Headline Artists for 2022

Adam Harvey

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

adamharvey.com.au

 

Adam Harvey has released his latest single ‘Highway Number One’ through Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

 

Inspired by his years touring around the beautiful country he calls home, the multiple ARIA Award nominee and 8 time Golden Guitar winner wrote ‘Highway Number One’ about the joys traveling can bring. Speaking on the track Adam says, “I’ve toured right around the country, across it, up and down it, every which way you could possibly go and I’ve been lucky enough to do that for over 20 years. There is a feeling of freedom when you’re constantly on the move, it’s really amazing and very addictive. I thought if I write a song about it, it might connect with people on the roads, it might also encourage people to take the leap, buy the caravan and explore this amazing country as you travel along Highway Number One”.

 

Stepping into the shoes of the producer for the first time, recording ‘Highway Number One’ was a completely new experience for Adam, “Going into the studio was pretty daunting at first I must admit, but I really enjoyed the process”. When producing and mixing the record, the country veteran went in with a clear vision for the direction of the sound, “I knew what I wanted to say and exactly how I wanted it to sound. I had this whole concept in my mind and that made it very easy not to get side tracked or lost”. 

 

Getting off track outside of the studio, however, was definitely on the cards for the nomadic Aussie who embarked on an adventure of his own to shoot the official music video. In the video clip Adam ventures north, meeting locals and fellow travelers who share his love of the open road before arriving in Bundaberg where, of course, a trip to the iconic Bundaberg Rum Distillery had to be done. Commenting on the filming of the video, which is directed by award winning producer/director and longtime friend Duncan Toombs, Adam remarks, “The whole experience felt more like a boys getaway! To be honest I have never had so much fun recording a video clip”.

 

 ‘Highway Number One’ follows the success of his most recent albums The Nashville Tapes, Harvey’s Backyard Bar, The Great Country Songbook Volume II and Family Life and is the first sip from his forthcoming album set for release later this year.  


Jeff Brown

Pete Denahy

Jeff Brown

 

www.jeffbrown.com.au

 

CONGRATULATIONS Jeff, Kelly and Marion for  being a  Golden Guitar Finalist in 2019 for the song “ After January Rains” written by Kelly and Marion Dixon and Jeff Brown. 

 

Since his early childhood, Jeff Brown has had a love for Australian Bush Ballad music, having grown up in a household where some of the great old pioneers of Australian and American country was the only music played.

 

In 1997, at the age of 21, Jeff recorded and released his first album “I Remember Gordon Parsons” as a tribute to Gordon.  Jeff’s talents were recognised when he won the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Award at the Fosters Battle of the Bush during the Tamworth Festival in 1998. This same year, Jeff toured the country with the legendary “Brian Young Show” for 4 months, an experience which helped mould him into the successful entertainer that he is today.

 

Jeff was placed as one of the “final five” in the prestigious Golden Guitar Awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1999 with the track “The Old GP” written by Ian Quinn.  On releasing his second album “Poverty Liner” in 2003, Jeff was awarded a place in the “final five” once again, with the single “The Ghost Of Three Rivers” by Keith Jamieson. 

 

In 2005, Jeff released his third album “Mate I’m Feelin’ Lucky” and won the Golden Guitar Award for Bush Ballad of the Year with the track “Where The Yellow Kapocks Bloom” penned by Wave Jackson.

 

2007 saw the release of Jeff’s 4th Album “Harvest Time Again” which won “Album of the Year” at the Bungendore Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards. The final track on this album “In The Wings of the Yard” written by Kelly and Marion Dixon and Jeff, reached the finals at the 2008 Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards for Bush Ballad of the Year.

 

Jeff has now released his 5th album "Hard To Let Go" which was produced by Stuie French at Swingin Doors Sudios.  The album has been a great success with Jeff winning  a Golden Guitar at the 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for "Bush Ballad of the Year" with the song "I Love Australia" written by Keith Jamieson. Jeff also won "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" at the 2014 Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards. 

 

With farming held close to his heart and personal involvement with the transport  industry, Jeff relates to the songs that he sings and delivers them with confidence and sincerity. Jeff has stuck to the Bush Ballad music with a passion and his easy listening voice adds a fresh approach to them. 

 


Courtney Conway

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Courtney Conway Music 

 

Courtney Conway is bursting with charm, multi-awarded and classically trained for piano.

 

Courtney grew up in the big country town of Bendigo in Central Victoria. Raised in a large, musical family, Courtney started classical training on the piano at a very young age but her true love has always been country music.

 

21 Days, her debut album release recorded in Nashville with Australian producer Sam Hawksley, reached the Top 10 on the ARIA Country Albums chart.

 

Success continued for the album 21 Days as it won Courtney the ‘Female Rising Star Award’ at the Independent Country Music Southern Stars Awards.

 

In 2015, Courtney was awarded ‘Single of the Year’, ‘Female Artist of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ for her album 21 Days at the West Australian Independent Country Music Awards. She has also won ‘Best New Talent’ at the Victorian and National Country Music Awards.

 

Courtney was cast in the lead role of Patsy Cline and toured HIT Productions' popular theatre show, Ted Swindley’s 'Always...Patsy Cline' in the 30+ week 2016-2017 Australian Tour.

 

Following the birth of her beautiful daughter in 2018 she toured nationally in the acclaimed 'Johnny Cash - The Concert' tour with Daniel Thompson and Stuie French. 


Amber Joy Poulton

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

www.amberjoypoulton.com.au 

 

Amber Joy has kept true to her promise & love of country music's old school feel & forever channels her idols Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Patsy & Dolly when writing & performing.

 

AJ’s latest album,  “Pretty Pennies” showcases a thoughtful song-writing journey where Amber joined forces once more with her producer & co-writer Sam Hawksley as well as SA singer/songwriter Kelly Brouhaha.

 

There are many surprises on this album including an autobiography of AJ's life so far with “Goodbye From Me” & “Ruby’s Reply” a very special song that has been 10 years in the making & inspired by her favourite American male artist, Kenny Rogers hit Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.  

 

Amber Joy has travelled all over Australia with her theatre tribute Coal Miner's Daughter - A Tribute To Loretta Lynn to sold out audiences in some of the biggest theatres in the country as well as right here in Tasmania.

 

Make sure you grab a copy of her Pretty Pennies & her tribute album to Loretta Lynn.


Justin Standley

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

“I believe that in the country scene… Justin has the whole package,” Guy Sebastian.

 

Justin Standley, is a multi-award winning Australian country singer-songwriter.

 

Justin Standley shot to prominence after appearing as a finalist on the X Factor on a quest to find his missing children. The heart-wrenching reunion with his daughters made national headlines and he has since gone on to become a much loved figure on the Australian country music landscape.

 

Since 2015, Justin has released many songs to radio, many of which have charted in the Top 10 of the Australian Country Tracks Top 40, often reaching the number one spot. He is the only artist to have ever had three original songs in the top 5 at one time.

 

Recognised for his distinctive voice and impressive vocal range, Justin’s friendly nature and talent for song-writing, yodelling, story-telling and comedy, and Indigenous songs… continues to endear him to audiences across the country and overseas.


Bob Wilson - Barkindjiman

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

In 1955, I was born under a gum tree on the Darling River. I was the first born of nine Wilson kids.

 

"I grew up in Wilcannia in New South Wales in a culture filled with music. In this harmonious family environment, it was our natural instinct to get up and sing. Singing made the Barkindji spirit stronger. I sing with the spirits of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and ancestors behind me, who showed me great strength in the face of severe adversity.

I learnt how to play music by ear. I can’t read music but I didn’t need to. I just copied the music from the records my parents would be playing, the old 78’s ’75 and 45.LP’s  I would tune the guitar to the tunes of Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams or Charley Pride and other singers. I was fascinated with records and the recording process. There was lots of busking back in those days but you needed a permit which cost money. I played and sang country music most days and I had started my dream to one day cut my own record. 

The inspiration for my music comes to me from life experiences, my family, my people and my dreams for a better future for Aborigines.

I started singing in competition when I was 10, winning my first talent quest at 15. I’m a singer/songwriter with several songs already released on my albums and more on the way. I always wanted to perform professionally on stage, which finally happened when I was 40.

Throughout my career I have added to my resume and have sung with Paul Kelley, Ross Wilson, Ian Moss, Wilbur Wilde, Frankie J Holden from Old 55, Troy Casser Daly, Casey Donovan, Vikka and Linda Bull from Black Sorrows, Archie Roach, Chad Morgan and many more…….

I used to have my own band called Walkabout Country, performing throughout the Northern regions of Tasmania as well as open to travel for gigs on a state wide level, however it was difficult to get all 5 members together due to work commitments and such so with the assistance of my wife, Julie, I set up to go solo. My wife now sings with me on odd occasions which we both enjoy as a team.

I released my first CD “I Am What I Am in 2002. In 2010 I released my second album, Bob Wilson’s Country “The River of Life I have my music video clip “Walkabout” on YouTube. To view this Google Bob Wilson Walkabout 

Most of my time these days apart from my work as a disability support person, I love spending time with my family. Nothing gives me more pleasure than when my grandchildren sing along with me and play guitar.


Gina Timms

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Gina Timms

 

www.ginatimms.com.au

 

Some artists stand on stage and sing songs. Others deliver.

You can guess which category Gina Timms fits into. When Gina sings a great country song, she’s lived every minute of it – the heartaches, the joys, the love … you can’t fake that.

The Tasmanian-born singer-songwriter just oozes integrity and has shared her considerable musical gifts with others since she was a tiny tacker busking on the street and entering every talent quest around.

She has independently released three CDs – It’s Time, This Is It and Borderline – and is in the process of recording her fourth studio album.

Gina successfully juggled motherhood and live performances and was named Tasmania’s Barnardos Mother of the Year in 2007. She believes the secret is the ability to multi-task and be organised.

To give her two greatest productions (sons Jakeb and Samuel) the best start in life, music took a back seat to motherhood for a time, but now they’re both independent young men, she’s a force to be reckoned with.

With a heart bigger than Tasmania, you’ll rarely hear no come from Gina’s mouth. She’s earnt the respect of many fundraising organisations, including Barnardos Australia, and is patron of Make-A-Wish for the North West and West Coast of Tasmania and King Island, as well as Australian Ambassador for CORES Australia (Community Response to Eliminating Suicide). She’s always the first to put up her hand to help someone in need.

Powerful, dynamic and entertaining – they’re all great descriptors – but the best way to appreciate a Gina Timms performance is to sit in the audience and you’ll be blown away like everyone around you.

She’s a five-foot human dynamo on stage, whose theme song, Texas (When I Die) has brought the house down at many a show during her regular Tamworth Country Music Festival appearances.

Gina made Tamworth her home in 1991, arriving to record an album, and she stayed on for four years, building up an impressive fan base around the North West and New England region of NSW.

She has co-ordinated and been chief judge of the Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year Quest at Wests in Tamworth each January for the past 27 years. Gina Timms’ Ladies of Country show packs out Wests’ Legends Lounge on the first night of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, with her follow-up shows all drawing huge crowds to the popular venue. They can’t get enough of Gina Timms.

With her expansive industry knowledge, she’s also been invited to judge the Gore Gold Guitar Awards in New Zealand, as well as numerous other quests at festivals around Australia. In 2014 she was recognised in her home state with the Country Music Legend Award. 

With a deep love and respect for traditional country music, Gina Timms honours the trailblazers at every show, choosing from her extensive repertoire. Every audience is different but they all have one thing in common – no one can resist Gina’s charm.

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