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DEAN PERRETT has signed to the newly partnered label WJO / Universal Music Australia.

In what is a huge leap forward for traditional country music in Australia, DEAN PERRETT MUSIC has signed to the newly partnered label WJO / Universal Music Australia.

'I certainly am thrilled to now have my music distributed by WJO and Universal Music' Dean said. 'WJO has always given me 100% commitment and service, and the fact they are now working side by side with Universal Music Australia takes the availability of my music to a whole new level. Not since the days of the great Slim Dusty and the legendary Buddy Williams has the Australian Bush Ballad been so readily available to fans of a musical style born off the bush for the enjoyment of all Australians. I am excited by the prospect of many more people enjoying my Australian story songs'.

Three time Australian Country Music Award Of Australia winner and leading traditional Australian country music recording Artist, Dean also releases his brand new single 'Lorraine' to radio and media. The track pays tribute to an enduring part of Australian history, Lorraine Station, an iconic cattle property in the Gulf country of North West Queensland. Lorraine Station has continued to remain Australian owned by the same family company for 100 years despite many large properties being bought out by overseas investors.

Dean will re-release all seven albums 'Cattle Town', 'I'm The Land', 'My Bush Heritage', 'New Traditions', 'Return Of The Stockman', 'Shelter Of The Cross' and 'A Thousand Campfires' through WJO / Universal Music Australia on the 3rd July 2015 followed by his brand new album featuring the new single Lorraine later this year.
All media inquiries should be directed to info@wjo.com.au


GUITAR AUCTION IS HAPPENING NOW!

At the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year, we held the inaugural 'Back To The Bush' Concert on the main stage in the Toyota Bicentennial Park where Dot Bevan from Hervey Bay won a Bryden Guitar signed by the thirty artists on the concert. This guitar will become very collectable as time goes on. Dot has generously decided to put the guitar up for auction to raise money for "Aussie Helpers', a group dedicated to helping people on the land in times of need. And that time is now. Along with the guitar is a two hour DVD of the Back To The Bush Concert which is to be released in June. If you would like to make a bid for the guitar, go to the Facebook page for Aussie Helpers www.facebook.com/aussiehelpers or visit their website www.aussiehelpers.org.au. Good luck.

 



TRIBUTE TO ANZACS TOUR

Golden guitar winner Graham Rodger will be taking to outback Australia with his ‘Tribute To The ANZACS’ ‘Tag Along’ Tour. The tour kicks off on the 22nd of May 2015 with around 45 caravans.
This will be the second year Graham has taken his music on the road, with a ‘tag along’ group of music lovers. From Miles to the Red Centre, towns include Miles, Mitchell, Charleville, Tambo, Yaraka, Windorah, Longreach, Winton, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Camooweal, Tennant Creek, Whycliffe Wells, Alice Springs and Ross River. There is a one off concert in Mt Isa with the BROTHERS 3, smokos, and a dinner show at Qantas Museum just to mention a few highlights. Check Graham’s website for all details. www.grahamrodger.com.au

PHIL & CHRIS COAD'S COUNTRY MUSTER
This popular annual event is held at the undercover area at Wyper Park Scout Camp, Bundaberg Queensland, from Tuesday 19th - Sunday 24th May, artists featured are Dean Perrett, Kalesti Butler, Pete Smith, Johnny Greenwood, Greg Bain, Ashley Cook, Julie Perandes, Kathy & Michael Coad, Barry K. & Lin Chandler, Bruce & Mark Lavender, Keith Jamieson & Alisha Smith & Caitlyn Jane.

BARHAM BALLADEERS
The annual Barham Balladeers & Country Music weekend will be held on the 29- 31st 29- 31st of May in the Barham Services Club – Barham. Artists this year are Matt Manning, Brian Letton, John and Christine Smith, Peter Smith, Bec Hance, Peter Coad & The Coad Sisters, Jim Hermel and Tom Maxwell.

THE BOULDY BUSH BALLAD BASH
Held at the PROGRESS ASSOCIATION COMPLEX — BOULDERCOMBE QUEENSLAND just 25klms on Mt Morgan Road from Rockhampton, Monday 11th - Sunday 17th of May. Artists appearing include Jeff Brown, Gary Fogarty, Ray Essery, Alan Luscombe, Sharon Heaslip, Bec Hance, Kevin Groves, Pete Smith, Allan Caswell, Keith Jamieson, Caitlyn Jane Jamieson and Alisha Smith.

TENTHILL TURNOUT
On Saturday 23rd of May, the annual concert to honour the late Stan Coster will be held at the Ma Ma Creek Hall from 7pm. Ma Ma Creek Hall can be found via Gatton in south east Queensland. Stan’s daughter Tracy Coster will be on the show along with Brian Letton, Jenny Brosman, Errol Gray, Pixie Jenkins and Steve Newton.

DVD FUNDS TO ACMF
A DVD of the 2015 ‘Back To The Bush’ Concert will be available in May. This two hour concert features 30 prominent bush balladeer artists and a band featuring some of Australia’s top musicians. All proceeds from the sale of this DVD support the Australian Country Music Foundation in Tamworth who preserve and record our Australian country music heritage. Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson thank the Tamworth Regional Council and all the artists and musicians who made this event possible. DVDs can be ordered through www.diannelindsay.com, P.O. Box 5058, Gwandalan NSW 2259 or phone 0402296747.

MAY ALBUM RELEASE
The 17th Australian Bush Balladeers compilation album will be released late May. With 21 tracks this album assists in promoting the many artists involved. The project includes new recordings from Dean Perrett, Peter Coad, Ian Hands, Zeta Burns, The Coad Sisters and Lorraine Pfitzner. More information will be available soon on www.bushballadeers.com.au/product.htm


Vale - MERV SCHAPEL
Merv Schapel a presenter at 90.1FM Victor Harbour radio in South Australia passed away recently. Merv was a strong supporter of country music and bush ballad artists travelling through the area. Radio presenters who support traditional music and artists in the calibre of Merv Schapel are highly valued in our music industry, and Merv will be sadly missed by artists and all that knew him. Deepest sympathies to the Schapel family.

WAGGA WAGGA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wagga Country Music weekend will be held over the 14th & 17th of May. Wagga Commercial Club, Wagga NSW.
This will be a top weekend, with artists Tom Maxwell, Brian Letton, Don Costa and Grant Luhrs on the lineup.

THE SLIM DUSTY CENTRE OPENS IN OCTOBER 2015
The Australian legacy of Slim Dusty continues to grow with the official announcement that the nationally significant Slim Dusty Centre, incorporating the long awaited Slim Dusty Museum, will officially open in Kempsey, on the Macleay Valley Coast NSW, this October 2015. The Slim Dusty Centre will be a major “must see” attraction for national and international tourists alike.
Throughout his long and hugely successful career, this Australian music pioneer achieved so many "firsts" in the Australian entertainment industry. Even now, twelve years after his passing, the King of Australian country music is still achieving those industry breakthroughs. With the opening of the Slim Dusty Centre, Slim will become the first ever Australian entertainment artist to have a dedicated permanent museum established to celebrate his music and life story! Slim Dusty took his unique Australian country music touring show all the way from his Nulla Nulla Creek home to the cities and indeed, to every nook and cranny of this vast land, and now it is fitting that in October his show and his music return to his birthplace of Kempsey.
“We have a wealth of memorabilia and rare archival material which will be presented in a highly professional and entertaining way for visitors to see and of course, to hear. With room for the museum exhibition to expand and grow in the coming years, the displays will eventually accommodate the full collection, which is overwhelming in its breadth.” said Joy McKean, Slim’s wife and partner of more than 50 years.
Slim was closely involved in the early days of the project, and in the year he passed away, he said “Joy and I look forward to the eventual opening of a venture that will showcase not just my music and my life, but the role that Australian Country Music has played in the culture of the North Coast of NSW, and indeed, Australia. It is my hope and ambition that this Centre will show the integration of country music and the different facets of life in this country; also that it will assist young artists and musicians in their studies and careers. I believe too, that it will be of great benefit to the town of Kempsey and the district of the Macleay Valley.” – Slim Dusty AO MBE, 2003
The Centre is a contemporary, architect designed building, located on a 10 hectare site on the southern edge of Kempsey on the Macleay, and apart from the Museum exhibition, the centre, will also feature travelling exhibitions, a themed Café and commercial kitchen, visitors’ centre, as well as a retail area promoting local and regional products.
Already operating as a venue hosting a multitude of events and functions, the Centre will deliver major economic benefits to Slim's hometown and community of Kempsey.
Now after a long road of development and fundraising, a contract has been signed with museum specialists, Freeman Ryan Design, to undertake the establishment of the Slim Dusty exhibition for a public opening in October.
“The thanks truly belong to the fans, to the country music fraternity and to all Slim’s mates out there.
To the many people who have stood by us on this journey and have supported the Foundation every step of the way....this is for you. The multitude of Slim Dusty fans will be thrilled to see the many displays and interactive features related to the music and touring that made Slim such an Australian icon” said Kathryn Yarnold (CEO of the Slim Dusty Foundation).
Full details of the Official soon


VALE - Gavan Arden
Gavan Arden, acknowledged as “Gippsland’s Original Country Music Star” was born in Warragul, Victoria on the 20th September 1939. He grew up in the West Gippsland timber-milling town of Rokeby.
His parents gave him a guitar when he was 15 and Gavan made his first recordings about 1968 at the Hadley studios and they were issued on the Hadley Custom Label. Later he would form his own Valley label.
In 1971 Gavan toured with Slim Dusty.During the 70’s he toured and recorded under the stage name of ‘Jim Brumby’ and recorded under that name for Picture Records, RCA and M7.
In Brisbane he was a regular on TV programs presented by Paul Sharratt, John Crook, Reg Lindsay and Bobby Limb. In the mid 70’s Gavan had his own weekly segment on Maryborough (Qld) TV station SEQ8 for almost two years.
In the early 90’s Gavan returned to his roots in Gippsland and reverted to his own name.
In 1999 his song “Burnt Out And Dried Up Old Ringers” won the best Independent Artist Award for Best Bush Ballad at Tamworth.
Gavan was inducted into the”Hands Of Fame” at Tamworth in 2012.
He would travel interstate once or twice a year and in recent times had teamed up with Brisbane artist Johnny Greenwood when touring, mainly in Queensland.
Apart from singles and EP’s issued in earlier years, Gavan had recorded 9 albums, mostly of his own compositions or occasional co-writes with other composers.
His latest album “Keeping It Country” had just been released prior to his death.
Gavan Arden was fiercely committed to the true and traditional sound of Australian Country Music and Bush Ballads.
He passed away suddenly following a massive stroke in April 15th and his funeral service was held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Warragul on Wednesday 22nd April 2015.
He is survived by his wife Marie (They were married in 1961) 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls) 13 grandchildren and 8 great – grandchildren.


2015 BUNGENDORE STAN COSTER MEMORIAL AWARDS FINALISTS & WINNERS
Finalists in each section of The Stan Coster Memorial Awards are as follows but not necessary in order of placing.
Male Vocal.
Bruce Lavender- My Brands are Rusty Now; * Graham Rodger – Dust and Leather; Keith Jamison – Hillbilly Dreamer
Female Vocal.
Dianne Lindsay – Jacks Bridle; * Norma O’Hara Murphy – Gone Drovin; Trudy Hintz – Blue Gums Calling Me Back home.
New Talent.
Michelle Ovenden - Susannah’s Song;* Rex Baldwin – Treasures that I See; Emma Jene – An Angel’s Promise.
Duo. Lex K and L Minnson – Mighty Moonbi Range. Jed and Trudy Hintz - Lonely Old House; * Dianne Lindsay and Dale Duncan – The Dreamers.
Instrumental.
Terry Bennetts – Riders of the Kimberley; * Alisha Smith – Rabbit Flat Polka; Peter Simpson and Lindsay Butler – Camooweal.
Album.
John Smith – Murrumbidgie Mud; * Peter Coad – Music Highway; Graham Rodger – Dust and Leather.
Song Writers.
Graham Rodger – Dust and Leather; * Norma O’Hara Murphy – Gone Drovin; Peter Coad – West of Windorah.
Comedy.
John Smith - The Mailman’s Late. * Peter Coad – Coopers Run; Peter Smith – Smithy and the Flying Emu.

Barry Thornton Enoucouragemnert Award went to Emma Jene.

Winners were announced at the Bungendore Country Music Muster Februiary 2015




THE GIDGEE COAL BUSH BALLAD AWARD
FINALISTS 2014
PITTSWORTH TOWN HALL QUEENSLAND
NOVEMBER 15/16TH

FEMALE VOCAL
DIANNE LINDSAY JACK BRIDLE
TRUDY HINTZ WHERE THE WESTERN RIVERS FLOW
KYLIE CASTLE A SETTLERS WIFE

MALE VOCAL
BRUCE LAVENDER BALLADS
GRAHAM RODGER DUST AND LEATHER
REG POOLE SUPER 8

ALBUM
ASHLEY COOK ASHLEY COOK SALUTES BRIAN YOUNG
GRAHAM RODGER DUST AND LEATHER
PETER COAD MUSIC HIGHWAY

GROUP/DUO /COLLABORATION
DIANNE LINDSAY/ PETER SIMPSON BRIGALOW BILL
GED AND TRUDY HINTZ LONELY OLD HOUSE
ASHLEY COOK/BRIAN YOUNG SHIPS OF THE DESERT

INSTRUMENTAL
TERRY BENNETTS /IAN SIMPSON RIDERS OF THE KIMBERLEY
L WADDINGTON/R PRATLEY DIAMANTINA DROVER
TERRY BENNETTS SOMEWHERE ALONG THE TRACK

COMEDY/ NOVELTY
PETER COAD COOPERS RUN
LLYOD BLACK SIX WHITE BLOOMERS
PETE SMITH SMITHY AND THE FLYING EMU.

SONGWRITING
BRUCE LAVENDER I’D GO DROVING AGAIN
TERRY BENNETTS/K LETHBRIDGE FITZROY RIVER
K&M DIXON/ JOHNNY GREENWOOD OLD HORSEMEN LIKE ME.

NEW TALENT
REX BALDWIN OAKVALE
KYLIE CASTLE A FRIEND I’VE NEVER MET
REX BALDWIN AS LEICHARDT SAW IT THEN.

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