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Cowboys In Cybersp@ce - April 1999
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By Bob Howe © 1999
As you surf around the World Wide Web, you will often encounter pages that claim to be 'under construction', often accompanied by a little icon of the 'men at work' road-sign. In truth, a good Web site is ALWAYS under construction! One of the real advantages of the electronic media is its ability to be updated at any moment. There is still room for static content of course, but news and other information can be updated in a second, via the Internet. If you are reading this in Capital News, you have the convenience of the printed page; you can read it now, take it on the train for the trip to work, or even read it in bed with a nice cup of tea! However, a month has passed by since I actually typed these words. If you are looking at this on my Web site, you could conceivably be reading this as soon as I hit the last full stop key!
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|A good Web site will use this advantage to constantly supply new information. An artist can update their gig guide, discography, biography, and keep their fans in touch with the latest events. The new Colin Buchanan site is a good example of a place that is worth visiting again and again. As well as all the things you would expect to learn about Bucko and his music, you can find diary-style excerpts of his Tamworth Festival experiences, and what he has been doing since. As you might imagine, there is a fair amount of Colin's sense of humour evident, which keeps it very entertaining. I must make mention too, of the excellent design work on the site. There is an image of a guitar that serves as the "menu" bar, and a hand that slides up and down the fretboard to select the page of your choice. Very appropriate, and expertly realised.
|Tania Kernaghan would also like to welcome you to her official new home on the web. Tania promises the hottest news on what she's up to. You can listen to some sample tracks from her CD's, and soon Fan Club members will be able to download some great software for their computer. You can even leave messages in her 'forum' for other fans to read and post a reply. At the moment this page is showing all kinds of fan messages. Full marks for the section devoted to making it easier for the sight impaired to navigate the site.
A rare photo of Tania Kernaghan
with Jane Saunders
photo © cyberBob
And now for a round-up of new and newly found sites:-
- Tania Kernaghan is just one of the reasons to listen to the 'Gershwin Country' album. Another is an all too rare appearance on CD by Jane Saunders.
Jane sings Somebody Loves Me which was featured in the 1955 film "Pete Kelly's Blues". How did I know that? I looked in up on the Web! I also found out more about The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra by visiting their Web site.
- The Outback Club is the name of the Lee Kernaghan Internet Site. It was still 'under construction', at the time of writing, but promises to have video and audio samples of Lee's music. Until then, you can listen to the Hat Town Radio Special, and visit The Outback Club Shed, a meeting place for Lee Kernaghan fans to chat with each other.
- Katrina Hannigan hails from far western N.S.W. She released her debut album Patches during the 1998 Mildura Festival. The track 'Face to Face' was penned by Brent Parlane. You can sample Katrina's rendition at her site, and find out more about this up and coming artist.
- Frank Daniel, or ‘Joe the Poet’ as he prefers, is one of Australia’s better known Performance Bush Poets. He has appeared at the Longyard Traditional Bush Poets Breakfasts and the Fireside Festivals for the past seven years. Visit Joe's Pages for the Bush Poet's Calendar of events, the latest news, and of course, some of Joe's poems!
- Countrytripper's Homestead is a site with interesting information about Tamworth and the festival. The Pub, located on Gunnedah Road, Tamworth, gets a good mention for their commitment to Australian Songwriters with the launch of the Cougar Bourbon Songwriters Garden this year.
- Sharon Muffett became a country music fan by listening to Nick Erby's Country Music Jamboree on the radio. Now Sharon shares her thoughts on the Web about Aussie Country and also her favourite, Wade Hayes.
- You Am I are an awesome Australian rock 'n' roll band, and now lead singer Tim Rogers has released a solo album with the wonderful title of "What Rhymes With Cars And Girls?". With help from members of Weddings Parties Anything, Tiddas, Overnight Jones, and bluegrass band Uncle Bill, Tim has produced an album where Country Music meets urban grit. Find out more at You Am I Central.
- When you are tired of the new 'hats', try one of the classics. As the press release for his new album "I Turn The Page" quite rightfully states, Don Williams has "a voice that carries hope, wisdom and true love". He also still has that magical laid-back style and a knack for picking killer songs. Read the background to those songs and more at Don's Web site.
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