Chelsea Basham spent much of her childhood larking around with her two older brothers and working in her parent's Retravision store in Wongan Hills, 182 kilometres north east of Perth, population about 1,400 and shrinking. The radio was never far away. She loved the sound of the new breed of Australian country artists - Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar Daley, Melinda Schneider, Adam Brand, Beccy Cole - and wanted to be like them.
Acknowledged by many as the act single-handedly responsible for turning a younger demographic of Australians onto country music James combined the story-telling ethos of country icon Slim Dusty with a more rock orientated approach influenced by his love of acts such as John Mellencamp, The Band and The Angels.
Catherine spent 6 years in Nashville and has toured, performed and recorded with some of music's most respected names - Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Sir Elton John, Shane Nicholson, Jerry Salley, Tim Rogers, Dave Faulkner, John Waters & Kenny Chesney - and has worked with some of Australia's and Americas finest producers.
Texas ex pat Doug Bruce has been described as "Two shots of Travis with a Haggard chaser" (Music Connection, UK), and if you thought you didn't like country music - Doug Bruce & his band, The Tailgaters, will have you re-thinking that one!
Colin Buchanan is a 9-times Golden Guitar winner, an APRA and ARIA award winner with career album and DVD sales that stand in excess of 240,000 units. A regular on national TV and radio for over 15 years, a leading children's entertainer, award-winning singer/songwriter and highly sought after co-writer, #1 selling Christian artist, genial host... Colin Buchanan is a hard man to pin down!
Best known for her confident "Cheeky" blonde curls, passion and sincerity.
Katrina Burgoyne is one of Australia's newest and most promising singer/songwriters with every song boldly painting an organic musical landscape of enchanting melodies, heartfelt vulnerable vocals, strung together with lyrics only to be described as candid and honest.
The Bushwackers are Australia's best-known, best-loved bush band. In 2016 The Bushwackers will celebrate 45 years of performance. There's been 75 members, 20 studio albums, four books, tours, awards and enough stories to fill a dozen books..
When Tasmanian guitar wiz Stuie French was touring Australia with Merle Haggard in 1996 did he see a sign foretelling that in years to come he would fall in love with a Maori woman who sang like an angel and they would end up making beautiful music, and a family, together?
He's been plying his trade for a lifetime (it began, according to family lore, with young Troy entertaining the dinner table with sets on a ukulele before securing a hand-me-down guitar aged 9) and has earned the right to be jaded. Yet he maintains an undiminished enthusiasm for his craft, and each album - you can sense it, feel it coming off the music - is a new adventure.
Beccy Cole has remained at the forefront of Australian Country Music since winning "Star Maker" in 1993. She is best known for a high-energy live show, taking an audience on a journey through laughter and tears.
The entire Australian Country Music Industry turned it's spotlight on Bob Corbett after he won 2012 Toyota Star Maker, Australia's oldest and most prestigious talent search. Toyota Star Maker has launched the careers of some of Australia's biggest country music artists, like Lee Kernaghan, Keith Urban, James Blundell and Gina Jeffreys.
Wheels & Steel is the tough fourth album from Mallee-born musician Paul Costa. The album is hard hitting, raw and honest. Full of tough, electric guitar driven, commercial country songs set in the landscape of rural Australia
Credited for her performance and song writing capabilities, Kristy has been a Tamworth Starmaker finalist and APRA Professional Development Awards finalist for Country Songwriter in 2011. From a young age, Kristy has captured attention with her distinct singing style and positive outlook, seeing her go on to open shows for Slim Dusty, Kasey Chambers and appearing on Television and major Festivals Australia wide.
Golden Guitar winner, born and breed Tamworth girl, Ashleigh Dallas has followed in her family's love of Country Music. Only 22 years of age, Ashleigh has taken her music to many different stages and to the ears of many different audiences.
With her strong and powerful vocals, Independent Singer Songwriter
Tori Darke will impress you with her beautiful voice and the passion in
which she delivers her songs. Her original songs with great lyrics will
certainly leave you wanting more from this very talented artist.
Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia's hottest bluegrass acts- multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre.
At just 13yrs of age Jackie joined her first band and began her early introduction to the craft of song-writing and performance. . It's been a steady walk for this vibrant Aussie alt.country artist to receiving the recognition she so deserves.
Sisters Andrea, Jesse and Nina prove that blood is thicker than water especially when it comes to musical talent.
Together they are Dozzi, a Brisbane-based country trio, with soaring harmonies and a quirky bent on life, Dozzi's emotionally-charged lyrics and velvety voices stems from a lifetime of musical influences.
He's known universally as Australia's King of Country, and it's a title to which Slim Dusty can still lay an unchallenged claim, now a decade after he passed away and took up his place at the head of the table in Country Music Heaven.
8 Ball Aitken is the redneck preacher at the shotgun wedding between country and blues. It doesn't matter which part of the family you're from - what does matter is the funky foot-stomping hullaballoo at the all-night party afterwards.
Newcastle singer-songwriter and reigning CMC New Oz Artist of the Year Morgan Evans has racked up more career milestones than many performers manage in a lifetime - including award nominations, a #1 single and #1 video, and touring with Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn, Thirsty Merc and more.
Described as "a fresh band with stand-out vocals and killer songs" by Golden Guitar award winner Lyn Bowtell, and "one of the hottest acts emerging on the music scene today" according to Paul Costa, Georgia Fall are definitely in good company. .
HE GETS TO CRISS-CROSS THE COUNTRY, playing to sold-out audiences night after night, has notched up record sales in excess of 300,000 units, and has an impressive stash of Golden Guitar Awards - seven, no less -- to his name. Don't imagine for a second, though, that Adam Harvey's about to take it all for granted.
Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Steve Earle and Leonard Cohen, and raised in rural Victoria, roots and alt-country singer/songwriter, Harry Hookey first played the guitar at the age of 15 when his father bought home instruments for he and his three brothers.
You've probably seen her out there, busking on a street corner, dandelions in her hair. The coins in her case might buy a train ticket home or a down payment on bigger things: a better guitar, time to write another song; one chance in a million to soar above the static and catch the ear of the world.
Kristy James is a well-rounded, experienced entertainer that has been performing since the age of 11. Growing up in Newcastle, Kristy began her love of country music playing at the Steel City Country music club every Tuesday night. At the age of 14 Kristy started her own business running school discos and playing any gig she could get. Once Kristy turned 18 she started gigging every weekend and hasn't stopped for the past 10 years, under agents EAO and Whirlwind Entertainment Kristy has performed all over NSW as part of a duo, trio and band, Kristy has years of experience and has built a great following and loyal fan base.
It's now more than a decade since Gina Jeffreys won the Toyota Star Maker Quest, marking the start of a remarkable career that's not only taken Gina to the top of the country music industry - where she still reigns supreme - but continued to bring new surprises and successes for this talented and vivacious woman.
Winning their second Golden Guitar (CMAA) Award for Best Group or Duo in January at the 40th Australian Country Music Awards has established twin sisters, Lee and Paula Bowman, Julian Sammut and Simon Ross as one of Australian Country Music's hottest and brightest stars.
Lee Kernaghan has earned his place as one of Australia's leading contemporary music artists. He has dominated the charts with successive hit albums, including Outback Club, Three Chain Road, 1959, Hat Town, Electric Rodeo, The New Bush, Planet Country, Beautiful Noise and his most recent Spirit Of The Anzacs. Lee has made a huge impact on country music in Australia, creating a new musical landscape for the genre when he burst onto the scene in 1992. He has sold over two million albums, won 33 Golden Guitars and three Aria Awards, and has had 33 #1 hits on the Australian Country Charts.
Australian through and through, Tania Kernaghan is one of this country's most loved and respected performers.
Whether it's singing up a storm on stage, emceeing a black tie event, sharing her life's journey through public speaking events or rolling up her sleeves to help out with one of her much-loved charities, Tania is a passionate Australian, sharing her love of the country and its characters through her stories and songwriting.
Amber Lawrence is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has had the most incredible start to 2015 by being awarded two major awards. The first of these, the iconic and prestigious 'Female Artist of the Year' award, at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar awards, was quickly followed up with the Country Music Channel 'Female Oz Artist of the Year' Award. This is the first time in history that a female artist has one both awards in one year.
A little distance can be a good thing for any songwriter. Physically or emotionally. It can also be the hardest thing to get for anyone living a creative life when punching the clock at 5pm is hard to do.
But Shane Nicholson found some distance and it has been good for him. You can hear that in the bones of Hell Breaks Loose, the sixth solo album from the Australian singer-songwriter, songs written over several years and during a period of personal change.
Individually Mark and Jay O'Shea have an impressive string of writing and artist credits that span the globe. The combination of Jay's country-soul voice blending perfectly with Mark's country-rock sensibilities has made the Nashville based husband-and-wife team one of the most respected names in Australian country music in just a few short years.
Jasmine Rae has come a long way in five years - from the quirky, fresh-faced girl, barely out of her teens, who released her debut single Country Singer in 2008, into one of Australia's most acclaimed and respected country artists.
Winning the award for 'Female Rising Star' at the 2011 Australian Independent Country Music Awards of Australia in October made the masses again stand up and take notice to the 2005 Telstra Road to Tamworth Winner. Aleyce Simmonds is one of our most promising Singer/Songwriters.
Penning hit songs about B&S Balls, unofficial anthems, drinking too much or unveiling the 'Grog Monster', they've been heralded equally for their songs about the land, farming and Australian characters.
New Zealand-born and Australia-raised, Keith Urban moved to Nashville in 1992. His first American album came as a member of The Ranch (1997), followed by an increasingly accomplished series of multi Platinum-selling solo albums.
Five talented Newcastle-based guys got together in early 2011 to form The Viper Creek Band. They believed that country music in Australia was ready for an exciting new sound so they started rehearsing and working on material.
2012 was a big year for The Wolfe Brothers. Hailing from the city of Hobart in Southern Tasmania, the group comprising of brothers Nick and Tom Wolfe and their childhood friends, Casey Kostiuk and Brodie Rainbird, have burst into the national spotlight after they appeared on Channel 7's mega series Australia's Got Talent.
The band's incredible live performances of all original songs on the show electrified not only the judges and the studio audience but they won over millions of Australians watching from their living rooms every week. It was the Australian public who adopted the band and voted The Wolfe Brothers into 2nd place in the Grand Final of the nationally televised talent competition. An amazing feat for a country rock act.
Expect them to meet you at the door and expect to leave with a smile on your face ..... What
happens in between depends on WHO (the audience is), WHERE (in the world the show is) and
WHEN (morning, noon or night). These guys give "made-to-measure" entertainment from their
extensive repertoire of originals, contemporary country rock & retro classics.
The Hats Off to Country festival was launched in Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital, by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) in 2000.
The main event for the first year was a tribute to Australia's King of Country Music, Slim Dusty, where some five thousand people packed into the Tamworth Regional Entertainment & Conference to be a part of the major tribute.
Pubs and clubs across the city, and some within the Tamworth region, joined in by organising events and activities that all contributed to a wonderful country music festive atmosphere.
In the following years, Hats Off continuted to be a major focus with, first, the CMAA organising annual tribute concerts and more and more local venues joining in to increase the quanity and range of entertainment.
On October 2, 1999, Deniliquin wrote itself into history claiming the Guinness Book of Records title for the largest parade of legally registered utes in the world.
The idea for a festival celebrating the Australian icon of the ute, and Australia's rural identity was created to encourage tourist visitation on the NSW Labour Day Long weekend - the town's quietest tourism period.
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival is held annually in Corryong, Victoria in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains halfway between Melbourne and Sydney.
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival was established in its current format in 1995, when promoter Jonathon King celebrated the centenary year of Banjo Paterson's poem "The Man from Snowy River". This was a celebration of bush folklore, skills and traditions based around the icon Jack Riley and all he represented. For historical information please refer to The Man from Snowy River Museum.
Mountview Music Muster is an annual event held at the picturesque Mountview Wines Vineyard, Glen Aplin Qld.
Set among pine trees, the red cedar barn winery enjoys spectacular views of the mountain ranges of the Granite Belt that take your breath away with its amazing backdrop surrounded with the beautiful vineyard which stands on the site of the original Mountview vineyards established in 1921.
Two full days of country music from our award winning country music stars, up and coming artist and a talent quest of new talent will be on offer to fulfill everyone's taste in Country Music.
The FANZONE concept features two parts - an online website (www.countrymusicfanzone.com.au) and a physical presence during the Tamworth Country Music Festival and other great country music events year round - both arms providing avenues for fans to get up close and personal with their favourite artists.
The FANZONE website allows fans to come together 365 days a year through an online community. It is a centralised location for the latest in country music news, announcements, nation-wide gig guides, exclusive album and single launches, merchandise, trivia and, most importantly, that coveted artist/fan interaction.