Downunder Beats 23
Glenmaggie Country Rock Festival is on this weekend, not too far from me but very few public transport options - bummer! Saturday, November 4, from 2pm, Starring Bill Chambers, Innocent Eve, Gretta Ziller, The Weeping WIllows and Tracy Killeen. Awesome Line Up! Also coming soon is the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival in my new home state with 4 days of absolutely brilliant music. Clarence Valley Country Muster is over for another year and by all reports, it was amazing. Thanks to Jett Williams, (daughter of legendary Hank WIlliams) for being so great to all of the Aussie fans and musos. She was open to interviews and photos. She headed a star studded local line up. Amber Joy Poulton is releasing a new album soon, thought that we would have to wait for January, but it is on its way. I have had an Itunes preview and it is wonderful. It is very reminiscent of traditional country music flavours. Can't wait to review it for you all. There are lots of tours and albums still being released in 2017 and singles teasing us for January and Tamworth Country Music Festival Releases.
We lost an icon in country music in a motor accident in Tasmania on the weekend. Rob did so much for Australian Country Music and he will be sadly missed. We have had a very bad year in the music industry this year. Much love and thoughts to all of the artists that Rob has helped and befriended and to all of his family and friends.
Bob Browne retiring from Country Community Radio
Sadly, my partner in crime and fellow jibberer, Bob Browne, is retiring from Community Radio. A muso himself, Bob has been spinning discs and supporting Australian Country Music Artists for 36 years on radio. 2GLF, 89.3fm, Countryon is a show that I sat in on for 5 months this year, and I enjoyed learning from Bob and sparring with him on occasion. He has been an enormous support to Indie Artists, especially the young up and coming ones. Bob has had some pretty awful illnesses to deal with over the last few years and needs to take care of himself, the way that he has taken care of so many others.
There are lots of exciting things coming up in Indie Music in Australia over the next few months. I am having some computer issues at the moment, but hopefully, these will be rectified soon.
Hooroo til next time