The Viper Creek Band kicks off the 2014 Central Coast Country Music Festival

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9 March 2014, head down to The Entrance for the best in Australian country music.

The show kicked off at 10.00 am on Saturday with The Viper Creek Band performing songs from their newly released CD.  They were followed by Toyota Star Maker Winner, Jared Porter.  The show continues throughout Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 March 2014.

Todayscountry94one has a booth to the left of the Memorial Park stage, so come along and say hi.

 

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CMC Rocks The Hunter 14 to 16 March 2014

US country music superstar Toby Keith will make his first ever trip to Australia to headline CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014, the biggest International country and roots festival in the southern hemisphere. The star-studded international lineup also includes Gretchen Wilson (USA), Eli Young Band (USA), Thompson Square (USA), Kellie Pickler (USA), Lee Kernaghan, Craig Campbell (USA), Love and Theft (USA), Jim Lauderdale (USA) and many more.

Now in its seventh year, CMC Rocks the Hunter has become one of the premiere events on the Australian music calendar, bringing together the best international and local country and roots performers to Hope Estate in the beautiful Hunter Valley. The festival also features International Songwriters Shows, food and local trade stalls and late night bar gigs open to the many patrons who camp on-site during the three day festival.

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Race Day Photos Now On Photos Page

The todayscountry94one Race Day on 27 December 2013 was an outstanding success.

Photos of the Race Day are now available for viewing on the Photos page of the todayscountry94one website.

 

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Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards 2014:  Most Popular Radio Station.  todayscountry94one.

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Nashville Songwriters Residency Now Open

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering Australian songwriters the opportunity to live in Nashville and immerse themselves in the local music scene for three months. The residency is open to all songwriters and all styles of music.

Australia Council Director of Music, Paul Mason, said the Nashville Songwriter Residency, now in its second year, would include mentoring by one of Australia’s most successful producers, Mark Moffatt.

Mr Mason said the residency would enable songwriters to develop their writing skills, build creative and business networks and connect with other artists to co-write and collaborate.  Australian producer and Nashville resident Mark Moffatt facilitates the program.

The residency is open to all songwriters.

Applications close on 17 February. For more information go to: http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/2014/nashville-songwriter-residency-17-february-2014

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Central Coast Country Music Festival 2014

The 2014 Central Coast Country Music Festival will be held over three days from Friday 7 March 2014 to Sunday 9 March 2014 at The Entrance on the scenic New South Wales Central Coast. The festival will feature a fantastic line up of country music performers and is an event not to be missed.

Entertainment will be held at Memorial Park, The Entrance as well as local venues within the Wyong Shire and Gosford City with most shows being absolutely free.

Don’t miss a great line up of free Country Music for the whole family to enjoy.

Other inclusions in the festival are the Poet’s Breakfast, Busking Competition, Line Dancing Displays, Stalls and Amusement Rides.

Ensure you take a trip to The Entrance to enjoy a weekend of country music by the seaside.

For more information: www.theentrance.org

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Academy Scholarship Helps Put Emily’s Career On The Right Track

 

 

Photos (Left): Emily Markhan performing and (Above): Emily with Kevin Bennett.

 

The winner of todayscountry94one’s 2012 Brand New Star Quest, Emily Markham, is back home after what she describes as ‘a once in a lifetime opportunity’ at the 2014 CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth. A scholarship to the Academy was part of Emily’s Brand New Star prize.

“I had the time of my life,” Emily said in a letter to todayscountry94one.

“I had the most amazing time and learned so much. We were given so many unique opportunities, which provided us with relevant information to help grow and pursue a career in the music industry.

“The tutors and mentors we had the chance to learn from were some of the most recognised people within the industry. Songwriting lessons with Tamara Stewart were fantastic, as I learned an array of different ways to write a song.

“I also learned that songwriting can’t necessarily be taught, but once you have the basic knowledge, songwriting will come naturally and won’t be forced.

“We were given the time to co-write with our fellow students, which was a new experience for me. I ended up co-writing two songs and going on to perform one of those at our graduation concert on Friday January 17,” Emily wrote.

“The business and social media talks we took part in, gave me a much greater knowledge of how to go about the non-creative side of music. A few different people gave these talks but the talks given by the beautiful Amber Lawrence focused on how an independent artist goes about the business of music.

“I was lucky enough in my group to have the wonderful Kevin Bennett mentoring me. Kevin was a wonderful mentor who had a great way of teaching and I learned so much about performance and songwriting from him. Kevin made me push myself musically, which allowed me to get so much more out of the course. He also made me break out of my comfort zone in a way that I haven’t been able to before.

“The mentors we had were absolutely fantastic and they provided us with endless amounts of information. We also had guest visits from Kasey and Nash Chambers along with Ashleigh Dallas. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity as they talked to us about their experiences within the industry. Other guest visitors who provided us with so much information were Lyn Bowtell, Matt Fell, Bill Page, Tim Daley, Amanda O’Bryan, Cheryl Burns, Carolyn Steir, Troy Cassar-Daley and all the other industry professionals who were around during the course.

“I will take this experience with me throughout my music career as well as in my day to day life. Thanks go to Peter Winkler, Roger Corbett, Tamara Stewart, Greg Williams, Brad Bergen, Kevin Bennett, Amber Lawrence, Pete Denahy and all my fellow students for making the academy a time to remember. But my biggest thankyou goes to today’scountry94one for providing me with the scholarship to enjoy and experience this amazing course. Thank you very much.”

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2014 Golden Guitar Winners

Todayscountry94one congratulates the 2014 Golden Guitar winners:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lovegrass – Sara Storer, produced by Matt Fell

ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Coffee – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, produced by Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan and Rod McCormack

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lee Kernaghan – Flying With The King

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Sara Storer – Lovegrass

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
O’Shea – Thank You Angels

VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Pozie – Sara Storer & John Williamson

TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR
Lady of the Land – written by Luke O’Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O’Shea

BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR

I Love Australia – written by Keith Jamieson, recorded by Jeff Brown

INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR
Cotton Eyed Joe – Pete Denahy

QANTASLINK NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR
Ashleigh Dallas – Me

APRA SONG OF THE YEAR
Lady of the Land – written by Luke O’Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O’Shea

CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR
Flying With The King – Lee Kernaghan, directed by Duncan Toombs

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Flying With The King – Lee Kernaghan

TOP SELLING INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Red – Taylor Swift (Universal Music)

SANITY TOP SELLING AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beautiful Noise – Lee Kernaghan (ABC Music)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ted Egan

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Our Station Most Popular In Australia

Todayscountry94one has been named Australia’s Most Popular Country Radio Station in the 2014 Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards, announced in Tamworth. This is a huge honour for the station, with a record number of votes registered overall.

Organiser Bob Kirchner said tens of thousands of individual votes were cast for the various categories. In fact, there were so many that it took an almost “superhuman effort” to finalise the winners, he said. “People very much want to have a say in who gets recognition in Australian country music,” he added.

Photos: (Above) Clair Hayes and Pete Denahy and (Below): Dianne Lindsay, Peter Simpson and Clair Hayes

Todayscountry94one presenter Dianne Lindsay (Australian Bush Ballad Show) was also a major winner, taking out the Female Vocal title.

Life Member and former Chairman of the station, Adam Harvey, picked up the Vocal Event Award with Troy Cassar-Daley for Lights on the Hill.

The station was well represented in the final nominations: ‘Sgt’ Ron Trundle was a contender for the Most Popular DJ crown, while Dianne Lindsay and partner Peter Simpson were Best Bush Ballad finalists.  Dianne and Peter were also in the spotlight at the TSA Awards, winning the Commemorative Bush Ballad Award for their song Old Tobacco Tin.

Another todayscountry94one presenter Clair Hayes (The Request Show) joined Pete Denahy to co-compere the awards concert, attended by more than 350 people at Tamworth’s Longyard Hotel.

Among those who performed on the night were Troy Cassar-Daley, Sara Storer, Felicity Urquhart, Kaylens Rain, Pete Denahy, Steve Passfield and Mike Kerrin.

Dianne’s hands will make their imprint in cement when she is again honoured in this year’s Hands of Fame ceremony.

Todayscountry94one offers congratulations to all the finalists and winners and, of course, thanks all our supporters!

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Convoy Takes Ron From The Airwaves To The Television Screen

An entry in a competition run by the What’s Up Downunder TV show won todayscountry94one’s ‘Fireman’ Ron Sinclair and his wife Di an unforgettable experience.

They were chosen to spend two weeks on the Go Make Some Memories Convoy, exploring the ‘top 10 destinations within three hours of Melbourne.’

Ron and Di were flown to Melbourne, given the use of a brand new Ford Ranger ute and a Jayco 24 foot 5th Wheeler caravan for the duration of the convoy. Apart from filming footage for the new summer series of WUDU, the convoy also raised over $10,000 for the McGrath Foundation.

Photo (Above Left to Right): Di Sinclair, Executive Producer Col Parrot and ‘Fireman’ Ron Sinclair.

Photo (Below): Di Sinclair with the ute and the Jayco. 

“All of the eight vans in the convoy were provided by sponsors for evaluation and the vehicles, except for our Ranger, were provided by Nissan. Reviews of the vans and the vehicles will be part of the summer series and the WUDU magazine in 2014,” Ron said.

“The convoy left Melbourne and traveled in a loop through places such as Warrnambool, Port Campbell, Lake Fyans, Stawell, Bendigo, Lake Waranga, Nagambie Lake, Wodonga and back to Melbourne.

“By sheer coincidence, also on the convoy were todayscountry94one 2011 Brand New Star winner Bryce Sainty and his partner Sarah Lanser. Bryce was booked as one of the entertainers for the convoy and did a fantastic job. Sarah is also a very talented musician and performer and she also performed during the trip.

“We spent two nights at each town and at each stop performed a mini concert, with performers such as Bryce & Sarah, Sunny Hawkings, Wendy Stapleton, magician Matt Hollywood and Daryl Braithwaite,” Ron said.

“Each concert was accompanied by a themed food night and audience members were able to purchase dinner and watch the show, with all proceeds going to the charity. At each town we filmed the area’s main tourist attractions and ‘shook the tin’ to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.”

Ron was delighted to be asked to perform in the concerts, with the highlight opening the final show in Federation Square, Melbourne, where Daryl Braithwaite was the headline act.

The summer series of What’s Up Downunder will go to air on Channel 10 soon (before the end of January) on Saturday at 5pm.

 

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