Keith Urban needs no introduction to music fans around the world. The 4 time Grammy Award winner, who was born in New Zealand and raised in Queensland, made his biggest splash in Nashville, where he helped rewrite the rules of contemporary country music.
Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist is second to none and he is set to release his eighth studio album “RIPCORD” on 6 May. This new 13-track collection of heartfelt songs, is the result of collaborations with an eclectic group of Award-winning writers and co-producers including Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Greg Wells and Nile Rodgers, as well as long-time collaborators Shane McAnally, Ross Cooperman, Dann Huff and Nathan Chapman, all of whom worked with Urban on his previous US No. 1 album FUSE.
“I just feel that I’m getting better,” James Reyne says. “I’m a better singer and a better songwriter.”
It’s a simple statement, but also remarkable – considering that this is an artist who has sold more than two million albums and written some of the most memorable Australian songs of all time.
But as critic Ed Nimmervoll – who has followed James’ career since it started – remarked when he reviewed James’ 2012 album, Thirteen: “He’s a better singer today than ever, better songwriter, better lyricist. Every track on Thirteen tells you how important all three of those aspects of his craft are to him.”
James Reyne’s songs have provided the soundtrack to endless Australian summers, including “The Boys Light Up”, “Reckless”, “Beautiful People”, “Lakeside”, “Daughters Of The Northern Coast”, “Fall Of Rome”, “Hammerhead”, “Motor’s Too Fast” and “Slave”.
“Any day above ground is a good day,” James observed on his third solo album. And every day, he is scavenging, foraging, searching, observing … confident that the next song he writes will be his best.
Adam Brand And The Outlaws is what you get when you join one of the key artists of his generation with four of the finest country musicians to emerge in this country over the last two decades.
They’re called ‘Outlaws’, but the lads are a bunch of good time boys looking to provide the ultimate party soundtrack. There’s an album coming, and the shows are sure to become the stuff of legend. It won’t last forever though: outlaws don’t stick around. So buckle up and get ready for some sonic fireworks! Adam Brand And The Outlaws have arrived.
Adam Brand And The Outlaws is an all-star line-up of Australian country music’s most prolific names: Drew McAlister, Travis Collins, Matt Cornell and Mike Carr.
There is no question; John Williamson is a musical icon of Australia. His name is firmly cemented in the culture and fabric of the country he loves. His impressive career now spans more than forty five years and he has survived and soared in the entertainment industry whilst most of his ‘colleagues’ have not.
To his credit are unofficial anthems, tributes to legends and unsung heroes and tender ballads that have captured the spirit of the nation in song unlike any other. His honest and passionate songs are synonymous with the country that inspires him and connect him with his countrymen regardless of age, sex or creed.
He is honest and open with all he does.
Add to this his ability to deliver unforgettable live concert experiences that combine the perfect blend of humour, romance and campfire stories woven together by his music. You can understand why he is one of the most in-demand live performers in Australia.
Troy Cassar-Daley is regarded as one of Australian country music’s finest singer/songwriters. He is a hugely successful artist, much adored by country music fans across Australia. Troy is also well known for his generosity and is well respected by his peers and the greater music industry. All of this is reflected on a mainstream level by the many industry awarded accolades for his work as a successful recording artist.
Troy’s career has spanned 9 studio albums over 25 years. Throughout this time he has been awarded numerous accolades including 4 ARIA’s, 32 Golden Guitars, 2 APRA Country Song of the year awards, 9 Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards. He has sold in excess of 450,000 albums and received gold and platinum records.
Troy is a man who believes deeply in community and giving back to the industry. Troy is a proud member of the Bundjalung nation who has a true connection to his land and people. Most significantly, through his generosity of spirit as a man, artist, husband, father and son, he reminds us of what is real, of what matters and what doesn’t, through his music.
Shannon Noll’s everyman appeal lies in his honesty, he strikes a chord with legions of music fans, tapping into a pure emotion that’s both his own and instantly relatable.
His rise to fame as the first runner-up of the initial Australian Idol series in 2003 changed his life from farm hand in Condobolin forever.
Since taking to the stage and commencing his successful recording career, Australia’s favourite son “Nollsie” has on to receive acclaim with certified triple-platinum sales, number #1 hits, five top 10 albums, has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles.
Undeniably, Shannon Noll has captured the hearts and minds of music fans around Australia and overseas with his raw, gifted rockvoice. He remains one of the most recognisable names and faces in the Australian music industry with only a few matching his success.
A loving husband and father, he is also a voice to be reckoned with. Shannon is currently working on his next album which will once again be sure to only add to his success thus far.
Queensland boys BUSBY MAROU have forged a reputation as one of the hardest working musical acts in Australia. This hard work has paid off as they have now confirmed theirs as one of the most exciting live shows around. Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou have created a completely unique vibe based on Tom’s everyman’s approach to story telling interspersed with Jeremy’s guitar virtuosity.
They sell out shows everywhere from Surry Hills to Mt Isa and have an incredibly loyal and diverse following. The boys have an shared the stage with an impressive list of support tours including the likes of Dolly Parton, James Blunt, Passenger, KD Lang, The Beach Boys, The Zac Brown Band and Ed Sheeran.
Their single, ‘Days of Gold’ recently picked up the ARPA Award for Blues & Roots work of the year 2016. Busby Marou are currently putting the final touches on album #3 which is due for release later this year.
“The overwhelming feeling that emanates from BUSBY MAROU is joy. The voices and close harmonies are as clear as Queensland sunshine, and the acoustic guitar playing is both accomplished and expressive”
It’s hard to believe a story that begins with 2 young sisters packing up their ute and driving across the Nullarbor in search of adventure, could also be the story of one of Australian country music’s most-respected and best-loved acts. However, for Sophie and Celeste Clabburn, The Sunny Cowgirls have never been about sticking to the script.
With 10 years in the industry, 7 studio albums, an acclaimed live album and 2 DVD’s, as well as sold out tours across Australia, The Sunny Cowgirls are the most surprising of seasoned professionals; young and fun-loving with the well-travelled knowledge of what it takes to get a country crowd on their feet.
Equally adept with dirty-booted anthems such as the raucous Cutting Up B&S Styleand the crowd-pleasing Grog Monster, as they are with some of the most poignant and stirring portraits of life on the land, such as Still Circling, Good Spot Here and the Golden Guitar-nominated Green and Gold, The Sunny Cowgirls have cemented a place as a firm crowd favourite at Australia’s biggest country music events and show no signs of losing enthusiasm for playing in front of the cheering crowds that continue to fill arenas, paddocks and everywhere in between.
Catherine Britt’s recording career commenced in 1999 when at the tender age of 14 she released her first EP followed in 2001 by her debut album release. Since then she has released 5 more studio albums as well as a ‘Best of’ lbum and has collected accolades, a legion of fans and a mantel of awards along the way including the country industry’s highest honours, 2009, 2013 and 2016 CMAA Female Artist of the Year Award and 2012 CMAA Single of the Year as well as an APRA Award, ARIA Award and CMC Artist of the Year nominations. In 2010, Catherine was presented with the CMA Global Artist of the Year award.
In 2015 at age 30 and a month after the release of her critically acclaimed album, “Boneshaker” Catherine was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Almost a year of Chemo and radiation treatment later, she is back out on the road doing shows as well as raising awareness of the importance of early diagnosis of Breast Cancer and we’re excited to be welcoming back this fierce young woman to the Muster stage.
Christie Lamb has been described as ‘the full package’, a vibrant multi-instrumental award winning singer songwriter. The talented songstress was voted ‘CMC New Oz Artist of the Year 2015’ by Australian Country Music Fans and has followed on from this success to receive the most prestigious award in Australian Country Music, a Golden Guitar for ‘CMAA New Talent of the Year 2016’.
This is certainly no mean feat for a young artist to receive both awards consecutively and unheard of as an independent artist. The awards wrap up an incredibly successful year, off the back of the success of her debut album ‘All She Wrote’ which spurned three #1 hit singles and two top 5 singles. Following a sold out album launch in Sydney, ‘All She Wrote’ hit #1 on the Aria Hit Seekers Album Chart (All Genres) and #2 on the ARIA Australian Artist Country Chart.
Her talents caught the attention of Australian Country Music legend Lee Kernaghan, who invited her to be his special guest with The Wolfe Brothers on his ‘The Songs And The Stories’ National Tour 2015/16.
Melbourne’s Deep Creek Road is a country rock band fronted by dual lead singers Steve Simmons & Jaime Holland.
Launching in 2013 – the band has gone from strength to strength, playing festivals all around Australia and also playing bars in Nashville whilst on their song writing trips!
In May 2015 Steve signed a contract with CMT (Country Music Television in the USA) to become one of their composers for instrumental music used for their TV shows.
December of 2015 saw Deep Creek Road record their first #1 single with the song ‘What If I was Willing,’ which also reached #8 on the Country Music Channel Chart (CMC).
2016 has been a big year for the band who were nominated for their first CMC Music Award for ‘Best New Artist Of The Year,’ along with performances at
Tamworth CMF Festival January, The Snowy Mountain Country Music Festival and
CMC Rocks QLD in March.
The bands new single ‘Anchor’ has just hit airwaves and is already in the top 5 on the Country Radio Airplay Charts! With a new film clip about to be released and the band already booked for Broadbeach Country Music Festival in June and The Mt Isa Rodeo in August and The Deni Ute Muster in October – this year is going to be bigger than ever!!