Keeping it real with Dean Perrett

Dean Perrett is a traditional Australian country artist whose music is totally authentic and genuine. He comes from the land and knows first hand the joys and struggles that go hand in hand with rural life. His songwriting in this respect is never a stab in the dark!

Dean Perrett is a Australian traditional country artist whose music is totally authentic and genuine. He comes from the land and knows first hand the joys and struggles that go hand in hand with rural life. His songwriting in this respect is never a stab in the dark!

Cattle Town by Dean Perrett
Cattle Town

2011 sets off in fine style for Dean with the release of his tenth album CATTLE TOWN, produced by ace guitar picker Stuie French. Lee Kernaghan, Karen Lynne and Johnny Cash guitarist Bob Wootton make guest appearances on Dean’s new album.
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Michael Fix’s 1975 Tamworth Festival connection

Legendary guitar picker Michael Fix was at the very first Tamworth. “The first time I experienced the Tamworth CM festival was in 1975, and that was also my first exposure to country music. Armed with my battered acoustic guitar, I was holidaying with my parents at Lake Keepit (an hour from Tamworth), a popular summer camping spot.” Fast forward to 2011 and Michael is one of the hottest pickers in the land.

Michael Fix
Michael Fix

Legendary guitar picker Michael Fix was at one of the very first Tamworth festivals. “The first time I experienced the Tamworth festival was in 1975, and that was also my first exposure to country music. Armed with my battered acoustic guitar, I was holidaying with my parents at Lake Keepit (an hour from Tamworth), a popular summer camping spot.” Fast forward to 2011 and Michael is one of the hottest pickers in the land. Continue reading “Michael Fix’s 1975 Tamworth Festival connection”

Rising star Shea Fisher has long memories of Tamworth

Shea Fisher is only 22 but she has long memories of the Tamworth Festival. I spoke with Shea recently via email.
“I was amazed at how many country music fans there were. The streets were all closed off, it was crazy!”

Shea Fisher is only 22 but she has long memories of the Tamworth Festival. I spoke with Shea recently via email.

“The first time I came to Tamworth was for a rodeo when I was three years old, the country music festival was on at the same time. The first time I sung at the festival was in 2005, I was performing out at the old rodeo arena during the ABCRA National Finals Rodeo,” said Shea.

“I was amazed at how many country music fans there were. The streets were all closed off, it was crazy! People from all over Australia traveled to Tamworth and even people from other countries.”

Shea Fisher
Shea Fisher

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Meet Country Music Channel boss and Tamworth Festival party animal Tim Daley

Country Music Channel boss and Tamworth Festival party animal Tim Daley speaks on the festival’s place in Australian country music and some festival highs and lows. Be on the look out for dodgy Ceasar salads! “I love the summer camp vibe, the ability to see many gigs, catching up with friends and colleagues and the general good times” says Tim.

Sunny Cowgirls and Tim Daley
Sunny Cowgirls and Tim Daley
TIM DALEY has a dream job – he’s the boss of Country Music Channel and a regular Tamworth Festival party animal. Tim’s first Tamworth visit was 1998 with a bunch of mates. “We camped in a van down by the river. Had a blast.”

“Tamworth is a good fun regional music festival. The CMA Music Festival each June in Nashville is the benchmark for entertainment, promotion, marketing sponsorship and television,” said Tim.
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John Elliott’s 2011 Golden Guitar picks

Now THAT's a Golden Guitar

I was a judge for the Golden Guitars for many years in the 1990s and was sometimes frustrated that my selections often didn’t always match up with the results. So taking my past experience as a judge (not getting it right that often) and looking at the results for the past 38 awards I am going to take a stab at picking this years Golden Guitar Winners.

My selections could cost me friends and I’m really torn in some cases because there was so much good music this year. I may be right off the mark but here we go……

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