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KRISTY JAMES RETURNS FROM THE USA AND FINALISES NEW EP...

Newcastle-based artist Kristy James recently returned from a trip to the USA which included stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and of course Nashville. Visiting the American country music capital has long been on Kristy’s dream travel itinerary. While this was a holiday with husband/guitarist Luke Davis, Kristy also included time to work on her new EP due for release later this year. The award-winning country artist caught up with fellow Aussie now based Stateside Katrina Burgoyne and USA native Gina Venier for songwriting sessions plus spent time with one of the world’s best vocal coaches James Lugo (American Idol, Glee) – while Kristy is a singing teacher by day, she recognises the value in constantly working on her craft and learning new techniques. Kristy went over with the intentions of finding the new perfect writing partner eventually settling on a new GS mini travel guitar. The holiday of a lifetime created much inspiration for the new material which will come to life on the new EP. Kristy’s current single, ‘Push’ is at radio now ‘Push’ peaked at #9 on both Country Tracks Top 40 and KIX Country Hottest 20   Have you downloaded your copy? KRISKAT PUBLICITY DOWNLOADS AND ENTER THE PASSWORD: QhwPCR8Y Also available via Amrap’s AirIT  AND on CRS Publicity sampler #197 If you would prefer an MP3 – please contact KrisKat Publicity   http://www.kristyjames.com/ For more info, trouble downloading and/or an interview with Kristy James, contact: EMAIL | M: 0414 334 348 | Ph: 02 9349...

TRAVIS COLLINS “HITS AND OTHER BITS” @ ROOTY HILL RSL – JUNE 2ND...

On the back of a hugely successful 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival which earned TRAVIS COLLINS a sell-out show and three Golden Guitars – ‘Single of the Year’ (Just Another Girl), ‘Song of the Year’ (Call Me Crazy), and the coveted ‘Male Artist of the Year’ (for the album Hard Light) – Total Country is proud to have him back and we are ready for a massive night. You may have seen Travis before but not like this… ‘’I’m very excited about this… my ‘Hits and Other Bits’ show is very different from anything I’ve ever done” says Travis. “Recently, I’ve had opportunities to connect and really listen to my fans and what their favourite songs of mine have been – across all five albums… Whilst it’s often all about the ‘hits and latest releases, I’ve been blown away to learn just how many people also want to hear the more ‘hidden’ tracks, never released to radio or CMC. I’ve been extremely moved by this and wanted to find a way to include these ‘fan favourites’ into a show, without having to remove other songs to fit them – That was the challenge”. “The idea arose for me to play my own support set, featuring all these fan favourites that have never made it to the touring show before… You know, the ones that only usually come out around campfire singalongs, house parties, and band jam sessions. So, that’s what I’ll be doing on Friday 2nd June – We’re still gonna give a hot and sweaty, high energy, full and electric band show where I’ll play ALL the ‘hits’, but I’ll also be my own support act before that and revive a lot of the missing favourites. I can’t wait… It’s gonna be wild”...

NEW MUSIC: DARREN COGGAN “THE WIDE HORIZON”...

The wide horizon, a scope of perception, knowledge, an understanding of new possibilities, fresh starts and second chances. Indeed, the horizon has never been wider for one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse artists, Darren Coggan, with the release of his new studio album, “The Wide Horizon” – out now. In the time since his last offering, the intensely personal and Golden Guitar winning album, “War Stories”, Darren has been tirelessly lapping the continent with his critically acclaimed theatre show Peace Train The Cat Stevens Story, playing to sold out audiences and standing ovations in the most prestigious venues across Australia & New Zealand including The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Darren Coggan is a masterful storyteller with a knack of weaving fascinating and perceptive tales through his songs. “The Wide Horizon” encapsulates Darren at his very best with songs that will truly engage your spirit. Produced by Ben Edgar (guitarist for Missy Higgins, Goyte, Passenger, Angus & Julia Stone) and recorded in Melbourne, the album features a cast of Australia’s finest musicians who have woven their own distinctive style around Darren’s melodies and lyrics. The optimistic title track sets the scene for a spirited ride through a landscape that is uniquely Australian and unmistakably, Darren Coggan. “The Wide Horizon” speaks of escaping the day to day grind and searching for new beginnings, embracing the empowering energy of the here and now to dull down the harsh reality that one day, we will look up from our phones and life will have passed us by. On the eve of the album’s release, Darren added another trophy to his mantle when he took home the coveted ‘Male Artist Of The Year’ for the second consecutive year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards held in Glen Innes on Saturday...

TONY COOK ‘LAIDBACK COUNTRY’ MUSIC VIDEO...

(Music video featuring Tony Cook with State & Federal MPs Shane Knuth & Bob Katter)   TONY COOK ‘LAIDBACK COUNTRY’ WATCH HERE ‘Laidback Country’ the new music video from Tony Cook was produced by the award-winning team at The Filmery and features Federal/State MPs Bob Katter and Shane Knuth. Shot in Charters Towers Queensland, the track is a dedication to Tony’s beloved hometown. ‘Laidback Country’ is out now via Amrap & KrisKat Publicity If you don’t have a copy, please email kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au   MORE INFO ON TONY COOK: FACEBOOK | WEBSITE For more info and/or an interview with Tony Cook, contact: EMAIL | M: 0414 334 348 | Ph: 02 9349 5328 | WEBSITE...

JACKIE DEE UPDATE – MARCH 2017...

  Helensburgh NSW based artist Jackie Dee began 2017 by launching her single, ‘Contemplating Life’ at the Tamworth Country Music Festival – the launch doubled as a preview for her third studio album “Six String Heart” released in February. The single’s accompanying music video was produced by Josh Favaloro of The Filmery at the reportedly haunted Old Railway Tunnel in Jackie’s hometown and has been viewed more than 18,000 times on Facebook alone. It’s a philosophical track with an uplifting message about taking care of each other particularly with the negativity we hear, read and see about each day in the news. WATCH HERE On its release, ‘Contemplating Life’ enjoyed two weeks on the Amrap Regional Chart and peaked at #9 – this is a weekly top ten list of the singles most ordered for airplay from Amrap’s AirIt, community radio’s exclusive Australian music catalogue. 15,000 new Australian tracks are showcased on AirIt, with dozens added every week so it’s hard to crack the Amrap Charts. Past Amrap Chart entries include Troy Cassar-Daley & Kasey Chambers. More recently the album’s lead single is sitting at #34 on the Country Tracks Top 40 chart for its second week.   ‘Contemplating Life’ is out now via Amrap & KrisKat Publicity  If you don’t have a copy, please email kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au   “Six String Heart” is out now via Checked Label Services   GET SOCIAL WITH JACKIE DEE: FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | WEBSITE     For more info, and/or an interview with Jackie Dee, contact: EMAIL | M: 0414 334 348 | Ph: 02 9349 5328 |...

“COUNTRY ROCKS” THE SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW...

In a Sydney-first, Country Rocks comes to the Sydney Royal Easter Show! Country Rocks – (the brainchild of Mick Bond, lead singer of country rock band, BREWN) aims to provide a service for artists, venues and the fans of country rock that is mutually beneficial for all parties. The Country Rocks touring banner has showcased the likes of James Blundell, Drew McAlister, Christie Lamb, 8 Ball Aitken, Tori Darke, Ben Ransom, Hayley Marsten, Brewn, Chris Staff & Rhiannon Cooke all over Australia. Most recently Country Rocks presented ‘Beyond The Blaze’ raising much needed funds for those affected by the devastating fires of Carwoola & Queanbeyan ACT. The fundraising concert at the Royal Hotel Bungendore featuring James Blundell, Brewn, Tori Darke & Ben Ransom raised almost $14,500! Country Rocks comes to the Royal Easter Show with James Blundell, Brewn, Drew McAlister & Tori Darke next month – April 14th & 15th. Easter Show tickets for those dates will allow you entry into the Country Rocks show. Book “Easter Show/Country Rocks tix” HERE ALL ARTISTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS MORE INFO/TO ARRANGE INTERVIEWS, PLEASE CONTACT KRISKAT PUBLICITY e: kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au | p: 02 9349 5328 | m: 0414 334...

‘PUSH’ NEW SINGLE FROM KRISTY JAMES...

‘Push’ the new single from Kristy James is all about taking chances – whether it be life, work, or in this case love, the message of the song says sometimes we just need that extra help. Live, love and dream and remember sometimes it takes a little ‘push’. “Sometimes we need a little convincing, wake up the heart and get it to listen”, Kristy James – Push – March 2017  The paired music video was created by long-time visual collaborator Glenn Wilson of Polydivision and incorporates a part of Kristy’s background that she has kept quiet until now. Kristy reveals, “In another life I spent a lot of time dancing; from the moment I saw Dirty Dancing I knew I had to be able to do it”. However after having such a long break from dancing, it was a decision Kristy had pondered for the previous four film clips but decided against it. With ‘Push’ Kristy decided to share this side of her and it proved to be a real test of her skill, confidence and fitness. Deciding to share with her audience a part of what she calls her ‘past life’, has helped Kristy to take this video to a new level. The music video can be viewed HERE   Kristy has been singing & performing since she was a little girl, winning her first quest ‘The Junior Junior Vocal’ at Newcastle’s Steel City Country Music Club, by the time she was just 11 years old. Last year the singing teacher by day took her live shows around NSW and for the first time QLD. Whilst on holidays in Los Angeles she was a special guest of ‘Lunch With Dan Boul’ – the president of 65amps (handmade premium guitar amplifiers designed with professionals and...

NEW MUSIC: ‘LAIDBACK COUNTRY’ TONY COOK...

‘Laidback Country’ the new single from Tony Cook is a dedication to his beloved hometown of Charters Towers, Queensland and its “laidback culture”. Produced by Simon Johnson of Hillbilly Hut, the track features legendary Australian guitarist Phil Emmanuel on a lead guitar solo. The single has been given the video treatment by The Filmery and features Federal/State MPs Bob Katter and Shane Knuth – check it out HERE ‘Laidback Country’ is the first single and title track from the singer-songwriter’s debut album, to be released in mid-2017. The debut EP “Laidback Tones” was released a little over 7 years ago and in that break, Tony took the time to get married, start a family and while he generally got busy with life, he never stopped writing songs. Tony fondly recalls some of the characters that would frequent his parents’ hotel in Maxwelton Queensland and while one day he’d love to write a book about them, for now he’s happy to put his experiences and passion for the bush into his songs. The new album is pure country and has been described as a blend of an Australian George Strait meets John Williamson with a hint of Paul Kelly. The jukebox in the remote outback family pub, helped Tony find his way to country music via all the latest country hits including Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler and the latest from Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash. Today Tony’s musical favourites include Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and Australian success-stories John Williamson, Graeme Connors, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand and James Blundell. When Tony isn’t performing across North Queensland, he is a part-time farrier and works on the small family farm. Over the years, Tony has been fortunate enough to share the stage with many Australian music heavy-weights including...

“SIX STRING HEART” – JACKIE DEE – OUT NOW!...

Jackie Dee is back with “Six String Heart” – her third and most personable album to date. Juggling her time as a family therapist and a singer-songwriter, this new release sees Jackie fearless in tackling the tougher topics including domestic violence and mental illness. Produced by the award-winning Matt Fell, the album will be released February 17th to follow an official single launch and album preview show at the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival. When asked to describe her new album, Jackie tell us, “This collection of songs symbolise a monumentally challenging time for me and my family. Losing my brother John, 51, in March last year was devastating just four months after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. He battled mental illness for 30 years which added to this tragedy and my mother was his primary carer for all of his life. My step-father was diagnosed with cancer at the same time but thankfully is now in remission. The track ‘Zeppelin’s Playing’ is about the last moments I spent together with my brother listening to his favourite Led Zeppelin album”. The Helensburgh NSW based artist was also deeply affected by the story of a mother who was bludgeoned to death last year in front of her 14 year old son in a community very close to where she lives. “Her Free Will” was a protest song inspired by her story and Jackie plans to offer this song as a gift to any organisation who aims to raise awareness of preventing violence against women. “Six String Heart” features many other reflective songs including ‘Little Ones’, which Jackie wrote soon after her daughter (now 21) moved out of home and of course the first single ‘Contemplating Life’ which has just been released to radio....

EL COSGROVE “GUITARS & CIGARS” – OUT NOW!...

“Guitars & Cigars” is the debut EP from 2016 CMAA Academy Of Country Music graduate El Cosgrove. The self-confessed red-headed, boot-wearing, alt-country singer-songwriter has drawn upon her upbringing in rural Queensland for her debut release. After graduating high school El set off to Canada where she was immersed in the rodeo and ranch life of Alberta and had the opportunity to perform at the ‘Ladies of Canadian Pro Rodeo Luncheon and Fashion Show’ as a part of the ‘Canadian Finals Rodeo’ in Edmonton. Since returning to Australia she has played regular gigs and festivals from packed out halls and the opening ceremony at the Tamworth Country Music Festival to the main stage at The Gympie Music Muster and a bunch of shows in-between. Featuring five original songs the EP was produced at Sydney’s LoveHz Studios by Matt Fell. After meeting the ARIA Award & Golden Guitar winning producer, when he was a guest speaker at the country music academy, El knew she’d found the perfect person to bring her music to life. Once they had arranged to work together El flew down to Sydney and lived in Love Hz studios for one whirlwind week in which the EP was produced. With the producer also playing various instruments, Glen Hannah on guitars, Josh Schuberth on percussion, you’ll find an alt-country sound mixed with folk, Americana & western sounds paired with punchy lyrics. Australia’s country music capital will always be special to El – it’s here she was privileged to have co-written songs with both Kasey Chambers and Ashleigh Dallas, share the stage with the likes of Catherine Britt, Lyn Bowtell, Kevin Bennett, Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett (The Bushwackers), Karl Brodie and fellow academy students, as well as having the opportunity to work with Amber...

“AIRBORNE” NEW ALBUM FROM KALESTI BUTLER OUT NOW!...

While most will know the Kalesti Butler for her bush ballads and traditional sound, over recent years Kalesti has wanted to explore the wider musical genre. When asked about her upcoming release, Kalesti says, “I love a challenge and achieving my dreams, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ll be flying.” Working with Robert Mackay from Pacific International Music on her upcoming album, has only reinforced Kalesti’s decision to add to her musical range. Kalesti has fellow artist Michael Bryers to thank for suggesting recording at the award-winning studio during a discussion at the 2015 Mildura Country Music Festival. After only the first meeting between artist and producer, Kalesti was thrilled to learn they had similar views about the industry, song choice, the direction and the kind of album she wanted to create. They quickly got to work on what would become her 2nd album “Airborne”, which was released at the 2017 Tamworth Country Music Festival. “Airborne” introduces eleven tracks – Kalesti has written the majority with help from her mum Val, Roger Corbett, Cathy Dobson, Anita Ree, Felicity Urquhart and the remainder balanced out by Bob Wilson, Rain Perry, Lola Brinton, Kevin Bennett and Luke O’Shea. Kalesti attended the 2015 DAG Sheep Station Singers Songwriters Retreat where she wrote ‘Ride Cowboy’ with Felicity Urquhart. This track was inspired by her dad who had cancer and was quite ill at the time. Sadly he passed away while Kalesti was on her way to the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Speaking on the phone when Kalesti was at a half-way pit stop, she had no idea “have fun in Tamworth” would be some of his final words. ‘You’re Not The One’ is another album track written at the Songwriters Retreat. Roger Corbett...