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LYLE LOVETT – NATURAL FORCES

March 30th, 2010

CD cover

From Capital News March 2010 (Vol 35 No.3)
Review by Bob Howe

At last, LYLE LOVETT begins his first-ever Australian tour this month. To get us in the mood, this latest CD begins with one of his finest Western-style compositions and the evocative couplet, “…I’m subject to the Natural Forces, home is where my horse is.” This is closely followed by two rollicking and ribald tracks, Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel and Pantry, in the style of his LARGE BAND. While the rest of the album contains few of his own compositions, it does encompass one of his recurring passions, that of fellow Texan songwriters. There is a touching version of Loretta by TOWNES VAN ZANDT and Lovett’s take on ERIC TAYLOR’S Whooping Crane is worth the price alone. The album closes with It’s Rock And Roll, a fervent tale of life on the road, co-written with ROBERT EARL KEEN and finally an extra acoustic version of Pantry. As a writer or an interpreter of other’s songs, Lyle Lovett is always a notch above.
SONY/Curb Records 88697-62467-2

Bob talked to Barbara Morison on 2SER 107.3 FM about this month’s column and more…

John Nutting leaves, Felicity takes the reigns…

February 22nd, 2010

Saturday 27 February 2010:
John Nutting will step behind the microphone for the last time and present a special edition of Saturday Night Country with new host Felicity Urquhart. They will look back at program highlights since 1993 and play tributes from the characters and guests who have contributed to the show. The program can be heard from 10pm Saturday to 2am Sunday AEST on ABC Local Radio and on ABC Country through Digital Radio in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Full story here…

Toby Nutting, Felicity Urquhart, John Nutting, Bob Howe
L to R: Toby Nutting, Felicity Urquhart, John Nutting, Bob Howe

Bob Howe (author of this site) is proud to have been a part of John’s show, relayed across 60 stations nationally, plus the world via the Web and Radio Australia, presenting the ‘Gig Guide’ live every Saturday night for 7 years (and becoming known as ‘Big Bob from Bondi‘ in the process). Bob also co-hosted on numerous occasions from the Sydney, Tamworth and Mildura studios, reported in from the USA in 2004 and 2008, and performed live music on the air. Some of those highlights are here…

Troy and Harmony

January 22nd, 2010

Troy Cassar-Daley and Harmony James

The night before he blitzed the 38th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia by winning 6 Golden Guitars, Troy Cassar-Daley made a surprise appearance at the Scully Room of the Southgate Inn to assist HARMONY JAMES who was headlining her own ‘Tailwind’ show before a raptuous audience. (Photo by Peter Versace)

Bob talked to Barbara Morison on 2SER 107.3 FM about this month’s column and more…

ROLL OF RENOWN 2010

January 22nd, 2010

Bob Howe and Anne Kirkpatrick

Announced today, the latest inductee onto the Australasian Roll of Renown – an accolade regarded as the pinnacle of recognition for the Australian Country Music Industry…ANNE KIRKPATRICK.

“A true child of country music, Anne first came to prominence when she introduced an exciting new contemporary sound to the Australian scene in the late 1970s. Initially recording her first solo album in 1974, she won her first Golden Guitar in 1979 for Female Vocal.

Over her long and highly acclaimed career she has won five more Golden Guitars including two for Album and Female Vocal and an ARIA Award for her watershed album “Out Of The Blue” in 1991.

A talented songwriter with a unique vocal style, Anne achieved great success as a recording artist and performer – both as an individual and in concert with her parents Slim Dusty and Joy McKean and her family.

For over four decades Anne’s ability to blend a contemporary style with traditional themes has influenced the way many Australians think about modern country music and her early success helped prepare the way for the many young artists who followed in her footsteps.”

Pictured above left:
Cowboys In Cyberspace’s Bob Howe with ANNE KIRKPATRICK at the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame Pioneering Ladies concert earlier in the week. Anne is wearing an original Joy McKean stage outfit.
(Photo by Karen V.)

Tomkins Guitar Showcase

January 21st, 2010

Beccy Cole and Duncan Toombs

BECCY COLE and Duncan Toombs rip it up at the Tamworth 2010 TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE (photo by Peter Versace). Dozens of artists played their Tomkins guitars, basses, mandolins, lap steels and fiddle before a packed house in Blazes at Wests. Lots more photos – click here…

International Spur Award Show

January 20th, 2010

cast on stage
A standing ovation for FRANK IFIELD’s
International Spur Award Show at the Tamworth Town Hall,
starring NICKI GILLIS, JOHANNA HEMARA, MIKE CARR  and DONNA BOYD
with Bob Howe & the Hillbilly Heaven band
and a surprise appearance from Darren Carr.
More photos by Peter Versace – click here…

Bill Chambers Tribute Night

January 18th, 2010

Dead Ringer Band 2010
The Dead Ringer Band  (L to R:) Bill, Kasey, Nash & Diane Chambers,
reunited for the all-star Bill Chambers Tribute Night at The Pub.
To see photos of all the artists, click here…

Young Talent at the Tamworth Festival

January 18th, 2010

Jim Haynes and young TIffany

The JIM HAYNES Big Bush Brekky Variety Show is renowned for encouraging new talent. You never know when the next star might appear.

Pictured right: Young Tiffany plays the guitar for the first time ever…not in a classroom, but in front of a huge audience!

Country For Lifeline

January 16th, 2010

Chad on stage
The legendary CHAD MORGAN closes the show at the Tamworth Town Hall
for the Country For Lifeline benefit concert.

Hands of Fame Announced

January 16th, 2010

Hands of Fame announcement

2010 Hands of Fame recipients announced:
L to R:
Clelia Adams, Nick Erby, Tom Maxwell,
“Slim” Jim Pike, Rodney Walker.
Not pictured, Rod Coe and Susan Jarvis

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2010

Dec magazine cover

Here’s wishing a fabulous 2010 to all our readers!

Cowboys In Cyberspace is taking a short break to prepare for our annual pilgrimage to the Tamworth Country Music Festival -10 days of excitement, commencing on 15th January, 2010.

If you’re attending, come and say “G’day”. You’ll find me here…

We’ll be posting up photos from the Festival as it happens, so watch this space!

Meanwhile, you can read my December 2009 Capital News magazine feature story on KRIS KRISTOFFERSON by clicking HERE…

plus album reviews of:
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON – CLOSER TO THE BONE
GUY CLARK – SOMEDAYS THE SONG WRITES YOU
THE WAILIN’ JENNYS – LIVE AT THE MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE
JOHN FOGERTY – THE BLUE RIDGE RANGERS RIDES AGAIN

All the best,
Big Bob from Bondi

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