Last weekend was a busy for me workwise (as has the last few weeks) but not gig wise! The reviews that I am working on are of American artists for CountryAs, but there will be lots of Aussies featured in the next few months. Friday in Australia is the first day of Winter, so we love to go to a pub, sit in front of a fire, have a merlot and listen to some great musos. There are lots of great artists performing over the next few months in the music cap of the world (recently voted that) - Melbourne, Victoria. I am 2 hours away on the train, but I try to make it to as many as possible. On Friday, one of my faves, Luke O'Shea, is performing with an artist that I don't know much about, so that will be exciting. Over the next few weeks, lots of my faves are venturing to Victoria, so I am pretty thrilled. Of course, in July, I will be writing a special article on the mid year Tamworth Country Music Festival, called Hats Off.
Sadly, we lost another wonderful member of our music family this week, Phil Emmanuel. I have written a little tribute to him on the blog, but never before, have I seen such an outpouring of emotion on Facebook, by his many fans, fellow musicians and Australians in general. Phil was one of Australia's greatest guitarists, playing all sorts of music. His brother, Tommy, is probably more Internationally known, but the two brothers played a lot together and Phil was an individual artist as well. I was lucky enough to catch Phil playing with Tommy as a support act to America in the 1980's and again in a 3 hour solo gig in Tamworth with my best friend's son, a budding guitarist in the early 2000's. I have seen both brothers many times in other people's gigs. He was a very humble bloke who did not seek fame or fortune or recognition, but who achieved 2 out of 3 of those. He had an asthma attack in country New South Wales. He was one of the nicest blokes that you could hope to meet. Thank you, Phil.
There are lots of great gigs on Friday and Saturday this weekend in Melbourne and surrounds. I haven't seen Luke for a while, so I will be going to that. Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are playing and Lee Kernaghan is playing down here all at the same time....very hard for a girl to choose.
I will be back on the community radio circle again soon....two local radio stations want me on their stations, so that is very cool. I will let you know when and where and if you can stream.
Please listen to our Aussie artists, you will be very surprised at our great talent down here, and very delighted.
My young friend, Angus Gill has just released a bottler of a song, which you may not understand the history of, as its roots are firmly planted in the Australian culture, but I am sure that you will appreciate.
So many wonderful doors are opening for our wonderful musos lately. Please enjoy these clips.