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Golden Girl Hayley Marsten at Tamworth 2020

Story by Tracey Hammell Hayley Marsten at Tamworth Country Music Festival 2020 (pic courtesy Brett Clarke Photography). This year’s Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth in NSW was abuzz with glamour, colour and excitement. Yes, there were cowboy hats and Cuban heeled boots. There were also neon jumpsuits and the highest of stilettos, and a modern take on Linda Ronstadt’s denim cut-offs. The music was fun and vibrant, and everywhere people were just enjoying themselves. What I noticed most about this town though was its [...]

By |2020-02-04T18:02:24+10:00February 3rd, 2020|The Groove|

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2020

Story by Tracey Hammell 2020 Golden Guitar Award Winners - Luke O'Shea, Lyn Bowtell, Fanny Lumsden, Blake O'Connor Music, Lee Kernaghan, Felicity Urquhart, Kristy Cox, Kevin Bennett & The Flood, Allan Caswell Songwriting School, Melissa Pearce and Brad Butcher. Back in 1997 Etta James recorded a country album, “Love's Been Rough on Me,” saying, “The Blues and Country are first cousins!" Both genres could be found in the Southern United States in the 19th century, sharing the historical period and some similarities in musical and lyrical [...]

By |2020-02-04T17:50:47+10:00February 3rd, 2020|The Groove|

Bushfire Appeal Gig

17 Band Lineup at Bushfire Appeal Gig! By Tracey Hammell Australia is in shock at the devastation reeked by the fires leading up to Christmas and continuing into 2020. For those of us glued stiffly to the edge of our seats on the sideline, it is unimaginable to us what our fellow mates and animal folk are facing. Our emotions seem to lay somewhere between sheer relief and almost guilt at being safe ourselves, while others are fighting for their lives. Helpless is how many of [...]

By |2020-01-15T12:42:42+10:00January 10th, 2020|News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|

Larkin Poe 2020

Larkin Poe Returns to Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2020! By Tracey Hammell August 28, 2019 Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe (pic courtesy Larkin Poe) Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the two sisters who front Larkin Poe, hail from Atlanta Georgia and now live in Nashville. Larkin Poe took their name from the Lovell’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather - Larkin Haskew Poe, a historian who wrote about the 1862 Battle of Chickamauga, and was also Edgar Alan Poe’s cousin. The Poe Family Cabin stands [...]

By |2020-01-15T16:25:20+10:00December 24th, 2019|News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|

‘Black and Blue’ with Chain

(I was lucky enough to have Matt Taylor talk with me about the early days of Blues in the 60s and 70s. Here, Phil Manning provides us with some additional insight, and Kylie Cowling tells us about performing the re-released ‘Black and Blue’ with Chain at Mitchell Creek 2017) Matt Taylor (harmonica, vocals) and Phil Manning (guitar) with Chain. What can you tell us about the 50 years story? Well I don’t know that anyone can truly fully remember the early days because it was so complicated, [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:30:37+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Groove|