Winter is here in Australia now, as Summer is on its way in the Northern Hemisphere. There's lots of great music keeping us warm here, though.
Last Friday night I just made it in time to see and hear one of my faves, Luke O'Shea at the Hotel Lomond in Melbourne. Luke shared the very small stage with Damian Howard and a full band. How they all fit onto that stage, I will never know! The guys shared stories, made us laugh and played their music which is much more serious than their banter. I have seen Luke many times and I have all of his music, but I only knew a few of Damian's songs. They work well together, their music kind of fits each others styles and messages. I have reviewed the gig in full on CountryAs.
A couple of reviews coming up this week. Rose Zita Falko's new EP will be launched on Friday night, so all being well, I will have another trip to Melbourne. Montgomery Church's new album has also been released. It is an awesome album. They are a folk duo and it is just a stunning offering.
I wrote a few American reviews on the weekend as well. There are lots of great gigs coming up in the next few weeks, then Hats Off is on in July in Tamworth. I am looking forward to heading to my old hometown. I have already booked to see two very talented artists, this year's Golden Guitar female winner, Aleyce Simmonds and Golden Guitar winner, Brad Butcher. A lot of the gigs are free and there are some wonderful shows on. This year's tribute is to the Dallas family, an amazing family who are based in Tamworth. Three generations of the family have won Golden Guitars, the only family to manage that so far. Each year, at Hats Off, there is a special show which honours a country music icon in Australia. The Dallas Family deserve this so much.
Sandra Humphries, often called the Queen of Australian Country Music is retiring in her prime (I reckon that she will be back) and she will be performing at Tamworth as well on her farewell tour. There are a lot of great gigs, I will be talking about them closer to the time.
Amber Lawrence has had to cancel her June dates with Christie Lamb and Mickey Pye, which effects her Victorian dates. I would have loved to have seen her but as she is exhausted from an extensive tour and she is very pregnant, I don't blame her at all. First priority is her health and the health of her baby.
Lots to talk about in the next few weeks.
Please note that my blog is safe to enter at CountryAs, I just can't write any more reviews on it at the moment, because I dropped out....I have to find a new email address and password. I may have to build a new blog and have CountryAs as a link. I will see how it goes. I haven't been hacked or anything it is just one of those things. More later.
Enjoy the music.