In this last issue for 2019, we celebrate the finalists in the 48th Country Music Awards of Australia with the top five in each category listed inside these pages. You’ll also find the top 10 grand finalists in the 2020 Toyota Star Maker competition. It was quite a surprise to find that our 10 judges should come up with an outcome that sees nine females and one male competing for the title. It’s a great message for women considering they continually hear messages like they’re “just another girl singer” and “they’re all the same”. So let’s hear it for the girls, and the lone male and look forward to seeing who will become the 41st Toyota Star Maker winner.
December’s feature stories include US artists Jason Aldean and cover story Lady Antebellum, with Australian stories about Golden Guitar finalist Michael Fix, Christie Lamb, Anita Ree and New Zealander Abby Christo.
Even with a few extra pages this month, there wasn’t enough space to fit all the news that is being uncovered each day. But stay with us as we continue to keep you informed.
We will keep you updated about happening things at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2020, as well as all the regular stories, cd reviews, coming events and live music scene.
From all at Capital News and the Toyota Country Music Festival, enjoy your holiday season.
He launched a new diet book – Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life in January at the opening of his new fitness centre with his wife Faith Hill. McGraw headlines Country To Country festivals in Sydney on September 28 and Brisbane on September 29 with Morgan Evans’ wife Kelsea Ballerini and Texan band Midland. The McClymonts, Eric Paslay, Rae Lynn, Lacy Cavalier, Reverie Lane, Jess Moskaluke, Travis Collins, Andrew Swift, Sinead Burgess, the Adam Eckersley Band, Casey Barnes, Kaylee Bell, Jody Direen and Judah Kelly, have been added to those shows. He will also headline the 21st Deni Ute Muster on October 5 and at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley with Midland and Travis Collins on Friday October 4 and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday October 6.
We're thrilled to see the return of Gina Jeffreys, we catch up with Western Australian Terry Bennetts, remember Buddy Williams and summarise the CMAA recent in-depth analysis of country music in Australia by Dobe Newton.