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CYBER COWBOY Cowboys In Cybersp@ce - May 1999 CYBER COWBOY

By Bob Howe © 1999

"Well Hello, Emmylou"

this link goes to Kate's Emmylou Harris site How big is the World Wide Web? One may as well ask, "How long is a piece of string". Even if you could count the number of Web pages out there in cyberspace, they would probably have doubled by the time you finished counting! As an exercise, let's type EMMYLOU HARRIS into "Anzwers", the popular Australian search engine. On the day that I write this, it tells me there are 8400 references to be found! Near the top of the list is Eminent Records, label for Emmylou's marvellous album SPYBOY (released by Festival in Australia). As stylish as their page is, they bow to the depth of the unofficial Emmylou Web site, run by Kate@nashville.net who has produced the definitive resource to Emmylou on the Web. Spyboy Central is the section devoted to the album, and chronicles every facet of this live retrospective recording. News can also be found here that Emmylou will oversee a Gram Parsons Tribute Album, planned for release on Almo Sounds, that will include Elvis Costello and Chrissie Hynde. One to watch out for!

Kate's pages also contain a very comprehensive set of hyperlinks, cross referencing everything, including the musicians who played on Emmylou's albums. There is a lot to explore here, from the original Hot Band to SPYBOY co-producer Buddy Miller, who toured here with Emmylou, and also sings on Kasey Chamber's album. Naturally, there is a section devoted to the "Trio 2" album, with links to the excellent unofficial Linda Ronstadt fan page, and the "The Best Little Dolly Site on the Web!", that features some great video clips of TRIO from the 80's.

One of the leading contributors to the "Trio" albums, David Lindley, has just visited Australia. Probably best known for his work with Jackson Browne, Lindley is a master of many exotic and unusual stringed instruments. On this visit he was accompanied by Wally Ingram, a percussionist with an equally idiosyncratic approach, whose credits include a stint with Crowded House. Dressed in chic polyester, the duo gave a masterful performance at the Metro in Sydney. Despite their playful nature and engaging repartee, socio-political conscience was never too far from the surface; from tales of the Mexican border (J.J. Cale's "Tijuana"), to their take on the early rock/R&B royalty rip-offs, "Pay Bo Diddley". Check out their Web site, named after their independently released album "Twango Bango Deluxe".
David Lindley at The Metro, Sydney - this link goes to David's site
David Lindley
at The Metro, Sydney

photo ©1999 cyberBob

Kasey Chambers at The Metro, Sydney
Kasey Chambers
at The Metro, Sydney

photo ©1999 cyberBob
Opening the show that night was The Dead Ringer Band's Kasey Chambers, in her second-only official performance as a solo artist. Accompanied by Bill Chambers on tasteful guitar and harmony, and Jeff McCormack playing bass with stylish authority, Kasey previewed the songs from her debut album "The Captain". If you buy only one CD this year, make sure it's this one! Listen to the lyrics of the first single, "Cry Like A Baby", and you will gain a personal insight into Kasey's thoughts, captured with amazing clarity. Rarely does one hear such understanding of what it's like to be young, actually written by someone at that time. Kasey manages to infuse her writing and performance with an honesty and worldly knowledge and that belies her tender years. With the wealth of the band experiences to draw on, Kasey has hit her mark, first time. Get the album and go see her play now, while you can. She is about to take the world by storm!


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