Caught in the Middle takes you on a multi genre journey through country, blues, roots and acoustic. An eclectic collection of works that is all tied together through outstanding musicianship and Cook’s heartfelt delivery of the songs. The album contains 9 original works and 3 selected covers. The musicians include some of Australia’s top session musicians with a special guest performance by New Zealand multi award winning recording artist Sharon O’Neill. Recorded and Mixed by Buzz Bidstrup and David Nicholas at Asquith Studios Sydney and Produced by Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup, Cook raised the funds to record this album as she did her previous 2 albums via a crowdfunding & extended pre-sale period. The album is released on SBD Music and distributed by MGM Distribution.(Southbound in NZ)
Twenty Eight independent Country music artists have gathered together to bring this double disc CD to country fans, with a collection of great songs in what is a unique artist owned CD concept. Key 2 Artist Promotions has facilitated the release, but the compilation is entirely owned by the artists, who have put forward a track each to this fabulous collection of country music. A terrific gift for the Country Music Fan and a great way to support & discover a number of Independent country artists with one purchase.
Artists with a track on the double CD collection include Emma Jene, Col Gentles, Aly Cook, Becci Nethery Lana Doublet, Karen Craigie, Michelle Russell, Chris Williams, Phil Doublet, Destiny Band Oz, Dan Higgins Tony Lee , Dale Duncan, Kris Cummins, Brendan Dugan, Alan & Trace, Tony Cook, Phoebe Jay, Lance Birrell Don Allen ft Deidre Bentley, Gina Timms, Kalesti Butler, Kylie Adams-Collier, Kel-Anne Brandt, Jase Lansky Jacinta Laws, Kelvin Cummings, and Tony Clarke.
Champagne Country Double CD is available now
With 100% New Zealand music ‘Best Kept Kiwi Secrets’ not only provides music from some of our distinguished country artists like Brendan Dugan, Jodi Vaughan and The Warratahs but also a selection of our Kiwi Country Artists who are achieving great things off shore.
New Zealand has a fantastic new generation of Kiwi Country Artists who are very much ‘hidden talent’ in their own country as it is hard for the New Zealand public to hear them. With little outlet for recorded country music on commercial television and radio in New Zealand , the reach of country music from any country, for that matter, to the New Zealand general public is not great. However, there is a growing grass roots country music industry that is producing new music that tells our stories. These artists are gaining chart status as they are being played heavily on community and commercial radio alike in Australia as well as worldwide...
Yet they are New Zealand Music’s ‘Best Kept Kiwi Secrets’
This compilation album is about new audiences both in New Zealand and internationally discovering the beautiful country music made by Kiwi Country artists.
‘Best Kept Kiwi Secrets’ presents new young independent country pop artists from the south, the likes of Kaylee Bell, Jody Direen, Kayla Mahon, Kelvin Cummings, along with those who have flown wings such as Jackie Bristow, now based in the USA, with her beautiful country ballad ‘Warrior Spirit’. Add to this a duet with Opshop’s Jason Kerrison and Ex Kiwi FM ‘s Fleur Jack, who now is Fleur Wood with husband Wesley Wood in a duo called The W Lovers, with their track ‘Old Town’. ‘Sunshine Good Times’ seems an appropriate single for duo NeillyRich, Blenheim’s Matthew McNeilly and his Australian wife Amelia McNeilly, who are based in Sydney, who have been topping the ARIA charts and charts in Australia. Liam Kennedy-Clark, a new rising star, who spread his wings across the Tasman at 17 years of age, gives us his single ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up’.
Matt Joe Gow, an amazing Alt country artist hailing from Dunedin ft Katya Harrop gifts us with a stunning song ‘Flowers in your Hair’. Kevin Greaves who spent some 15 years in Nashville presents the perfect song ‘Daddy’s Radio’ interpreting the story of his kiwi country music pioneer father, the great Rusty Greaves who travelled from NZ to perform the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville 11 times. Add to this amazing lineup New Zealand recording artist, Aly Cook, whose album ‘Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel’ saw 5 number #1s on the Australian Top 40 Country Tracks airplay Chart, offers up her hit song ‘Western Line, which features the familiar fiddle of Nik Brown of the Warratahs and a guest vocal spot from Brendan Dugan who has also adds to the CD ‘Honky Tonk Heroes’ written by Kiwi Songwriting Piano legend Ritchie Pickett.
Husband & Wife 2018 Tui nominees for New Zealand Country Artist of the Year 2018 Phil Doublet and Lana Doublet give us a sample of their music with ‘Suitcase’ from Phil’s album ‘Strength, Love, Music & Light’ and ‘Drive-Bye’ from Lana’s album ‘Beautiful Human’.
An offering with a difference is the swingin country of New Zealand cricket legend John Wright with one of his tales of international cricketing in the title track of his album ‘Red Skies’. ‘The Sou’Westers’ kiwi combo of Aly Cook, Liam Ryan of the Narcs and Dean Hetherington of the Coalrangers also bring us the title track from their album ‘Going west’. Their Alt Country style/ RnB vibe sits perfectly alongside newly released Tony Lee with the first single from his album of the same name ‘So far from the Truth’. New comer Sharon Miller rounds up with a country rock offering ‘Kick my boots off’
An alt-country gem splashed with classic country-pop, multi award-winning songs, heartfelt vocals, and slick production. Genre: Country: Alt-Country Release Date: 2018
- Little Heartbreaker
- Kill Me Now
- Bottom Line
- Mountains of Gold
- Game Face
- Happy Ending
- Lonely Town
- So Long
- Till It Gets Done
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A Singer /Songwriter from the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Col Gentles is a prolific songwriter boasting recent writes & co-writes with some of the best in the industry. He has had songs recorded by Drew McAlister, Kayla Mahon, Tall Timbre, The Smokin Willies, The Bushwackers, & Kate Linke (Western Australia’s current Female Artist of the Year). Col has also contributed backing vocals on albums as diverse as Allan Caswell; Ian Quinn & The Bushwackers.
‘I Said Nothin’ is Col Gentle’s first single released from his debut album ‘Laneway Bars’ produced and mastered by Roger Corbett supported by some of Australia’s best musicians. His song is a real honest portrayal of love lost from a one-sided relationship. The lyrics express the pain of betrayal leaving him broken hearted, regretful and immobilised. “I should have laid my cards on the table but I Said Nothin” reveals the torment of not having verbalised his feelings, never really having his love returned and struggling with letting go.
Col will be spending the second half of 2017 and 2018 promoting the album and has another album already half written.
David Lee comes from a small town in Tasmania called Exeter. He first burst onto the Country Music scene back in the 90’s. After quite a few years David gave it away professionally for 10 years because of other commitments in his life. He now has a home a family and his own successful business and has decided it is time to return, making a comeback in 2014 and has so many people right behind him.
David was born to be an entertainer and with the influence of one of Country Music’s true legends behind him Smokey Venn, who noticed a great deal of talent in David. David has performed at many shows and festivals around Tasmania. This includes winning the junior talent quest at Ulverstone at the age of 15 and the ‘Best new talent’ at Heybridge festival at the age of 17. More recently won ‘Best of the day award’ at the Birralee country music day in 2015. Just this year won runner up in the CCMA Talent quest in Tamworth in the ‘senior songwriters’ for the song ‘Soldier Boys’ that is on the new album. David would sure like to take it even further, as his love for real country music grows every year. ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM We are excited with the release of his second album ‘Birralee Lady’, produced here in Tasmania with 4 originals and 7 favourites. Smokey Venn wrote ‘Birralee Lady’ nearly 30 years ago for his lady Faye. David is honoured to be able to record it and it has been very well received. ‘Now I’m Singing Country’ is the next original, co-wrote with John & Ann Doherty. This is a great up beat country song with some old school picking, done by David Lee on his Ganjo. ‘Soldier Boys’ that won runner up in the CCMA Talent Quest in Tamworth 2017, was written by David and his brother Michael Lee. This song has be getting such a great response and we are very excited about it. Lastly ‘Empty Left Hand Seat’ was written by Michael “MICK” Lee (David’s brother) and is a wonderful Aussie bush ballad that is causing some tears. It is wonderfully written and the fans are enjoying this beautiful song. David has done his own harmonies on this album and all the acoustic picking and we hope you like it..
Discover this queen of Country today. Gina is one of the most wonderful voices in Australian Country Music recently awarded the legend award at the Tasmanian Country Music Awards. Track List
Falling in Love (Is the Nicest Kind of Fall)
Thank You (Just Doesn't Seem Enought)
True Aussie Hero
Do You Like What You See
Australia (Paint You a Picture)
My Beautiful Boys
I've Learnt My Lesson
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Singer songwriter musician’s Alan Percy and Tracey Davis from ALAN and TRACE duo are excited to release their new single COUNTRY’S WHAT I AM written by Alan Percy. Their song tells of their love of Australia and growing up on the land. Alan and Trace feel very blessed in 2018 to have received Number One on the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart with their single ‘Help Me Make It Through the Night’ and winning ‘The Traditional Country Music Duo/Group of The Year’ at The Josie Music Awards held at Dollywood Tennessee.
NEW RELEASE: Gina Timms - Falling In Love (Is The Nicest Kind Of Fall)
Gina Timms releases new single.
Falling In Love (Is The Nicest Kind Of Fall) is the 5th single from Gina Timms’ Album - Thank You.
“I literally penned this song when I was standing on a friends balcony looking over a valley realising how far I had come since the breakdown of my first marriage”.
I had recently fallen in love with a man who I fancied back when I was 15.
“At that time he was 22 and my father would have locked me up if he knew” laughs Gina.
It was just a fantasy way back then.
We met up 25 years later, both divorced and on our own.
It’s the perfect love story and we are now happily married to each other and falling in love with that man certainly has been the nicest kind of fall.
He is my everything, my universe and the absolute love of my life.
Writing this song certainly was great therapy for helping heal my battered and bruised heart as a couple of years before that I made a huge decision to take my boys and I and leave my abusive marriage.
I now feel ok to talk about that dark time in my life but it has taken a long time.
Of course it wasn’t all bad as I was blessed with my two greatest achievements, my two sons who are both the absolute centre of my universe.
This song resonates just what one can achieve if you dig deep and find inner strength, it allows you to pick up the pieces and start again.
Although self preservation plays a huge part and yes I still have a wall up at times, but it is built more out of paper mache these days rather than steel.
Here is proof that Falling In Love Is The Nicest Kind of Fall.
After a career spanning 50 years as a legend in New Zealand Country Music Brendan Dugan releases the 2018 remastered version of the late Richie Pickett's song 'Honky Tonk Heroes' Never released as a single till now. The song, ‘Honky Tonk Heroes’, tells of all the passed loved big country stars jamming in heaven.
Great new single from Greg Williams and Ron Buckpitt
New Zealand’s beloved legacy band The Narcs announce the release of a new single and music video Summerhill Stone. The Narcs released their new single on itunes in early March to coincide with the band’s appearance, on their own home turf at Canterbury’s Selwyn Sounds Festival, before a crowd of 15,000. Summerhill Stone was also included on New Tracks - NZ On Airs’ April Compilation to radio of new releases by New Zealand artists. Now during New Zealand Music month, the song comes alive with the release of a new music video. Summerhill Stone was a brand of coloured concrete brick popular for affordable housing in 1950s and 60s Christchurch - it came in many pastel colours and never needed painting. The Narcs’ new single drives the listener around Bishopdale and the old suburbs of western Christchurch. It’s where you grew up, the conformity you rebelled against, what you moved away from, and it’s still there. Over the band’s 38 year career, The Narcs have attracted new fans with their fusion of South Island and Sydney-drenched rock’n’roll. From playing their first gig in Christchurch in 1980, the band has had a slew of radio and video hits including “Heart and Soul”, “Lazy Susan”, ‘Diamonds on China’ and ‘Abandoned By Love’. The Narcs’ recording legacy includes three studio albums: ‘The Great Divide’ (1984), also a name that the band was marketed in Australia, whilst there they recorded the self titled album ‘The Narcs’ (1986) at the famed music farm studio in Mullumbimby under legendary producer Tim Kramer and finally “Push The Boat Out” (1996), and a compilation “Best of The Narcs” (2002). Summerhill Stone now sets the band to return, with more recorded works, and to enjoy the current resurgence and popularity of legacy bands of the 80s’. The Narcs will once again perform live to the audiences that loved them and grew up with their sounds.
Multi award winning Australian Singer Songwriter, BECCI NETHERY, presents her newest work, BEAUTIFUL LIFE. Written by Nicky Chinn, Frank Myers and Gary Baker and produced by GREG WILLIAMS this brand new single, title track from her debut album, is a song about appreciating the beautiful things in life and letting go of the negatives. Becci connected with the positive message in this song and chose it to be the title track for this reason.
This is an upbeat fun song to perform to a live audience and leaves listeners feeling more optimistic about love and life. This is the 5th single from her album BEAUTIFUL LIFE which boasts number #1 successes and has recently been awarded 'National Country Album of the Year' at the Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards 2017.
Col Gentles is a prolific Singer /Songwriter from the Blue Mountains NSW with recent writes & co-writes with some of the best in the industry. Col has had his songs recorded by Drew McAlister, Kayla Mahon, Tall Timbre, The Smokin Willies & The Bushwackers to name a few. He has enjoyed charting success this year as a solo artist, with his debut single ‘I Said Nothin’ rising to a respectful #19 on the Australian Top 40 Country Tracks Airplay Chart in September, whilst his 2nd release ‘I’ve Been There with Slim’ claimed #10.
Col Gentles’ latest single ‘The Last of the Knucklemen’ tells the story of the last days of Jimmy Sharman’s boxing tent and it’s fighters. The song was written by Col after listening to a story on late night AM radio on his way home from a gig.
Col reminisces... “It brought back memories of going to Sharman’s tents with my Dad and brother and watching the spruiker out the front banging the drum and yelling out "a round or two for a pound or two".”
‘The Last of the Knucklemen’ has been recorded by The Bushwackers, The Willies and Tall Timbre and is a favourite request at live gigs.
With a ‘tough boy’ trucker image and a smooth as chocolate voice, KRIS CUMMINS will make you melt with his breathtaking new song, ‘COMING DOWN WITH SOMETHING’. Produced by John Ertler and Tom Harding at Tombstone Recording Studios in Nashville, written by the very talented TJ KIRBY and BRENDON MADDOX, this single was originally delivered by Kris in the 2015 movie ‘Providence’.
Featured on his upcoming album, this track, with hit written all over it, is accompanied by an impressive music clip. Directed by the talented Paul Denham, EMMA JENE appears as the ‘girl next door’. Kris’ former EP, LITTLE LOVE, which produced the stunning singles, ‘SAY WHEN’ and ‘A LITTLE LOVE’, has only just hinted at the talent waiting for us to discover with his stunning new album.
The final single from ALY COOK’S critically acclaimed album, ‘HORSESHOE RODEO HOTEL’.
‘LOVE IS A FOOL TIME JOB’ is a dedication to the hard work involved in relationships, wrapped in a Country Rock anthem written by GARY RIMMER, ALY COOK & ALAN JANSSON, with some stunning guitar work from Aly Cook’s Sou’wester bandmate DEAN HETHERINGTON. This is a cool summer country rock track and a great follow up to the 4 number #1 Country Tracks singles and final swansong from her Horseshoe Rodeo Hotel album.
ALY COOK is an award-winning artist who can boast New Zealand Female Country Artist of the Year, TCIMA International Artist of the Year 2017 and twice nominated as New Zealand Woman of the Year for her contribution to the arts.
Hailing from Melbourne Australia ‘Ambience of Carolina’ blends a broad spectrum of musical genres to move listeners with her unique style. Her debut self-titled EP delivers a journey in emotions, showcasing the darkness, beauty, and complications that we all experience in life, but always with an overarching theme of hope and positivity. The six-track EP finds it’s grounding in Ambience of Carolina’s personal life experience and view of the world as she delivers emotionally powerful music with modern pop sensibilities. Her new single "Missing you" was written in honour of her mother who passed one year ago. This beautiful single expresses the heart aching emotion of losing the ones you love & how love truly never "dies".