Downunder Beats 24
Things are heating up music wise in Australia as we get to the pointy end of the year. Artists often have last concerts for the year before a little break before Tamworth and get out some teaser singles ready for Tamworth or compilation albums for Christmas presents. Working on four album reviews this week, all very different in styles and generations. The Davidson Brothers released an album several months ago which I have just got my hands on. They are a bluegrass duo from Victoria and they are one of Australia's most well known brothers in their field. Keeping the family theme going, I am reviewing Rex Dallas's album which is essentially the first part of a best of collection. Rex is the King of the Dallas family, with his sons and grandsons in the country music industry and his grand daughter, Ashleigh is one of Australia's finest musicians. Rex is very traditional with a few yodels thrown in too.Rex is a national treasure in Australia and he is very well respected. Amber Joy Poulton's new album is one of my favourites this year and I am looking forward to reviewing that one for you all too. The last of the four is Paddy McHugh, who is doing a great job with Jen Mize on their radio show, Three Chords and The Truth and in the alternate country music/Americana field. His album is one of the surprises of the year for me, I am enjoying it a lot.
The festivals continue in each state and the award nominations are looming. The Golden Guitar nominations should be coming up soon.
Bob Browne, my partner in community radio crime will be doing his last show next week, so I will be able to do a feature on that. There will be lots of good music and a few laughs but I am sure that there will be a few tears too. There are some gigs that I hope to go to in the next month or so, but I will have to juggle things a bit to get to them.
In December, I have my own awards that I give out each year, called the Kazzies. They are a bit unconventional and there aren't any physical or monetary awards given, just recognition to a lot of artists who don't usually get recognition and a few novelty awards as well. I honestly think that this will be the hardest year to judge. There are so many wonderful talents out there.
Sadly, I didn't get to the Glenmaggie festival this last weekend but I heard that it went off well with a great line up. There are a few exciting things coming up to see and hear but I don't want to jinx myself!
Tamworth Country Music Festival is really a big deal in Australia and things are gearing up for a big month in January. A lot of the gigs are sold out already but there is always something to go to.
Small Town Romance are getting a lot of exposure lately and deservedly so. They are also carrying on the family tradition with Jim and his wife part of the Slim Dusty clan. They do sound great. Each generation of the Dusty family takes on a different style of country music and they all do it well Jim is the son of Anne. Slim is often called the King of Australian Country Music and he set records that will never be broken.
I should have lots of bumper posts to write over the next few weeks, so hang on to your hats.....it is country music season soon in Australia....some call it Summer.
Lots more to come!