AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TOP 10 (18/4/2014)

VICTORIA AVENUE still Number 1 on Australian Country on live365

Victoria Avenue make it two weeks in a row on the top spot but 8 Ball is heading back to the Top! This weeks Top 10 based on listeners “likes” on Australian Country on live365. There are new and hot tracks included in this week on Australian Country on live365.

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1) QUIT YOU – VICTORIA AVENUE
2) I’M GOING TO JAIL – 8 BALL AITKEN
3) THREE BROTHERS (THE GREAT WAR) – LUKE O’SHEA
4) CLOCK OUT AT FIVE – DOUG BRUCE
5) MOUNTAIN GIRL – DIANNA CORCORAN (HOT TRACK !)
6) GIVE HER THE WORLD – ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND
7) PARADISE – NATALIE HOWARD
8) KICK THE BUCKET – ALLAN CASWELL
9) THE CAPE – MORGAN EVANS FEATURING KASEY CHAMBERS
10) GIMME THAT – THE FAIRGROUND

AND 3 HOT TRACKS THIS WEEK (Plus One !)

LITTLE PATCH OF HEAVEN – CARTER AND CARTER
TRUCKSTOP FLOWERS – LUKE O’SHEA AND ALEYCE SIMMONDS
CALL HOME – TANIA KERNAGHAN

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TOP 10 (8/4/2014)

VICTORIA AVENUE make Number 1 on Australian Country on live365

This weeks Top 10 based on listeners “likes” on Australian Country on live365. There are new and hot tracks included in this week on Australian Country on live365.

1) QUIT YOU – VICTORIA AVENUE                                                                                              images
2) GIVE HER THE WORLD – ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND
3) I’M GOING TO JAIL – 8 BALL AITKEN
4) THREE BROTHERS (THE GREAT WAR) – LUKE O’SHEA
5) THE CAPE – MORGAN EVANS FEATURING KASEY CHAMBERS
6) CLOCK OUT AT FIVE – DOUG BRUCE
7) WATERED DOWN WHISKEY – CHRISTIE LAMB
8) GOD DID GOOD – DIANNA CORCORAN
9) GIMME THAT – THE FAIRGROUND
10) KICK THE BUCKET – ALLAN CASWELL

AND 3 HOT TRACKS THIS WEEK

TURN THE PAGES OVER – BRYCE SAINTY
MOUNTAIN GIRL – DIANNA CORCORAN
309 – LACHLAN BRYAN AND THE WILDES

And remember you can “like” your favourite tracks when you hear them on Australian Country on live365 just by hitting the (yes you got it) the ‘like’ button when the song is played on your device or PC.

 

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TOP 10 (25/3/2014)

8 Ball Aitken is “still in jail” and still Number 1 on the Australian Country TOP 10.

8 tells Australian Country that “I’m Going To Jail” is his most played song ever !!!!!

This weeks Top 10 based on listeners “likes” on Australian Country on live365. There are new and hot tracks included in this week on Australian Country on live365.

And remember you can “like” your favourite tracks when you hear them on Australian Country on live365 just by hitting the (yes you got it) the ‘like’ button when the song is played on your device or PC.

1) I’M GOING TO JAIL – 8 BALL AITKEN
2) GREY – NATALIE HOWARD

Natalie Howard Number 2 this week with "Grey"

Natalie Howard Number 2 this week with “Grey”

3) GIVE HER THE WORLD – ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND
4) THREE BROTHERS (THE GREAT WAR) – LUKE O’SHEA
5) GOD DID GOOD – DIANNA CORCORAN (NEW THIS WEEK)
6) FREEDOM REBELS – ADAM BRAND
7) THE CAPE – MORGAN EVANS FEATURING KASEY CHAMBERS (NEW THIS WEEK)
8) STRONGER – ALEYCE SIMMONDS
9) QUIT YOU – VICTORIA AVENUE (NEW THIS WEEK)
10) MR SATURDAY NIGHT – BILL CHAMBERS AND ROBYN LUDWICK

AND 3 HOT TRACKS THIS WEEK

THINKING OF YOU – THE CARTWHEELS
CHRISTIE LAMB – WATERED DOWN WHISKEY
TO THE GRAVE – ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TOP 10 (w/e 9/3/2014)

This weeks Top 10 based on listeners “likes” on Australian Country on live365. (and tracks that have received attention from listeners world wide this week) and remember you can “like” your favourite tracks when you hear them on Australian Country on live365 just by hitting the (yes you got it) the ‘like’ button when the song is played on your device or PC.

1) LOVEGRASS – SARA STORER
2) GIVE HER THE WORLD – ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND                                                     download (6)
3) I’M GOING TO JAIL – 8 BALL AITKEN
4) THESE HANDS – JASMINE RAE
5) THE NEXT THING YOU HEAR – ALLAN CASWELL
6) CITY OF LIGHT – FELICITY URQUHART
7) GREY – NATALIE HOWARD (NEW THIS WEEK)
8) THREE BROTHERS (THE GREAT WAR) – LUKE O’SHEA (NEW THIS WEEK)
9) MR SATURDAY NIGHT – BILL CHAMBERS AND ROBYN LUDWICK (NEW THIS WEEK)
10) WATERED DOWN WHISKEY – CHRISTIE LAMB (NEW THIS WEEK)

and 3 “hot” tracks this week,

REACH OUT – GRAHAM RODGER AND CATHERINE BRITT
YOU DRINK – SANDRA HUMPHRIES
LETS RISE TOGETHER TAROOM – SMALL TOWN CULTURE AND TAROOM STATE SCHOOL

— with SARA STORER.

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TOP 10 (w/e 2/3/2014)

 

This weeks Top 10 based on listeners “likes” on Australian Country on live365. (and tracks that have received attention from listeners world wide this week) and remember you can “like” your favourite tracks when you hear them on Australian Country on live365 just by hitting the (yes you got it) the ‘like’ button when the song is played on your device or PC.

1) LOVEGRASS – SARA STORER (BACK AT #1)
2) I’M GOING TO JAIL – 8 BALL AITKEN                                                                       download (5)
3) THESE HANDS – JASMINE RAE
4) THE NEXT THING YOU HEAR – ALLAN CASWELL
5)GIVE HER THE WORLD – ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND (NEW THIS WEEK)
6) GOIN’ UNDER (DIDN’T HAVE TO) – THE MCCLYMONTS
7) STRONGER – ALEYCE SIMMONDS
8) CITY OF LIGHT – FELICITY URQUHART
9) POZIE – SARA STORER AND JOHN WILLIAMSON
10) TOO COUNTRY FOR COUNTRY – WANITA (NEW THIS WEEK)

and 3 “hot” tracks this week,
LETS RISE TOGETHER TAROOM – SMALL TOWN CULTURE AND TAROOM STATE SCHOOL
GREY – NATALIE HOWARD
ONE HEARTBREAK AWAY – KRISTY COX

Small Town Culture Taroom

 

Now playing on Australian Country on live365 an anthem from singer/Songwriter Josh Arnold as “Small Town Culture” and the children from Taroom State School in Queensland.

Josh has joined forces with the University of Southern Queensland(USQ) to create ‘Small download (2)Town Culture’, a music group which aims to capture the unique spirit and way of life in the country through music and film. Josh visits School’s throughout the west writing songs with the student’s about their towns, who they are and what makes their part of the world so unique. With their help Josh is able to tell stories about nature, real life adventures and dreaming big whilst discovering and promoting some incredible talent.

This is the official Taroom State School Song which was written and performed by the student’s and Josh Arnold. The song represents an extremely proud School and Community as well as the land of ‘Buffel, Brigalow and Cattle’.

You can also “see” the song here.

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TOP 10 (week ending 23/2/2014)

This weeks Top 10 based on listeners “likes” on Australian Country on live365. (and tracks that have received attention from listeners world wide this week) and remember you can “like” your favourite tracks when you hear them on Australian Country on live365 just by hitting the (yes you got it) the ‘like’ button when the song is played on your device or PC.

1) THE NEXT THING YOU HEAR – ALLAN CASWELL (Second week at #1)   download (1)
2) LOVEGRASS – SARA STORER
3) THESE HANDS – JASMINE RAE
4) I’M GOING TO JAIL – 8 BALL AITKEN
5) GOIN’ UNDER (DIDN’T HAVE TO) – THE MCCLYMONTS
6) STRONGER – ALEYCE SIMMONDS (NEW THIS WEEK)
7) CITY OF LIGHT – FELICITY URQUHART (NEW THIS WEEK)
8) POZIE – SARA STORER AND JOHN WILLIAMSON (RE ENTRY)
9) FLYING WITH THE KING – LEE KERNAGHAN (RE ENTRY)
10) LOU BRADLEY- WISH I WAS

and 3 “hot” tracks this week,
GIVE HER THE WORLD – ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND
TOO COUNTRY FOR COUNTRY – WANITA
BIG TIME LONESOME – ARTHUR BLANCH

AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY TOP 10 (Week Ending 31 / 1 /2014)

This weeks Top 10 based on listeners “likes” on Australian Country on live365. (and tracks that have received attention from listeners world wide this week)

1) LOVEGRASS – SARA STORER                                                               download (1)

2) THE GIRL THE BOTTLE THE MEMORY – THE WOLFE BROTHERS

3) THE NEXT THING YOU HEAR – ALLAN CASWELL

4) ME – ASHLEIGH DALLAS

5) THERAPY – DIANNA CORCORAN

6) WATERLOGGED – BUSBY MAROU

7) GOIN’ UNDER (DIDN’T HAVE TO) – THE MCCLYMOMTS

8) HARRY HOOKEY – WHERE I’LL BE FOUND

9) LOU BRADLEY- WISH I WAS

10) I’M GOING TO JAIL – 8 BALL AITKEN

and 3 “hot” tracks this week,

FOOLISH THING – AMBER JOY POULTON

TO SAY I LOVE YOU – MCALISTER KEMP

LACHLAN BRYAN AND THE WILDES – BLACK COFFEE

Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer get Gold in the 42nd Country Music Awards of Australia.

download (7)Australia’s country music industry celebrated their pinnacle night in Tamworth with prestigious Golden Guitar trophies awarded with LEE KERNAGHAN and SARA STORER scooping the pool.

Hosted by THE McCLYMONTS, the awards event provided the audience with a bevy of performances on-stage and backstage throughout the night.

LEE KERNAGHAN scored MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR, SINGLE OF THE YEAR and the TOP SELLING AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR adding another four trophies to his already impressive collection.

 

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Kernaghan’s award winning song ‘Flying with the King’, a tribute to SLIM DUSTY was part of the night’s theme, with the country music icon and his wife, JOY McKEAN saluted throughout the show’s presentation.

LUKE O’SHEA and DREW McALISTER collected awards for the LUKE O’SHEA recording of ‘Lady Of the Land’, written by both and recorded by Luke O’Shea as a tribute to Slim’s Dusty’s wife, Joy McKean.

SARA STORER’s return after a hiatus was heralded with no less than three Golden Guitars. Taking out the coveted ALBUM OF THE YEAR award was the icing on the country cake that also included FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR and VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR with John Williamson.

Whilst PETE DENAHY might have kept the crowd entertained with hilarious back stage crosses to award winners and country stars, he had to leave his post to collect his Golden Guitar for INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR.

First time Golden Guitar winner ASHLEIGH DALLAS was awarded BEST NEW TALENT. A Tamworth local and third generation country music artist who was discovered by KASEY CHAMBERS secured the trophy with the audience showing their support on the night to a surprised Dallas.

A special highlight of the night was the presentation of THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to TED EGAN. With a career spanning over forty years, Egan has recorded thirty albums, written ten books and presented on thirteen episodes of the hour long documentary ‘This Land Australia. Along with the Golden Guitar trophy, Egan’s contribution to the industry was recognised with a performance of his song Drover’s Boy.

Performances on the night included THE WOLFE BROTHERS, LEE KERNAGHAN, KAYLEE BELL, KAYLENS RAIN, ASHLEIGH DALLAS, JASMINE RAE, PETE DENAHY, MUSTERED COURAGE, SARA STORER, LACHLAN BRYAN & THE WILDES, LUKE O’SHEA and THE ADAM ECKERSLEY BAND.

The full list of winners for the 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia is as follows:

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lovegrass – Sara Storer, produced by Matt Fell

ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Black Coffee – Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, produced by Lachlan Bryan, Mat Duniam, Shaun Ryan and Rod McCormack

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lee Kernaghan – Flying With The King

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Sara Storer – Lovegrass

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
O’Shea – Thank You Angels

VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
Pozie – Sara Storer & John Williamson

HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR

Lady of the Land – written by Luke O’Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O’Shea

BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR
I Love Australia – written by Keith Jamieson, recorded by Jeff Brown

INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR
Cotton Eyed Joe – Pete Denahy

NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR
Ashleigh Dallas – Me

APRA SONG OF THE YEAR
Lady of the Land – written by Luke O’Shea & Drew McAlister, recorded by Luke O’Shea

VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR
Flying With The King – Lee Kernaghan, directed by Duncan Toombs

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Flying With The King – Lee Kernaghan

TOP SELLING INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Red – Taylor Swift (Universal Music)

SANITY TOP SELLING AUSTRALIAN ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Beautiful Noise – Lee Kernaghan (ABC Music)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Ted Egan

 

Best Australian Country Albums Of All Time ?

Time for yet another chart but this one comes with thought and conviction by those who compiled it. Yes it is subjective,  however it will give a strong clue to what is considered the “best” over the years.

Tom Inglis has been involved in the music industry with record companies and artists for many years. Tom gives the reason for this “Best Of” list. Those responsible are listed a the end.

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Each year I attend the Tamworth Country Music Festival I end up discussing with mates over a beer what we think are the Best Australian Country Albums Of All Time. So leading in to this years festival I decided to get together a few industry experts to see what their picks were. The list was compiled and scored and the below is the result.

TOP 20 BEST AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

A selection of the country’s music industry experts were called upon to form a somewhat definitive list of the twenty best albums Australian Country Music has produced in its extensive history. From Graeme Connors’ 1988 album North, to Keith Urban’s 2002 record Golden Road, each area of what has been and continues to be a diverse and colourful branch of Australian music as a whole has been represented with each vote cast. It’s telling that the shortlist of album votes submitted featured multiple records by artists including distinguished names like Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer, true trailblazers in the modern industry acknowledged, whilst industry icons in Slim Dusty and John Williamson stood out as clear favourites with industry members from both within and outside the genre.

1. Kasey Chambers – The Captain (1999)
For Kasey Chambers, The Captain stands out in her body of work, not just as a successful debut record, but one that showcased huge international potential and went far in bridging the gap between the Country and commercial Australian music public and industry of the late 1990s through into the early 2000s. Taking out the 1999 ARIA Award for ‘Best Country Album’, The Captain spawned singles in “Cry Like a Baby”, “The Captain”, “This Flower”, “Don’t Go” and “Don’t Talk Back”. Introducing the Australian public to this unique and entrancing performer, The Captain went on to impress overseas as well, with the title track and “The Hard Way” being featured in episodes of The Sopranos and Lost, respectively.

2. John Williamson – Mallee Boy (1986)
John Williamson is a name the wider nets of industry and music fans in Australia know perhaps best for the iconic single “True Blue” – the album from which it was re-released ranked equally as popular amongst the voting group. Mallee Boy, Williamson’s breakthrough album, was distributed through the singer-songwriter’s own label, Gumleaf Recordings/Festival Records, in 1986. It went on to win the first ever ARIA Award for ‘Best Country Album’ in 1987 and take the same award at the 1987 CMAA Awards. Mallee Boy produced popular hits in “Galleries of Pink Galahs” and “Cootamundra Wattle” and continues to be widely regarded as one of Australian Country Music’s best – this much is true.

3. Graeme Connors – North (1988)
Songs are special. In a matter of minutes they can sum up your life, make you feel completely at home, or spark a wonderful memory. Graeme Connors is someone who writes those kind of songs. As one of Australia’s most loved songwriters, he creates cinematic-style stories with music that we can hold on to; songs that somehow make sense of our lives even when we can’t. it was the release of the evocative single A Little Further North, from the album North that really attracted attention to the writer’s extraordinary way with words and melodies. When releases, North was an immediate success, setting Graeme on the path of building a solid fan base that has continued to grow throughout the years, largely through an extensive touring schedule which takes him all over Australia.

4. Slim Dusty – Looking Forward Looking Back (2000)
As far as Australian Country Music goes, Slim Dusty is one of the main if not the main person you’d think of at the head of it all. The singer songwriter managed to fuse together a brilliant way of telling stories with an instantly recognisable brand of music delivery and during his extensive and decorated career, Slim went on to become more than just a household name. Slim’s Looking Forward Looking Back album is well-known as his 100th record and produced the equally as popular single of the same name. Co-written with former Cold Chisel member Don Walker, “Looking Forward Looking Back” took out ‘Best Video’ and ‘Top Selling Album’ gongs at the 2001 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards. The album itself was more than just a milestone for Slim, but an industry success, selling over 100,000 copies within its first eight weeks on sale.

5. Keith Urban – Golden Road (2002)
Arguably Australia’s most successful export of recent times, Keith Urban has maintained a strong hold on both the Australian and American Country Music industries since the release of Golden Road in 2002. Released through Capitol Records Nashville, the record went platinum in Australia, three times platinum in the US and gave fans popular hits in “Somebody Like You”, “Raining on Sunday” and “Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me”. Demonstrative of Urban’s clear international appeal, Golden Road was a perfect breakthrough album and propelled him to a continued level of success.

6. Paul Kelly – Foggy Highway (2005)
7. Anne Kirkpatrick – Out Of The Blue (1984)
8. Troy Cassar-Daley – Brighter Day (2005)
9. Sara Storer – Beautiful Circle (2002)
10. Sara Storer – Silver Skies (2007)
11. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Rattlin’ Bones (2008)
12. The Ranch feat Keith Urban – The Ranch (1997)
13. Harmony James – Tailwind (2007)
14. Lee Kernaghan – Three Chain Road (1993)
15. Lee Kernaghan – The Outback Club (1992)
16. Kasey Chambers – Barricades and Brickwalls (2001)
17. The Dingoes – The Dingoes (1974)
18. Roger Knox – Give It A Go (1983)
19. The Flood – The Ballad of KB (1999)
20. James Blundell – This Road (1992)

The Top 20 Best Australian Country Albums Of All Time was compiled by Tom Inglis with the valued help of:
Ron Adsett – Country Music Retailer
Bob Anthony – Country Music Journalist

Troy Cassar-Daley – Singer /Songwriter
Allan Caswell – Singer / Songwriter
Bill Chambers – Singer / Songwriter
Polly Coufos – Music Journalist
Nick Erby – Country Music Broadcaster
Brian ‘Frog’ Harris – Retailer
Marty Jones – Journalist
John Nutting – Broadcaster
Chris O’Hearn – Music Manager/Publicist
Rob Potts – Music Promoter & Manager
Iain Shedden – Music Journalist
Denise Torrenbeek – Country Music Journalist