Article from Country Music Bulletin - http://www.countrymusicbulletin.com.au
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015
Top 40 country tracks of 2014
Roo Arcus (pictured) had the number one hit single in Australia last year according to compilers of the national Country Tracks weekly Top 40 chart with his hit song Out On The Farm.
Roo came in at number one ahead of Doug Bruce at two with Clock Out At Five, Christie Lamb's All She Wrote at three and Sara Storer's Come On Rai at four.
The McClymonts came in at five with Going Under (Didn't Have To) while The Wolfe Brothers' That Kinda Night claimed sixth place and Doug Bruce's Broke Down Heart was at seven.
Adam Harvey's She Don't Know She's Beautiful was number eight, The Dean Perrett/Troy Cassar-Daley duet My Country, My Land was in ninth place and Kaylee Bell's Little Bit Small Town rounded out the top 10.
The listing from 11 to 40...
11 SKINNY FLAT WHITE - Harmony James
12 TATS - McAlister Kemp
13 I'M GOING TO JAIL - 8 Ball Aitken
14 WISH YOU WERE A COWBOY - Christie Lamb
15 FIGHT ME - McAlister Kemp
16 WHO CARES - Catherine Britt
17 IT'S ONLY COUNTRY - Lee Kernaghan
18 DRUNK LAST NIGHT - Eli Young Band
19 ONE HEARTBREAK AWAY - Kristy Cox
20 REELIN' ONE IN - The Bobkatz
21 WE WERE US - Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert
22 HERE'S TO YOU AND I - The McClymonts
23 SWEET ANNIE - Zac Brown Band
24 MAYBE BABY - Amber Joy Poulton
25 FOOLISH THINGS - Amber Joy Poulton
26 JUST DON'T ASK ME HOW I AM - Jasmine Rae
27 THE JACARANDA - Tanya Self
28 FREEDOM REBELS - Adam Brand
29 SCRUB BULL HUNTERS - Graham Rodger
20 I NEED YOU TONIGHT - Dozzi with Drew McAlister
31 BEYOND THESE CITY LIGHTS - Jayne Denham & Shannon Noll
32 BELIEVE - Aleyce Simmonds
33 MANHUNT - Christie Lamb
34 LOVIN' IN THE SUMMERTIME - The Wolfe Brothers
35 SUPERHERO - Amber Lawrence
36 THIS - Kristy Cox
37 BAD BOYS GET ME GOOD - Jasmine Rae & Kellie Pickler
38 TAKE ME TO THE MOUNTAINS - The Davidson Brothers
39 GIVE THE GIRL A SPANNER - Kate Cook
40 AW NAW - Chris You
The full listing can be viewed at www.countrytrackschart.com.au.
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015
Luke dominates Golden Guitars
Luke O'Shea has dominated this year's Golden Guitar Awards winning three categories in Tamworth, Australia's Home of Country Music, last night.
His first for the night was for Song of the Year for Three Brothers (The Great War) which also won him Heritage Song while his track Sing You Up won him Male Artist of the Year.
Luke was closely followed by Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and Dean Perrett who took home two awards each...
Kasey won Single of the Year and Album of the Year with Bittersweet (a vocal collaboration with Bernard Fanning in Single, the album produced by Nick Didia)...
The McClymonts won Group of the Year and the previously announced Top Selling Australian Album of the Year, both for Here's To You And I...
And Dean won Bush Ballad of the Year for Bloodwood Clover (written by Ian Quinn) and Vocal Collaboration with Troy Cassar-Daley for My Country My Land.
Amber Lawrence (pictured here with Luke) won her first Golden Guitar, Female Artist of the Year with Superheroes.
Four more acts also took home their first Golden Guitars from this year's Awards...
Lyn Bowtell who won Alternative Country Album of the Year for Heart Of Sorrow (produced by Shane Nicholson), Kristy Cox, who took out the new Bluegrass Recording of the Year category with One Heartbreak Away, the Adam Eckersley Band who claimed the New Talent title with Give Her The World and Mustered Courage who won Instrumental of the Year with Candle Creek.
Video Clip of the Year was won by Sara Storer with Canoe (directed by Duncan Toombs) while the also previously announced Top Selling International Album of the Year went to Blue Smoke by Dolly Parton.
Article taken from Country Music Bulletin - http://www.countrymusicbulletin.com.au
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015
On January 20, a capacity audience at the Longyard Hotel witnessed the Tamworth Songwriters' Association (TSA) presention of awards for entries in the National Songwriting Contest for unreleased material and the Songwriter Salute Awards for released songs from the past year.
Also presented were the APRA/AMCOS/TSA new Songwriter Award and the CRS Encouragement Award.
In the Salute Awards, Colin Buchanan was as announced as 2015 Songmaker (equivalent to the Roll of Renown for writers).
Dean Perrett and Megan Cooper (pictured) were notable winners from the night...
Megan took out Country Song of the Year and Contemporary Ballad of the Year with Texas and shared the award for Contemporary Song of the Year with Dana Hassall with 27 Degrees.
Dean was awarded Traditional Bush Ballad of the Year for Cooper's Creek, Alt Blues & Bluegrass Song of the Year for Fear God and Gospel Song of the Year for The Lighthouse.
Childrens Song of the Year went to The Wombat Wobble by Stan Lenz and Comedy/Novelty Song of the Year was won by John Battle & Tony Roberts with The Walk Up Artist.
The Association's "industry service award" – the Tex Morton Award – was presented to Joan Douglas.
In the National Songwriting Contest...
Sharon Benjamin won Open Traditional with Just One of Our Mistakes and Becci Nethery took out Open Contemporary with I Wrote This One For You.
Justin Standley was presented with the New Songwriter Award for Hard Easy and Brian Garde won the Novice award with Black Saturday.
The Alt-Blues & Bluegrass section went to Adam James & Graham "Buzz" Bidstrup with Bringing Me To Tears, Abbey Gardner won the Junior section with Fall For You and Allan Thompson was successful in the Lyrics Only category with Let's Not Forget.
Liam Kennedy-Clark was presented with n encouragement award and American writer Beau Renfro won the International section with I Want To Dance.
The audience on the night were entertained by a range of artists including Brothers3, Jeff Brown, Aly Cook, Kristy Cox, Bec Hance, Adam Harvey, Kathryn Jones, Steve Passfield & Handpicked, Taylor Pfeiffer, Jared Porter and Amber Joy Poulton.
TSA President Duncan Hill said the songwriting contests received a very high number of entries and feedback from the judges indicated that the standard was also very high.
"This year, the TSA arranged for a number of artists and special guests to assist with the presentation of Awards. Adam Harvey, Aly Cook, Jared Porter, Kristy Cox and Joan Douglas were asked to present and added colour and comment to the Awards.
"Joan Douglas presented the Songmaker Award to Colin then found herself receiving the Tex Morton Award for a history of providing vital services to the industry.
"During the 2015 festival, the TSA and guest artists appeared at showcases at the Post office Hotel, the Locomotive Hotel, Southgate and the Albert Hotel plus Hogs Breath Cafe," Dunacn said.
"It is really great to see these organisations supporting the TSA in providing opportunities for established artists and emerging artists and songwriters during the length of the festival. The TSA Showcases provide excellent exposure for new songwriters and the mix of music is always interesting and entertaining.
"Through these showcases and, of course, the Parade and Awards night, the TSA has been increasing its involvement in the festival over the years and looks to continue with the help of these organisations."
TSA is now planning for the Hats Off festival in July.
Photo by June Underwood
Weblink – www.tsaonline.com.au.
Dean shines with Australian Country Music's Brightest Stars
Queensland Cattleman and Country Music artist Dean Perrett ropes Golden Guitars:
This year’s Country Music Awards of Australia proved very exciting and inspiring for Dean, as he accepted two Golden Guitars; one for Bush Ballad Song of the Year and the other for Vocal Collaboration of the Year.
Dean was honoured to win Bush Ballad of the Year with the song “Bloodwood and Clover” written by Ian Quinn. This great Bush Ballad song was produced and recorded in the great Australian style and is a true example of the music this award seeks to preserve.
Dean then teamed with Troy Cassar-Daley to be awarded the highly competitive Vocal Collaboration of the Year for the song “My Country My Land”, which Dean & Troy co-wrote together. “ “My Country My Land” is a very special song written from our hearts, it talks about where we both came from and focuses on all Australians working together hand in hand for a stronger and reconciled Australia.
Dean was nominated for a total of nine awards at the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival, and scored five awards along with being honored as a Hands of Fame inductee. Dean feels very humbled to be included in the Hands of Fame for his contribution to Australian Country Music.
Traditional country music is an intense passion for Dean and the great Australian storytelling genre the Bush Ballad is Dean’s musical love. With a wide focus on his musical sound, Dean is always open to fresh ideas while maintaining the traditions that make him the artist he is. This is reflected by Dean’s versatility in music genres, performing and recording both Bluegrass and Gospel along with his fair dinkum Bush Ballads has earned Dean both respect and recognition from Australian and International leading musical acts.
Leading traditional country music / bush ballad artist Dean Perrett shows once again why he holds the respect and admiration of fellow music peers and fans alike. Tamworth 2015 is just one more fantastic festival for Dean as he adds to his accolades; on Saturday the 17th, Dean was announced as an inductee into the Australian Country Music “Hands of Fame” in Tamworth.
Following that at the Tamworth Songwriters Awards held on Tuesday 20th January, Dean won:-
Next at Tamworth’s Grand Finale the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, Dean is nominated for 4 Golden Guitars, including:-
Article taken from Country Music Capital News - October 2014
Leading the Way
Written by Susan Jarvis for Country Music Capital News
Being an Australian Bush Balladeer carried a big responsibility –something Dean Perrett knows only too well.
“So much of the unknown and unrecorded history of our country is contained in bush ballads, so you have to get them right and also capture the spirit of the land”, Dean said.
Over the past 25 years, Dean’s played a vital part in contributing to the body of work that is Australia’s unique and very important musical heritage. With 12 previous albums under his belt buckle, and a swag of awards for his music, he’s regarded as one of the leading exponents of the bush ballad style, and also as someone who’s not afraid to carry the genre into the next century, by combining innovation and enormous respect for the style.
With his latest album, I’m the Land, Dean has done just that: the album features some very traditional bush ballads, yet it was recorded in Nashville. After recording a number of successful albums in Australia with producer Stuie French, Dean says he thought long and hard about the decision to record Aussie Bush Ballads in America.
“The idea of doing it came to me while I was recording my last album, The Shelter of the Cross, which is a bluegrass gospel record. Because I was after a really authentic bluegrass sound for that, I chose to record it in Nashville with producer Larry Marrs, and I was really pleased with the result,” Dean said. “But it also got me thinking: the players on the album have such respect for their traditional music, and I wondered how they’d approach Australian Bush music. I was also trilled with Larry as a Producer and wanted to explore doing a bush ballad album with him.
“So I took the plunge – but I made sure I guided the whole process, by providing sounds and styles to all the musicians and to Larry, and explaining exactly the kind of sound and feel that I was after.” In the end, though, Dean says it came down purely to feel.
“Those musicians just got what it was about, and really captured the spirit and feel of the music. And when I talked to them about it, I realised that so much of the basis of our bush ballad style – not the lyrics, obviously, but the underlying style – comes from that traditional hillbilly music.”
I’m the Land is proof that the experiment worked – the album’s production is superb: it’s simple, elegant and very classy, yet it embodies all that is authentic and honest about the bush ballad. That’s helped, of course, by a collection of songs, written by Dean and a number of his musical mates.
The album’s title track, penned by Allan Caswell, has already taken Dean into the finals of this year’s Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards in Mildura. It’s a powerful and captivating song that Allan offered to Dean after he asked for a contribution to the album.
The land is also the subject of Dean’s duet with Troy Cassar-Daley, My Country My Land, which the pair wrote after Troy suggested a song that took two difference perspectives on connection to country. “He suggested we write a song that explored that link from his Indigenous viewpoint, and from my perspective as a fourth-generation cattleman,” Dean said. “We wrote it via email, and it came together really well. Then I sang my vocal in Nashville and he did his in Brisbane – making music has changed a lot since I began recording 25 years ago!”
Another friend, Kedron Taylor, wrote the thought-provoking The Thought Has Crossed My Mind after Dean suggested the idea to him of a song about depression. I’d been thinking about a song about depression for a while – it’s been tough in the bush and the rural suicide rate is really high”, Dean said. “I have always admired Kedron’s ability to write about emotion, and he was really able to get inside the head of someone going through that suffering in a very powerful way”.
Dean’s always at his best when he’s singing about the country he loves and its rich history, and songs like Blood wood & Clover (written by Ian Quinn), Coopers Creek and Mobs Moving all capture the essence of Australia perfectly.
There are also tributes to two of the greats of Australian country music, Buddy Williams and Slim Dusty. “I wanted to do a song about Buddy to mark the 75th anniversary of his first recording, and Ian Quinn’s The Last Hillbilly Man was perfect – especially with the tag of Buddy’s Where the White Faced Cattle Roam,” Dean said. “The Slim song was written by Virginia Coad. I’d always avoided singing about Slim because there are so many songs out there, but this one was too good to pass up. And the Title – Another Slim – works really well. It might be another song about Slim, but there really will never be another Slim. He was one of a kind.”
Other standout tracks on the album include a cover of the great Shel Silverstein song Ned Kelly, written in the 1970s for Waylon Jennings to sing in the Ned Kelly movie starring Mick Jagger, and the warm and heartfelt Outback Woman. To provide some contrast, Dean’s teamed up with legendary bluegrass singer Paul Brewster for a killer version of the old country classic Amanda.
“This album has brought together so many of the things I’ve been wanting to do, and that seems appropriate, given that it marks my silver anniversary in the industry. I’m really proud of the songs and the production, and it’s made me feel really inspired to keep going for another 25 years,” Dean said.
Dean has a hectic schedule for the rest of the year, with this month featuring the Mildura Festival, the Port Pirie Country Music Festival and the Slim Dusty Country Music Memoires Week Festival in Kempsey.
He recently launched the new album at the Gympie Muster, where it was received enthusiastically by his many fans.
Then it’s back to the farm to live the life he sings about for a while before heading off to the Tamworth Festival in January. “I sometimes feel I have two full-time jobs, but they are both so much a part of me that I couldn’t imagine it being any other way. Music’s so much a part of what I do, and my life on the land is so much a part of my music that I feel very privileged to have them both in my life”, Dean said.
Article taken from Country Update - Issue 74 (August 2014)
Dean Perrett Is The Land
Written by John Elliott for Country Update
Thirteen albums in twenty-five years have kept Dean Perrett a busy man. But whenever I want to catch up with Dean to chat about his latest musical exploits I’m more likely to find him on the back of a horse mustering cattle on the family cattle property between Nanango then in a studio.
Dean’s not complaining. “My work and life as a cattleman bears me in good stead for the art of writing Australian Bush Ballads”, he told me as he unloaded a deck full of cattle. Dean sings and makes music in the traditional Australian Bush Ballad style so it came as a bit of a shook to his bush balladeer mates when Dean decided to record his latest album in Nashville.
Nick Erby, legendary country music broadcaster and historian, wasn’t all that surprised by Dean’s decision. “The Bush Ballad scene in Australia is a key component of our music”, Nick told me earlier this year. “For too long it was uninteresting and musically tired. Then a few years ago came producers Stuie French and Michael Fix, who added a fresh feel, showing the potential of new ways of doing traditional music. The Americans created the musical feel that became the bush ballad sound, so it’s not a bad thing for someone to explore what they can bring today to this important part of our music”.
I’ve heard the album and I absolutely love it. It contains a great selection of songs, old and new, and it’s the best I’ve heard Dean sing. The production sounds from producer Larry Marrs is respectful to what has gone before but is fresh and new at the same time. Guthrie Trapp, on lead guitar, highly in demand around the studios as a session player and has toured with the likes of Patty Loveless, plays up a storm. At times I think he is channelling Barry Thornton – the sound is so authentic to the bush ballad genre.
Dean recorded his bluegrass gospel album in Nashville in 2013 and he came home with a massive respect and awe of how the musicians approached their country and bluegrass music. It got him thinking, “I had every confidence that we could achieve a top shelf bush ballad recording even though this genre of country music was not one they had played or tried before in Nashville. The simple truth is the bush ballad is old traditional country and that is what gave myself and the musicians a lot in common when we went to work on the project.”
Producer Larry Marrs worked with Dean on his bluegrass gospel album after being introduced by the Davidson Brothers. Larry has recorded and worked on the road for many years with great country acts such as George Jones and Marty Stuart. Dean asked Larry to co-produce the bush ballad album with him. It made sense, Larry with his musical and record production experience and team of Nashville’s best players to call on and Dean to keep the authenticity of the uniquely Australian genre where it should sit.
Larry put together the A team of musicians. Bruce Watkins on acoustic guitar, who has played on all of Allan Jackson’s country albums as well as sessions for George Jones. He also toured Australia twice as part of Dolly Parton’s Band. Paul Franklin, who without question is regarded as the greatest pedal steel player in the world, Paul has worked with most of the country greats and with rock band Dire Straits. Charley McCoy played harmonica. Charley is the harmonica player you hear on recordings by George Jones, Tom T Hall, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel – if ever there was a big hit with harmonica you can bet it was Charley blowing that blues harp. The fiddle player is Kenny Sears who is part of legendary western swing band the Time Jumpers and was the house fiddle player on the Grand Ole Opry for many years. His smooth fiddle licks add something special to Dean’s album. “I didn’t want to tamper with the sound of the bush ballad”, Larry Marrs told me. “Dean was there all the way to guide me but he still had to trust that we could get the right feel. I have been wanting to make an album like this for twenty years and it took a guy from Australia to bring the songs for us to do it”.
Dean couldn’t be happier with the album he brought back from Nashville. “I consider I’m The Land my best album so far. All the songs on it strike at the very heart of who I am. My hope is that this album will find a special place not only in the hearts of my fans but also at the core of the Australian country music industry. The bush ballad is unique and I hope this project goes a long way toward freshing the sound while still preserving the integrity of this great Australian music form.”
I take one last photo of Dean under the impressive gateway to Bowenfels, the family cattle property between Nanango and Goomeri in the heart of the South Burnett region. Dean, a fourth generation cattleman says he has to get back to helping his father Glen draft some cattle and get ready for a shipment of I’m The Land which he is expecting later in the week.
Luckily for Dean his father Glen doesn’t mind doing more than his share of the work when Dean hits the road to take his music to his ever-increasing legion of fans. You can catch Dean September 12 to 14 at the Nanango Country Heritage Festival, Mildura Festival at the end of September and the Slim Dusty Music Memories Week Festival at the end of October.
Article taken from The Balladeers Bulletin
G’day friends and neighbours,
Well 2014 has galloped on past and disappeared in a cloud of dust, and although the year was a very dry year at home on our property “Bowenfels”, my musical year was full with good things and plenty of work.
Once again I found myself back in the recording studio, which is something I love doing very much. Producer Larry Marrs and myself set about recording a great new bunch of songs which became the album “I’m The Land”. The album contains some great traditional and modern Bush Ballads and Australiana songs.
Making great quality country music is something my heart has to do to be happy and a part of me that seems to get stronger with each passing year. I am amazed to look back and realise it is 25 years since I recorded that first album with my sister Kerri. The roads my music has taken me down, the people I have met, the mates, fans and friends; have made it an interesting career for me, and there is only a few things that I would change if I could go back.
“I’m the Land” has been a milestone album for me. I co-produced this album alongside Larry Marrs. It was a real pleasure to write and record the song “My Country, My Land” with Troy Cassar-Daley, as well as working with the cream of country musicians the world has to offer. The album is packed with great new Bush Ballads.
I had a great time performing these new songs at festivals around Australia during Spring 2014 including; Gympie Muster, Nanango Muster, Bony Mountain, Texas Stampede, Mildura Country Music Festival, Port Pirie and Kempsey Slim Dusty Memories Week.
Once again it was great to be awarded the Heritage Track of the Year Award at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards for the song “I’m The Land”. Other exciting news is that I have been nominated for four Golden Guitars at the 2015 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia. Fingers crossed for some success there!
I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2015.
Come along and catch one of our shows during the Tamworth Festival. See you all there!