Legendary singer and guitarist GLEN CAMPBELL was in Australia with his band which included his daughter Debby. For his very last tour ‘down under’ he played the Burswood Theatre in PERTH with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and SYDNEY at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony & special guest Beccy Cole.
The Tamworth Country Music Festival now has a new official website, launched last month and developed by Tamworth Regional Council in association with festival promoters Tourism Tamworth. The site promises to ‘deliver more extensive Internet detail about the 2008 Tamworth Country Music Festival’. Keeping up with latest trends in an age where blogging is becoming an art form, the site will also include ten days of diary entries from stars Gina Jeffreys and Adam Brand.
Last years new site – TamworthCountryMusic.com.au– pulled together a huge amount of material and links to help create a central source of information on the Festival. This included podcasts of the Golden Guitar finalists, streaming of Radio 2TM, a webcam in Peel Street and a great gig guide that has continued throughout the year. Definitely worth a few mouse-clicks to read their editorials and see what else they come up with this year.
Dianna Corcoran – photo by Bob Howe
The latest video podcast here at Cowboys In Cyberspace features some very excited artists who had just received the news of their Golden Guitar nominations at the Sydney media launch for the Tamworth Festival. Caught on camera at a picturesque harbour-side venue, they include The McClymonts, Amber Lawrence and Dianna Corcoran (pictured above). Check the site later this month for the latest links to online Festival information and then in the following months check again for a roundup of links to all the post-festival photo albums and videos to be found at various sites.
Many of the artists appearing in Tamworth, both modern and traditional, have recorded their latest albums in the relaxed atmosphere of THE VALLEY STUDIO, located in the Blue Mountains. Under the watchful eye (and masterful ears) of producer Roger Corbett (The Bushwackers), performers such as Tracy Killeen, Nicki Gillis, Peter Pratt and Anita Ree having been making award-winning music. Now Roger and Amanda O’Bryan have founded a new company called Door2Door. Their aim is to promote country music artists and provide radio announcers with the latest country music tracks immediately as they are released. That immediacy is achieved by using the latest available digital music technology; high-quality downloads of the music combined with online press materials and a video message from the artist concerned. A worthy high-tech initiative for a brand new year.
Until next time, happy surfing!
Bob talked to Barbara Morison on 2SER 107.3 FM about this month’s column and more…
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