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2 x Golden Guitar Finalists – MONTGOMERY CHURCH –

Yesterday, at the official nomination announcements event for the Country Music Awards of Australia, MONTGOMERY CHURCH were named 2 x FINALISTS for their stunning debut album – In The Shadow Of The Mountain.

The current single, I’M GONNA LOVE HER ALL THE TIME was announced top 5 finalist for Bluegrass recording of the year and the incredible instrumental track, MIDDLINGBANK ROAD was announced as a finalist for Instrumental Track Of The year.

Winners will be announced at the pinnacle event of the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Saturday the 26th January.

COUNTRY ROCKS CONGRATULATES KRISTY COX ON TWO TOYOTA GOLDEN GUITAR AWARDS FINALIST NOMINATIONS

Country Rocks Records proudly congratulates label artist – Kristy Cox – on the announcement of two finalist nominations for the prestigious Toyota Golden Guitar Awards of Australia.

Yesterday at a special ceremony held at ABC Studios in Sydney, Kristy was announced as a finalist in Female Artist of The Year and Bluegrass Recording of The Year for her internationally acclaimed album, “Ricochet” .

“I’m still a little lost for words in excitement!” said Kristy from Nashville. “The ongoing support from my music family is incredible. I am a lucky girl to be part of such a great community – thanks everyone!”.

Michael Bond from Country Rocks Records echoed Kristy’s excitement following yesterday’s announcement. “For an independent label which has been operating for a year, to score two finalist berths in the Golden Guitar Awards is a great honour. Working with Kristy and her US label this year has been a wonderful experience. We are so proud of her and the major goals she is kicking. We have our fingers crossed for her for the awards and extend our thanks to the CMAA, judges and congratulations to the other finalists on their nominations also”.

Kristy returns to Australia in January for the Tamworth Country Music Festival and her latest single, “Right Where You Left It”, is at radio now.

2018 ACHIEVEMENTS
•#1 US Billboard Bluegrass Albums (“Ricochet”)
•#31 US Billboard Country Albums Chart (“Ricochet”)
•#1 Bluegrass Today Chart (“Ricochet” & “I Can Almost Smell The Smoke”)
•#1 AusCountry Top 10 (“Ricochet”, “I Can Almost Smell The Smoke” & “Right Where You Left It”)
•#3 AusCountry Top 10 (“Sweet English Rose”)
•Top 10 Female Artist nomination at International Bluegrass Music Awards
•Finalist Independent Female Vocalist of Year Southern Stars
•Finalist Female Artist & Bluegrass Recording of The Year Toyota Golden Guitar Awards of Australia

C2C: COUNTRY TO COUNTRY TIM McGRAW TO HEADLINE INAUGURAL AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL

After entertaining country music fans across the United Kingdom and Europe since 2013, TEG Live and AEG Presents are proud to present the inaugural Country to Country (C2C) Australia at Sydney Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday 28 September 2019 and Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Sunday 29 September 2019, headlined by superstar Tim McGraw.

Also appearing at the very first C2C Australia will be the hugely popular Kelsea Ballerini, along with Midland, and many more international and local artists to be announced.

Presale tickets will be available via Telstra Thanks® from 10am (local), Wednesday 14 November and the general public on sale commences from 12 noon (local), Friday 16 November through Ticketek.

C2C Australia will be 10 hours of country music, spanning multiple stages including the Main Stage, the C2C Spotlight Stage and the Town Square, and showcasing the best in country music as well as emerging talent from the United States and Australia. The festival will also feature an array of attractions and great food options for passionate country music fans.

C2C made its debut at the O2 Arena in London in 2013 and has now become an annual staple on the UK festival calendar with tens of thousands of fans attending each year to enjoy some of the very best of country music. In 2015, C2C went into mainland Europe for the first time with shows in Sweden and Norway. In 2019, C2C will debut in both the Netherlands and Germany, and now this annual country music festival is coming to Australia for the very first time in September 2019.

Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records and dominated the charts with 43 worldwide #1 singles. He’s won 3 Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 11 American Music Awards, 3 People’s Choice Awards and numerous other honours. His iconic career achievements include being named the BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade for all music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for all music genres.

He is the most played country artist since his debut in 1992, with two singles spending over 10 weeks at #1. His career-long tour successes include the record-setting Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 with his wife, Faith Hill. McGraw starred in and narrated the hit movie, The Shack, as well as played leading roles in Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side. McGraw recently released two news songs ‘NEON CHURCH’ and ‘Thought About You’, his first new solo music in two years. Tim McGraw was last in Australian in 2012 when he headlined CMC Rocks together with his wife Faith Hill and sold out multiple arenas in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Kelsea Ballerini has emerged in the last three years as one of the biggest names in country music. Ballerini released her debut album ‘The First Time’ in 2015, since then she has received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, banked three consecutive No. 1 songs (a record, as she’s the only female Country artist to have done so from a debut), toured across the US and around the world, and nurtured a growing reputation as one of Nashville’s sharpest writers. She has played and toured with artists such as Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, and headlining her own tour, in addition to winning scores of accolades including an ACM Award, a Billboard “Rising Star” Award and an ACCA for Breakthrough Female of the Year. Kelsea Ballerini headlined CMC Rocks in 2018.

Midland. Hailing from Dripping Springs, TX lead vocalist Mark Wystrach fronts Midland’s rich sound that is rounded out with lead guitarist Jess Carson and bass player Cameron Duddy. Rooted in tradition in both sound and style the trio initially garnered attention playing clubs in the region. Their critically acclaimed freshman album, “On the Rocks” (Big Machine Records), features 13 tracks with song writing credits from each member alongside hitmakers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Launching to rave reviews from notable outlets such as the Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone Country, “On the Rocks” was declared “the year’s best Country album” by Washington Post. The Dann Huff produced album earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart upon release. Their debut No. 1 single “Drinkin’ Problem,” which offers an intentional nod to Country music reminiscent of the 1970s and 80s, earned the band their first Grammy Awards nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Midland was also named New Vocal Group of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards and are nominated for three CMA Awards including Vocal Group of the Year, Single of the Year for “Drinkin’ Problem” and New Artist of the Year. This year Country Radio Broadcasters voted the trio as one of the esteemed 2018 CRS New Faces. This will be the very first time Midland tour Australia.

Further exciting line-up announcements will be made soon. Check the website for updates: https://www.c2c-countrytocountry.com.au/

C2C : Country to Country, Australia

Saturday 28 September 2019 Sydney Qudos Bank Arena
Sunday 29 September 2019 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre

GARETH LEACH ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES AND TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL SHOWS

Alt Country/Americana and outlaw country artist, Gareth Leach is set to hit the road for a stack of shows leading to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, following the recent release of his debut album, Death & Taxes.

With tour dates commencing tomorrow in Echuca, Leach will perform a handful of shows just prior to Christmas before returning in the New Year for his From the Mountains to the River Tour in January for five shows. He then takes in Tamworth CMF between the 18th and 23rd January.

Gareth’s latest single is title track from his album, Death & Taxes, with that and the previous single, Turn Back Jimmy Creek, both receiving plenty of airplay across country radio stations and the Country Music Channel. The record was produced, engineered and mixed by Tyson Fish of The Alamo in Melbourne, with additional engineering and production by Leach and mastering by David Walker (Stepford Audio). All associated artwork has been created by Jasper Shelton Hollis. The culmination of talents wrapping up what is a masterful debut Americana album.

Gareth Leach draws inspiration from a spectrum as wide as Willie Nelson to Keith Urban, Jimmy Eat World to Chris Stapleton, and beyond, blending Americana sensibilities with the introspective and reflective lyrical concepts of his Outlaw heroes.

Anyone who enjoys alt-country/Americana will enjoy Gareth Leach and his raw, powerful and engaging take on one of the fastest rising genres in Australia.

GARETH LEACH TOUR DATES
Nov 10 – Gypsy Bar, Echuca VIC
Nov 11 – Cape Horn Vinyard, Echuca VIC
Nov 17 – Some Velvet Morning, Clifton Hill VIC
Nov 24 – The Bearded Lady w/ Hayley Marsten, Brisbane QLD
Dec 19 – Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC

FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO RIVER
Jan 4 – Snowline Hotel, Harrietville VIC
Jan 5 – Happy Valley Hotel, Ovens VIC
Jan 6 – Wandi Pub, Wandiligong VIC
Jan 12 – Men’s Club, Deniliquin NSW
Jan 13 – Shamrock Hotel, Echuca VIC

TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Jan 18 – Pig Stage, 2pm
Jan 18 – The Press 2340, 9pm
Jan 20 – The Welder’s Dog, 12pm
Jan 20 – Pig Stage, 4pm
Jan 21 – FanZone, 4:50pm
Jan 23 – Pig Stage, 6pm

ANDREW SWIFT AND GRETTA ZILLER ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN CARAVAN PARK COUNTRY MUSIC SHOWCASE TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST, BRAD COX

Alt-country/Americana artists Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift have announced the dates and parks included in the next Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase Tour, proudly sponsored by Jayco – 21 shows in 21 days through Victoria and New South Wales, before once again hitting the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

This year, the Social Family Records label mates will take 2018 Toyota Star Maker winner, Brad Cox, along on the journey with them, which commences in Anglesea, Victoria, on Thursday, 27 December and winds its way from park to park with the final show of the tour set for Reflections Holiday Park in Tuncurry, NSW on Wednesday, 16 January.

Watch The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase Tour short documentary here and get a feel for it:

2018 has been a massive year for both Ziller and Swift, with non-stop touring and performing throughout the year. March saw the release of Swift’s much anticipated album, Call Out For the Cavalry, which landed at #1 on the ARIA Australian Country Albums chart and #3 on the ARIA Country Albums chart, spawning one of this year’s most successful country radio singles, Runaway Train. A 2018 Golden Guitar finalist for Alt Country Album of the Year, Ziller has continued to receive accolades for her September 2017 album, Queen of Boomtown, including a nomination for country album of the year in this year’s The Age Music Victoria Awards.

If caravan and camping is your thing, check out the schedule below and book your spot now at one (or many) of the following parks this summer and be entertained for free by three of the best performers Australia has to offer, while you sit back and relax. Note: The shows are for park guests only. Some parks are already fully booked, so do not delay in booking your place at your fave park, if you’re keen to be part of it.

The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase
Tour Dates

December 2018
Thu 27th Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea VIC
Fri 28th Ocean Grove Holiday Park, Ocean Grove VIC
Sat 29th Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana VIC
Sun 30th Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch VIC
Mon 31st Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo VIC

January 2019
Tue 1st Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota VIC
Wed 2nd Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden NSW
Thu 3rd NRMA Jindabyne Holiday Park, Jindabyne NSW
Fri 4th Jingellic Showgrounds, Jingellic NSW
Sat 5th Tumut River Brewing Company, Tumut NSW **
Sun 6th Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah VIC
Mon 7th Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo VIC
Tue 8th Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Mallacoota VIC
Wed 9th Tathra Beachside, Tathra NSW
Thu 10th Reflections Holiday Park, Bermagui NSW
Fri 11th Murramarang Nature Tourist Resort, Murramarang NSW
Sat 12th Holiday Haven Lake Conjola, Lake Conjola NSW
Sun 13th Toowoon Bay Holiday Park, Toowoon Bay NSW
Mon 14th Reflections Holiday Park, Hawks Nest NSW
Tue 15th Reflections Holiday Park, Seal Rocks NSW
Wed 16th Reflections Holiday Park, Tuncurry NSW

** Brad Cox not appearing

LEE KERNAGHAN ANNOUNCES 2018 DATES ON HIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR BY POPULAR DEMAND, KICKING OFF AT TAMWORTH IN JANUARY

For country icon Lee Kernaghan, 2017 has been a massive year! Celebrating a milestone 25-years in the industry, including the silver anniversary of his debut ARIA-award winning album Outback Club, the Aussie superstar has spent a solid 12-months on the road, playing sold-out shows around the country. The Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour saw Lee travel perform in some of his favourite regional towns, some huge metropolitan venues and at some of Australia’s key festivals. The 2017 leg of the tour saw an incredible 25 sell-out shows – fitting for a 25th anniversary tour – wrapping up at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne with two packed houses on the weekend (November 17 & 18).

While some may kick their heels up and rest for a bit, that’s never been Lee Kernaghan’s style, so – due to popular demand – Lee is keeping the party going by announcing a swag of dates for 2018 to ensure The Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour covers as much of Australia as possible. Kicking off the 2018 dates at Tamworth Country Music Festival, the leg will include a host of other festival dates, as well as some more great suburban shows.

The Boys From The Bush tour features Lee’s classic hits, ballads and rural anthems that have won the country legend a nationwide legion of fans that he prefers to call ‘mates’. With 34 number one hits to his credit, the show celebrates Lee’s career, and even more than that – it celebrates the fans who have been there from the beginning – and joined in along the way.

Lee Kernaghan’s Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour is an unforgettable experience and a part of Australian music history! Book your tickets early and join the celebration of the epic career of one of this country’s all-time greats.

Tickets to the Boys From the Bush – 25th Anniversary Tour 2018 dates go on sale from today.

THE BOYS FROM THE BUSH 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2018 DATES

Thursday 25th January 2018

TRECC, TAMWORTH NSW

Tamworth Country Music Festival

www.entertainmentvenues.com.au | (02) 6767 5300

Saturday 17th February 2018

Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, MINIMAY VIC

www.oztix.com.au

Saturday 3rd March 2018

Country Rocks Sydney, BELLA VISTA NSW

www.countryrockssydney.com.au

Saturday 24th March 2018

Crossroads In The Vines, Roche Estate, POKOLBIN NSW

www.crossroadsinthevines.com

Saturday 19th May 2018

Ord Valley Muster, KUNUNURRA NT

www.ordvalleymuster.com.au

Thursday 7th June 2018

Costa Hall, GEELONG VIC

Special guests: The Wolfe Brothers

www.gpac.org.au | (03) 5225 1200

Friday 8th June 2018

Shoppingtown Hotel, DONCASTER VIC

Special guests: The Wolfe Brothers

www.oztix.com.au

Saturday 9th June 2018

Macs Hotel, MELTON VIC

Special guests: The Wolfe Brothers

www.oztix.com.au

Sunday 10th June 2018

Chelsea Heights Hotel, CHELSEA HEIGHTS VIC

Special guests: The Wolfe Brothers

www.oztix.com.au

THE WOLFE BROTHERS – LET’S HIT THE ROAD TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

WEDNESDAY 24TH JANUARY – BLAZES AUDITORIUM @ WESTS

There is no question about it – The Wolfe Brothers 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival show is going to be one hell of a party! Since launching their rockin’ Let’s Hit The Road Tour earlier in 2017, The Wolfe Brothers have been delighting audiences with all their hits, and a swag of new material, written during their Nashville trip mid-year. Now, the Tassie-favourites are bringing their Let’s Hit The Road show to the Tamworth Country Music Festival for one night only, before announcing more dates for 2018.

The Wolfe Brothers are one of the hardest working country rock bands on the Australian scene today. They haven’t stopped since they smashed onto the scene in 2012 – and they have no plans to start taking it easy. They’ve been out on the road consistently throughout 2017, either with mate Lee Kernaghan, celebrating his 25th Anniversary Tour, or with their own headline shows. The Wolfe Brothers have long been revered for their tight performances and affable approach, and their shows are always a huge party!

The band’s Tamworth Country Music Festival show is going to be something a little bit special. According to lead singer Nick Wolfe, they’ve got a surprise or two in store for fans. “With our new album getting closer and closer, those who attend our Tamworth show can expect an exclusive preview of the new material,” he says. “After all, what better place to road test new songs than in Australia’s country capital. We look forward every year to our Tamworth Festival show and we intend to give everyone who comes along a really good time! Jody Direen will be joining us too, it’s set to be a really great night!”

For bassist Tom Wolfe, getting back to Tamworth Country Music Festival is always a highlight for the band. “Our Tamworth show will be our biggest yet,” he says. “We will be debuting some new songs, and bringing a few special guests – I mean, anything can happen at Tamworth! Tamworth is a melting pot of the Australian country music community. We can not wait to be there with the heat, music and mates.”

The band’s trip to Nashville earlier in the year was a creative powerhouse. “The songwriting on this trip feels like we have stepped up another level,” says guitarist Brodie Rainbird. “We have spent so much time in Nashville over the last couple of years that it is our second home, and we feel very settled and relaxed there now. The past experience of writing the last album there has given us the confidence to approach these songwriting sessions with much more focus on what we want to achieve, in terms of a direction for the next album.”

The Wolfe Brothers most recent album This Crazy Life hit #2 on the ARIA country charts and has spawned three #1 singles, making it 10 singles in a row from the last three albums to hit the #1 spot on the country charts. Their latest smash – a duet with Lee Kernaghan on his single Damn Good Mates – has also spawned airplay around the country.

The Wolfe Brothers forthcoming, as-yet-untitled, fourth studio album is due for release mid-2018.

The Wolfe Brothers Let’s Hit The Road show at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival will certainly be one to remember. The band will be joined by special guest Jody Direen. Tickets are on sale now.

Wednesday 24th January 2018 | 8.30pm
Blazes Auditorium, Wests Leagues, TAMWORTH NSW

Tamworth Country Music Festival 2018

www.wtlc.com.au | (02) 6765 7588

For more information, please visit www.thewolfebrothers.com

THE WOLFE BROTHERS – LET’S HIT THE ROAD – AUSTRALIAN TOUR READY SET RIDE – TOUR ROLLING OUT NATIONALLY UNTIL JUNE 2018

They’re one of Australia’s favourite country rock bands and now The Wolfe Brothers have image001announced the first dates of what will be a year-long jaunt called Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour. Easily one of the hardest working bands on the circuit today, if they’re not touring, they’re writing and recording – in fact, they haven’t really stopped since they smashed onto the Australian scene back in 2012.

The band has recently been in Nashville writing songs for their next album. In fact, they only just arrived back in the country on the weekend and are already looking forward to a busy 12-months ahead recording their fourth album. “We will be doing a lot more of our own shows around the country,” says Tom. “We will also continue touring with Lee Kernaghan on his 25th anniversary tour, which has been such a huge success! We’re excited that it will now be extending into next year!”

The Nashville songwriting trip was a creative powerhouse. “The songwriting on this trip feels like we have stepped up another level,” says guitarist Brodie Rainbird. “We have spent so much time in Nashville over the last couple of years that it is our second home, and we feel very settled and relaxed there now. The past experience of writing the last album there has given us the confidence to approach these songwriting sessions with much more focus on what we want to achieve, in terms of a direction for the next album.”

Rightfully considered as one of the hottest live country bands in Australia, The Wolfe Brothers are renowned for their tight performances and affable approach. With the release of the first leg of their Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour for 2017, the second leg – slated for 2018 – will be announced in coming weeks. The band is looking forward to sharing some of their biggest hits – and new material – with fans on the road.

Lead singer Nick Wolfe says no night will be the same. “We are trying to evolve as a band,” he says. “We do not want to stay the same all the time, we want to grow and get better at what we do. Our goal is to achieve this on the new tour by giving the audience all the hit songs with some nostalgic covers but also share some new music with them before we release these songs on next album. It is always very satisfying to get the reaction of the hard-core fans to our new songs. We genuinely like to get them involved in the lead up to releasing a new album, and there is no better way to do that than to get the fan’s opinion of some new songs.”

The Wolfe Brothers most recent album This Crazy Life hit #2 on the ARIA country charts and has spawned three #1 singles, making it 10 singles in a row from the last 3 albums to hit the #1 spot on the country charts. The current radio release, a duet with Lee Kernaghan on his single Damn Good Mates, has also spawned airplay around the country.

The Wolfe Brothers Let’s Hit The Road – Australian Tour will roll-out around Australia until June 2018. The band’s as-yet-untitled new album will be released mid-2018.

Friday 1st September 2017 | 8pm

The Cinema, BURNIE TAS

The Wolfe Brothers, Brett Collidge & Straalen

www.oztix.com.au | Foster’s Music (03) 6431 5409

Saturday 2nd September 2017 | 8pm

Hotel Tasmania, LAUNCESTON TAS

The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen

www.oztix.com.au | Hotel Tasmania

Friday 15 th September 2017 | 8pm

Racehorse Hotel, BOOVAL QLD

The Wolfe Brothers, Baylou & Straalen

www.oztix.com.au | (07) 3282 1222

Saturday 16th September 2017

Doomben Racecourse, BRISBANE QLD

The Country Music Race Day

The Wolfe Brothers, Troy Cassar-Daley & more

www.brc.com.au

Sunday 17th September | 7pm

Lonestar Tavern, MERMAID WATERS QLD

The Wolfe Brothers, Baylou & Straalen

www.oztix.com.au | (07) 5572 2000

Saturday 23rd September | 8pm

Queenstown Memorial Hall, QUEENSTOWN TAS

The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen

www.oztix.com.au | 7XS Office

Sunday 24th September 2017 | 2pm

Longley International Hotel, HOBART TAS

The Wolfe Brothers & Straalen

www.oztix.com.au | (03) 6239 6378

Saturday 30th September 2017

Deni Ute Muster, DENILIQUIN NSW

www.tickets.deniutemuster.com.au

Saturday 4th November 2017

Melton Mowbray Rodeo, MELTON TAS

The Wolfe Brothers & rodeo

Friday 24th November 2017 | 8pm

Rooty Hill RSL Club, ROOTY HILL NSW

The Wolfe Brothers & Baylou

www.rootyhillrsl.com.au | (02) 9625 500

Saturday 25 th November 2017

Country At The Camp, BRANXTON NSW

The Wolfe Brothers & Festival Line-up

www.countryatthecamp.com

For more information about The Wolfe Brothers concert dates on Lee Kernaghan’s Boys From The Bush 25th Anniversary Tour please visit www.thewolfebrothers.com

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