2018 ARTISTS

 

SARA STORER

One of our most celebrated and much loved singer songwriters, Sara Storer, returns to the live arena in 2017 when she continues the tour that will take her ARIA Award

winning album, ‘Silos’, to her legion of fans around Australia.

In January 2017, Sara took out 2 gongs at the Country Music Awards of Australia including the highly coveted, Female Artist of the Year Award, taking her career tally to 21 Golden Guitars.

Sara has earned high praise from media and audiences alike for her ability to capture the essence of Australian life – its characters and distinctive landscape.

John Williamson best sums it up: “Sara has a unique way of seeing and expressing

her observations of love and life in the bush. So she is a songwriter that will be remembered beyond her lifetime.”

And as respected journalist and book author Noel Mengel observes, “It’s Sara’s crisp observations of the Australian landscape and its people that provide the solid foundation stone for her music. She has seen all the beauty, joy and heartbreak this land can bring. Images of Australia burn through Silos with all the clarity of an outback sunset.

Audiences can expect to hear a few news songs from Silos as well as many old favourites including Buffalo Bill, the song that kick started Sara’s career.
http://www.sarastorer.com.au/

KIRSTY LEE AKERS

Kirsty Lee Akers’ journey as both a recording artist and a person is unique within Australia and around the world. Proud of her indigenous heritage as a woman of the Wonnarua people (Hunter Valley – Australia), she has embraced a global musical culture and now spends her time between Australia and the USA. Whilst she lives in Nashville for a large portion of the year, Australia will always be her spiritual home.

“Music and family have always been the most important parts of my life. My Nan, Mum and Aunt were singers, and I grew up with my pop playing Country Music all the time. I still remember my first performance at age three. I was hooked! ” – Kirsty Lee Akers

As a child, Kirsty’s life was far from easy. Her family could be described as the stereotypical “Aussie Battlers”. She was not born into money and was one of four children growing up in a small house while her father worked two jobs so the family could get by. Her entire family were not strangers to hard work. Born when her mother was only 17 years old, Kirsty quickly learned the importance of teamwork, love and family connection to get where she needed to go. These are traits that to this day are extremely important to her and help her connect with her fans on an honest and personal level.
http://www.kirstyleeakers.com/

ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND

The global republic of country music has long been ruled by the singer-songwriter – frequently backed by a band, but never truly part of it. Enter East Coast powerhouse Adam Eckersley Band, here to colonise their empire with thundering, shimmering slabs of Southern-influenced rock, swamp, and soul.

With the groove of Jerry Reed, the effortless cool of JJ Cale, the heart and soul of The Marshall Tucker Band, and the outlaw bite of Charlie Daniels, Adam Eckersley Band stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the tightest outfits in the business, from Zac Brown Band to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Armed with a brace of beards to make a lumberjack down tools and run, Adam and the boys are set to launch Phase Two of their irresistible takeover with towering sophomore effort The Second Album.

A one-time touring guitarist with the all-conquering McClymonts, Adam Eckersley is at once consummate showman, bona fide guitar hero, and notably egalitarian bandleader – doling out liberal solo breaks to each of his rock-steady bandmates: bassist Scotty Greenaway, drummer Benny Elliot, and “Arizona” Dan Biederman on keys, Hammond, and Wurlitzer. The band’s fulltime roster now also boasts the multi-talented Duncan Toombs on guitar and banjo.

Tearaway 2013 debut The First Album won some impressive gains for Adam and the band, hitting the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Album Chart and peaking at No. 5 on the ARIA Country Chart, while single “Give Her The World” cracked the CMC Video Chart Top 10 before going on to take out first prize in the country section of the 2014 International Song Writing Competition. Crowning it all, AEB snared the Golden Guitar for Best New Talent at this year’s CMAA Awards in Tamworth, before jetting off to Nashville to perform as part of the Global Artist Showcase at country music’s peak industry meet, CMA Fest 2015. Veterans of two Tamworth Festivals, CMC Rocks, and the Gympie Muster, Adam Eckersley Band have undeniable festival cred to back up their impressive rap sheet.

The Second Album was tracked at the world-beating Studios 301 in Byron Bay, with legendary producer-engineer Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Kasey Chambers, Powderfinger) behind the sound-desk. The record came together in a storm of live tracking, with album sessions capturing several jaw-dropping jams from the preternaturally tight outfit.

“One of the cool things was, half the time we didn’t know we were cutting a track!” Adam recalls. “We’d just start jamming, thinking we were only pulling sounds or warming up, and the next thing Nick would say, okay, come into the control room. He’d just been running red the whole time! He was always working to capture the most natural take for every song.”

The Second Album certainly sees the Adam Eckersley Band take full flight.

“For all of us, that’s what gets us off musically – just going on a sort of journey with dynamic lifts and falls,” Adam says. “If you can jag it so that everyone’s right on the same page and just flowing together, it’s pretty banging. Over the twelve months of playing songs from The First Albumlive, we started messing around with the standard versions, adding extended jam sessions to them. We really enjoy doing that, so we thought, well, let’s include a bit of that on this new album.”

Reflecting considerable growth in the band’s outlook, The Second Album showcases ideas both new – the inclusion of a string quartet being a stirring example – and time-honoured. It all adds up to a collection of eleven tracks that are emblematic of AEB’s striking versatility, impressive range, and clear camaraderie.

“It covers a fairly broad range of sounds,” Adam says of the album. “There’s definitely some jamming Southern stuff, some straight-up rock sort of songs, a bit of country, and a coupla ballads. I don’t know really how to categorise the whole thing overall!”

It’s also an album penned entirely by Adam and the band – with writing input from DiDia on two tracks – and featuring songwriting on ‘Wheels’ with former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, as well as Adam’s wife and fellow vocal power-unit Brooke McClymont.

From the piping organ of its opening bars, first track ‘Live On’ promises something big – and delivers.

With more than one of the boys balancing the rigours of touring and recording against the job of raising infants and toddlers, The Second Albumfrequently celebrates the warm glow of family life. Classic rock throwdown ‘Talking About Love’ is a timely reminder of the importance of maintaining an emotional connection with our significant other in the face of overwhelming work and domestic responsibilities.

Brooke co-pilots the classic country-folk sway of ‘Comes a Time’, as well as escapist anthem ‘Good Night’ – a hangover waiting to happen sandwiched between pounding drums, tearing lead, and throbbing bass. “Got my liquor in a brown bag, tired boots and tattered jeans,” Adam sings.

True to form, there’s a sweet country-crossover in ‘For You’, soul flavours in ‘Lost Time’, and a honkytonk stomper in ‘Mocha’ – which features some impressive vocal dexterity from Adam, as he considers one of the more confounding innovations of modernity: the proliferation of needlessly complicated coffee orders. ‘Wheels’ is a freewheeling, radio-friendly love song, while ‘Hey Little Daughter’ is a soulful dedication to Adam and Brooke’s daughter Tiggy.

Closer ‘Took That Woman’ is an irresistible parting shot: a seven-minute epic packed to the gunnels with cataclysmic guitar solos, bass lines to make a funk band quiver in their platform lace-ups, doomsday organ, and relentless, merciless drums. The takeover is complete.
http://www.adameckersleyband.com/

BILL CHAMBERS

Bill Chambers New Album ‘Cold Trail’ is his first studio album in 4 Years. Although in the meantime he’s released the Live @ The Pub Tamworth DVD and CD.
Bill has left anything but a ‘Cold Trail, he continues to tour the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and also his own solo shows, playing anything from house concerts and coffee lounges to major festivals.
If you’ve been in the audience at a Bill Chambers concert you’ll notice he always travels with a swag of guitars showcasing his connection to different styles of music that he’s been influenced by over the years.
“I grew up listening to the Hillbilly music my mum and dad played when i was a kid. I discovered early Rock’n’Roll, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. In recent times I’ve been particularly influenced by the Texas Singer/Songwriters”.
When he’s not on the road you’ll most likely find Bill producing and playing on some other artists album.
‘I consider myself lucky to have worked in the studio with so many talented people over the years, it’s always exciting to discover new artists and work on great songs’.
Bill has produced albums for Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Arna Georgia, Michaela Jenke, Amos Morris, Jessica Belle, Sandra Humphries and HalleyAnna Finlay from Texas.
When you see Bill Chambers live on stage its evident that his music reflects his early influences and resonates with stories of his life on the road.

http://billchambersmusic.com/

MATT JOE GOW

Born in New Zealand in what is known colloquially as the “deep south”, it is fitting that Matt found his feet as a songwriter in a genre of music that was born in the Deep South of the USA. Whilst these far-flung regions have little in common in terms of climate – the former sometimes bitterly cold where the latter is sultry heat – they both share a rich musical history, and Matt absorbed both growing up.

Of New Zealand Chinese and Northern English heritage, and having lived in New Zealand, England, Canada and Austria, Matt brings this worldliness and experience to his songs, which are delivered in his characteristic baritone.

Matt released his first Americana/Alternative Country record The Messenger in 2009. Produced by multi-ARIA award-winner Nash Chambers and featuring Jim Moginie of Midnight Oil and iconic Australian country artist Bill Chambers, it was recorded at the legendary Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne and released on Liberation Records.

Flash forward to the release of his next record Seven Years, and Matt would say this of The Messenger:

“Back when we released The Messenger, the musical landscape in Australia was not as fleshed out in regards to Americana or alt-country and I think things have changed since then,” Matt says

“I remember being on stage for the first time in a while at a New Zealand venue last year and seeing people singing along to `Steady Life’ and `Come What May’ and thinking, people still like these songs? Do people still want to hear these songs? That’s great.

I realised I had missed that connection and it’s one of the things that inspired me to write more songs.”

Back to Seven Years; a record made – in stark contrast to The Messenger – entirely independently. The genesis of Seven Years was a recording session in early 2010 when Matt and band decamped to a rustic stone house in the small country town of Bright. Without a fixed idea of what the recordings would be used for, the spontaneous rock and roll vibe of this session would see some of the recordings form the bedrock of the Seven Years on tracks such as I’m Your Man and Runnin’ On Time.

During the long break between The Messenger and Seven Years, Matt took a hiatus from music and the city life and retreated to St Leonards, a quiet seaside town. It was here in somewhat isolation that Matt wrote the remainder of the record, with songs such as Bottle It Up, Pass It On and Bye striking a different tone to the more upbeat tracks from the session years earlier.

A year or so later, re-energised by the process of making Seven Years, the positive reception it received (the album was nominated for a Victoria Music Award) and a tour with musical mentor Grant Lee Phillips, Matt was eager to launch into making another record.

Building on the musical direction of the previous two records and yet forging its own unique place in the Matt Joe Gow canon, Break, Rattle and Roll ranges from the Stones-esque rock and roll of the opener Bridge Over Concrete, echoing the country-inflected rock of Exile on Main Street which was itself born of the friendship between Gram Parsons and Keith Richards; the hushed heartbreak of Old Hotel Room, and the loping Americana groove of Ransom.

Like Seven Years, it was produced independently by Matt and long-time bandmate Andrew Pollock. Having total control over the production style, they focused on capturing the performance of a band playing in a room as naturally and organically as possible.

Break, Rattle and Roll feature guest spots from popular Melbourne acts The Weeping Willows and Gretta Ziller, as well as relative newcomer Katya Harrop who also appeared on Seven Years, notably on the duet Flowers in your Hair.

Matt likes to keep busy. He is also prolific. At various points of his career, he has had dozens of unrecorded songs up his sleeve. He could have released several albums worth of unreleased material by now, yet prefers to whittle them down until he has arrived at his own perfect playlist.

“I think any true songwriter likes to write songs, regardless of whether they will be released or not. I write a lot. It’s definitely cathartic for me. I like playing the guitar. I like singing. It’s what I do.”

http://www.mattjoegow.com/

24HOURS

24 Hours is one of Newcastle’s most exciting Covers Bands, playing music ranging from the 60’s to today’s contemporary artists. 24 Hours has been together for more than 16 years.  Over this period of time the band has gained a huge amount of experience in providing a highly professional night of entertainment in a wide range of different entertainment scenarios from Weddings to private parties Corporate functions and Pubs and Clubs.

24 Hours specialty is Rock and Roll and is sure to get you out on the dance floor or singing along to all your favourite tunes. Playing songs from all your favourite artists, including ACDC, The Angels, Grinspoon, Powderfinger, Inxs, Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes, Creedence Clear Water Revival, The Beatles, ZZ Top and Matchbox 20.
The Band consists of 5 members all seasoned and professional musicians with years of experience playing live music.

http://genr8ent.com.au/

BLAKE O’CONNOR

17 Years old, Living in NSW Australia. Singer/Songwriter Guitarist.
January 2018** Graduated from CMAA, Tamworth Country Music Festival had Blake singing on stage supporting the Adam Eckersley Band at the Albert Hotel.
I was also approached by Adam Brand to perform in his 20th Anniversary Concert on the Toyota Main Stage in the Park.
I was also awarded the Australian Country Music Peoples Choice Award for Most Promising Future Star.
2018 will also see Blake going on Tour with Adam Eckersley & Brooke McClymont for their Highway Sky Tour seeing Blake supporting 13 of their shows.
2017 has so far been amazing with being awarded with 3 awards at Tamworth Country Music Festival. 1st Place in Coca-Cola Country Best Young Star 1st Place in Mount Franklin Talent Quest 1st Place in the CCMA (Capital Country Music Association) which led me to play on the Toyota Main Stage at the closing concert in Tamworth. I also have been awarded a Scholarship with the CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) in January next year 2018. Support Act for the Adam Eckersley Band in April this year. Support Act for Brooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley on their shows. Suport Act for Russell Morris Support Act for Damien Leith People’s Choice Award 2017 @ Gympie Music Muster Emerging Artists which led Blake to perform on the Gympie Main Stage with the All Stars line up. 1st Prize at the Brisbane Ekka 2017. 2016 was a full year of gigs and other great achievements. I was asked to sing the New Zealand in Maori and Australia’s National Anthems at the Official Luncheon for the Governor General of NSW. Also had the opportunity to be selected for the TV show XFactor, made it through to the top 50 in under 22’s with Adam Lambert as the Mentor for that category. I had the pleasure of singing in the line up with other great Artists at a Private Event which included, The Adam Eckersley Band, Brooke McClymont, Ghost Road and Shannon Noel. 2015 gave me some great opportunities with music and hope to one day make it big within the Music Industry, Thats my DREAM!!!! 2015 gave me the opportunity to be a Featured Artist at School Spectacular Sydney,Performed Live on the MORNINGS SHOW channel 9, Performed at the Hawkesbury Show Anzac Day 100th Anniversary singing the National Anthem for the Official Party, Sang live on 2GB Radio Sydney, I was one of 7 chosen to Co Write a song with John Foreman for School Spectacular called “SUPERNOVA” which was released by Sony on iTunes

https://www.facebook.com/Blakeoconnormusic/

CHELSEA ROLLINGS

“Chelsea Rollings caught my attention in Tamworth with her stand out vocals and original songs and I can’t wait to see what her future in music will bring… this girl’s got something!” – multi-award winning country artist Adam Brand
ALTHOUGH still at high school, Hunter Valley artist Chelsea Rollings has already worked with some of the cream of country artists in Australia. Graduating from the CMAA Academy of Country Music junior course in 2017, Rollings has released her single, You Are, and worked with Aleyce Simmonds, Ashleigh Dallas, Roger Corbett, and Adam Brand in the past year. You Are reached the top 40 of the My Country Australia radio airplay charts.
Her love for country music has been with her since birth, though, growing up in Tamworth and always being part of the annual January festival. Rollings grew up surrounded by all that the Country Music Capital had to offer, watching artists and the festival on television and said she fell in love with the storytelling aspect of country music.
“You can write a song, and it will be heard because of the storytelling within it,” she said.
As well as loving country music, Rollings has always known that she wanted a career in the genre, even though she has experimented with musical theatre and other styles, but always returned to her first love. The 18-year-old’s influences range from Michael Jackson whose performance style initially encouraged her to want to take to the stage, through to Kasey Chambers for her songwriting and performance style.
Making a name for herself in the genre, Rollings has appeared at country music festivals including the Clarence Valley Country Hoedown and the Tocal Field Day and has been performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival since 2015, although she began performing in 2008.
It was the end of year concerts for her singing teacher’s students that saw her first take to the stage and sing in public. Rollings is currently mixing her professional performances with HSC studies and is a regular performer at the Family Hotel in Maitland. The singer- songwriter has also recently performed at the Clarence Valley Country Hoedown, Tocal Field Day and Stomp Festival.
Rollings’ future goal now is to make an album full of original songs and tour it around Australia.

https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaRollingsMusic/

GEORGIE DARR