Still having problems with my word programme on the computer, I hope to get it fixed in the New Year. I hope that you all had a great Christmas.
I want to concentrate mainly on Tamworth Country Music Festival in the next few weeks, as it is the highlight of the year in this kind of multiple genre music field in Australia. Yes, there are the Golden Guitar Awards, which are presented in our glittering award ceremony at the end of the festival in January as well as the People's Choice Awards, Tamworth Songwriters' Association Awards and ICMA awards as well as others at the festival but it is much more than that.
Yes, I am from Tamworth originally, so I do have a bit of a bias towards this festival, but it is the longest running festival and awards in Australia for Country Music and it goes for 10 days plus a pre and a post festival buzz. Tamworth is an official sister city to Nashville. I have spoken about Tamworth before, but it is about to heat up, literally now. More Indies each year are voted for at the awards, along with their more well known signed artists in Country Music.
A few years ago, after going to Tamworth, I was sent an email with a survey about my experience. One question asked me to pick which types of the 79 different types of country music did I go to hear and see at the festival. Thus my search started on the different types and what it all meant.
As a kid growing up in Tamworth, there were probably only two or three types. I had a soft spot for Bluegrass back then but I didn't really learn to appreciate traditional country music until I was older. I preferred the American Folk Country writers like Kristofferson and co. at the time. (He is still my favourite country songwriter, internationally).
My Dad was the one who was more into it all. I saw and heard Keith Urban as a teenager in the streets of Tamworth, long before he hit the Golden Road.
Tamworth Country Music Festival brings people in from all walks of life.