Down Under Beats 19
Mildura Country Music Festival is a few days in and Deni Ute Muster is over for another year, as well as Dashville Skyline Festival and others are warming up. Deni Ute Muster is probably the most uniquely Australian festival, with what we call Utes (short for utility trucks). These are sort of like a Ford Pickup type of vehicle but perhaps a little closer to the ground. The mud does fly or the dust, depending on the weather conditions and leading country and rock musos in Australia descend on to a small country town in New South Wales for a long weekend of mayhem and music, sort of a Woodstock on wheels.
Mildura is closing in on the annual Indie awards and it is firing up over the next few days. Mildura is in Victoria but it is not far away from the NSW and South Australian Borders. It is on one of our finest rivers and is rich wine country. This time of the year it is about music.
Dashville Skyline is named after the infamous Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash album (one of my personal favourites) called Nashville Skyline. It is sort of Woodstock style too and a fairly new addition to the festival calendar.
Recently, it was announced that the Hunter Valley (where Dashville is) will be hosting two big music festivals next year, a country music one featuring some of our finest and a Blues and Roots Festival. Both of these will be headlined by overseas acts but the musos will generally be our own.
Together and Alone:
Three of our finest singers, Kevin Bennett, Lyn Bowtell and Felicity Urquhart combined this year to produce the Indie album of the year and win some other awards at The Golden Guitars as Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart or BBU as we all know them. Kevin is a member of The Flood, one of our best ever bands and has co-written and collaborated with many other artists. He is one of our finest songwriters and singers and a very sensitive and talented man. He is a proud indigenous man and he does his culture proud. His combination with one of our most versatile singer/songwriters, Lyn Bowtell (I reviewed her new EEP this week) was a natural progression. They had already sung together before and combining with Tamworth girl and multi-talented, Felicity Urquhart was always going to be gold. Felicity is a busy mum, wife to one of our finest musos and a regular part of The Spin Drifters as well as hosting ABC radio’s national Saturday Night Country programme. She can sing everything from swing to blues to jazz but being a Tamworth girl, it is pretty clear what her niche is. She loves a banjo too. Lyn, Kevin and Felicity are three of our best, whether they work on separate projects or together. They are of International standard....probably selling them short, there.
Clips this week
Things are going to be hectic over the next few weeks, moving, music and work wise and I will have lots to report. I have finally found a place, I think, so I will be able to unpack my boxes of cds and get cracking for you. The clips this week are of Jodie Crosby, whose album is a bit late, but this is a teaser. Felicity singing an older song (she also features with the Spin Drifters in that clip), Paul Wookey’s classic and Paul Crowder, a new to me singer who I am listening to more and more, he’s a damn fine country musician. The Weeping Willows are there with their new video, of my favourite song of theirs.
Next week, I will have the results from the Indie Awards and may have some news on some gigs that I hope to get to on the weekend as well as some more reviews. The long awaited Rick Hart one will be out soon and I should have Drew McAlister’s new album review up as well. Check out what else I do on CountryAs.
One last thought this week :
Australian Country Music Fans are devastated and saddened about the mass shooting in Las Vegas and we are sending our love.
Hooroo until next time