Category Archives: ZFM Country Rock

KAYLEE BELL KICKS IT WITH KEITH URBAN ON STAGE

Kaylee Bell joined Keith Urban on stage in Wellington at the Westpac Stadium just recently to perform Keith’s number 1 US single We Were Us.

Having previously duetted with Keith during his Light The Fuse Australian tour in 2014 Kaylee was delighted to join Keith on home soil in Wellington recently, as part of his ripcord World Tour. Check out the live performance here:

“It was a total dream to sing with Keith in 2014, but to do it for second time in my home country – seriously that feeling can’t be described. I felt like we were ‘one’ with the audience and Keith is without a doubt my biggest idol and has been since I began singing at the age of 4.” – Kaylee Bell

Following in Keith Urban’s country superstar footsteps, Kaylee became the first Kiwi since Keith to win the Toyota Star Maker Australia competition in 2013. She hasn’t looked back since, with Kaylee’s latest single, Getting Closer, taking out the #1 position on the NZ iTunes country chart.

LITTLE BIG TOWN REVEALS DEBUT AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE DATES FOR MARCH KIP MOORE JOINS AS SPECIAL GUEST ON ALL DATES

Two-time GRAMMY winners LITTLE BIG TOWN today reveal that they will play anticipated back-to-back all ages headline dates on their debut Australian tour in 2017. The acclaimed four-piece will touch down in Sydney for a show at the Enmore Theatre on Tuesday 21st March, taking in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Wednesday 22nd March. Tickets will go on sale at 10am, Thursday 17th November.

Nashville native and platinum-selling artist, KIP MOORE, wowed local audiences with an unforgettable appearance at this year’s sold out CMC Rocks QLD, and will return to Australia to join fellow Statesiders Little Big Town on the road in March.

Additionally, both Little Big Town and Kip Moore will hit the CMC Rocks QLD stage, ready to unleash epic sets at the event’s 10th Anniversary celebration. Proceedings will kick off on Friday 24 and continue through to Sunday 26 March 2017 at Willowbank, Ipswich.

Little Big Town, the reigning Grammy Country Duo/Group of the Year, and CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year, will make their debut Australian visit hot off the heels of extensive North American touring. In 2015, the band achieved a career defining milestone when their hit single ‘Girl Crush’ took out Best Country Song at the Grammy and CMA Awards, and went on to become America’s best-selling country single of the year. With albums Tornado (2012) and Pain Killer (2014), Little Big Town have achieved further success in the way of multiple chart-topping singles ‘Pontoon’, ‘Tornado’ and ‘Day Drinking’.

Inducted into the iconic Grand Ole Opry in 2014 by none other than Reba McIntire, the group has chalked up in excess of 40 award nominations, and in the past five years has taken home close to 20 awards, including multiple Grammy’s, CMA and ACM Awards, and even an Emmy Award.

They have previously shared the stage with the likes of Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and more, and are one of the biggest country acts in the US right now. With a brand new single ‘Better Man’, penned by none other than Taylor Swift, currently making waves at US radio, Little Big Town will be ready to blow Australian audiences away in March with their hit-laden repertoire and a taste of brand new material from the forthcoming seventh studio album The Breaker, set for release on 24th February 2017.

Kip Moore is the ultimate road warrior, having spent the past six years traversing North America from top to bottom, building one of the most dedicated, loyal fan bases in the process, and becoming a festival favourite. Armed with a live show that mixes the bombast and wild desperation of Bruce Springsteen with the rootsy stomp of Merle Haggard, Kip has a sound built on space and swagger. A sound that bangs as hard as it twangs, caught somewhere between blue-collar country music and stadium-sized rock & roll.

With multiple American Country Award, CMT Music Award and CMA nominations under his belt, and songs from his sophomore album Wild Ones now a staple across US country radio, Kip will be gearing up to top his explosive main stage CMC Rocks set, which was a highlight of this year’s proceedings.

Little Big Town, together with Kip Moore, are set to deliver one of the year’s must-see country music events this March – Don’t miss it!
LITTLE BIG TOWN : TOUR DATES

With Special Guest Kip Moore

Brought to you by Rob Potts Entertainment Edge & Chugg Entertainment

SYDNEY
Tuesday 21st March – Enmore Theatre (All Ages)
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MELBOURNE
Wednesday 22nd March – Hamer Hall (All Ages)
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ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

CMC ROCKS QLD 2017
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March – Willowbank, QLD
*Playing times not yet announced
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DIXIE CHICKS ANNOUNCE BRISBANE HEADLINE SHOW & ADD 2ND & FINAL SYDNEY SHOW

With excitement around their upcoming Australian dates reaching fever pitch, and tickets to all shows moving fast, global megastars the DIXIE CHICKS today announce that they will play a headline Brisbane show this March. Responding to overwhelming demand, Dixie Chicks confirm they will take the stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday 25th March.

The band also today reveals the addition of a second and final Sydney show, to take place at the new ICC Sydney Theatre on Thursday 30th March.
Tickets for both shows will go on sale at 10am local time, Thursday 17th November.

Australian fans are ready and raring for Dixie Chicks to make their return visit after more than a decade, with the band’s first Melbourne show completely selling out in fifteen minutes, making it the fastest-selling Dixie Chicks show in Australia ever, and a second Melbourne show immediately announced.

Dixie Chicks last week made headlines when they teamed up with Beyonce at the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, for a mind-blowing live performance of the Beyonce track ‘Daddy Lessons’, interlaced with Dixie Chicks’ ‘Long Time Gone’. Check it out here. An exclusive version of the track was made available shortly after the performance.

The band’s epic MMXVII World Tour has already taken Europe and North America by storm, the LA Times writing about the band’s “… palpable sense of joy and gratitude, looking and sounding radiant, untouched by time, their harmony-rich vocals and precision musicianship intact.”

One of the most prolific and captivating live acts on the planet, and with well over 30 million albums sold worldwide, Dixie Chicks have earned their title as the biggest US female band of all time. The trio has no less than thirteen GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards under their belt.

Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes and villains – For almost two decades, Dixie Chicks have developed from a band into a phenomenon. Don’t hesitate, get your tickets now and secure your chance to experience one of the world’s greatest live acts when they return to Australia in March!

Melbourne show sells out as 2nd Launceston show added to the “Stories & Songs” tour!

Jimmy Barnes has just announced a 2nd Launceston show has been added to his upcoming Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs tour on Thursday, 2 February at the Country Club Showroom and tickets are on sale now.

The previously announced Launceston show on Saturday, 4 February has sold out as has the Regent Theatre show in Melbourne.

The “Stories & Songs” shows will bring Jimmy’s #1 bestselling memoir, Working Class Boy, to life through a combination of spoken word performance and some music that relates to his life story.

After a record breaking fifteen #1 albums, Jimmy Barnes can now also say he’s a chart topping author. His acclaimed childhood memoir “Working Class Boy” was officially Australia’s top selling book for three weeks according to Bookscan and has been #1 on the non fiction chart for 6 weeks.

DIXIE CHICKS ANNOUNCE SECOND & FINAL MELBOURNE SHOW DUE TO UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND

Global superstars the DIXIE CHICKS today announce a second and final Melbourne show, due to overwhelming demand! The show will take place on the same weekend as their first sold out Melbourne show; on Sunday 2nd April at Rod Laver Arena. Tickets for the second and final Melbourne show go on sale today at 3pm AEDT.

Tickets to their Sydney and Perth shows are on sale now and selling fast.

Eager music lovers snapped up tickets to Dixie Chicks’ first Melbourne show in record time, with the band’s 1st April Rod Laver Arena show completely selling out within fifteen minutes of on sale to the general public, making it the fastest-selling Dixie Chicks show in Australia ever.

Returning to Australian shores in 2017 for the first time in over ten years, Dixie Chicks are ready and raring to blow local audiences away with their epic MMXVII World Tour, which has been making waves across Europe and North America this year.

Of Dixie Chick’s recent Hollywood Bowl show, the LA Times noted the band’s “… palpable sense of joy and gratitude, looking and sounding radiant, untouched by time, their harmony-rich vocals and precision musicianship intact.” While the UK Telegraph noted, “… the triumphant trio proved the power lies in their musicianship, not notoriety, and their talents remain as rich and fierce as ever.”

One of the most prolific and captivating live acts on the planet, and with well over 30 million albums sold worldwide, Dixie Chicks have earned their title as the biggest US female band of all time. The trio has no less than thirteen GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards under their belt.

Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes and villains – For almost two decades, Dixie Chicks have developed from a band into a phenomenon. Don’t hesitate, get your tickets now and secure your chance to experience one of the world’s greatest live acts when they return to Australia in March!

TICKETS TO 2ND MELBOURNE SHOW ON SALE TODAY, 3PM AEDT

TICKETS FOR ALL OTHER SHOWS ON SALE NOW

DIXIE CHICKS MMXVII TOUR DATES

Brought to you by Chugg Entertainment & Rob Potts Entertainment Edge

CMC ROCKS QLD 2017

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March – Willowbank, Ipswich (All Ages)

*Dixie Chicks’ performance date at CMC Rocks to be announced

cmcrocks.com

SYDNEY

Wednesday 29th March – Qudos Bank Arena (All Ages) – SELLING FAST

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MELBOURNE

Saturday 1st April – Rod Laver Arena (All Ages) – SOLD OUT

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MELBOURNE

Sunday 2nd April – Rod Laver Arena (All Ages) – NEW SHOW

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PERTH

Wednesday 5th April – Perth Arena (All Ages)

Presented by Channel 9

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NEW ZEALAND

Saturday 8th April – Mission Estate Winery, Hawke’s Bay

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LEGENDARY SINGER-SONGWRITER BRIAN CADD RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN 11 YEARS SUPPORTED BY THE BOOTLEG FAMILY BAND

ARIA Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Brian Cadd makes a triumphant return to the airwaves with his first solo album in over a decade – Bulletproof. This new release harks back to the 1970s pure rock n roll sounds of Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band, and marks 50 proud years of Brian celebrating his award-winning work in the international music business.

Bulletproof is a powerful, rollicking, rock n roll album that will transport listeners back to the live show sounds of Brian Cadd with his famous Bootleg Family Band; from the opening track – and title song – Bulletproof, a reference to Brian Cadd’s 70 years young, through to the foot-stomping final song On The Edge. Whether you are a fan of Brian’s early work with the Groop and Axiom, his acclaimed hits Ginger Man, Let Go, and Little Ray of Sunshine, or his prolific work as a songwriter for the likes of Joe Cocker, The Pointer Sisters and John Farnham to name a few, there is something on this album for everyone.

The album celebrates a collection of previously unreleased songs Brian had stored away, some that he had penned for and were previously recorded by other performers, and songs which were crafted right there in the studio… all sharing one common Bootleg Family Band theme – rock! While Brian says there was no intentional time frame for the release of Bulletproof, but now seemed fitting.

“It turns out that 2016 is my 50th year in the business, and I also turn 70 years young – a good time to release an album called Bulletproof,” he says. “Our [Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band] live shows were always completely over-the-top and full-on so we decided to make that kind of album.”

Bulletproof was produced by Brian, together with gifted engineer Doug Brady, known for his work with John Farnham, Dragon and Jimmy Barnes, at his new Furstock Studios in Melbourne. Having been a teenager during The Bootleg Family Band era, Doug’s age difference provided a younger perspective to the project, and his subsequent success and experience combined to produce a sound which was true to the era, and yet unique and cutting edge. Bulletproof also features an abundance of guest performers like eclectic musician Wilbur Wilde, talented multi-instrumentalist Mike Rudd, legend Dai Pritchard from Rose Tattoo, Mick Skelton of Thirsty Merc fame, and Brian Cadd’s close friend Rick Fenn from 10cc on guitar and slide, just to name a handful of those who joined them in the studio.

Stepping away from his famous ‘pop’ sound, the versatile full band created on this album is exactly the live music feel Brian wanted. Taking songs he had written for other great musicians like Joe Cocker, The Pointer Sisters and Bonnie Tyler, Brian Cadd and The Bootleg Family Band also reinvents these songs with a new and different rock n roll sound.

“Most songwriters have a couple of songs that they’ve written for other artists that they’ve always felt they would have loved to have a go at themselves,” says Brian. “As a solo artist I have always been expected to do ballads and story songs. Deep down where I live, it’s all rock n roll.”

The visually stunning album cover, a painting by Archibald Prize finalist artist Philip Howe, captures the true fiery, passionate intensity with which Brian performs. Having met the talented artist Philip through musician Wilbur Wilde, the two bonded over a bottle or so of red wine. Philip then saw a Brian Cadd performance and was inspired to capture the strength and raw energy of him onstage. When the discussion of cover art came up for this album the painting was the obvious choice to depict the energy and spirit of this recording – it is everything that Bulletproof stands for.

The Bootleg Family Band has always been Brian’s imagined proverbial ‘band in the head’. He was lucky enough to get that sound in the 70s, and now excitingly, gets to have a second crack at it with this new album. As Brian says, Bulletproof is the perfect opportunity and reason to “get the band back together”.

Brian Cadd & The Bootleg Family Band’s Bulletproof album is released through MGM on Friday 11th November 2016. For more information, please visit www.briancadd.com

DIXIE CHICKS TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO AUSTRALIA IN 2017

TRIO WILL PLAY FIRST AUSTRALIAN DATES IN OVER 10 YEARS, PLUS HEADLINE APPEARANCE AT CMC ROCKS QLD 2017

Global superstars the DIXIE CHICKS today reveal that they will return to Australia in March, to play national all ages headline shows for the first time in over ten years.

The captivating trio will make a triumphant return to Australian arenas with their MMXVII WORLD TOUR, set to kick off at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Wednesday 29th March before heading to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 1st April and wrapping up at the Perth Arena on Wednesday 5th April. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday 26th October at 11am local time.

In a huge coup, the annual CMC Rocks QLD Festival has already announced Dixie Chicks as headliners for the 10th Anniversary event in 2017. The festival, which this year sold out for the first time in its nine-year history and is set to do the same in 2017, runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March at Ipswich’s Willowbank.

Dixie Chicks have no less than thirteen GRAMMY Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and countless Country Music Association Awards under their belt. They are a multi-platinum selling act across North America, Europe and Australia, and one of only a handful of acts to ever achieve ‘diamond’ status; reaching the stratospheric landmark of over 10 million copies sold, with both ‘Wide Open Spaces’ (1998) and ‘Fly’ (1999). With well over 30 million albums sold worldwide to date, the Dixie Chicks are the biggest US female band of all time.

Since 1990, the trio has released seven studio albums, three live albums and a string of live DVD’s. They have shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Tim McGraw and Pearl Jam among many others.

Their on-stage reputation has helped the Dixie Chicks play to hundreds of thousands of fans at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from London’s O2 Arena to the Hollywood Bowl, LA’s Staples Center to New York’s Madison Square Garden, and outspoken songs like ‘Goodbye, Earl’ and ‘Not Ready To Make Nice’ make it clear that this power trio plays by nobody’s rules. Superstars, renegades, innovators, heroes and villains – For almost two decades, Dixie Chicks have developed from a band into a phenomenon.

The trio has just wrapped up a mammoth European and North American headline tour, setting stages alight in every city, with epic reviews rolling in including the UK Telegraph who wrote, “… the triumphant trio proved the power lies in their musicianship, not notoriety, and their talents remain as rich and fierce as ever.” Rolling Stone described the Dixie Chicks’ recent New York show as “thrilling” and The Boot noted, “They are equally fearless and almost absurdly talented as musicians…”.

One of the most prolific and enthralling live acts on the planet, Dixie Chicks’ return to Australia in 2017 is sure to be one of the most talked about live experiences for years to come. Don’t miss your chance to be there.

Fans will have first access to pre-sale tickets starting Friday 21st October at 2pm Local Time through Dixie Chicks MMXVII Tour Club at http://www.dcxtourclub.com/

SHANNON NOLL AND THE WOLFE BROTHERS JOIN FORCES FOR MASSIVE TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL PARTY

Joining forces for a special Tamworth Country Music Festival bash, Shannon Noll will be hitting the stage with The Wolfe Brothers in their Boys will be Boys Australia Day Eve Party. This double header promises to be the party event of the festival and is the perfect lead-in to the Australia Day public holiday!

Shannon Noll is no stranger to regional Australia, a former farmhand from Condobolin in New South Wales, he burst into the Australian consciousness as the first runner-up on talent show Australian Idol in 2003. His rendition of the classic What About Me smashed onto the charts and since his appearance on the television show he has experienced certified platinum sales, #1 hits, five Top 10 albums, and is reputed as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have achieved 10 consecutive Top 10 singles. He also has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations – an enviable achievement. Shannon has also been nominated for numerous ARIA awards and has taken home the Best Male Artist accolade in the MTV awards three years in succession. Shannon has recently signed with Warner Music and has a new album coming out next March.

The Wolfe Brothers are a force to be reckoned with. They won the hearts of the nation in 2012 when they were voted in second place of Australia’s Got Talent. Their story is a tried and true one of local lads make good, thanks to a hell of a lot of dedication. Their third long player This Crazy Life was released this year to much acclaim and the Tassie boys have recently returned from a four-month tour of the United States. They are easily one of the hardest working bands on the touring circuit today, and if they are not on the road with their own headline shows, they are performing with country legend Lee Kernaghan.

The band’s debut, It’s On was released in 2013 and spawned three Top 10 singles, including their first #1 for The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory. Their equally impressive sophomore album Nothin’ But Trouble – released in 2014 – entered the ARIA Country Charts at #2. With their new release This Crazy Life under their belts, The Wolfe Brothers were also awarded the Group of the Year accolade in the 2016 CMC Awards. Any live show in the company of these guys is a rockin’ one indeed.

For Tom Wolfe, the concert is the epitome of a great musical celebration. “It is an Australia Day Eve party, it doesn’t get much more Australian than Tamworth, Nollsie, and The Wolfe Brothers,” he says. “It will be a big party – it is guaranteed to be a good time.”

The band only forged a friendship with Shannon recently, but it was an effortless one. “We first became friends about 12-months ago,” says Tom. “He came to our farm in Tasmania, we wrote some songs and hung out for a few days. We had a great time, got along really well and realised we have a lot in common. We have wanted to do a show together for a long time so we are both really stoked.”

Don’t miss this special Australia Day Eve Party as The Wolfe Brothers and Shannon Noll get ready to rock Tamworth Country Music Festival! Tickets on sale now.

Boys Will Be Boys – Australia Day Eve Party

The Wolfe Brothers & Shannon Noll

Wednesday 25th January 2017| 8.30pm

Blazes, Wests Leagues, TAMWORTH NSW

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

THE BOY FROM THE BUSH 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW

LEE KERNAGHAN – THE BOY FROM THE BUSH CELEBRATES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELEASE OF HIS FIRST ALBUM THE OUTBACK CLUB AT THE TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN 2017

The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of Lee Kernaghan’s amazing career and the release of his first chart busting hit, Boys From The Bush . The iconic song was the first of many number one singles from the classic album The Outback Club, which went on to achieve double platinum certification, win a swag of awards and redefine contemporary Australian country music along the way.

Since the release of his mega hit Boys From The Bush, Lee has notched up 34 number one hits on the Australian country music charts, won a staggering 36 Golden Guitars and has sold over two million albums in the local market.

Lee Kernaghan is one of the undisputable all-time greats of Australian country. There’s no better place than the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Australia Day for fans from all around the nation to join Lee at what will be an historic concert event. Toyota proudly presents this special once in a lifetime show for fans to celebrate Lee’s incredible career. The concert will cover 25 years of smash hits, featuring surprise guest appearances by an impressive who’s who of Lee’s musical mates and legends.

Lee Kernaghan’s Boy From The Bush 25th Anniversary Show is guaranteed to be one of the most sought after tickets at the 2017 Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival. Fans are encouraged to book tickets early to secure their place at this never to be repeated event.

Early bird tickets are on sale now until 1 November 2016.

The Boy From The Bush 25th Anniversary Show

Thursday 26th January 2017 | 8.15pm

TREC, TAMWORTH NSW

Tamworth Country Music Festival

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

CMA ANNOUNCES “FOREVER COUNTRY” SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO IN HONOR OF “THE 50TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS”

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” CMA has created the biggest video in Country Music history. Titled “Forever Country,” the single and accompanying music video features 30 CMA Award-winning acts. This single was produced by CMA Award-winning Board member Shane McAnally and the video was directed by Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn.

The music video is set to an intricate medley of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” All are former CMA Entertainers of the Year.

In another historic move, the single will be unveiled to the public Friday, Sept. 16 (Saturday, Sept 17 in Australia) in a global roadblock across Country radio, premiering on hundreds of radio stations simultaneously at 8:30 AM/ET across the U.S., in addition to premiering in key international markets. But fans will have to wait a few more days to see the full length music video; the video will make its worldwide premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 20 (Wednesday, Sept 21 in Australia).

For the past week fans have been buzzing across social media platforms trying to guess what the “Forever Country” project might be as the 30 acts featured in the video have been posting mysterious teasers created by CMA tagged with #ForeverCountry and driving fans to the website ForeverCountry50.com to see all of the artist teasers as they are released. Social teasers will continue to roll out this week until CMA announces the full list of participating artists.

“‘Forever Country’ is a moving tribute to Country Music, Country Music fans, and the artists who have built this format into what it is today,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “This music video is the product of the CMA Board of Directors who came together in support of this project as a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards, a statement on the heritage and future of the Country Music industry, and a reflection of this year’s Awards theme — ‘Then. Now. Forever Country.'”

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. It will be simulcast in Australia on the Foxtel Country Music Channel.

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

For more information on “Forever Country” visit ForeverCountry50.com.