of Christmas (Double CD)

    2006 - Bourke to Beaconsfield

    2006 - Nicky Nacky Nocky Noo
    2006 - Goodbye Crocodile Hunter
    (trubute to Steve Irwin)

    2007 - Colin's Favourites

    2008 - Super Saviour (Double CD)


    Colin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1964.

    He was barely six years old, when his family arrived in Australia to start a new life.  

    Entertaining has always come natural to Colin, which dates back to when he was an 8 year old making up songs as he played in his back yard.  In school, he was said to have been the class clown.

    The year 1989 was the year that change Colin forever. It was the year John Kane (lead singer of Flying Emus) was handed a cassette tape of Colin singing.  The result was a music publishing deal and a recording contract with ABC Music which lasted 20 years. 

    On releasing his debut album 'Galahs In The Gidgee' the following was published in the Sydney Morning Herald " . . .simply the best songwriter to emerge on Australian Country scene in the last decade . . ."   In 1992, Colin won his first Golden Guitar for 'Best New Talent' and a year later awarded 'Heritage Song of the Year' with 'A Drover's Wife'.

    In 1993 he became a presenter on the ABC TV's popular children show 'Play School'. Colin was in his element, he wrote songs and performed on the program which lasted over ten years.   He is no stranger to radio or Tv, where he was presenting 'Australia's Strangest Home Improvements' on 7 network

    Colin also began collaborating many songs with some of Australia's leading artits of Country Music:- Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar Daley, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Adam Brand, Melinda Schneider.  Some song becoming hit for the partuculcar artist.   His more off-beat collaboration was with Greg Champion with album 'Aussie Christmas with Bucko and Champs' which reach platinum in sales.  

    A change of pace came in 1996 - when Colin released a self-funded collection of children christian songs.  It is with multiple christian albums and DVD's Colin is regarded as Australia's leading Christian children's artist for more than 15 years. 

    Colin Buchanan has 9 Golden Guitars to his name, awarded APRA and ARIA awards, and is claimed to be one of Australia’s most successful picture book authors and internationally acclaimed Christian children’s artist.   


    2005 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2006 - MO Award

    2006 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2007 - MO Award

    2007 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2008 - MO Award

    2008 - Golden Guitar - Top Selling Album

    2009 - Golden Guitar - (Vocal Colaboration with Paul Kelly)

    2010 - People's Choice Award - Best Female Vocal

    Carter & Carter

    David was born in Melbourne, and Merelyn was born in Mt Barker, South Australia.  

    They are very diverse entertainers. In the beginning, they both had separate careers in music, David was doing 'Hard Rock' and Merelyn was performing 'Gospel Pop' when they met. They started to write Country Music, and 10 years later they formed 'Carter and Carter'.

    They released they debut Country Music album in 2000, titled 'Dance Away The Night' as independent artists.

    Life is not without it's heartaches though.  

    It was just before the release of their debut album - it was stated that they were involved in a car accident although they walked away from the road accident. Another blow came in 2007, David had a tumour on the spine, which was successfully removed, and come 2009, they were in the middle of the dreaded Black Saturday fires. 

    Their second release 'Acoustic Gospel' contains popular gospel song as: The Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace, I Saw The Light, Glory Glory Hallelujah and many other more. 

    Mary has released a book titled 'The Deepest Part of Me' which is the story of her life, faith, hope and love. In 2012, she released another book with her husband titled 'The Stories Behind The Songs' it's glimpse of the inspiration of what made Merelyn and David Carter write the songs they do. The book also includes stories from fans and friends whose lives have been touched by Carter and Carter.

    After releasing 5 successful albums, their sixth album To The Moon & Back

    in 2011, contains 12 news songs in a way that only Carter and Carter can write and perform them, they include: Dance In The Rain, A Little Patch of Heaven and Please Come Home. In October this year (2013) they won the Group/Duo of the Year at the Southern Cross Independent Music Awards with 'To the Moon and Back'.

    Carter and Carter have varies Awards to their names, including: 10 Australian Independent Country Music Awards, multiple TSA Songwriters Awards, ACMLA's People Choice Award and also the list below. 


    1995 - MO Award

    2000 - Golden Guitar - (Collaboration with Adam Brand)

    2001 - MO Award

    2001 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2003 - MO Award

    2003 - Golden Guitar - Female Vocalist of the Year

    2003 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2003 - People's Choice Awards

    2003 - Best Song and Best Album of the Year

    2004 - MO Award

    2004 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2004 - Inducted into the Wall of Fame (A Tribute to Women of Country)

    2005 - MO award

    2005 - Golden Guitar - Album of the Year 'Family Tree'

    2005 - APRA Song of the Year


    2004 - MO Award

    2004 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2004 - Inducted into the Wall of Fame (A Tribute to Women of Country)

    2005 - MO award

    2005 - Golden Guitar - Album of the Year 'Family Tree'

    2005 - APRA Song of the Year

    2005 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2006 - MO Award

    2006 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2007 - MO Award

    2007 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2008 - MO Award

    2008 - Golden Guitar - Top Selling Album

    2009 - Golden Guitar - (Vocal Collaboration with Paul Kelly)

    2010 - People's Choice Award - Best Female Vocal


    Melinda Schneider, daughter of Australia's Yodelling Queen Mary Schneider, and a Policeman was born on 7 October 1971

    Melinda began her career at the age of 3, when she appeared on stage with her mother.  It was at this age, her mother taught her how to play the ukulele, even today she can still thump out a tune on the instrument. (The ukulele certainly has made a huge comeback in more recent years)   

    It's believed that by the age of 4, the first song Melinda learnt on the ukulele was 'The Way We Were' which was recorded by Barbra Streisand in 1973.

    At the age of 8, Melinda appeared on her mother's album 'The Magic of Yodelling'.  The song she recorded with her mother was 'I Just Want to Yodel like You'.  

    It was reported that the song stirred up some of her mother's fans.  After a show, where Melinda and Mary performed 'I Just Want To Yodel Like You, fans of her mother would come up to eight year old Melinda to say, "you'll never be like your mother'.   The Melinda being professional took it in her stride.

    Melinda was always interested in entertaining, where she also studied drama and made her acting debut on the well-known TV drama 'A Country Practice' at the age of 13.  

    In regards to music, although it was through her song writing that she discovered her true love of Country Music.  She released her first album at the age of 28 titled 

    In 1995 she won a MO Award for best new talent, two years later she appeared with her mother on the very outspoken Howard Stern Show - on promo tour of her mother’s album 'Yodelling The Classics'.

    In 1999 she teamed up with Adam Brand with 'Love The Night Away' and won a Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration in 2000.   

    It was after a 10 year marriage she and her then husband divorced in 2006, although Melinda is happier than ever now in a relationship with Mark Gable. The achievements kept coming to Melinda, in 2008, she launch her own independent record label 'Be Music'.   

    In 2010, Melinda released an album 'Melinda Does Doris' a tribute to Doris Day - containing songs made famous by Doris.  This album was the lead up to bigger this for Melinda.

    In May 2011, Melinda starred in her own theatre show 'Doris, So Much than the Girl Next Door'.  It was written by Melinda and Dave Mitchell. The show told the story of Doris Day's life, it was a great success, with great reviews.   Her songs have been recorded by many artists, including Johnny Farnham, Billy Thorpe, Jimmy Little, Olive Newton-John and Paul Kelly.  

    November 2011, Melinda donned a moustache to join Mark as ambassadors for 'Movember' at the Gala event at Luna Park, Sydney.

    In the latter part of 2012, Melinda and Mark became parents to a son they called Sullivan
    1995 - MO Award

    2000 - Golden Guitar - (Collaboration with Adam Brand)

    2001 - MO Award

    2001 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2003 - MO Award

    2003 - Golden Guitar - Female Vocalist of the Year

    2003 - ACE Award - Female Country Performer

    2003 - People's Choice Awards

    2003 - Best Song and Best Album of the Year

    Troy Cassar Daley
    AWARDS Continued:-
           Male Vocalist of the Year

           Vocal Collaboration of the Year (with Jimmy Barnes) 

           ACE Award for Country Male Performer

           Queensland Gold Medallion Awards

           Touring Artist of the Year

           ARIA Award for Best Country Album with “Brighter Day”

           CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards

           Entertainer of the Year.

    2007 - People’s Choice Award for Best Male Vocal

           ACE Award for Country Male Performer

           CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards

           Entertainer of the Year.

    2008 – Golden Guitar for Male Artist of the Year. 

           Mo Award for Slim Dusty Male Country Vocal Performer. 

           ACE Award for Country Male Performer

           NSW Gold Medallion Awards

           Male Vocalist of the Year.

    2009 - ACE Award for Country Male Performer

           NSW Gold Medallion Awards

           Male Vocalist of the Year

           ARIA Award for Best Country Album with “I Love this Place”.

    2010 – People’s Choice Award for Best Male Vocal       

           Queensland Country Music Awards Male Vocalist of the Year 

           Vocal Collaboration of the Year with the McClymonts. 

           Victorian and National Country Music Awards 

           Male Vocalist and Duet Award with The McClymonts.

    2011 - Golden Guitar for Best Heritage Song "Sacred Bones"

    Troy Cassar-Daley 

    Troy was born on May 18th 1969, Surry Hills, Sydney. It was a young age he moved to Grafton with his mother.  

    Hi first trip to the Tamworth Country Music Festival was at the age of 11, twelve months later he returned to Tamworth to busk along the famous Peel Street.  It's believed that at the age of 16, Troy formed his band 'Little Eagle'performing North Coast of New South Wales.

    Troy made the top 10 of Star Maker contest in Tamworth, however it was in 1986 he 'Search For A Star' competition, which in return lead him to a tour with Brian Young for several months where he started develloping his songwriting skills.   On his return home, he replaced James Blundell as leader of Country Music's Blue Heeler Band. 

    Troy released his first EP 'Dream Out Loud' in 1994 via Sony Music which reached No. 1 on the Australian Country Music Charts.  The album, under the same title was released the following January, where in Tamworth Troy won an ARIA for Best Country Record.   In 1996, Troy won best male vocalist at the Tamworth Awards - it was also around the same time he made a cameo apprearance in a film titled 'Race The Sun' where he performed a song.

    By June 1996, Troy was part of Australian Country Music Showcase in Nashville, other artist on the showcase include:- Gina Jeffreys, Lee Kernaghan and Tommy Emmanuel.  Troy as a success, and due to the result he returned to the US to record 'True Believer with Steve Dorff.

    In 2006 he teamed up with actress Kate Ritchie for a singing competition 'It Takes Two' which was aired on the 7-network.  the following year he re-appeared on the show this time with Krystal Forscutt.   It was the same year he was featured in a Wiggles music video for the song 'Old Dan Tucker'

    Troy has certain done Australia proud - In 2003 he performed the National Anthem at the NRL Grand Final, also teaming up with Shane Nicholson and Casey Chambers singing at Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 2009 for 'Sound Relief' in support of the Victoria Bushfires. All proceeds went to the Red Cross Victoria Bushfire Relief appeal. 

    Early 2013, while touring the US promoting his previous album 'Home' which contained 14 tracks and a bonus DVD - Troy noticed a reduction in his vocal range and was diagnosed with a nodule and several serious vocal chord ruptures. He underwent vocal surgery in Boston with great success. 

    His lates release was 'The Great Country Songbook' with fellow artist Adam Harvey which was released July 14th 2013. The album contains 20 tracks including: Good Hearted Woman, For The Good Times, Behind Closed Doors, Rhinestone Cowboy, Seven Spanish Angels and That's The Way Love Goes'.

    Troy is married to radio DJ Laurel Edwards and has 2 children Clay and Gem.

    Troy was inducted into the Tamworth Country Hands of Fame in 1999, his wax figure can also on display in the big golden guitar Country Museum in Tamworth.
    1995 - ARIA Award for Best Country Album with “Beyond the Dream”.
    1996 – Golden Guitar for Male Vocalist of the Year with “End of the Road”.
    1997 - CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Award

    1998 – Golden Guitar for Album of the Year with “True Believer”, 

           Male Vocalist of the Year 

           Video Track of the Year with “Little Things”.  

           Mo Award for John Laws Male Country Performer. 

           ACE Award for Country Male Performer

           CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards 

           Entertainer of the Year.

    1999 - Mo Award for John Laws Male Country Performer

    2000 – Golden Guitars for APRA Song of the Year (with Porter and Buchanan) 

           Male Vocalist of the Year with “They Don’t Make “Em Like That Anymore”.        Mo Award for Male Country Performer. 

           ACE Award for Country Male Performer 

           People’s Choice Awards – Best Album with “True Believer”. 

           ARIA Award for Best Country Album with “Big River”

           CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards 

           Entertainer of the Year.

    2001 - People’s Choice Award for Best Male Vocal

           People’s Choice Awards – Best Heritage Song

    2003 – Golden Guitars for APRA Song of the Year

           Male Vocalist of the Year with “Born to Survive”

           Vocal Collaboration of the Year (with Paul Kelly) 

           Mo Award for Male Country Performer of the Year

           People’s Choice Award for Best Male Vocal.

    2004 – Mo Award for Male Country Performer. 

           People’s Choice Award for Best Male Vocal 

           Artist of the Year at the 10th Deadly Awards

    2005 - ACE Award for Country Male Artist

    2006 – Golden Guitars for APRA Song of the Year (with Paul Kelly) 

     Kasey Chambers
     Awards Continued:-

    2006    APRA Awards  Most Performed Country Work ("Pony")

    2007    APRA Awards  Most Performed Country Work ("Nothing at All")

    2008    ARIA Awards   Best Country Album (Rattlin' Bones) 

    2009    APRA Awards  Country Work of the Year ("Rattlin' Bones")

    2009    CMAA Awards Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones)

    2009    CMAA Awards APRA Song of the Year (Rattlin' Bones)         

    2009    CMAA Awards Single of the Year (Rattlin' Bones)    

    2009    CMAA Awards Video Clip of the Year (Rattlin' Bones)

    2009    CMAA Awards Highest Selling Album of the Year (Rattlin' Bones)

    2010    CMAA Awards Female Artist Of The Year (Kasey Chambers)           

    2010    CMAA Awards APRA Song of the Year (Little Bird)   

    2010    CMAA Awards Single of the Year (Little Bird)           

    2010    CMAA Awards Vocal Collaboration Of The Year

    2011    ARIA Awards   Best Country Album (Little Bird)

    Kasey Chambers 

    Kasey was born on June 4th 1976 - Mount Gambier, South Australia.  She is the daughter of singer/musician Bill Chambers and a sister to musician/producer Nash Chambers.  

    At 3 months old, her father moved the family to the plains of the Nullarbor, where he parents earned a living by trapping rabbit and fox that raided poultry farms.  Casey and her brother Nash, schooled at home where they were taught American Folk and Country Music by the Carter Family, Jimmy Rogers and Hank Williams.

    It was at the age of 14, Kasey pursued a career with her family's Dead Ringer Band.  The band released two cassettes 'Sea Eagle (1987) and Kindred Spirit (1991) - on these recording Kasey was lead singer.   In 1993, the released their debut album 'Red Desert Sky', and by the time their 4th album 'Living In The Circle was released in 1997, Kasey was the bands most valuable asset

    After her parents divorced, The Dead Ringer Band signed a recording contract with EMI Music - which included a solo contract for Kasey.

    In 1998, Kasey recorded her first solo album 'The Captain' with her brother Nash producing the album. He father can also be heard on guitar.  The album was released in 1999 in Australia, and in America in year 2000.  The Chambers toured the US, and Kasey had a great publicity with the album.  She appeared on the Late Show with David Latterman performing live.

    He first album win her an ARIA Award for Best Country Album in 1999. The album eventually went double platinum in Australia.  He second album 'Barricades and Brickwalls was released in 2001 taking its position at No.4 in the ARIA Album Charts.  In 2002, the single 'Not Pretty Enough' went onto top the ARIA singles charts.

    It's believed - Not Pretty Enough had gone double platinum, and Barricades and Brickwalls somehow acheived sales of 7x platinum in Australia. This meant Casey had the second biggest single and album by an Aussie artist in 2002 behind Kylie Minogue.

    Casey recorded a cover of Cyndi Lauper's song 'True Colours' which became the theme song of 2003 Rugby World Cup.  She released her 3rd album 'Wayward Angel in Australia in May 2004 which had skyrocketed to No.1 on the Australian Charts and went platinum within the first week of it's official release.

    In April 2005, Casey married Australian singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson. They have two children, son Arlo and daughter Poet.  Their latest album 'Wreck and Ruin' was released in September 2012, it was also released in the US a month later. The album is warts and all, in regards to married life

    After the release of their latest album, and 6 years of marriage, in April 2013, it was reported in the media that Casey and Shane had seperated. They released two No.1 Albums together and became King and Queen of Australian Country Music.


    1999    ARIA Award     Best Country Album (The Captain)

    2000    ARIA Award     Best Female Artist (The Captain)

    2000    Mo Awards      Female Country Performer of the Year

    2001    APRA Awards  Most Performed Country Work (The Captain)

    2002    ARIA Awards   Best Country Album (Barricades & Brickwalls)

    2002    ARIA Awards   Best Female Artist (Barricades & Brickwalls)

    2002    ARIA Awards   Album of the Year (Barricades & Brickwalls)

    2002    APRA Awards  Songwriter of the Year

    2002    Mo Awards      Female Country Performer of the Year

    2003    APRA Awards  Song of the Year ("Not Pretty Enough")

    2003    APRA Awards  Most Performed Australian Work ("Not Pretty Enough")

    2003    APRA Awards  Most Performed Country Work ("Not Pretty Enough")         

    2004    ARIA Awards   Best Country Album (Wayward Angel)

    2004    ARIA Awards   Best Female Artist (Wayward Angel)

    2005    APRA Awards  Most Performed Country Work ("Like a River
    Adam Brand


    Adam Brand was born in Perth, Western Australia on 27, January 1970

    It was at the age of 3, Adam made his first stage appearance sing with his father Michael ‘How Much Is That Dog In The Window’ in hotel in Perth.

    Music was in his blood, when he hit his teens he started his play drums in a Salvation Army Church band, although it was when he heard an album by US Country Band ‘Boy Howdy’ that he decided that he wanted to become a Country singer.

    He formed his own band ‘Hodad City’ playing Elvis, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and also including a few original songs.   Although it was January 1997, he decided to take his music more seriously, and headed to Tamworth to busk on Peel Street, as many buskers do every year.

    In 1997, Adam signed a publishing deal with Rondor Music, and singed a recording contract with Festival Music four months later.  Adam released his first debut album (self titled) in  July 1998.   The album produced 3 songs that topped the chart 1) Last Man Standing

    2) Grandpa’s Piano and 3) Dirt Track Cowboy.

    Brand – was soon the talk of Country Music in Australia. In January 1999, he won 3 Golden Guitars, APRA Song of the Year for ‘Last Man Standing’, Best New Talent and Best Music Video of the Year with Last Man Standing.

       It was at this stage that he decided to make a living out of Country Music; it was a most rewarding incentive for the young artist.   It was the same year he won his first MO Award – the Johnny O’Keefe Encouragement Award – for excellent live performances.  His self-titled album ‘Adam Brand’ went Gold.

    In 1999 he joined Melinda Schneider (daughter of Mary Schneider), for a single ‘Love Away The Night’ which instantly became a chart-topper and a CMT number 1 hit video of the   year.  The Awards keep coming for Adam – the following year (2000) he won a golden guitar for best ‘Vocal Collobration’.

    Early 2000, Adam Brand released his second album ‘Good Friends’ which also reached gold status the following January.   January 2001 was Adams year at the Awards, he walked away with three golden guitars 1)APRA Song of the Year with Good Things In Life, 2)Best Album of the Year for Good Friends’ and Male Vocalist of the Year.

    In 2002 he released his third album ‘Built For Speed’ which skyrocketed to a number 1 position on the ARIA Country Chart and goes gold after 17 weeks.  In 2003

    Adam’s album ‘Blame It On Eve’ (released 2008) was believed to have been recorded between Sydney and Nashville with producer Graham Thompson at the helm. It was by far his best recording to date – flew up the ARIA chart to No.10.    It was by October 2008, the album had reached No.1 on the CMC Top 30.

    During the Tamworth Country Music Award, 2009, Adam was named ‘Male Artist of the Year (12th Golden Guitar).   It March 2009, following the tragic Victorian bushfires, Adam Brand was the headliner at the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Concert.   In 2011, he released ‘You’re A Rev Head’ which was a compilation album of all his popular rev-head songs. That November he joins Taylor Swift as special guest on her North America tour.

    Apart from music, he partially runs a little Italian restaurant ‘Noonah’ on the Gold Coast, Queensland with his Mother and three sisters.  When he isn’t tour, he can be found in the kitchen of the family restaurant.  

    Adam released his 12th Album in 2012 by touring with Beccy Cole & Travis Collins

    Adam’s 12th album, containing 13 tracks ‘There Will Be Love’ was released mid last year (2012).   Earlier this year he kicked off ‘I Was There’ tour with Beccy Cole, which also included Travis Collins. 

     Sara Storer

    Sara Storer

    Sara Storer was born in the Mallee district of Victoria where her parents grew wheat.

    It's believed that she studied to be a teacher while in Melbourne. Living in Camooweal Queensland, she met a retired water buffalo shooter whose stories inspired her to write Buffalo Bill, her first song.   It was about nine months later she moved to Katherine in the Northern Territory where she did work as a teacher.

    It was then she started to entertain at parties. She enter a talent quest and won the Encouragement Award - which virtually was her entry in the Collage of Country Music, Tamworth in year 2000.  It was through the Collage she met Garth Porter who was keen to produce her work.  He recorded 6 tracks and had played them to ABC Music who agreed to sign Sarah up imediately.

    Her first album 'Chasing Buffalo' was released September 2000. The following January she took out Best New Talent Award at the Tamworth Country Music Awards, and three number one singles from that album.   Her second album 'Beautiful Circle' was released late 2002, and she promoted the album by touring Australia with Troy Cassar-Daley. 

    In Tamworth 2004, Sarah Storer was nominated 8 Golden Guitars, and took home 7 of them which included Song of The Year 'Raining On The Plains' (duet with John Williamson) and Album of The Year.  'Beautiful Circle' was also listed on the ARIA Album Chart in 2004.

    In 2005, she was inducted into the Tamworth Country Music Hands of Fame.  During the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Sarah was invited to perform at the Queen's lunch.


    To date,
    Karen Lyn has achieved 13 Major Award wins, 38 Major Award Nominations, two charting & three "Top 10" chart hits.


    Music has always been part of Karen’s life.  She grew up in large family with music around her, with sing-a-longs and playing a homemade guitar.

    Her debut album ‘Labour of Love’ was released in 1998, which is a blend of Traditional and contemporary Country, Australian Folk and Bluegrass styles.  The album featured three of Karen’s original compositions a beautiful version of Henry Lawson’s poem ‘Water Lily’.

    Previous to the release of her album "Changes" (2006), a Bluegrass & Acoustic album was released to rave reviews, it was produced by Rod McCormack and Herm Kovac – which had featured the A team of Australian Bluegrass Musicians. The first three singles from the album have reached the top 5 on the Australian CM Chart.

    February 2004 Karen took out Top Honours winning the ‘Bluegrass & Traditional Country’ category in the VIC & National CM Awards and she also picked up the Award for Top Female Vocalist in the 2003 Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

    In 2005, along with the Acoustic Shock Bluegrass Band, Karen completed a successful tour across Europe and UK, where they performed in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Wales, England and Norway.  They supported Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

    Karen often work as soloist, and also in duo with Pat Drummond performing in various blue-grass bands.   In 2013, she released her thirteenth (13) album which was a Bluegrass gospel album ‘Shine Your Light’ which was recorded in the US.

    In 2008 she released her seventh album ‘Long Journey Home’ which contain yet another collaboration with singer/songwriter Pat Drummond.  The album gained a Top 5 Finalist Nominations for ‘Vocal Collaboration’ in the 2009 ‘TIARA Awards.   Also in 2008, she was inducted into the Country Music Hand’s of Fame.

    It was in 2009 she had her first National release via ABC Music under their new label ‘Heartland’.  It was a re-release album  ‘Changes’ with two new songs under the title ‘Wishing Well’

    Karen had spent some time songwriting in Nashville, USA both prior & since the release of her debut CD"Labour of Love".

    Her latest offering is her 10th album ‘Shine Your Light’ which was released in 2013.   On this particular album she records a version of Dolly Parton’s famous song ‘Coat Of Many Colours’ as Karen thought it would work beautifully in a Bluegrass setting.  Dolly’s sister Stella Parton joins Karen on Coat of Many Colours, which was written about her mother.




    Identical twin brothers, Graeme and John Howies began their unique careers singing harmonies at hoedowns around Melbourne. 

    Graeme gained first class honours when he studied Classical piano at Melbourne University and became a secondary school music teacher and responsible for various major secondary music programs over a period of thirty years.  His brother John has a Bachelor of Music degree from the university of Melbourne, where he studied Classical music and music education. Like his brother, John also taught music in secondary schools.

    The Howie Brothers were originally part of the Country Music Group ‘1901’ which was formed in 1978.   The group included Robert Edge, Johnny Bertram and Mike Riley.   The group came about after Graeme and John did backing for a Melbourne band ‘F-Troop’ on their first album.  The group ‘1901’ released an ‘EP’ which became a success which led to the release of their first album.

    In 1979 – the group received their first Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year with the song ‘House Where The Wind Blows Cold’.  The following year (1980) another Golden Guitar for ‘On The Road To Gundagai’.  It was also stated that they became the only Australian vocal group to win the International Harmony Award in Nashville, USA.

    In 1981, the group were inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.    

    It was during the mid-1980’s, the 1901 folded – John and Graeme went out as ‘The Howie Brothers’.   In 1990, the Howie Brothers were inducted into the Hall of Fame during the South Australian Country Music Awards.

    They play a variety of instruments including:- guitar, accordion, piano, mandolin, drums and ukulele.  Dedicated songwriters they have recorded many of original songs over the years.  They have recorded more than 20 albums including the famous ‘Sing-a-long with the Howie Brothers series.

    They have travelled the world – sharing the music.  It was for many years John Howie has been running a successful Music Tour in partnership with Australian travel company Travelrite International.  These tours are on sight-seeing coaches that focus on music in the evenings.  His first tour was to Ireland in 1995, other countries followed including Scotland, America, Europe, New Zealand, Canada and Australian Outback.   This September (2013) the Howie Brothers will join Adam Harvey on a Mediterranean Music Cruise, visiting Barcelona, French Riviera, Rome, Naples and Venice.

    Today the Brothers still tour Australia appearing with various other artist including Adam Harvey, Wayne Horsbrough, Adam Brand and many others.  



    1994 – Golden Guitar

    1995 – Golden Guitar

    1996 – Golden Guitar

    1997 – Mo Award – Female Performer of the Year

    1998 – APRA Award / MO Award

    1999 – Golden Guitar / MO Award / CMT Video of the Year

    2002 – Golden Guitar / APRA Award


    Gina Jeffreys was born on April 1st 1968, Toowoomba, Queensland.

    She first came to notice in 1991, when she won Tamworth’s Star Maker Award. 

    It was after her first release ‘Slipping Away’ via BMG Music, Gina signed a recording contract with ABC Music and released her first single for that label in 1993, ‘Two Stars Fell’.  This particular song skyrocketed to No.1 which practically launched her career.    Gina’s debut album ‘The Flame’ went quickly to platinum status and the following year Gina won her first Golden Guitar in Tamworth for best Female Vocalist of the Year.

    During her time with ABC Country, Gina released 5 albums, each one topping the Country Music Charts – and along the way hooked an impressive collection of Awards.

    She has been one of the most in-demand performers in Australia, both live and on television.   Even in the US, she has performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, which was one of her highlights.

    Gina also has international highlights:- including performing at Fan Fair in Nashville and the more memorable as New Year’s Eve TV special in Shanghai, China – which believed to have been viewed by more than two-billion people. She was also part of the Tour of Duty Concert in East Timor.

    Like many of our young top artists, her tours have always been sell outs.  Gina is married to Rod McCormack and has one child named Jackson.



    1984 – MO Award for Best Male Country Performer

    1989 – Mo Award for Country Performer of the Year

    1990 – Mo Award for Country Performer of the Year

    1991 – Mo Award for Country Performer of the Year

    1996 – Mo Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performer

    1999 – A.C.E. Country Music Performer

    2004 – A.C.E. Country Male Performer

    2007 – Mo Award for Male Country Vocal Performer

    2013 – Roll of Renown


    Wayne Horsburgh was born in Benalla, Victoria on June 11th 1955.

    It was around 8 years of age, Wayne started to learn guitar and sing, and by the time he was 11, he formed his own dance band in rural Victoria.   In 1976 he entered a talent quest in Albury, which he won.   Because of the success, he appeared on a TV show GMV-6 Shepparton a children’s show hosted by country singer ‘Wally McQuaker’ who was known for his TV person ‘Joey The Clown’.

    It was in 1978, Wayne entered yet another talent quest, this time held by the CCMA, Tamworth which he also won.  Australia’s yodelling Jack-a-roo ‘Buddy Williams’ invited Wayne Horsburgh to tour with him throughout Australia in that same year.

    Wayne’s was influenced by the likes of Frank Ifield (of I Remember You fame), Wilf Carter and Slim Whitman – where his love of yodelling began. The following year (1979), he moved to Sydney to pursue his dream of being an established entertainer. 

    It was in 1982, Wayne performed in the UK for 1 season.  He first performed in the US in 1984 however it wasn’t until 1989 at the Hodag Festival in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, that he broke into the US scene.  It was a festival which attracts approximately 40,000 people, he shared the stage with the likes of The Oak Ridge Boys, Freddy Fender and Ricky Van Shelton.

    It was because of his well presented performance, the organisers invited him back for 8 more festivals.  It was 2007, he also performed at the 30th anniversary of the Hodag Country Festival.  He was very much welcomed and due to audience appreciation and the establishment of the US based fan club, was the reason Wayne had based himself in Nashville during the 1990’s.

    However in 1997 he would relocate to the ‘live entertainment capital’ of  Branson, Missouri.  Since establishing himself in the US, each spring since 1998, he has represented Australia at the International Music & Cultural Festival – Silver Dollar City’s World-Fest each.  He still comes home to Australia – to perform the club circuit.

    He is noted for his smooth voice, excellent falsetto notes, impressive vocal range and his yodelling.  After performing in America for 25 years, he has become a ‘trailbazer’ for other Australian performers in  international markets.

    During the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2013, he was elevated to the Roll of Renown – which is the highest honour to be awarded in the Australian Country Music scene.   He has released 27 albums, and continues to perform and record his unique brand of music and song.


    In year 2000, the Wolverines were inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in Tamworth.


    . ARIA Gold Record – 65 Roses

    .ACMLA People’s Choice Award

    .CMAA Golden Guitar – Best Vocal Group

    .Australian Entertainment ‘MO’ Award

    .National Country Music Award

    .ACE Award – Best Country Group

    .Golden Guitar – for song ‘Good Times’

    . ARIA Gold Record for song ‘Good Times’


    The Wolverines consist of Darcy Le’Year (vocals / guitar), Chris Doyle (drums / vocals), and John Clifton (keyboard / vocals).

    The Wolverines came about in 1994, the inspiration for the group’s name was actually from the wolves.

    In 2003 – the Wolverines started their Sydney to Whitsundays (Queensland) playing at 14 ports. The were sponsored by L.J. Hooker, fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis research – they raised $35,000.

    It was in 2007, the Wolverines repeated their ‘Wolverines Sail For Kids’ from Sydney to Cairns – ending at Silkwood in far North Queensland.  Their venture was to raise funds for less fortunate children along the coast, perform at various ports along the way.   Before each performance they gave a few disadvantaged children the rare opportunity to sail. 

    The Wolverines have released at least 10 albums, since 1994.  The first album titled ‘Party Album’, this was followed by the second album ‘Gonna Ride All Night Long’ on ABC label.

    While some of their songs may have sexual lyrics while most are heartfelt tributes.   One of their hit songs ’65 Roses’ tells the story of a young boy who could not pronounce Cystic Fibrosis, a condition which afflicted his sister and his entire family.   The Wolverines recorded the song to raise awareness and research funds for the course.   The single ’65 Roses’ which was released in September 2001 on the ACMEC label had sold 35,000 copies going gold in Australia and New Zealand.

    They have performed at Festivals throughout Australia and various parts of the World.  Including 40,000 kids at Gympie Muster and 10,000 kids at Tamworth’s Kids Charity Concert.   They also participated in the Australian April Middle-East Tour de France in 2007 and 2008 and played for the US Marines in Japan.  They have amazing ability to connect with their audiences.

    In year 2000, the Wolverines were inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in Tamworth.



    She was born Patsy Evelyn Ann Riggir on October 6th 1945, New Zealand.

    Patsy entered several talent quests and had often sang on radio IXH Hamilton, New Zealand at the age of 5 – she began as a child artist singing with her parents.      Unfortunately her singing career was put on hold, until after her school days came to an end.  It was in 1974, Patsy got back into singing after becoming a member of a local Country Music Club.  It was the same year when she became the first to win a ‘Gore’s Golden Guitar Award’.

    It was from 1978, she became a regular artist on New Zealand’s Country & Western television show ‘That’s Country’ and had her very own show in 1986 ‘Patsy Riggir Country’.  Over the years she has appeared in various shows ‘Ralph Emery Show’, Fan Fair International Show and also the famous Grand Ole Opry.

    She released her first album ‘True Country’ in 1980 and received New Zealand Entertainer of the Year Award the same year.   Her second album ‘Lay Down Beside Me’ came about in 1981.   In total she released 12 albums, her last being in 2009 ‘Never Ending Songs of Love’.

    It was 1981 – she won a Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year at the Australian Country Music Awards with ‘Lay Down Beside Me’.    In 1982, she was inducted into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame.  Again in 1984, she took out a Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year with ‘Beautiful Lady’.  The nominations and the Awards kept coming.

    Patsy Riggir has received many awards – including ‘Queen’s Service Award in 1994.


    1974 – Gore’s Golden Guitar Award

    1980 – New Zealand’s Entertainer of the Year

    1985 – Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year

    1986 – Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the Year

    1994 – Queen’s Service Award (QSM)

    Graeme Connors


    1975 – American Song Festival Award

    1976 – American Song Festival Award

    1986 – APRA Award ‘I’m Married To My Bulldog Mack

    1988 – Gold / Platinum for album ‘North’

    1989 – Song of the Year ‘We’ve Done Us Proud’

    1990 – APRA Award – ‘A Little Further North’

    1992 – TSA Award

    1995 – Golden Guitar – for Song of the Year

    1995 – Golden Guitar – Album of the Year

    1995 – Golden Guitar – Male Vocalist of the Year

    1995 – TSA – Media Song of the Year

    1995 – MO Award – Male Country Performer of the Year

    1996 – Golden Guitar – Song of the Year

    1996 – Golden Guitar – Vocal Collaboration

    1996 – Golden Guitar – Bush Ballad Heritage Song

    1996 – Golden Guitar – Video Track of the Year

    1997 – Golden Guitar – Album of the Year

    1997 – Golden Guitar – Male Vocalist of the Year

    Graeme Connors

    Connors was born in Mackay, Queensland on April 29th 1956.  

    He attended St Patrick’s Catholic School in MacKay.   It was at the age of 14, Graeme Connors was already playing guitar and singing in his own band.   

    His biggest achievement of the earlier years came in 1974, when Graeme (18yrs old) was invited to open the show for US Country singer ‘Kris Kristofferson on his Australian tour.

    While in the US, he released his first album in 1976 ‘And When Morning Comes’ which was produced by Kris Kristofferson.  This earned him the American Song Festival Award.  During the 1970’s and 1980’s Graeme wrote song that would become hits for more established artists: namely:- Jon English, John Denver and Slim Dusty.

    During the early 1980’s Graeme wrote songs based on truck driving – these songs became big hits of Slim Dusty namely:- I’m Married To My Bulldog Mack and Dieseline Dreams.  His well crafted songs, lead him to a distinguish career and with the release of 17 albums in 36 years.

    It wasn’t until 1988, he released a break through single ‘A Little Further North’ to be featured on his first album for the Australian ABC Record label, ‘North’.   ‘North’ remains one of the best selling Australian Country albums of all time.  Other hit singles soon followed with the release of Let The Cain Fields Burn, Cyclone Season, Sicilian Born and A Headache (or Two).

    In 2000, Graeme performed at both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Paralympics – he wrote the theme song ‘Being Here’.  He also performed at the Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony in Brisbane in 2001.

    Graeme was inducted into the Tamworth’s Country Music Hands of Fame in 1995.  Graeme Connors is also amongst the gallery of Country greats in Tamworth’s Wax Museum – other artist include: Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Shirley Thoms, Chad Morgan and Reg Lindsay to name a few. 

    Graeme Connors latest album is ‘Kindred Spirit’ which was released in January 2013, titles include:- Flesh & Blood, For The Good of the Nation, Shine Like Gold and Dotted Line. 

    1997 – ARIA Award – Best Country Album

    1997 – MO Award – Male Country Performer

    1997 – PCCA Award – Most Played Country Artist on Radio

    1998 – PCCA Award – Most Played Country Artist on Radio

    2000 – TSA – Country Song of the Year

    2000 – Victorian Country Music Award

    2001 – Golden Guitar – Song of the Year

    2004 – Golden Guitar – Video Track of the Year

    2005 – Victorian Country Music Awards

    2010 – Golden Guitar – Best Album of the Year

    2010 – Golden Guitar – Best Male Vocalist 

    Anne Conway

    Popular music and can work with a resident band or is fully self contained with her custom made backing, guitar and sound system. She is finding herself particularly in demand for cultural festivals and the like where she proudly showcases Australian history and culture.

    Anne records on the Birubi recording label and currently has three C.D. album’s available.

    During 2007 Anne performed at many events including Bendigo Easter Fair, Australia Day Events,featured artist at various Country Music Clubs, Senior Citizens Week, NAIDOC Week Events, Dahlia and Arts Festival as well as many private and fundraising occasions.

    2008 will be a busy year as even at the start of the year Anne has been booked for several festivals, cultural events, numerous private functions and of course she maintains a heavy schedule of fundraising performances.

    Anne has a $20,000,000 public risk policy with “Duck for Cover” which is often apre-requisite for performance at many venues.

    Enquiries can be made to Birubi Enterprises

    Ph 03 5442 2973

    Fax (03) 5441 2439

    Mob 0418 579501

    PO Box 16 California Gully 3556 Email: birubi@imulse.net.au
    has had a long and varied career in the Country Music industry. She has traveled through much of Australia performing and also toured New Zealand with an Australian Showcase



    Ellen Lee Osterfield was born in Bendigo in central Victoria.

    She started her singing career at the age of 3.   It was her parents who loved a variety of music and encouraged her to sing for visitors her unique rendition of "Springtime in the Rockies"!   Ellen's father and grandfather both had strong tenor voices and would entertain at the country dances in the old time dance hall in Marong (near Bendigo) when Ellen and her sister were toddlers.  It is therefore no surprise a musical career was on the cards!

    With country music heavily featured in the record collection Ellen started singing to her favourite tunes.   She began guitar lessons at age sixteen and loved playing for family and friends, simultaneously she began writing her own songs. Ellen had her stage debut at age 20 when Smokey Dawson invited her to be part of his Bendigo concert, and she had just turned 21 on stage at the Buddy Williams show also in Bendigo when his show was on tour here. Ellen's father Bill and Buddy were army mates having served overseas together during World War II, and the two families often went on holiday together.

    During her early twenties Ellen juggled working at a local supermarket with performing for the very first time on the local circuit with a four piece band. It was during this time she compiled 12of her own original songs and together with her mother and father went to Tamworth NSW to record her first record album. On the release of this album entitled "Ghost town Lady" music was at the forefront of Ellen's life. Work took on a different style for her as she toured the clubs around Victoria and NSW.

    On hearing "Ghost town Lady" Australian country music promoter/producer Eric Watson signed Ellen to a recording contract with his label "Selection Records". In 1979 a brand new album called "Outlaw" was released and the same year Ellen was one of the top five artists in the "Best new Talent" section of Tamworth's Golden Guitar awards. It was during this same year Ellen took out the Lachlan Vintage Village awards major prize along with two other awards at the Parkes/Forbes country music festival in NSW.

    Selection records re-released Ellen's first custom album "Ghost town Lady" and in 1981 another  new album featuring 10 of her own songs was released, the album was entitled: "Runnin' Free".

    Numerous radio and television interviews and shows followed and Ellen toured the country promoting her unique style of music.

    In 1985 Ellen married and she and her husband Wayne Field (also a musician formerly part of Reg Poole's band The Silver Eagles) set off around Australia as tour coach and four wheel drive hosts. Swapping the footlights for a night sky filled with twinkling Stars and singing around the campfire was a welcome change and inspired many new compositions.

    Ellen had longed to travel Australia again ever since she and her family went on a working holiday  in the late 1960's early 1970's.

    After the passing of Ellen's father Bill ( her biggest fan) life was challenging but with encouragement from her mother and her husband Ellen was back on the local circuit again.

    In 1992 Ellen and her husband became resident entertainers on a cruising restaurant operating from the Port of Echuca in Victoria. During this time another album was released featuring songs Ellen had penned about the Mighty Murray river and life on the river in times gone by, the album was called "From me to you".

    In 1995 Ellen and Wayne left Echuca and returned home to Bendigo to raise a much longed for family.

    The joy of raising her family has meant travelling on the entertainment circuit is no longer on her agenda however Ellen still entertains locally when requested, she particularly enjoys visiting and entertaining the elderly folk in aged care, something that takes her back to when she first started in music.

    Although music has always been a huge part of her life Ellen has also been carving a name for herself as a visual artist having drawn since early childhood and painted since age 15 years, she has won numerous awards for her artworks including "Best in show", "People's Choice" and "Highly commended" awards.

    Ellen currently resides in a rural property on the outskirts of Bendigo in central Victoria.

    To view her art work visit: www.australianartelo.com.au



    Jack Pledge was born in Illinois, USA (near Springfield).   His father was a US Air Force Officer and young Jack was raised at various locations.   After finishing primary school at Mount Sacred Heart, he then went to Central Catholic High where I first became interested in music singing in the choir and taking up guitar after being inspired by his Religion and English teacher.

    By the time Jack finished High School he could play ‘Red River Valley’.   He was influenced with the Popular Folk acts of the 1960’s – namely ‘Peter Paul and Mary, the New Christie Minstrels, The Brothers Four.   He discovered ‘The Beatles’ and then Country Rock.   It was around this time that Jack started writing songs – mainly because he either couldn’t learn, or couldn’t remember the covers he admired.

    During the mid-1970’s he recorded at an 8 track studio in Hamilton, Ontario called ‘Penton Place’.  The four tracks he recorded were ‘There’s Something Happening With Our Love’, Cash on the Barrelhead (later recorded by Lee Brittan in Sydney), It Must Be Love and Love Me Tonight – which were all his own work.   He released the tracks on his own label ‘Pressed Lemon Wax Records.

    Throughout his career he has shared the stage with many great artists – Canadian Jerry Palmer, Gary Black, Heather Haige and had the rare oppurtinity to appear on stage with Charlie Pride and Farron Young at separate occasions.

    Although he rarely play competitive music – he did enter a South East Queensland TSA song contest, and took first place in the Gospel category with his song ‘The Seeker’ and third in another category with ‘Where Are You Going To Sleep Tonight’.

    There are many highlights of his career:- Playing the Anne Conway Shows at Grace Brothers in Tamworth for 15 years, play the Mildura Festival with his band for several years.  Working on Dunk Island, also playing with Farron Young and Charlie Pride were certainly highlights, but most of the real highlights of Jack’s career have been making great music in smoky old barrooms with great but obscure players; the sorts of experiences that make me keep on coming back for more.

    Releasing albums like: ‘Going South’ and ‘An Unsuccessful Outlaw’, Jack’s latest offering was completed last year ‘Me and My Guitar’.    Today Jack is still busy performing live in Texas.


    Desree Ilona Crawford’s outfits are showcased in the Tamworth Country Music Museum, Yandina Country Music Hall of Fame, Rocky Page’s Country Music Museum at Barmera.

    Awards / Accolades:

    Please note: There are many more Accolades to Desree Ilona Crawford.

    · 1993 – Hands of Fame – Tamworth

    · 1988 – Tamworth’s Ambassador of Country Music

    ·  Australasian Country Music Award – 1995 – dedication for promoting Country Music

    ·  T.I.A.R.A Award – 1999 – (recognition to Country Music)

    ·  Life Membership to Central Coast Road Transport Benevolent Society

    ·  Labelled ‘The Truckies Yodelling  Sweetheart’

    ·  Rock of Recognition – Rockhampton,   Queensland

    ·  Palms of Honour, Redcliffe, Queensland

    ·  Ambassador of Redcliffe, Queensland.

    (Many thanks to Desree Ilona Crawford for supplying the information)



    Desree Ilona Crawford was born in Bundaberg, Queensland on January 4th 1945.  It was even at a young age Crawford was entertaining.  At the age of 4 she joined other family members as a member of The Melody Kids on Radio 4BU, Bundaberg.

    Singing a yodelling at a young age, she taught herself to play guitar at the age of 11.  Her mother who also was musical minded would further show her more chords.  Desree Ilona Crawford also learnt classical music on piano from the age of 6. 

    During WWII her father (a bomber pilot) was posted at Amberley, where the family moved and continued entertaining at Poultry Shows, Concert parties, Police Club Fundraisers.   Performing part of the Amberley Entertainers (concert parties), raised monies for various charities, fund-raiser for Spastic Children’s TV Marathon and Miss Australia Contest.

    The Bee Gees had worked on one of Crawford’s Town Hall Shows, when they recorded ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’ which was doing well on TV.    Desree Ilona Crawford would also train youngsters ‘Amberley Twisters’ to dance on TV, when a new dance craze came out on the Charts.  Doing solo, she was also part of ‘We Three’ where she teamed up with her Mother and Brother Donny.   She would also work Gerry Gibson Tonight Warana Festival TV Show.   Soon as Crawford left high school, she worked in Clubs and Hotels across Brisbane and Ipswich and then further afield eventually ending up in Melbourne.

    Already a professional singing since age 4, Desree did enter one talent quest ‘Walton’s Five Star Radio talent quest and came second singing Lover’s Hill on guitar.  She was beaten by a tenor from Bundaberg ‘Donald Shanks’ who went on becoming an international Opera singer.

    In 1966 Desree married, however her entertaining continued. She would be working 6 nights a week in cabaret, Police Balls, RAAF Balls and sang with old time dance bands.

    Her first single was recorded in 1970 for the Dayman’s Sunshine Label (Festival) titles ‘Mama Sang A Song / Washed My Face In The Morning Dew’.  It was backed by an 8 piece Country Music Show Group ‘Desree Crawford & The High Chapparalls Country Music Group.  It immediately hit the Top 30 in Brisbane.

    Awards / Accolades:

    Please note: There are many more Accolades to Desree Ilona Crawford.

    Desree’s Show Group started in Melbourne – supposed to have been support act for the ‘Platters’ who never bothered turning up – so the Group scored a 6 month contract playing floor shows each Saturday night.   They also supported Roy Orbison and were either supporting or backing Johnny O’Keefe, Lonnie Lee, Digger Revell, Reg Lindsay, Frankie Johns, Mick Finn, Syliva Delaney, John Williamson, Slim Whitman (on his Australian tour)

    Another single came about in 1971 ‘Letter To Santa / Mistletoe Kiss’ this also made it in the Top 30 of Brisbane Charts.   However her first solo and independent single was in 1976.

    Desree’s first LP album came in 1978 ‘Rodeo Queen’.  It was recorded in Dubbo by Ken Cameron ‘CM. Records’ and produced by Ken Cameron and Lindsay Butler.  The album sold exceptionally well especially on the rodeo circuit.  It included Desree’s first song she ever wrote ‘Pathway of Sun’.

    Her highlights of her career include:- 

    ·         Having the opportunity to co-write with Australian and American songwriters

    ·         Backing for Johnny Farnham when ‘Sadie’ was on the Charts

    ·         Backing Jamie & Derek Redfern – (when they were still in Primary School)

    ·         Grateful for the opportitunies to work Anne Conway’s Grace Bros. Shows each year.

    ·         Olive Bice – who gave her the opportunity of keeping her career alive 

    Her last recording was Gospel CD ‘He Will Never Let You Down’ containing 15 tracks – with the title song written by Olive Bice, and was released on Anne Conway’s Birubi label.  Desree is currently working on a new album to commemorate 43 years of entertaining.



    Time Line:

    1966 -  Started performing Country Music around Bendigo.

    1977  - Tumbleweed is formed

    1979  - Bendigo Country Music Club (Floreena Forbes  Assistant Secretary & Publicity Officer)

    1981   - Wandong Country Music Festival with the Tumbleweed Band & Participating in a Dolly Parton Contest

    1980  - Cream of Country (Group) is formed

    1986  - 1st CD ‘Floreena’ Recorded at “Ramic Studio” Wangaratta

    1987  - 2nd CD ‘Country Favourites’ Recorded at “Canyon Audio” Wangaratta

    2002  - Bendigo’s Three Country Diva’s (Floreena, Olive Bice Anne Conway)
    2002-Outstanding Contribution to 89.5 Triple C Fm
    2006 Foundation Member of 106.7 Phoenix FM

    2006  - Formed Bendigo’s Triple B Blue Grass Band – (BBB)

    2008 - Horsham Country Music Festival performing Solo & as “Dolly Parton”

    2008  - Appreciation Award from Council – (Charitable work)

    2011  - County Round-up Appreciation – (Charity work)

    2013  - Latest CD ‘For The Good Times’  -- recorded by shoe fly studio

    2013- Horsham Country Music Festival-Award “Most Popular Busker”


    ‘Bendigo’s Yodelling Sweetheart’

    Floreena Forbes, the youngest of three children to Robert and Olive Jean (Radford) Henderson, was born on September 19th  Bendigo, Victoria. 

    Her love for country music came about at a young age, when her parents would take the family on fishing trips, camping alongside the Murray River. Her father would play the button accordion and mouth organ to popular songs of the day, and Floreena and her siblings would sing.

    As a young girl, she wanted to learn to play guitar, and at a time with very little money about, she would borrow a friend’s guitar.   

    Divorced with 2 daughters, Floreena married her second husband Wal Forbes in 1956 and once again, settled into a family life, although Country Music was calling.   It was in 1965, Floreena bought her first guitar however, raising two daughters money again was in short supply to pay for music lessons.   An arrangement was made with her music teacher – he would teach her music, if she would hair-dress his wife’s hair as payment.

    Upgrading to a 12 string Takamine – Floreena was finally doing what she loved singing Country Music.   She was introduced to local country music singer Snowy Jenson who would later introduce Floreena to Olive Bice.  After a few shows around Bendigo, Floreena was in the position for further her career in Country Music.

    In 1977 Floreena Forbes formed her first Country Band ‘Tumbleweed’, in Bendigo, Victoria.    There were several changes to the Tumbleweed band over the years, each change bringing a different sound while still retaining the sound that made the band so popular. 

    It was in 1979 ‘The Bendigo Country Music Club was established with Olive Bice being President Wally Forbes as Vice-President and Anne Conway as Secretary  Floreena Forbes Assistant Secretary & Publicity Officer John Nadort Treasurer.   There were two outstanding concerts held by the Bendigo Country Music Club – Local Country & Western Spectacular’ which gave local talent a chance to be heard on stage.

    While still performing with her band ‘Tumbleweed’ , Floreena also became part of ‘Cream of Country’ in 1980 with Olive Bice, Ellen Lee Osterfield and Lyne Golding.  The four ladies of Country would mainly perform around the Bendigo area where they became popular. 

    1982 – Floreena & her husband Wal was invited to Tamworth where she performed throughout the Festival  &  at the Coca Cola Park (walk-up artist), Woolworths Shopping Centre and with Olive Bice.

    In 1991 when the ‘Bootscootin’ craze had it, Floreena and her partner Robert began teaching  bootscootin’ and travelled each week to many Country venues including:-Murrey Downs, Balranald,Toolybuc, Barooga ,RichRiver, Bendigo Just to name a few.

    Floreena became a presenter of Country Music on radio station Triple C Fm, she would leave after 12 years, she joined Phoenix FM in 1997, becoming a foundation member, Floreena has been a presenter at Phoenix FM ever since promoting all Country and Bluegrass Music with Australian Country Music and its history her favourite.   In 2010 Floreena introduced a new segment to her Country Music program ‘Pioneers of Australian and American Country Music’ where she interviews Country Music Historian Jack Paten about the Pioneers who helped shape Country Music.

    She started the ‘Pioneers’ program, so that people will remember those who helped shape Country Music.

    Over the years Floreena Forbes has been actively involved in organising and participating in successful fundraisers for many charitable organisations  including:- events for cancer research, Salvation Army, RSPCA and events to help raise money for the elderly – and today continues to do so.

    One event for the Salvation Army – organsers had to refuse any further entry to the Tumbleweed Charity Show due to its popularity, for the venue was becoming over crowded, this was pleasing result for the charity.

    In 2002, Floreena teamed up with Olive Bice and Anne Conway to form Bendigo’s Three Country Diva’s – putting on shows around Bendigo raising money for various charities. Floreena continues organising and partaking in various charities.

    In 2006 she formed a Bluegrass Band ‘BBB’ (Bendigo Bluegrass Band), members were:- Floreena Forbes (Lead vocals & Rythum Guitar), Geoff  Morris (Vocals and Harmony), Sue Webb (Mandolin, Harmonica), Roy Webb (Guitar & Harmony), Chris Ryan (Banjo), Tony Ryan (Dobro), Finn Mathews (Slap Bass), Penelope Somerville (Fiddle & Harmony).

    An American born country artist Doug Bruce was introduced to Floreena, when he first came to settle in Bendigo, Floreena would interview him on radio along with many other Country artists. It was Doug Bruce who produced Floreena Forbes latest CD.  Floreena has helped a lot of artists through the years including Cameron Mason during the 1980’s.through the Bendigo Country Music Club

    Releasing her latest album ‘For The Good Times’ was her way of thanking her fans for their support of the past 45 years.


    1984 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “Gaylene”.

    1985 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “G’Day”.

    1989 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with “Bullabounce”.

    1990 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “Ride these Roads”.

    1991 - Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “Dust”.

    2001 – Opening act at the Gympie Music Muster.

    2002 - Hands of Fame Inductees


    Dave Ovenden (Vocals, Mandlin)

    Russell Hinton (Vocals, Guitar)

    Stuart Watson (Fiddle)

    Greame Thompson (Bass Guitar)

    Peter Lawson (Banjo)

    In August 1978 'Bullamanka' originally started as a trio on the Gold Coast (Queensland) consisting of Ray Young, Dave Ovenden and Rex Radonich.  The band played locally over a two year period before taking their music further a-feild.  

    In 1981 they became traveling Australia on a regular basis - with a fantastic line up, a far cry from the original trio. Others who joined the group a various times were: Mal Clark, Jimmy Duke-Young, Rod McCormack and Jeff McCormack.

    In 1983 Bullamanka recorded a cover version of a rather lively song 'Home Among The Gum Trees' and made it into a huge hit.  John Williamson had later recorded the same song furthering its popularity.  Bullamanka changed a couple of the lyrics, which were rained in Williamson's recording of the song.  'Home Among The Gum Trees' was written by Bob Brown and Wally Johnson and recorded in 1975, by their stage persona 'Captain Rock'.  Bullamakanka's version was used as the theme song of the popular Australian TV program 'Bourke's Back Yard'. 

    A high light for Bullamanka also came in 1983, when they were invited to the US to perform at Fort Worth, Texas - where they were presented an award for 'Australian Group Entertainer of the Year' by the International Country Music Association.  

    The groups first Golden Guitar for Vocal of the Year came in 1984 with 'Gaylene', this was followed by another in 1985 with 'G'Day'. The group had great recognition within the Country Music arena - both here, and overseas.  Tragedy struck in 1986, when Rex Radonich was killed in a car accident.  

    Bullamanka has toured succesfully throughout Australia and parts of the US, sharing their blend of Blue-Grass, Rock and Bush-music.  At one time, they were invited to perform for the Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and as a special request they also performed for the 'Rolling Stones' at a private function on 'The Stones' last Australian tour.

    In 2008 Bullamanka celebrated 30 years of music - and today their a still around.


    There are many Awards and Accolades to Olive Bice's credit:-

    1977 - Best Female Yodeller - (Portland)

    1989 - Inducted into Rocky Pages Avenue of Honour - (SA)

    1990 - Inducted into Tamworth Hands of Fame

    1991 - Battle of the Indies

    1992 - Professional Female Vocalist - Victorian Country Music Awards

    1994 - Tex Morton Memorial Award - (Tamworth)

    1995 - Citizan of the Year - The City of Greater Bendigo

    1999 - South Australia Industry Award

    OLIVE BICE was born in Eaglehawk (Bendigo), Victoria on June 9th 1939

    At an early age she learnt to play the mandolin, so right from the very start, Olive was musical minded.

    In her early years Olive Bice was heavely influenced by some of our Country greats:- shirley Thoms, June Holms and Patsy Cline. Her career actually began after her appearance on Dick Cranbornes 3DB Hillbilly hour during the 1950's, which was a radio show.

    Her first recording was with Colin James - a song titled: Gentle On My Mind on the W & G Label in 1976. The following year (1977) Olive took out 'Best Yodeller' at the Portland Festival singing 'She Taught Me To Yodel'. She was also the winner of 'Battle Of Indies' (Independant Labels) over radio - Listeners Vote.

    In 1981 Olive toured with Reg Poole, two years later she was touring with Buddy Western touring for 11 months through the Eastern States and Northern Territory. On these early shows, Olive's son Richard started out as a drummer at the age of 10. In fact all her children were in the early shows.

    It was after her tour with Weston, Olive, her son Richard and daughter Andrea toured with Rick & Thel Carey in 1986 through southern western Australia, then took out their own show touring Australia.

    By this time she has worked with many in the industry, including Chad Morgan, Jimmy Little, Barry Thornton, Slim Dusty, Rocky Page, Hawking Brothers and the Howie Brothers just to name a few.

    Olive's husband William (as he is known Bill), had entered a song into this year's (2013), Tamworth Songwriter's Association titled 'Keeper Of The Gates' written by Bill with arrangement by their son Leigh Bice.

    Olive's fans have crowd her 'Bendigo's Queen of Country Music' and had often been referred to as the 'Australia's Queen of Country Music', Victoria's Queen of Country Music and also the Big 'O' of Country Music - whatever the title, it is plan to see that Olive is well loved and respected by her fans., as one of the ladies of Australia's Country Music.

    Like many before her, Olive had helped to put the careers of others on the road. One such artist was 'James Scott' who Olive and her son Richard had given guidance to - and Richard Olive became his producer.

    Olive is an all round musician - playing rythem and bass guitar and drums. In 2011 Olive won a TSA Award for Gospel song of the year with 'Our Angels' (co-written by D. Lehmann) - a song about the 2009 Black Saturday bishfires which ravaged towards her street in Bendigo



    Born in west Wyalong on September 10th 1937

    In his earlier years Bob was a baker by trade after leaving school, later a laborer and seasonal worker. Around 1959 he moved to Sydney and started a gardening business. 

    Bob Purtell didn't really start in Country Music until 1969 when he appeared on Bill Kelly's Country Ramblers which lead to his own band.  Through the 1970's Cowboy Bob and his band had a good recognition in and around the Sydney's city circuit.  He also appeared regularly on Kevin King's Country Sounds at the Crystal Palace Hotel.

    His first experience on TV, was on the Reg Lindsay Country Music show, in which he made a total of 9 appearances.  He also appeared on the Frank Ifield Tv show. 

    Bobs first release came in 1975 via ATA Records 'Motivating Day' which earned him his first Golden Guitar in 1976.  In 1978 two more singles were released 'Beer Song' / 'Gear Jammers Ball' and 'I Gave Up Good Morning Darling' / 'Basin Street Blues'.

    In 1981 Bob's debut album 'Cross Country Cowboy' was released, which featured some great songs including:- Old Black Hat, Ballad of Billy Reed, Cowboy and Trucker's Lullaby.

    Two years later he released his 2nd album 'Black Sheep' on the Nev Nicholls label 'Nicholls'n'Dimes' distributed through RCA Records. 

    Other artists who have helped Bob with his career include: Tommy Mac (comedian), Tim McNamara, Singing Kettles and Heather McKean to name a few.

    Cowboy Bob Purtell was inducted into the Hands of Fame in 1988.

    Email doug@dougbruce.com.au
    Phone (+61) 0448474550 or 03 54474550

    Texas-born singer/songwriter Doug Bruce now resides in Bendigo, Australia. With his band, The Tailgaters, he has been impressing die-hard country fans and new converts alike with his rich voice and natural affinity for the southern country sound.

    Doug was awarded 2009 Best Male Vocalist in the well regarded Tamworth Independent Artists Recognition Awards (TIARAs). Doug also took out Best Contemporary Song (for I Know About Lonesome) in the Professional section of the Tamworth Songwriters ’Association (TSA) National Songwriting Competition. He was also atop five finalist in the Traditional section (for Just Three Minutes). Doug was also a finalist in all six of his nominated categories of the prestigious Victorian & National Country Music Awards in2009, taking out Victorian Male Vocalist, Victorian Album of the Year and the Smoky Dawson Best Independent Release (for the album, All I Need)in the National section

    The album has reaped significant praise in the country music and main stream press. Described as producing ‘a fabulous album’ and ‘quite exceptional’, Doughas been described as having “a simply awesome talent to wring emotion from words and music” (Deborah Minter, Capital News, December 2008) and one who has “embraced the toe-tapping Australian beats to complement his smoky, Deep South voice” (Sarah Warne, Sunday Herald Sun, February 8, 2009). The first single, and title track, released from the album, "All I Need" was inthe Australian Hot Country Top 50 for 15weeks, reaching number20. A music video for his second single, What I’m Drinkin’ About, was released in May 2009 to the Australian Country Music Channel and available worldwide on YouTube (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqyju1io814).The song was 9 weeks on the top twenty of the Kix Country Top 20Countdown (Australia) – 7 weeks at top ten, and is still rising in the European Country Music Association radio airplay charts(including number 1 in Ireland and Austria). Just Three Minutes is the third single released to radio (Hillcrest 50 and NFS 135) and has debuted at 55 in its first week in the ECMA Top 100 andis currently at No. 4. A second video and fourth song to radio, I Know About Lonesome, has just been released. A new album is in production and due for release August 2010.

    Born in Aubrey,Texas, Doug moved to Bendigo five years ago with his Australian wife and their young son ( we now have two!) . Whilst a relative newcomer to front of stage, Doug’s music career began almost 20 yearsago,performing primarily as a drummer and backing vocalist for numerous bands in Texas. He also spent time in Nashville performing and doing studio session work as a drummer and backing vocalist. This afforded him many amazing opportunities,with highlights including live performances and radio broadcasts on The Grand Ole Opry with Grammy nominated singer songwriter and 2008 European CMA MaleVocalist, Billy Yates.

    Doug Bruce and The Tailgaters performed around Australia and in the US in 2009and set to perform in Europe in 2010. So much more is to come for this artist and band…get on the bandwagon and hang on! www.facebook.com/doug.bruce1

    Growing up in Bendigo, Central Victoria, Cameron Mason was never far from the sounds of Country Music in the family home.

    His early favourites were
    Hank Williams,Charlie Pride,Don Williams, and Merle Haggard, and they gave him the motivation

    to pick up a guitar at the age of nine and begin to sing.

    Realising right from the beginning that music would play a major role in his life, Cam started writing his own songs and formed a band at the age of twelve. The band worked all over the state.

    Cameron and his band relocated to Sydney where they worked

    consistently on the live scene playing support to many of the

    top acts, such as Goanna, John Paul Young, and International

    act “Hot Chocolate”. After eleven gruelling years on the circuit

    the band finally decided to call it quits, with the exception of

    Cameron. With music still running deep in his veins Cameron

    was determined to continue to follow his dream.

    After receiving a John Williamson Telstra encouragement award,

    Cam entered the Starmaker Quest in Tamworth, became a finalist

    and formed “Runaway Train”. The new band won Tamworth’s

    Jim Beam battle of the bands competition, received a Gold guitar

    nomination, and had a top ten single with “Nothin’ that a little

    bit of you can’t cure”.

    The following years saw Cameron touring around most of the

    country including appearances regularly at Tamworth, the

    Gympie muster, Charters Towers festival, the Sydney Opera house

    and in many places between Burnie (TAS) to Cooktown (QLD).

    With Cameron’s return to his home town of Bendigo came a return

    to his songwriting which has resulted in a great new batch of

    songs of which many can be heard on Cam’s new album. Cameron’s

    new solo album for 2008, “Changes”, features nine of his own

    original tracks including the single, “What am I gonna do?” which

    is also his debut music clip on CMC.

    "Australia's Little Giant of Entertainment"

    Colin was born on April 29th 1938, Coleraine, Victoria

    At 3 years of age Colin James contracted rheumatic fever which confined him to a wheel chair for the rest

    of his life. He sought entertainment by listen to those early radio programs.

    His songwriting began at the age of 15 (1953), one of these early songs was recorded by Keith Riordon. The song was 'A Demon Called Love' Keith recorded the song in 1959 as his first single on 'Planet Records'

    It was 1958 he started performing in public, and was also 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 which lasted until 1975.

    During the 1960's he wrote two songs for Chad Morgan 'Nobody Else But Little Me' and 'You're Getting Old Son' These two songs Chad still performs today. In 1977 when Chad made an appearance in the Award winning film Newsfront, he sang 'Nobody Else But Little Me' in a very rare footage without the famous 'Sheik' hat. Besides Chad, Colin's songs have also been recorded by many other known artists.

    Colin moved to Geelong (Vic), a teams up with Caroline Sleep who was a talented writer in which Colin provided the music and in 1980 they were married. This was the same year (1980), which Colin James signed a recording contract with Tamworth's Hadley Records. Caroline and Colin wrote 'The Man Upstairs' and also collaborated on 'I Tried To Grab 'Er Abbas' both of which were recorded on Colin's first LP for Hadley titled:- 'If I Can Do It, So Can You'. Caroline also wrote songs which were recorded by Reg Poole and Olive Bice.

    In 1984, Colin was honored 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 continious services to the community.

    In 1995 Colin and his 2nd wife Dianne, published and marketed a book 'A Wheelie's Handbook of Australia' it was a travel guide for other 'wheelies'. It was during the 1990's Colin and Dianne set out to tour Australia as the local scene was drying up. He was also recognized for his efforts as a campaigner for the rights of disabled people in 1995, and as a local legend promotion Colin's photo appeared on a $5 phone card.

    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.

    These days, Colin shares his stories and laughter with listeners homing in on his program at Bendigo radio station, Phoenix FM.

    Colin James released his autobiography 'If I Can Do It...' on January 21st 2012, which I'd dare say, should be a good reading and can be obtained by contacting Colin James direct:-


    ROGER KNOX (Koori King of Country)

    Roger was born on November 22, 1948 - Moree, NSW.

    He is an Gamilaroi man - and although born in Moree, he grew up in the Toomelah Aboriginal Mission near Boggabilla.  His early influences in music was Gospel through the Church his grandmother ran.  It was here he learnt all the old gospel songs from his grandmother, just as the generation did, before him.  

    During the 1970's he made a regular appearance at the Tamworth Country Festival, where he was involved with the Aboriginal Awards and Showcases for many years.   

    In 1981 Rodger went out on successful tour with Brian Young of South Australia.  Later that same year, a plane Roger was flying in crashed, leaving him badly burnt and killing his good friend and drummer Ken Ramsay.  To help him ease the pain of the burns, Roger used traditional bush remedy of natural bath oil from the Euraba bush.  That bush and the settlement on which his father was born, was where he got the name for his band 'Eruraba band'.   Surviving the plane crash was the inspirations behind many of his songs.   

    He released his first album in 1984 'Give It A Go'. His second came about in 1986 titled 'The Gospel Album'.  

    Roger is much loved for his regular tours of New South Wales and Queensland prison system, where many Aboriginal men and women are incarcerated.  

    In 2012, knox (along with the Pine Valley Cosmonauts) released his first album in 8 years, titled 'Stranger in my Land'.

    2004 - Inducted into Hands of Fame

    2006 - Jimmy Little Award


    Gene was born on August 20th 1935, Colac, Victoria.

    His interest in music began when he joined a Banjo Club at the age of 11 where he began playing concerts and radio shows.

    After serving his country for 15 years (from 1951) in the RAAF - in 1960 he began a broadcasting career while stationed in Malaysia and after his exit from service he became Disc Jockey on commercial radio 3HA Hamilton, Victoria in 1967.  Gene also worked at community stations including Bedigo's 3CCC.

    In 1959 Gene Bradley Fisk started playing in Rock and Roll bands which lasted 18 years. In this time he has released 4 Rock 'n' Roll singles on the Yankee Candy label.  When he started playing and singing Country Music from 1977, he went solo, and later appear in backing bands including:- Stoney Creek, The Lamington Brothers, Gunslinger and 'The Outlaws'. 

    His first country release was a single in 1979 'Bushranger' backed with 'Ballad of Ronald Ryan' this was followed by another single in 1980 'Ain't Gonna Stand In Line' / 'John Lesley'.  He recorded his first album in 1981 titled 'Blood of a Rambler'.

    In 2011 - he released his latest album 'Up North, Down South, Out West'.




    Donna was born in Geelong, January 28th 1960

    In 1979 - she had a successful tour of Tasmania with Cash Backman - later going on a tour of Australia with the 'Sheik of Scrubby Creek' Chad Morgan, which Donna had stated that her time touring around Australia with 'The Sheik' she will always cherish.    

    After winning the FEIP most popular female vocalist award at the Myer Music Bowl in 1980, she went on tour with Johnny Chester and Hotspur - opening the shows as an unknown artist only to get screams for encores.

    During the 1990's she teamed up with Michael Christian and many hits and accolades came rolling in.  In 1998 Fisk and Christain achieved a Top 10 radio hit with their song 'Lara' and shut up the ARIA Charts with their AFL anthem 'Rock 'n' Footy.   It's been stated that together as a duo - Donna & Michael are hard to beat. Micheal is a highly acclaimed ARIA winning performer and producer.  

    In 1999 they signed with Festival Records.  Their fist released for the Festival label was a 3 track single 'Dimboola' which scored them a finalist spot in the Tamworth 2000 toyota Country Music Awards.  The duo won Best Vocal Group at the Victorian Country Music Awards.

    In 2001, they released their debut album 'JOYRIDE'.  Also in 2001, Donna and Michael asked by the Australian Government to perform the song “Building on a Strong Foundation” as the anthem for the Centenary Of Federation.

    Donna Fisk has shared the stage with many local and international artists:- Johnny Chester, Chad Morgan, Cameron Daddo, Frank Ifild, John Denver, Donny Osmond, Barry Humphries, Tom T. Hall and Chubby Checker.

    Donna Fisk and Michael Christian remain one of the top Australian dues.


    1989 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame

    2001 - (Fisk & Christian) - APRA/AMCOS Independant Country Music Single

    2002 - (Fisk & Christian) - Album of the Year 'Joyride'

    2002 - Female Vocalist of the Year

    2002 - (Fisk & Christian) - Duo of the Year

    2009 - (Fisk & Christian) - Inducted into the Hall of Fame (South Australia


    John Williamson was born in the north-western Victoria on November 1st 1945.

    He is the eldest of 5. His parents were also entertainers. At the age of 11 he learnt the ukulele then the guitar at 12.

    His influeneces were believe to be Roger Miller and Rolf Harris.

    Around 1965, the Williamson family moved interstate to nearby Moree. It was about this time, when John wrote, what would be his

    famous song 'Old Man Emu' which certainly was a crowd pleaser.

    In 1970, age 25, he entered the popular TV talent-quest 'New Faces' and sang 'Old Man Emu' and won. It was from here he was given a recording contract

    with Fable Records and recorded the song as a single which hit No.1 nationally, and earned him his first gold record. His self titled album which he released

    shortly after was not a success - even with Old Man Emu on the album. In fact it wasn't until 1985 awards started coming his way.

    In 1973 he took part in a TV series 'Travellin Out West' other acts on the show included Ricky and Tammy and Emma Hannah. The series last 2 years, he then

    formed his first band 'Crow' performing in various parts of Australia until 1976 when the band changed it's name to Sydney Radio. Williamson who disguied himself

    as a clown named Ludwig Leichhardt, wrote Rock and Reggae numbers for the band, some were recorded but never released. Around 1979/80 the band disbanded

    and Williamson decided to go solo again.

    By 1978, he released his 3rd album 'Road To Town' with contributions from other musicians including Tommy Emmanuel. In

    1981, he signed with Festival Records

    and releases 'The Breaker' it was the start of people who were prepared to listen to indigenous stories. John started working his one man show with two albums

    'True Blue' and 'Fair Dinkum JW'

    John was invited to write a song for the 1980 film 'Breaker Morant', the song was 'The Breaker'. In 1983, he recorded his first live album 'Singing In The Suburbs',

    from hereon he has performed many of his comical songs impersonating Chad Morgan and Merv Currawong.

    Williamson released compilation album called All The Best, Vol 1 - containing 18 of his most requested songs. On the album, he colloaborated with his two daughters

    and Bullamanka and wrote 'Goodbye Blinky Bill' it was also released as a single. A $1 donation from the sale of the single was donated to the Koala Preservation Society in Port Macquarie.

    Later, he released an album titled 'Mallee Boy' which reached triple platinum, his next album came in 1988 'Boomerang Cafe'. He was later invited to the opening of

    the new Parliament House in Canberra.

    In 1992, John signs up with EMI Music. In 1999, his album "The Way It Is' went gold after 8 weeks and received another 3 golden guitars (best selling album of the year,

    Bush Ballad of the Year and Heriatge Song of the Year). He became established in the UK, US and New Zealand.

    In 2001, he was honoured when asked to perform his song 'Sir Don' at Sir Donald Bradman's Memorial Service in Adelaide. Also represent Australia when performing

    at the opening ceremony of Winterlude in Ottawa Canada It was in October 2003, he was invited by then Prime Minister 'John Howard' to travel with him to Bali to perform

    'Waltzing Matilda' at the First Anniversary Memorial Service, of the Bali bombings.

    In 2006, John Williamson recorded a duet with legendary entertainer and one of the last Pioneers of Australian Country Music - Chad Morgan. John initially, wrote the song

    as a duet with Slim Dusty, so Chad was an afterthought. In the fourth verse Morgan changed a line or two in the song where it referred to John being like Slim, to being like

    the old master himself, (Chad). The song became a hit, radio stations started playing it - and wherever John Williamson was interviewed, they'd always ask him about the

    duet with Chad. The song was released on John's album 'Chandelier of Stars'.

    It must be noted that not all his songs were popular. The Vasectomy Song was banned from radio airplay regarding the lyrics being too risque. Rip-Rip Woodchip raised

    controversy with loggers and lumberjacks, causing threats to sue Williamson and to cut his career short. Another song 'A Flag Of Our Own' sparked controversy with RSL Clubs,

    although he had backing from some of the Diggers, he was banned from many RSL Clubs upon performing the song. Williamson always felt passionate about the songs he

    writes, and today continues to promote them.

    AWARDS/ACCOLADES - (listing a few)

    More than 23 Golden Guitars

    2 Aria Awards

    Country Music Hands of Fame - 1979

    Country Music Roll of Renown - 1997

    Member of the Order of Australia (AM) 1993

    2010 - Inducted into Aria Hall of Fame

    and he is alos a Protect Our Coral Sea Ambassador


    She was born in Latrobe, Tasmania on January 1st 1950. At the age of 12, Jean quested in the earliest days of

    television on the popular 'Show-Time' series from TNT-9. It certainly gave her exposure which she enjoyed.

    In 1965 - freshly out of school, Jean began her recording career. She joined Dusty Rankin on a few duets on

    Rankin's first recording session for Hadley in Launceston. In 1970, at the age of 20, Jean recieved her own

    recording contract, after winning a talent quest runned by 7LA Launceston. The prize was $100 and a 12 months

    recording contract with Hadley records which lasted five years. In this time Jean released five albums............



    Her first solo album was 'Flowers For Mama' this was the recognition Jean needed - her song 'What Kind of a Girl

    Do You Think I Am?' took out Top Female Singer at the Country Music Awards.

    Stafford's most successful song was a number she wrote for second EMI album, entitled 'Someday I'll Take Home The

    Roses' it became her signature tune. This song has also been released on many compilations and recorded by other artists.

    In 1988, she received a New Zealand Golden Guitar Award for her service to the Industry, the following year (1989),

    she was officially crowned 'Australia's Queens of Country Music' by the Country Music Industry and fans.

    In 1991 while touring the US, she was presented with the Tennessee State Flag, by the state's representative on behalf of

    the Tennessee Government. She was also presented the 'Keys To The City' of Nashville, by the Mayor of Nashville for

    service to Country Music in America.

    In 1992, she was appointed 'Honorary Comissioner for Tourism' from the state of Tasmania to the US. She recorded 'Tassie's Got It All'

    in Nashville, although the video was filmed around Tasmania. This package received airplay and promotional interviews by Stafford in

    28 states of the US. It reached a listening audience of 500,000,000 people on world short wave radio of Costa Rica.

    It was in 1998, Jean Stafford recorded a single (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels) with her idol the lovely Kitty Wells in the

    US, and had appeared with her on stage in Queensland, when Kitty was invited to Australia.

    Her latest album 'Let The Dance Begin' was recorded in Nashville - with legendary musicians Lloyd Green and John Hughey, Brent Mason and Gene Chrisman.


    * Winner of 3 Golden Guitars - Tamworth, Australia

    * 1988 New Zealand Golden Guitar - for service to the Music Industry

    * 1991 MO Award - Female Country Performer of the Year

    * 1991 Appointed an Honorary Citizen of Tennessee USA - Service of Country Music in America

    * 1992 Appointed Honorary Commissioner for Tourism from the State of Tasmania to the USA

    * 1995 Black Opal International Award - for song-writing

    * 1997 - No.1 Single 'A Woman's Work'

    Eldest daughter of Ray Kernaghan was born in Albury, NSW – July 18, 1968.

    Her first every public appearance was at the age of 4 in her hometown, at the Boomerang Hotel. She years of touring experience with her father’s show by the time she left school. So in the footsteps of her father, and brother, Lee, Tania set out to be one of Australia’s leading female performers and won the hearts of many loyal fans.

    In 1993 Tania released her first single‘I’ll Be Gone’(co-written with her sister Fiona), although it wasn’t until1996, she signed recording contract with ABC Country Record Label who apparently had been impressed with her previous success. She released her debut album ‘December Moon’ which produced 6 hit singles. In 1997 Tania took outAlbum of the Year, Female Vocalist and Vocal Collaboration with her brother Lee. It seemed that Tania was on a winner. Her next two albums (Dancing On Water and Big Sky Country) followed suit with numerous awards.

    Tania accepted the honour in 1999 of being Vice Patron to the Riding for Disabled Association. (she shares the titlewith Princess Ann). RDA adopted her award winning song “When I Ride” as their national theme song.

    In 2005, under her own label ‘KCR’ sher eleased her fourth album, ‘Higher Ground’ which was a contemporary country record that transcends traditional conventions yet stays true to Tania's roots and her uniquely Australian perspective.

    Fans would be pleased to know that Tania will be releasing her fifth album ‘Livin’The Dream’ in time for the 2009 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Already thefirst single lifted from the album has been aired on radio with positive reviews.

    In1999 Tania was inducted into the Hands of Fame.


     ADAM JAMES. was born in the Northern New South Wales coastal town of Macksville, and now resides in the Moreton Bay area,Queensland. Around the age 10 he learnt to play guitar and as for singing lessons he sure had a great vocal coach – none other than Venetta Fields who ofcourse is best known for her work with “Whispering Jack”, Johnny Farnham.

    Adam who is no stranger to the Entertainment Industry adventured into some acting in shows such as Medivac (Network 10)including a theatre production in Brisbane called “Dreamers”. He realized after completing his Creative Industry Degree in 2003, his heart was in CountryMusic. He’s performed at major Country Music Festivals – Mildura, Gympie Muster and various NAIDOC week celebrations. It was in August Adam was invited to British Columbia, Canada for the 2008 North American Indigenous Games.

    Tamworth Country Music Festival thisyear (2008) Adam became a Grand Finalist in the Star Marker Talent Quest and in October he released his self-funded debut album ‘Messages & Memories’sporting8 original songs, which already have been receiving positive feedback. Hissongs from the album have been getting a lot of airplay since its release. Heis currently co-writing with likes of Mike Carr, Adam Harvey and Rod McCormackfor his next album.

    In Australia, along with other indigenous Country Music Legends namely the Master of Mirth himself Chad Morgan OAM, Jimmy Little OAM and Troy Cassa-Daley who have all established themselves on The Australian Country Music scene, Adam surely is in good company.

    More information about Adam can beviewed on his website.

    His album ‘Messages & Memories, ifyou haven’t yet got a copy, get yourself one. You’ll finding yourself listening to a warm voice truly Australian who we’ll be hearing more of in the near future. – ww.adamjames.com.au

    ( Jack Paten

    Golden Guitar Winner

    Born in the bush – Raised on the road


    TRACY COSTER was born into country music.Daughter of the legendary Stan Coster she grew up performing as a vital part of her fathers traveling show. One thing you can say about Coster, she is nothing if not determined.Passionate about her heritage and the heritage of country music, she continues to take her music on the road.

    The award winning album Coster Countryis a collection of her Dad’s finest songs – a tribute to her late father Stan Coster. The album features duets from the likes of John Williamson, Adam Harvey, Lee Kernaghan and Anne Kirkpatrick and there is also a very special duet with her Dad.

    Songs filled with emotion and some of the finest vocals that I have ever heard from her – Charlie Sparrow, Blue’s Country Magazine

    Coster Country received recognition being named Australian Independent Country Music Awards 2004 Heritage Track Of The Year with‘Bush Barbeque’.

    Coster Country is a loving tribute … to the man and the music that was Stan Coster,delivered with depth and feeling by his daughter Tracy....shows that the new generation can get into our traditional Australian music. …well crafted,heartfelt tribute – Peter Coad, Capital News

    Tracy’s whirlwind of success continued– receiving her first Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration with Anne Kirkpatrick for ‘Back to the Saltbush Plain’at the 2005 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards. Proceeding to take out back to back awards forAlbum Of The Year & Comedy Song Of The Year at the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards.


    BRENDON WALMSLEY .Star Maker 1999

    After winning Star Maker in 1999, Brendon’s debut single ‘Rose and Rodeo’ won him a Golden Guitar for the Best New Talent in 2000. It came as no surprise with a natural gift. His debut album‘A LittleTime’ was also a winner when he won his first Heritage Song of the Year GoldenGuitar in 2001 for ‘Last of the Big Gun Drovers’.

    Brendon certainly was doing something right. His second album “Never Say Never” earned him six nominations and another Golden Guitar in 2002 for Never Never.

    In 2004 Brendon was inducted into the Hands of Fame. The following year saw Brendon with his mum (Judy) taking outthe TSA Contemporary Song of the Year Award – collaboration on the Grahame Watts poem ‘Patches’.In 2005 Brendon joined the Hum Ridge team, Toowoomba taking on the role coordinating the Music and Production Ministries.

    He often performs with his brothers Nathan and Jarad bringing fans some great Country Walmsley classics. His latest album ‘Bottle Tree Lane’ (released in 2004) is certainly worth while grabbing. The album includes that old time favourite ‘Family Bible’ and his rendition of‘Bob Dylan’s classic ‘Forever Young’. The title song ‘Bottle Tree Lane’ was voted Best Australian Country Music Ballad a tthe ACMLA People’s Choice Awards. In my opinion it’s his best by far and the acoustics on this album is superb.

    If you haven’t already heard of Brendon Walmsley, check his website for updates, albums, and where you can catch one of his live performances. www.brendonwalmsley.com.au

    Jack Paten

    is no stranger to Country Music he has been performing his songs in pubs over the past fourteen years. During the Tamworth Festival of 2001, Craig was a runner-up in the K-mart/Jazza SmithTalent Search and that same year he won the Cavalier Talent Quest.

    In 2004 Craig graduated from the CMAACountry Music College and has come along way since then within the CountryMusic Scene. His debut album ‘The Spirit of Australia’ was released in 2005 sporting 12 original tracks. His love for Country Music can be heard in the songs he writes and sings. Craig hopes to release his 3rd album in time for Tamworth Festival 2009.

    He has been nominated for various Awards including:- Golden Saddle Award (Galston CM Festival) and Rising Star Award (Mildura CM Festival). In 2008 he was nominated in the TSA for ‘New Songwriter Award’ with‘Streets & Headstones’, although he never won – it is plain to see that Craig is a natural when it comes to writing songs particularly about Australian Heritage.

    I caught up with Craig a couple times during the Country Music Festival in Tamworth over the past few years – a great bloke and talent and I’m sure you will hear more of him in the future. His latest offering ‘Bell Birds & Blackboys’ is a must for any Country Music fan as with his first release ‘The Spirit of Australia’.

    Both albums arecurrently available at all Craig Stewart shows or by visiting his website which will also keep you informed of where you can see this great Australia talent performing, maybe in a town near you. www.craigstewart.com.au

    ( JackPaten )

    from New Zealand - South Island. Been playing in bands for 22 years - from reggae to big bands to jazz trios and now a solo artist.  she also performed in Tribute shows as Shania Twain, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, petula Clark and Cilla Black. Over the years I have played at Wine and Food Festivals, Street Festivals - been lucky enough to sing our New Zealand National Anthem at International rugby and basketball games. Her first love is of music is Country... Through and through. Having come from an operatic background - her parents and brother have sung in operas for years - my family cannot understand where my love from country music came from. When I write songs - no matter how hard I try not to write country - it all comes out with a country sound.
    Jacque Now lives in Perth still singing her favourite music 'Country .
    1992 – Inducted into Hands of Fame

    1993 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year

    1994 – Golden Guitar for instrumental of the Year

    1994 – Life Time Achievement Award

    2001 – Best Instrumental Award – Victorian Country Music Awards.........
    Pixie Jenkins was born Paul Jenkins – in Launceston, Tasmania on March 21st 1957.

    His first studio experience was with Rick& Thel Carey on their recording ‘Doing Things Together’ released on the Hadley label in 1977. In 1979, Paul was invited to go on tour with The Buddy Williams show. Buddy took his show to the Aboriginal people and beyond, taking young Paul under his wing. Paul speaks very highly of Buddy Williams, as he became a father figure.

    It was around 1983, he teamed up with Rock’n’Roll singer Digger Revell, also became a supporting act for Cher and Charlie Pride. He later joined ‘The Hired Hands’ which turned out to be winner as Pixie was awarded his first Golden Guitar in 1984 as part of the group. A couple more Golden Guitars came his way in 1985 and 1986 when he was part of Bullamakanka.

    It is unknown when Paul adopted the stagename ‘Pixie’, however he is better known this stage name and quite a fitting name.

    In 1989, Pixie joined forces with John Williamson a relationship that lasted 5 years. He would become an integral part of Williamson’s recordings and live shows. Williamson had stated that Pixie was the best fiddle player Australia’s produced.

    It was 1995 he went out on his own with his fiddle playing madness. He truly is a tressure of the Music Industry.

    Over the years Pixie has recorded with many artists and also as a support act for the likes of Buddy Williams, Chad Morgan, John Williamson and international acts:- Cher, Bob Dylan, Charlie Pride and many more.

    Being openly gay, Pixie is currently writing his autography titled ‘Homo Among The Gum Trees’, which should be interesting reading. Tours Australia constantly and overseas with his one man show, of good fiddle playing and humorist stories.


    Born October 14th 1941, Geelong, victoria.

    At the age of 15, Johnny was playing guitar and entering talent quests and later appearing

    on radio stations including 3DB and 3GL. Around the age of 18, he started performing with

    The Teen Beats a local Rock Band. The group had released one single for W&G Records 'Smoky'

    and on the reverse said 'Mid-nighter'. Although he was doing dance music, Johnny would still

    perform over radio and TV as a Country singer. In 1960, he made the grand finals of the

    Victorian Banjo Club hillbilly championships.


    Johnny went on his first country tour with Rick and Thel Carey show in 1962 and after four years

    he left the show. It was 1966, Johnny released his first EP recordings through the Hadley label.

    He would soon bacome a resident singer at the famous Dodd's Hotel in Cooma.

    In 1967 he was invited on to the All Star Variety Show, headlining the show

    was Chad Morgan and Rick & Thel Carey. Also on this particular show was Bryan Dennis, who later

    became the nortorious comedian Kevin Bloody Wilson. While on this particular tour of Western Australia,

    Johnny Heap's car had done a gas-pump. It was Chad Morgan who came up with a bright idea. He towed

    Johnny Heaps car and caravan with his car and caravan for a about 100Ks or so in the well known Morgan


    Towards the end of 1968, Johnny decided to settle for a family life in Sydney, a change from living on the

    endless road. He would soon joined Nev Nicholls and his Play Boys at the Texas Taven, Kings Cross - singing and also

    playing bass. Johnny can also be heard on three of Nev's albums, Cross Country Music, Folsom Prison Blues and Lovin'


    Over the years Johnny Heap has written songs for various artist including:- Chad Morgan, Harold Williams, Jan Kelly,

    Nev Nicholls, Rex Dallas and Terry Gordon to name a few.

    In 1986 Johnny released a LP through EMI Records titled 'Johnny Heap Remembers The All Star Western Show'. The All Star

    Western Show the most successful show to tour Australia in 1958 - and with cast of stars the likes of: Chad Morgan, Nev Nicholls,

    Kevin King and Rick & Thel, it was never a failure. Canadian, Peter Mollerson was on the fiddle, and Chad's first wife Pam

    Morgan provided the vocals as well as singing solo and with Thel Carey. The All Star Western Show was also the title track

    which Johnny wrote, regarding these artits who went out on the road and entertained Australia.

    One thing that can be said about Johnny Heap, is that he is very knowledgable when it comes to music, and not only

    Country Music.

    Today, Johnny seemed to have retired from the music scene - although there have been times over the past several years he

    has performed at a local market.
    The Hoffmans
    The Hoffmans

    Heather and David have been performing country music since the early years of their lives

    Having met in 1982, Heather joined David’s band Top Country and the two married soon after.

    Spending 12 years on Queensland’s Gold Coast playing professionally in the club circuits they have now come back to there first love Country Music.

    Heather is a well-seasoned performer. She started to sing at 7 years of age at local talent quests, schools and clubs.

    Heather won a scholarship to study classically at the Melba Conservatorium and finished with honors at AMEB levels.

    Heather has worked in bands since the early 80’s but she is now very happy to sing with husband, David doing what they do best.

    David has performed mainly as a backing band member since the tender age of 13. The best know“star” he has toured with was Normie Rowe where he toured for 2 years around Australia in the late 70’s at the young age of 17.

    David has also played for many well-known acts at festivals and concerts such as Lee Conway, The Hawking Bros, and Frankie Davidson.

    Together they will tell you that there is nothing better than working with each other.They have such diverse backgrounds in music but with their captivate harmonies, along with their crystal clear voices all their performances are described as being exhilarating, humorous, emotive and passionate.

    Their first CD “Country at Heart” released in 2007 and their second CD 24 Hours from Home” released in Aug 2007 with the third CD “Moreton Bay St”

    Released June 2008

    Deniese Morrison was born in Tamworth (Country Music Capital) in 1950.

    Her first public appearance on stage was at the age of 10. She had been invited to sing ata Johnny Ashcroft concert at Kootingal Town Hall. It was 3 years later (age 13) she performing with the Geoff Mack's show-band

    She won her first Award at the age of 16, a vocal section of the Country Music's Association's Jamboree. The Golden Guitars of Tamworth weren't even established. In 1973, Denise was part of the 'Teenage Country Style' set up, performing at the first Australasian Country Music Awards, Tamworth Town Hall alongside some of Country Music biggest stars.
    Her first recording contract was with 'Fable Records' and released her first single 'No Charge'. The song made the Top-20 of the Pop Charts, despite the fact an article by Molly Meldrum (Music Guro) labelling the song the worst record he heard all year.

    After her first album titled 'Denise Morrison', while a Uni-student, show would often perform in the early hours of the morning at the Texas Tavern in Kings Cross. It was with Nev Nicholl's Country Play Boys............

    In 1975, Denise was invited to perform at Sydney Opera House in relation to the 2KY 50th Anniversary concert. The following year she recorded the single 'It's Been A Long Time' backed with 'Here We Go Again' via Phonogram, her producer was believed to be John Williamson. Between 1977 and 1978 she score a six nights a week spot at the Wrest Point Casino in Hobart as their resident singer / compare, and for a while Country Music was almost out of sight for Denise.

    As the nineteen-nineties approached she returned to Country Music. She began to appear on various TV shows, Don Lane, Mike Walsh, Bert Newton and also Reg Lindsay's Country Homestead. In 1982, Deniese joined forces with Nick Erby promoting the Lone Star Cafe in Sydney, playing live Country Music six nights a week.

    Ten years later (1983) Marrison was involved in staging the first Port Pirrie Country Music Festival, South Australia.

    In 1986 - she sang before 100,000 people and Pope John Paul II, at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground).

    1986 - Sang before 100,000 people and Pope John Paul 11 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. She would also perform 'And The Band

    Played Waltzing Matilda at the 60th Anniversary APRA Awards in Sydney, as Eric Bogle was recieving the Special Gold Award.

    In Tamworth 1987, she took out a Gold Guitar Award for Female Vocalist of the Year - with the song 'Now I'm Easy'. She was also invited to perform with Slim and Joy at the Slim Dusty Show - staged at Mike Walsh's Regent Theatre, Richmond.

    During the 1990's Denise started working with BP Australia, opening new truck stops around Australia.

    It was around this time Denise first heard a young singer by the name Beccy Cole - who of course is now one of the stars of today's Country Music. At the beginning Denise became her manager and mentor. It was 1992; she became a founding member of the CMAA, and was on the board until 1996.

    they teach the fundamentals of music, then send the successful Students across to America to learn to write Australian songs - for four years Denise had been tutor at the College. She was also inducted into the 'Wall of Fame' which is a tribute to the women of Country Music' for her outstanding achievement and Contribution to the industry


    1989 -Golden Guitar, Female Vocalist of the Year

    1990 -Golden Guitar, Female Vocalist of the Year

    1991 -Golden Guitar, Female Vocalist of the Year


    Ivy Somerfield was born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales.

    She was born into a musical family with her grandparents being excellent pianists, it was not surprise that Ivy started playing piano. Her true love though, was to sing. Ivy's father, who often sang would encourage his daughter

    to sing for their rather small community. At the age of 12, she learnt all Tex Morton songs and decided to become a singer

    Her mother presented Ivy with a 'Pacific Guitar' and it wasn't long before Ivy learnt the first 3 chords. It was with

    these first 3 chords she won a silver cup at a Kingaroy Talent Quest at the age of 13.

    She would later buy a book on

    how to play the guitar, where she also learnt correct way of tuning and chord playing.

    She was most influenced by singing of Shirley Thoms and she began to perform at country shows around town singing songs

    of Shirley Thomas and Tex Morton.

    Ivy married at the age of 18, and raring 2 children - and no money or time for music, she concentrated on bringing up

    a family. She obtained work wherever she could - picking beans, peas and stripping cane. In 1964, she moved her family

    to Sydney there she found a job as a machinist. Her husband took up long distant truck-driving. She managed to find

    time to sing at local clubs and parties. When he husband suddenly died, she was once again struggling, bring up two

    teenage boy on one income.

    In 1979, her life changed again. Her career as singer received a huge boost, and she remarried the following year to

    her second husband Wally Gibson who encouraged her to continue with her music. In August 1980, she released a custom

    EP of original material which her fans quickly bought.

    The success of her first EP, lead to a recording contract with Selection Records with her first LP 'Livin' On Lovin'. It

    sported 9 of her own compositions with 3 from her son, Chris. During the 1980's she formed a backing band 'Blue Misty'

    to take on tour with her. Songs include: Blue Misty Mountain, Why Do I Need To Hurt You, How It Ends and A Gentleman Called Bill

    She also have songs released on compilation records issued by Selection records with fellow artist, Johnny Heap, Reg Poole and

    Gordon Parsons.

    Ivy died on January 1st 1991. (her husband Wally died only 2 weeks before)

    Born in Rushworth, Victoria on September 24th 1944.

    It's believed that Reg was given his first guitar at the age of 11, and oncehe had mastered the chords he performed in local concerts and other functions.

    Later he would form his own dance band during the 1960's.

    In 1972, Reg recorded a custom produced single at 3SR Studios in Shepparton, titled'Down In The Goulburn Valley ‘selling 1000 copies over the counter of a radio staton in Shepparton.

    The recording attracted wide attention which finally saw Reg sign with the W&G label in 1973. It was from his first session with the label, came what would be his biggest hit,which won him his first golden guitar in 1974 as the best new Australian talent.

    The song was 'The Australian Country Hall of Fame, which even today it is still requested.His first album was then released 'Country Music At It's Best' although it was not a success due to the label's considerable inactivity. Reg, who's career was juststarting thought his recording days were numbered.

    In 1976 while in Tamworth, Reg met song-writer gone historian Eric Watson which was turning point for the singer. Eric was looking for an artist to start off his own recording label 'Selection Records' and Reg became the first to sign withthe small label. It was a successful union for almost 30 years. Reg began releasing Rodeo and Truckie albums which were extremely popular. He would also appear on many compilation albums with other artist including:- Barry Thornton, Terry Gordon,


    Reg began releasing Rodeo and Truckie albums which were extremely popular. He would also appear on many compilation albums with
    other artist including:- Barry Thornton, Terry Gordon, Johnn Heap and Gordon Parsons to name a few.His first release for the Selection
    was 'The Long Paddock' in 1977,  the following Year (1978) came another album 'Goin' Rodeoin'. During the Tamworth Festival of 1979,
    He was inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame
    In 1980 a single titled 'The Warrumbungle Mare' was nominated in the 1981 Country Music Awards, Reg walked away with the
    Australasian Heritage Award- it was his second golden guitar. In 1980 an Australian wide popularity poll was taken and Reg was voted
    into sixth place as Australia's most popular artist and into fifteenth position on a world scale.
    During the 1990's he teamed up with Terry Gordon and Owen Blundell and formed the Gun-Barrel Highwaymen taking their successful
    show across the nation. Each year in Tamworth the three artist would team up for daily shows throughout the festival. In1994 he was
    elected to the board of Country Music Association of Australia only to be sacked the following year. -
    (Reg Poole states this on his own website)

    On Australian, 2006, he was award the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his continious contribution

    to the Music Industry and the community. It was that same year he became the 33rd inductee to be elevated

    to the Roll of Renown among other greats include, Tex Morton,Buddy Williams, Smoky Dawson, Shirly Thomas and Chad Morgan.

    Reg Poole is known as 'The Gentle Giant' of Australian Country Music. He has many accolades/awards to his credit.

    2007 - Male Vocalist - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards, Bungendore

    2007 - Male Artist Of The Year - ACRA (Australia Country Recording Artist)

    2007 - Bush Ballad Of The Year - ACRA

    2007 - Male Album Of The Year - ACRA

    2007 - Country Ballad Of The Year - TSA

    2007 - Victorian Album Of The Year ' For The Love Of My Country'

    2007 - Victorian Male Vocalist

    2007 - Bush Ballad Of The Year - National Section

    1999 - Victorian Entertainer Of The Year - VIC CM Awards

    1998 - Album Of The Year Award - Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards

    1985 - Most Popular Male Vocalist In The Southern Hemisphere

    1985 - Gold Guitar Heritage Award - 'When The Big Mobs Come To Bourke'

    1981 - Gold Guitar Heritage Award - 'The Warrumbungle Mare'
    Kim Ritchie

    Kim is a country and variety singer with a difference. Although blind since birth, Kim has become a very accomplished entertainer.

    Kim spent her early years (until the age of 18) on a farm at Pyramid Hill. She then moved to New Zealand to join her mother at Wanganui in 1993.There she attended courses at the Wanganui Polytech and obtained a certificatein reception skills and office systems. Kim also worked for seven years as a telemarketer at the Wanganui Chronicle, where she successfully marketed advertising.

    During her 13 years in New Zealand, Kim became well known in the country music club circuit in Wanganui, and surrounding areas such as Taranaki, Hawkes Bay and Wellington. She performed at different chartered clubs including Wanganui St Johns Club, The RSA and Wairarapa Services and Citizens Club in Masterton.



    Kim returned to Australia in 2006 and now resides in Bendigo. She is already entertaining at local venues in the Bendigo area, and has travelled as far as Geelong and the Murray River and from Benalla to Horsham to entertain at various venues. She has appeared as guest artist at several Country Music clubst hroughout central Victoria.Kim’s solo show (100% Kim Ritchie) brings 4 hours of musical enjoyment including Country, Gospel, Rock, comedy and easy listening.

    Kim has a Golden Labrador, Forrest, he has been her guide dog since 2002, enabling Kim to travel safely and independently.

    Kim’s interests include singing and playing the guitar,taking part in public performances such as concerts and country music club days. She enjoys listening to music, watching television (figuratively speaking) and socializing. She has a devilish sense of humour and surprises most with recall ability, along with her keen sense of hearing and smell.

    Kim learns and plays her songs entirely by ear. These songs range from old country classics such as “Crazy” and “I Fall To Pieces” to more modern tunes such as “You’re Still The One” and “No Matter What”. Kim also performs songs by more recent artists such as Credence Clear Water Revival andThe Eagles.

    Kim’s musical career began at an early age. She began learning the piano when she was three, the violin at five, the guitar when she was seven and the organ at eight. When Kim was 11 she began entering talent quests, and won two grand finals by the time she was 15.

    Kim attended the Burwood School for the Blind in Melbourne from three to six years of age,P yramid Hill from 1980-1989, and Cohuna 1990-92.

    At the tender age of 14, Kim was featured on a local Australian program singing the very well known song made famous by Anne Murray– “Tennassee Waltz”. In April of 2003, Kim was given the opportunity to appearon the Good Morning Show with Mary Lamby, where she sang the Patsy Cline classic “Crazy”. Both television appearances were certainly experiences to be remembered.

    Not only has Kim appeared on television, she also took the opportunity to record a CD which was released in October 2004. The CD, entitled “Ambition” was certainly a fun and challenging experience. The CD contains 16 songs from some of her favourite artists such as Patsy Cline, Anne Murray, TheJudds and Linda Ronstadt. As Kim explains“I’ve always aspired to one day Release a recording of a selection of my favourite songs.” So herein lies the reason behind the title“Ambition”.

    Kim’s passion is country music, and this becomes obvious when you see and hear per perform. She takes a great deal of pleasure from performing and sharing her love of music with others.
    Kim recently released her new CD " Kim Ritchie From Me To You "

    Below is a link to the ABC Radio web site with a prerecorded interview and
    video clip of me that was taken not long after my cd launch.June 2010

    James Scott
    James Scott, from Broome, North Western Australia where he found his appreciation for music.
    James wanted to further his passion for singing and music, so at age 17 he underwent vocal training in operatic & classical at the Academy of Performing Arts, Mt Lawley Perth. During this time, James decided to advertise to join a band. Because of his vocal style he was recruited by Lifecycle, a Prog Rock band, in which he was the vocalist for many years.

    Early 2009, James moved from Western Australia to Victoria to persue his musical career in country.
    James has met many artists since his move and is currently working with Rich Bice (musician/producer) who has worked with some of Australia's names of country - Stan Coster, Kasey Chambers, Olive Bice, Buddy Weston; just to name a few.

    Returning to Perth early 2010, where James can be heard on various Radio stations and seen performing at local events.

    A frequent personality on 100.9FM and RTR radio, also James has been plugged on 96.1FM for various performances.
    James is Currently working on his 3rd CD which is due for release late 2010 - Early 2011.
    It is undisputed that James musical appreciation ranges from country to hard rock, it is evident in his unique songwriting. James says "Diversity is the key to appreciate all forms and genres of music”.
    James is Currently working on his 3rd CD which is due for release late 2010- Early 2011. His third release will feature various local artists, including Phillip Wally-Stack (digeridoo and indigenous linguist), Mechelle Wilson (Old Flames Band), Kimberley Rose (33 Trees/ flute), Simon Kelly (bass), Richard Bice and many more.
    The CD is an all original concept album, each song is a chapter like in a book; spoken words and instrumental music between songs is the story line.
    During 2010, James will be attending a few music events such as The WAMI "Too Solid" Music Awards (Red Carpet Event), The Meekathara Battle of the Bands, Derby Boab Festival, Noongaroke Heats, and Chocolate Martini (NiTV).
    James is about to begin filming his Music clip for his song 'Cry Angel' to be broadcast on CMC.
    Jan Kelly was born in a small Victorian town of Hayfiled.

    She started singing at very young age in the school choir, where she learnt the

    Fundamentals with the much help of her mother who also sang. She moved to Melbourne at the age 15 and joined the band called 'The Falcons'

    The band only lasted twelve months then giving up her singing career for four years.

    Her big move came in 1968, when she heading for Sydney and was encouraged to sing once more. After winning a number of talent quests around Sydney, she was then managed by an agent and started working the Sydney Club Circuit. While in Sydney Jan was invited to perform at the Texas Tavern with the Nev Nicholls Country Play Boys.

    In 1969, she met Terry Smith; they never married although they were together for 17 years. Terry soon joined the army, driving trucks in Vietnam and came home late 1971. In Sydney he caught up with Jan Kelly again and worked together for 6 months as a regular act at the Crystal Palace Hotel (Sydney), along with other artists: Kevin King, Cowboy Bob Purtell and Kenny Kiching. The Crystal Palace was an unprofessional venue, although the artists who appeared there, worked their magic.

    Jan and Terry started their career with Desree Crawford 'Country Roads' and when Desree and her husband left the band, Jan and Terry took over renaming the band Country Gold and continued touring up to 8 shows a week. In 1974, they moved back to Sydney and performed with Kevin King's band. In 1975 Jan toured Australia with Don Gibson and Slim Whitman.

    It's believed that her daughter Tania (from her first marriage) wrote the song 'I'm A Woman' which Jan included on her first album of the same title. It was a great success, selling a thousand copies in the first week of its official release.

    In 1980, Jan and Terry moved from Sydney taking out their own band 'Kelly Express' started building a huge following. The band released 2 LP's which Jan and Terry wrote most of the songs. Apart from her own recordings Jan also did backing vocals for a couple artists including Cowboy Bob Purtell in 1982. In 1986, Jan and Terry parted ways

    Born on September 17th 1946, Surrey Hills, an outer/eastern suburb of Melbourne.

    As a teenager she started singing Jazz - although she had grown up with Country Music,and it's been stated the first Country song she learnt was Tex Morton's 'Mandrake'.

    After she had married and started a family life, he career as a singer was put on hold forat least 15 years. After moving to Bundaberg (Queensland) in 1980 - she would gradually

    resume her career as a singer doing the pub and club scene

    In 1983 Evelyn was behind the move to establish the Bundaburg Country Music Club, and in 1985the Club started the Bundy Easter Round-up, a three day festival. The Club now has morethan 100 members.

    Her first release was titled 'Learning How To Love You' which earned her nominationsfor female vocalist and Best New Talent of the year. She walked away with a Golden Guitar

    for best Female Vocalist of the year in 1988 for the song 'I'm Stronger Than I Look'. This win, secured a contract with Selection Records. It was for the next 5 years, she receivedno less then 6 nominations at the Country Music Awards.

    In 1988, Evelyn was awarded the Stan Coster Memorial Award during the Bungemdore festival

    for Best Female Vocalist of the Year.

    In 1989 she took to the road with a Byron Based band 'Heartland'. The band included

    Phil Levy on mandolin, Juile Metcalfe on fiddle and keyboards, Norman Pinto on base and

    William Bell on drums. Also singer Owen Blundell was roped in for a 3 days mini tour

    of New South Wales. The show was simply called 'Evelyn Bury Country Cabaret'.

    It was also in 1989 Evelyn released an album 'Some Day An Eagle'. The title song was written

    by John Williamson whose song Cootamundra Wattles was also featured. Other artists who had

    contributed songs were:- Graeme Connors, Kerrie Beeston, Eric Boyle, Merv Maltman and Allan

    Caswell. The album was released on Eric Watson's Selection label.

    Watson's Selection label initially started in 1975, had recorded many country artits:-

    Reg Poole, Owen Blundell, Barry Thornton, Glenn Jones, Terry Gordon and Norma Murphy, and

    of course the subject of this article - Evelyn Bury.

    Evelyn Bury was inducted into Tamworth's Country Music Hand of Fame in 1991. Ten Years later,

    she was inducted into Counrty Music Palm of Honour gallery in the museum at Redcliffe,

    Queensland. Evelyn had always kept a low key, only performing at festivals and selected


    In 1995 she formed an girl band 'Buried Treasure' in Bundaberg, Queensland. Her 2nd album

    for Slection records in 1996 'Australian Country' songs by Tex Morton to Lee Kernaghan.

    1991 - TSA Award (New Song Writer of the Year)

    1992 - TSA Award (Contemporary writer Award of the Year)

    1993 - Victorain Country Music Awards (Best Female Vocalist)

    1993 - Placed in the Barmera Avenue Hall of Fame, South Australia

    2000 - TSA Award (Best Gospel Song)

    Gordon Larkin
    Gordon was raised outside Kempsey in the Macleay Valley of NSW.

    He has been singing and playing guitar since his early teens, winning a talent quest on "Slim Dusty's Touring Show" in 1954. Around this time he regularly appeared on Radio 2KM in Kempsey.

    Over the years he has performed on many touring shows, and has shared the stage with such artists as Chad Morgan, Buddy Williams, Gordon Parsons, Shorty Ranger, Trevor Day, Athol McCoy, Rex Dallas, Jean Stafford, Barry Thornton, Olive Bice, John McSweeney, Desree Crawford, Country Boys, and many others.

    Gordon is equally at home on any stage, be it the back of a truck, a pub, or a club in the city. He has also appeared under the big top of the "Gill Brothers Rodeo". A regular performer at Tamworth for many years, Gordon was honoured to be invited to be a regular guest artist on

    the "Tex Morton Memorial Show" which incorporated the unveiling of the Tex Morton Bust.

    Gordon has a large repertoire of songs ranging from Tex Morton Yodels, Australian Bush Ballads, to contemporary songs.

    He has released 3 audio CD's - "The Best of Gordon Larkin", "Gordon Larkin on and off stage", and "Gordon Larkin remembers the pioneers".

    Since 1990 Gordon has been Tour Manager & Support Artist in the legendary "Chad Morgan Show", touring all over Australia.

    Due to illness he has stopped touring with Chad Morgan earlier this year 2010
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