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Radio Radio – Shaun “Blues With a Feeling” Bindley interview

(Part 1 of a series). Shaun Bindley has been producing the blues radio program "Blues With a Feeling" for 27 years. Here he discusses how this came to be, why he supports community radio, some of the up, downs and what he looks for. BB - Thanks Shakey Shaun for taking the time. Can I start with what motivates and drives you to be part of community radio? SB - I love to make a connection with listeners and being part of such a ground breaking [...]

By |2020-12-02T15:16:57+10:00December 2nd, 2020|News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|

New Release: Lucky Lips bring good fortune and a new Turnaround

Lucky Lips ready for their Turnaround Donna Hourigan and band have a followup to their debut EP, Talk the Talk. I had the opportunity to throw some questions to Donna about the new recording and how it all came about. Congrats on your second release. The "followup" seems to be the hardest for artists to be satisfied with, while debut releases have been years in the gestation. Was there a theme or common ideas running through the songs? As with our debut EP, Talk [...]

By |2020-12-04T21:07:48+10:00November 10th, 2020|News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|

Mitchell Creek Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest 2020 – The Show Must Go On!

Mitchell Creek Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest 2020 - The Show Must Go On! Story by Tracey Hammell Jimmy Budgen, Festival Director, Mitchell Creek Rock 'N' Blues Fest. Mitchell Creek Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest is the first music festival to be successfully awarded the COVID Clean Practicing Business Program certification and given the green light to go ahead this September, paving the way for other festivals to follow!  With all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, you may well be wondering how this magically came about. Well, [...]

By |2020-06-19T18:54:58+10:00June 18th, 2020|The Groove|

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|