By Kaz Johnson
Gympie Music Festival is over for another year and everybody seems to have had a great time. Still 90 percent country with some other forms of music too. There are lots of festivals on this month (the last month of our Winter) and the next few months, it seems the time of year for it. Mildura and The Deni Ute Muster are on soon, but there are lots of other smaller festivals on as well. I am off to see one of my faves, John Flanagan this weekend for the first time LIVE, I love his music. If you love James Taylor, you'll love John. He is one of Victoria's most gifted singer/songwriters. I also am going to see Becci Nethery, a beaut young singer/songwriter from the top of Australia, in North Queensland. She will be appearing at The Long and The Short of It's studio/cafe, The Mantra. To top it all off on Sunday night, I will be going to see Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes at the new Caravan Club. The Weeping Willows will be performing with them. They are off to America again soon for a whole heap of gigs, so if you are in the vicinity, go and see them.
I reviewed a few albums and EP's in this last week. Morgan Evans' EP, Beccy Cole's Lioness and American Rodney Crowell's Acoustic Classics just to mix things up a bit. Lots of new singles are coming out, including some songs to raise money for the drought victims in Australia: Shout the Land A Drink and others. My fave Australian Country Band, The April Family released the first single off their forthcoming album, One Trick Pony. Today, Victorian duo, Great Aunt, announced the pre-order of their new EP. Matthew Ward and Matt Joe Gow are releasing new material soon, can't wait to see the guys in concert. Michael Waugh and Rich Davies will be doing some gigs, as will Melissa Robertson in a few weeks time in Melbourne. We have a lot of the big stars of Australian Country down in Victoria, along with some fabulous indies. Bec Hance has an album launch down here soon and Rick Hart will be on at the Mantra too. We are being spoiled at the moment with the variety and amount of gigs down here.
Looking forward to hearing some new albums and singles soon and there are some really great gigs coming up.
Hooroo for now,