John Elliott’s new country music radio segment with John Scott

I will be doing a country music segment every Sunday night at about 8.30pm est on Radio Station 4BC in Brisbane with host John Scott. 4BC is at 1116 on the AM dial or online at:

http://www.onlineradiostations.com/radio-stations/australia/brisbane/4bc-1116-news-talk-radio/details.html

On tonight’s show we discuss JOY MCKEANS new book I”VE BEEN THERE and BACK AGAIN. I was picture editor on this book and it was a thrill to work with Joy.

We chat about the 40th Anniual Tamworth Festival – only 46 days to go – check out the festival website for everything you need to know:

http://www.tcmf.com.au/

Singer songwriter Alan Mackey is recording a new album at the moent – here is a preview of one of the songs on Alan’s albums which will be out in the new year.

Chad Morgan movie – I’M NOT DEAD YET – opens at Sydney Film Festival

The new Chad Morgan movie – I’M NOT DEAD YET – opens at the Sydney Film Festival on Tuesday June 14.

Chad Morgan has lost count of the number of times he’s been reported dead (hence the title), but the politically-incorrect country singer with the donkey grin is very much alive. ‘The Sheik of Scrubby Creek’ is still on the road almost 60 years after kicking off his career on Australia’s Amateur Hour. Chad’s life is the stuff of legends – his rapid rise to the top, womanising, heavy drinking – and his story, narrated by Tex Perkins, is told with just the right mix of rollicking style and genuine respect.

Janine Hosking of iKandy Films produced and directed the documentary.

Tex Perkins does the voiceover. I was lucky enough to spend some time on the road with Chad doing stills for the production. I was on set when Chad and Tex sang The Shotgun Wedding.

Chad Morgan & Tex Perkins

The Last Show and Re-shoot exhibition featured on ABC News

In case you haven’t heard yet, my new exhibition has opened at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery. You can see some of the shots below.

The exhibition is called The Last Show and Re-shoot. The Last Show is a collection of photographs I took at the Toowoomba Show over 25 years ago. The 1985 Toowoomba Show was the last one at the old showgrounds. In recent years I’ve returned to photograph the Toowoomba Show at its new location to portray how it looks all these years later.

I have lived with the images from The Last Show for more than 25 years and they still speak to me. They evoke a real sense of being there. Matching them up with images I took at the 2010 Toowoomba Show contrasts the changes that have occurred over that time.

The real world fascinates me and I never felt the need to embellish what I see around me. Remarkably some of the images show great change while other things don’t seem to have changed at all.

ABC reporters Andrew Forster and David Iliffe interviewed me and posted a story online which includes some pics from the show, as well as an audio interview. Continue reading “The Last Show and Re-shoot exhibition featured on ABC News”

TSA Tamworth Songwriters’ Association 2011 Awards & a postcard from Newcastle

Winners were announced at the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association’s Gala on Wednesday night at the West Diggers Grand Ballroom. Guest artists included Ted Egan, McAlister Kemp, The Bobkatz, Amber Lawrence, 8 Ball Aitken, Kaylee Bell, Graham Rodger, Ernie Constance and Anne Kirkpatrick with a tribute to Joy McKean.

I was happy to see my old mate Allan Caswell pick up a couple of awards including Country Song of The Year and Tamworth based photographer June Underwood was recognized with the Tex Morton Award.

TSATSA Tamworth Songwriters’ Association 2011 Awards

Winners were announced at TSA’s Gala on Wednesday night at the West Diggers Grand Ballroom.  Guest artists included Ted Egan, McAlister Kemp, The Bobkatz, Amber Lawrence, 8 Ball Aitken, Kaylee Bell, Graham Rodger, Ernie Constance and Anne Kirkpatrick with a tribute to Joy McKean.

I was happy to see my old mate Allan Caswell pick up a couple of awards including Country Song of The Year and Tamworth based photographer June Underwood was recognized with the Tex Morton Award.
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Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters – Tamworth bound for their no charge, no bull shows

One time Texan Doug Bruce now calls Bendigo home. The former drummer hasn’t looked back since he stepped up to the mic to front his band The Tailgaters. They created quite a buzz at the Festival last year and are set to blow them away again this year with their full-on, no-excuses country shows at The Central Hotel and Fitzroy Tavern. With songs from Doug’s highly acclaimed new album, A Good Place, and a number of catchy new covers added to the set list, these shows will not disappoint.

Doug Bruce
Doug Bruce

One time Texan Doug Bruce now calls Bendigo home. The former drummer hasn’t looked back since he stepped up to the mic to front his band The Tailgaters. They created quite a buzz at the Festival last year and are set to blow them away again this year with their full-on, no-excuses country shows at The Central Hotel and Fitzroy Tavern. With songs from Doug’s highly acclaimed new album, A Good Place, and a number of catchy new covers added to the set list, these shows will not disappoint.

“We’ve changed up the show quite a bit since last year so the punters can look forward to something new. But one thing hasn’t changed – we still, and always will, play real country music, with no excuses!” says front man, Doug Bruce.
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