Country songstress Beccy Cole has delighted Australian listeners and concertgoers for more than twenty years. The Adelaide-born star’s glowing warmth, honeyed voice, bawdy sense of humour and perpetual smile have helped make Beccy one of the nation’s best-loved and celebrated artists.
With ten Golden Guitars (Country Music Awards Of Australia) to her name (including four for Female Artist of the Year), as well as multiple ARIA Top 10 Country and Top 40 Mainstream albums, a Top 10 DVD, three gold-certified releases, and more than a dozen No. 1 Australian country singles, Beccy Cole is one of Australia’s most successful singer-songwriters. She is also a most sought after live performer, having a reputation for bringing an audience to fever pitch and quite often, stomach clutching laughter!
Among the most important experiences of Beccy’s career are her tours of military bases in Iraq and the Middle East, the first one being in December 2005, where Beccy performed for Australian service personnel as part of the Tour de Force program. In early 2006, in response to a letter penned by an erstwhile fan critical of what he perceived as Beccy’s tacit support for the war in Iraq, Beccy penned one of her best loved tunes, the triple Golden Guitar-winning ‘Poster Girl’. The song earned Beccy admiration across the globe and remains Beccy’s most requested song. Beccy’s auto-biography, Poster Girl, was released in 2015 to rave reviews. This honest and funny account of Beccy’s life to date is full of secrets and surprises. Beccy certainly allows the reader into her world and holds nothing back in terms of reporting her own history. In May, 2017, Beccy released her 11th studio album, ‘Great Country Songbook Volume 2’ with good friend, Adam Harvey. The album contains some of the most famous Country duets of all time, delivered with a touch of humour as only Beccy and Adam can. Beccy Cole is the real deal, a working mother, a comedienne, an author, a passionate supporter of Aussie rules Football and as honest, funny and genuine in real life as she comes across on stage. Her ability to laugh at herself and write her songs and stories with such brazen truth is refreshing. Her live show has an indelible impression.
Since making his debut with Brisbane band Pretty Violet Stain in 2000, Shane Nicholson’s career has gone from strength to strength, with numerous ARIAs and Golden Guitars collected along the way for albums such as Familiar Ghosts (2008), Bad
Machines (2011) and Hell Breaks Loose, as well as for Rattlin’ Bones (2008) and Wreck & Ruin (2012) the two much-lauded collaborations with Kasey Chambers.
Shane’s new album Love and Blood was released through Lost Highway/Universal Music Australia on July 28.
Amber Joy Poulton
A new album is on the horizon. When recording her current album Foolish Things in Nashville, Amber Joy had access to some of the best musicians in the world who have played with stars like: Linda Ronstadt, Trisha Yearwood & Emmylou Harris & watching them bring her heartfelt songs to life was an unforgettable experience & one she hopes to repeat with her latest offerings with another trip to Nashville in 2017.
The new album will include some wonderful classic country songs that will bring a tear to your eye, an ache to your heart & a tap to your toe with songwriting collaborations with Sam Hawksley plus a song gifted to her from the amazing Troy Cassar-Daley.
Major career highlights for Amber Joy include support acts for Troy Cassar-Daley, Melinda Schnieder, Brian Cadd & Russell Morris & of course, as mentioned above one support act she will never forget is sharing the stage with the great Kenny Rogers twice at The Adelaide Festival Centre in 2012 & again in 2015. She has headlined many shows but hosting the first ever Country Gold at Her Majesty’s Theatre in August 2015 & again in August 2016 was also a highlight given that the entire cast was homegrown from South Australia & performed to a sell-out crowds. To see such amazing talent showcased on a beautiful stage with backing from promoter Mario Maiolo was a proud moment & has spurred on a new partnership with Amber Joy’s own scripted theatre show hitting theatres around Australia with her tribute to her idol Loretta Lynn in Coal Miners Daughter. Already performed to sell-out crowds in Victoria & NSW this show recently performed on her home stage in Adelaide at Her Majesty’s Theatre to not one, not two but three sold out shows & is set for an Australia wide tour with dates to be released throughout the year. Keep an eye on this one at www.coalminersdaughter.com.au
It’s been a sensational transition into all things country music since her rise in 2009 as a Top 10 Toyota Starmaker Grand Finalist to supporting Kenny Rogers, travelling to Nashille as an aritsts in her own right, recording her own albums & then earning herself recognition as a songwriter with awards & chart success.
Over the span of her career Amber Joy has had ten songs hit the Top 30 Charts, 2 songwriting awards, nominations in the Peoples Choice Awards & the respected TIARA Award.
Camille, Stuie & Sonny French
When Tasmanian guitar wiz Stuie French was touring Australia with Merle Haggard in 1996 did he see a sign foretelling that in years to come he would fall in love with a Maori woman who sang like an angel and they would end up making beautiful music, and a family, together?
When Camille Te Nahu arrived in Australia in 1999 her vocal talents were immediately recognised by Kasey Chambers and Beccy Cole who employed her as their backing singer both on the road and in the studio. Over the years, Camille and Stuie released their own albums – Stuie with the Feral Swing Katz (Come out Swingin’, Feral Swing Katz with Peter Busher and Round 4) and Camille’s solo album (Camille Te Nahu), and their paths would often cross as they both toured with Australian country stars (Troy Cassar Daly and Gina Jeffreys). But it wasn’t until 2002 when their stars aligned and they fell in love.
“I’ll never forget the first time I heard Camille sing. It took my breath away as well as the rest of the guys in band, and suddenly our musicianship went up a couple of notches. Over the years she has taught me a new way to approach guitar playing. After all, why would you want to get in the way of a voice like that? Our different musical backgrounds over time has combined to give us a fresh yet traditional sound.” – Stuie French
2012 sees the release of their fourth, and finest, album together, Big Days & Little Years. Recorded in Sydney and financed by fan donations, the album is a gentle look at the cycle of life and the sweet sorrow of change. The album’s tone is the calm acceptance of the passage of time. You not only hear this in the song lyrics but in Camille’s beautiful singing and in the relaxed and tight groove that their band of stellar musicians creates. Except for two songs, (Waves by Sam Baker and The First Time by Fred Koller and Danny O’Keefe) Camille and Stuie honed their songwriting skills to tell the stories of their life – of the spirits of their ancestors and the joy of descendants. With loving respect Camille and Stuie acknowledge the importance of the unbreakable thread that is family (or “whanau” as Camille would say).
Stuie is a master of the country/jazz guitar-style (Les Paul invited him up to play in New York), and his smooth voice harks back to the days of Tommy Duncan singing with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys – no pretense or exaggeration. Stuie leads his ensemble (who are more extended-whanau than hired guns) of Bill Risby (piano), Chuck Morgan (ukelele), Dave Ellis (bass), Doug Gallacher (drums), Garry Steel (piano accordion), Michel Rose (pedal steel, mandolin, dobro) and Mick Albeck (fiddle), who all play with finesse and feeling, creating the perfect bed for Camille’s gentle, velvet voice. She sounds like no other singer with a style that is effortless, a sound that is rich, deep and very easy on the ear.
Camille and Stuie are truly a musical marriage made in heaven. Big Days & Little Years is a must-have collection of beautiful moments.