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We are fortunate in Australia to receive a regular supply of Country Music artists from overseas. This month we focus on frequent visitors and recent guests. Don't fret if they didn't come to your town. At least their Web sites are "Open 24 Hours"!
The Everly Brothers have just finished a run of "five star" venues and you can read a short history of the Brothers' turbulent relationship and hear excerpts from their compilation "The Everly Brothers - Heartaches & Harmonies" at the "Addicted To Noise" site. Keith Glass was at the show and tells us that as musical performers they have remained "pure to their roots". Keith also reports that the all-star band played a brief solo spot with Buddy Emmons featuring on a jazzy steel solo, and my favourite guitar hero Albert Lee singing the Carl Perkins tune "Restless". That song can be found on the "Albert Lee & Hogan's Heroes - "In Full Flight!" CD. Albert himself often contributes news to the John O'Connor's Albert Lee site so it will be interesting to watch for his own account of the Australian visit.
Wylie & The Wild West Show have visited our shores often enough to build quite a following of fervent fans. Find out all about the band at their own Web site and read about Wylie's win at the Reba McEntire Pro Celebrity Rodeo. Earlier this year Roger McGuinn gave us a series of stunning solo concerts. His witty dialogue between songs also gave us an insight into those heady days when Folk/Rock merged into Country/Rock. The Roger McGuinn Home Page is much more than just a static Web site. Here, McGuinn has begun a remarkable project to document many folk (and Western) tunes that may otherwise be in danger of disappearing. Each month he records a new song and adds it to his "Folk Den" archive from where you can download the sound files and enjoy them at home for free! Several Australian tunes are featured, including "Brisbane Ladies" and "Bound For South Australia".
Congratulations from Cowboys In Cybersp@ce to Braden Fox and his wife Lesley on the arrival of a little girl named Cameron on 1st July (Canada day), and also to the newly wed Shanley Del and James Gillard.
While visiting the oddly named "NASHVILLE NEW ZEALAND" site I was reminded of a visit to Auckland during which Glen Campbell (the steel player, not the "Rhinestone Cowboy!) took me to see the band he was playing with one night called "The Waltons". The young singer named Shanley already seemed destined for big things. The New Zealand site reminds us of her beginnings, and Shanley also features in more detail at
Kerryn's Home Page which
proudly displays Kerryn's three main interests. One of them is Australian Country Music (you'll have to find out what the other two are when you visit the site). Graeme Connors, Gina Jeffreys, Tania Kernaghan, Lee Kernaghan,
Rosemary Rae, Jane Saunders, and Tanya Self also appear here. Kerryn has put a lot of work into providing news and pictures of these popular local artists, and details of when they might be visiting your area.
You had to be quick and fortunate to catch the recent visit by BR5-49. The band garnered a lot of industry attention here in Australia with their exclusive performance at the recent local CMT launch party. They shot to fame in the U.S. from relatively humble beginnings. From their now legendary gigs at Robert's Western World, a bar and boot shop in Nashville's Lower Broadway district, the band have soared in popularity and have just released a new album. They have two Web sites, the official one, and the fan-based Convoy BR5-49 site, which coincidentally features a boomerang backdrop. It is interesting to note that their new CD, "Big Backyard Beat Show", contains yet another reworking of the Johnny O'Keefe classic "Wild One". With that song, O'Keefe became the first Australian rocker to make the pop charts in 1958. That same year Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared with JO'K at the old Sydney Stadium. Returning to the U.S. they decided to record the song as a solo vehicle for Cricket's drummer Jerry Allison. Released as "Real Wild Child" by Ivan (Jerry's middle name), the song was only a moderate success, but it has since spawned many cover versions, including the huge hit by Iggy Pop. It was also the subject of a recent Australian postage stamp! Another performer from the JO'K era was "Adam", these days better known as Ian B. MacLeod "the Rockabilly Cowboy". Ian is currently promoting his album "Thank You Mr. Perkins", a tribute to the "Godfather of Rockabilly", the late Carl Perkins. Many pages about Carl Perkins can be located by using the search engine below.
Before we close, an update to last month's "Independents Day" article. Don't miss out on seeing the excellent STRUM Web site. Strum won best band/duo at the Tiara's this year.
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