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Cowboys In Cyberspace - October 2005

"FAMILY MATTERS"

Siblings, spouses and sons...it's a family tradition!

THE PEASALL SISTERS

THE PEASALL SISTERS (Sarah, 18; Hannah, 14; and Leah, 12) leapt to Grammy and CMA Award winning status for their part in the blockbuster O Brother, Where Art Thou? movie and soundtrack, even though the filmmakers decided they didn't look 'pitiful enough' to play Depression-era characters onscreen, which their mother apparently took as a compliment. Their new album Home to You features members of two other famous families - producer John Carter Cash and guitarist Randy Scruggs. You can learn a lot more about these young ladies at their website, the address of which is actually the phonetic spelling of their name!

DEBORAH CONWAY and Willy Zygier

DEBORAH CONWAY has been an integral part of the Australian Music scene for many years and country music fans probably know her best for her 2001 portrayal of Patsy Cline on theatre stages around the land. Her latest brilliant album, in tandem with partner Willy Zygier, is entitled Summertown and, in their own words, includes influences as diverse as bluegrass rhythms combined with a Bach fugue and a homage to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, the Everly Brothers and of course Patsy Cline. Acoustic instruments ring true throughout, many played by Gerry Hale, while Paul Kelly drops in for a duet. Sample the whole album on-line at their interactive site and watch the video for the track Something's Right.
NEW!Look out for BROAD starring CLARE BOWDITCH, DEBORAH CONWAY, RUBY HUNTER, KATIE NOONAN and SARA STORER - live on stage in December! More...

TRISHA YEARWOOD reflects about home and family on her sublime new offering, Jasper County. At her totally redesigned website you can watch the video for Georgia Rain, filmed in her hometown and recorded with fiancé Garth Brooks on harmony vocals. You can also email a Georgia Rain Promo Player (e-card) to your friends.

When I picked up the HANNA-MCEUEN album I expected some familiar faces, but soon found that it was by Jaime Hanna and Jonathan McEuen who are first cousins and sons of identical twin sisters, Rae and Kae, but indeed their fathers are Jeff Hanna and John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. You can follow their family and musical history on-line, plus watch and listen to what has been described as the 'best country debut of the year'.

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DVD REVIEW

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SOUNDSTAGE PRESENTS:
TRACE ADKINS &
TRAVIS TRITT

Another title from the excellent 2003 American PBS live performance television show SOUNDSTAGE, this time shared equally between two singers. With his own Georgia blend of Outlaw Country and Southern Rock, TRAVIS TRITT is featured here romping through half-a-dozen hits. Put Some Drive in Your Country is his musical philosophy, not just a song title and the same could be said about It's A Great Day To Be Alive. This is good-time honky tonk delivered with a mischievous personality.

Six-foot six-inches in height, TRACE ADKINS radiates presence. His former careers as an oilfield roughneck, gospel singer and football player ,prepared him for what he terms 'combat country' in the tough venues, where he found himself in roadhouse brawls getting stomped and stabbed. Add the fact that his marriage to his high school sweetheart dissolved and his life qualifies as a country song before he even begins! When he does sing, with a booming baritone and beginning with (This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing, he comes across as totally sure of himself and in command of the stage. He is backed by a large band (trivia buffs might spot Curtis Wright of Shenandoah in the line-up) and a string section.

MRA Entertainment D0591 - 56 Mins

Bob talked to Barbara Morison, Sat 8th October @ 5.45am on 2SER 107.3 FM about this Cowboys In Cyberspace column plus Canterbury Country.
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