Day Stage Line Up
2020 Toyota Star Maker Sammy White
In January 2020, Sammy White became the 41st winner of Star Maker joining a very elite club whose alumni include Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan, Brad Cox, Travis Collins, Sam McClymont and 2019 winner Blake O’Connor.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Sammy ‘turned lemons into lemonade’ remaining positive and focused, song writing, finishing her Star Maker album, and opening for Brad Cox on his 33-date sold out Drinking Season Unplugged Tour.
In November 2020, Sammy released her debut album Undone which includes the singles Drowning My Sorrows, I Can’t Outrun You, Lay It On Me and Home (Feels Like You).
Sammy draws inspiration from her life experiences. Her album is exactly that. It’s a combination of stories set to music – a listening diary 24 months in the making, with a team spread across two countries.
Toyota Star Maker has extended Sammy’s year taking her through to January 2022, allowing as many of the elements of her prize to be fulfilled and delivered.
Her latest single Running Away Tonight was released in April 2021 and sees Sammy writing with a gang of new co-writers for her next bunch of music releases. It is imperative for Sammy not be cubby-holed so the songwriter recruited ARIA and Golden Guitar winning producer Matt Fell. While the song-writing process remained the same, Sammy was exploring and developing her sound aided by the new artists that she was listening to and being inspired by.
In addition to touring with fellow Star Maker winner Brad Cox this year, Sammy has been on the road with Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont and also with Brooke Schubert.
With a blend of modern country/rock; classic country covers and charting originals Danny Phegan has been entertaining crowds all over Australia for more than 25 years. From pubs in Melbourne to
rodeo’s on the Northern tip and festivals in between, this Farmer; Horseman; Family Man and Author is no stranger to hard work.
He continues to ride the wave of his ARIA chart topping album
“From Where I Stand”.
Duncan Phillips Band
Hailing from the Shetland Islands, north east of Scotland, Duncan Phillips may be an unlikely candidate for an Americana singer songwriter. But having the good fortune to grow up on a musical diet of country, folk and rock and roll he knew he wanted to write his own songs from an early age.
He picked up his first guitar aged eight and by fourteen was playing local gigs and festivals. Influenced by the likes of Tom Petty, Gram Parsons, Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen, Duncan’s take on the Americana/rock genre has given him success on the Melbourne live music scene, as well as national radio stations PBS and 3RRR.
Having had the honour of supporting both Steve Earle and the late Justin Townes Earle, Duncan undoubtably has what it takes to stand alongside the best in Americana. He enjoyed his first trip to the Tamworth Country Music Festival back in January where his performances brought new opportunities his way, notably an invite to play the renowned Deni Ute-Muster.
Duncan’s band features the dynamic pairing of Zac Watson (Bass) and Chelsea Allen (Drums). With rich vocal harmonies and guitars ranging from fingerstyle acoustic to all out rock, the live show will keep you captivated from the first note to the last beat.
Duncan’s first album ‘The Wilderness’ was released in 2016, and he’s back in the studio with new music coming in early 2021.
Hayley Jensen is an award-winning country artist and entertainer who’s spent the best part of two decades honing her craft and collaborating with the best in the business from across the globe.
Hayley signed with Social Family Records in 2018 to release her ARIA #3 Australian Country Album, ‘Turning Up The Dial’ produced in Nashville by Grammy Award winning producer, Jamie Tate, featuring festival hits ‘Summertime Soundtrack’, ‘Saturday Night’ & ‘Next Big Thing’. The same year, Hayley was invited to the UK to perform at Buckle & Boots Country Festival & was a finalist in the 2018 CMC Awards. She has also won an Australian Independent Country Music Award.
2019 saw Jensen tour Canada, performing at Calgary Stampede, Alberta and Dauphin’s CountryFest, Manitoba – the only Australian artist on both official line ups. Whilst there, she collaborated extensively with Canadian artists and writers, and began working on her 4th studio album ‘Breakin’ Hearts’ with Calgary based producer, Troy Kokol.
The first track to be released from the forthcoming album set new career highs for Jensen both in Australia and abroad. Title track, ‘Breakin Hearts’, is a swampy modern country banger which debuted at #1 on iTunes and was the #1 Australian song at country radio according to The Music Network Charts. It was also added to Spotify’s curated ‘Fresh Country’ playlist. Abroad, it cracked the Canadian Country Top 100 radio charts and was the #32 most played song on CBC Music on SiriusXM across North America. The unique, animated Wild West themed music video tells the story of a heart-breaker outlaw who meets his match in a sassy female cowgirl. Scripted by Jensen, the video premiered exclusively on CMT, and was featured in their Top 100 videos for 2020.
Hayley has since released more hit singles from the new album, including ‘Fireworks‘, ‘Just Gonna Party‘ & ‘Karma‘ which have each performed exceedingly well in the national radio charts and set the tone for what’s to come on the record. Jensen announced the album will be released in August 2021, followed by a national tour, just prior to hitting the stage in October for her Deni Ute Muster debut!
Hayley Marsten’s sharp pen and open heart led to the creation of her stellar debut, ‘Spectacular Heartbreak’ in 2019. The album was crowdfunded, nominated for Alt Country Album of the Year at the Golden Guitars, Country Work of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards in 2020 and was streamed over half a million times in the first year. Hayley leads with her heart and her humour both on and off stage which won her fans on her 2019 album tour and wowed the crowds of Fanny Lumsden, Troy Cassar Daley and Imogen Clark. The singles from her album have been added to country stations across the country, played live on ABC National Breakfast, added to the ABC Local National playlist, Spotify curated playlists and played on commercial radio.
Last year, she headlined a tour across Queensland, supported by Chloe Styler to multiple ‘covid sell out’ shows. In 2020 she stepped in the role of producer and director for her music videos of the title track and the poignant, ‘Pretty’ which was met with huge praise from industry and fans alike.
In early 2021, Hayley re-recorded and re-imagined four songs from her debut album on piano, for an EP aptly named, ‘Spectacular’. A grand and spectacular celebration and reflection on the songs almost 3 years on. ‘I didn’t get to fully celebrate the success and joy this album brought me last year so this EP was a way for me to look back at what I created and share that pride with the supporters who helped me make it possible’. Spectacular is out now on all digital platforms. !
Matt Joe Gow and the Dead Leaves
From large festivals to boutique Americana gatherings, from supporting Chris Isaak to Kasey Chambers, Matt Joe Gow has built a simmering credibility to go along side the authentic Alt Country tones. With his second consecutive Music Victoria Nomination winning the award for Best Country Album, critically ac-claimed troubadour Matt Joe Gow brings a soulful Americana sound to any performance.
Matt Joe Gow grew up in the deep south of New Zealand in a town with bad weather and good music: Dunedin. Surrounded by music, he was encouraged to pick up a guitar at an early age. After traveling the world, Matt moved to Melbourne, Australia, drawn by its culture and vibrant music scene. He formed a band, The Dead Leaves, and in 2009 released his debut record ‘The Messenger’, produced by multi-Aria award-winner Nash Chambers, and featuring contributions from Jim Moginie of Midnight Oil, and iconic Australian country guitarist Bill Chambers. As Alternative Country and Americana continued to grow in popularity, Matt steadily toured and supported acts such as Chris Isaak, The Jayhawks, Justin Townes Earle, James Reyne, Kasey Chambers, Marlon Williams, Jimmy Barnes and John Butler.
Whilst regularly making demos and working on other projects in the studio, it would be 2016 before the next Matt Joe Gow record, ‘Seven Years’, which was released to critical acclaim and was nominated for the Music Victoria Award for Best Country/Americana Album Of The Year. This was self-produced by Matt and guitarist Andrew Pollock, and after touring and playing numerous festivals in support of the record, Matt returned to the studio in 2018 to record the follow-up, ‘Break, Rattle and Roll’. This was an ambitious outing with keyboards, horns, pedal steel and backing vocalists supplementing the core band. It was released to even wider acclaim, and went one better than his previous release and was awarded Best Country Album in the 2019 Music Victoria Awards. In addition to full band shows, Matt undertook a solo tour with Grant-Lee Phillips, with Phillips later posting that [Break, Rattle and Roll’s] “Bridge Over Concrete is on constant rotation in my head!”.
After the rewarding but demanding process of making ‘Break, Rattle and Roll’, Matt headed back into the studio in early 2020 with the guiding concept of making a stripped-back record; unvarnished by production tricks and elaborate instrumentation, which would again be self-produced. With recording complete and while preparing to mix and master the record that would become the new album, the world was hit by the coronavirus pandemic. With Matt touring overseas and the Melbourne studio under strict lockdown, the choice was made to continue work on the record remotely over the following year. The result is a unique record which, although laborious to make during a dark and difficult time, is the most pure and direct expression of Matt’s songwriting and artistic vision of his career. The first single from the upcoming album “Sweet Collapse” having been just released.
Ruby Gilbert is nothing short of a sonic enchantress. Weaving a musical alchemy of Americana style meets present day experience. Irresistibly nostalgic, her voice evokes an old-time feel, while her lyrics are both charismatic and endearing.
In 2018, Gilbert released her long-awaited debut EP “Dearly Beloved”. She has since toured and supported the likes of C.W. Stoneking, Justin Townes Earle and the Teskey Brothers.
“Oh Bones”, the debut single, has been nominated for a Queensland Music Award and has also been featured in the Channel 7 TV show “Wanted”, and the ABC show “Diary of an
Ruby Saltbush was born in Deniliquin, where the Edward River flows and the skies seem to extend forever. With a clean guitar sound and sweet and soulful three-part harmonies, they take you on a musical journey through old-time country, bluegrass and Americana with detours via their own unique versions of classic and contemporary folk, blues and alt-rock. It’s music where you can hear all the words and can’t help singing along.
The Weeping Willows
2021 CMAA ‘Golden Guitar’ award winners, The Weeping Willows (Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth) are a couple of old souls, steeped in Bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery.They regale their audiences with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay.That kind of description might make them sound like some carefully contrived concept-act but there’s something truly different about The Weeping Willows: they really mean it…
2017-2020 saw The Weeping Willows nominated for 8 x CMAA ‘Golden Guitar’ awards, 4 x Country Music Channel (CMC) awards, Live Act of the Year (Country) in the National Live Music Awards (NLMAs), performing at AmericanaFest (USA), Folk Alliance International (USA), Maverick Festival (UK), Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Out On The Weekend and the Australian Americana Music Honours. In recent years they have supported Lukas Nelson & POTR (USA), Hayes Carll (USA), Iris DeMent (USA), Eilen Jewell (USA) and Willie Watson (USA) and completed national and international tours in support of their sophomore album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’, which received four-star reviews in Rolling Stone, The Australian and The Music. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live on location or caught on tape will always delight.
Australian Country, Roots, Rock & Blues Singer / Songwriter TURK TRSIZE hails from Cannons Creek’s fishing village & farming district.
TURK’s music brings a powerful & unique diversity to his listeners, he is well known for his creative storytelling and unique vocals.
TURK’s popular album “SOUL CASINO”reached #1 on RMR Top 50 Australian Album & Song Chart, followed by his sophomore album ÍF IT IS TO BE’which propelled a further 500 plus international radio stations to also add his music to their playlists. TURK is set to release his third album ‘NOTICE TO VACATE’, all recordedin Nashville, TN.
TURK TRESIZE has performed music across the globe and has recently returned from his 3rd USA tour. His Australian performances include Gympie Music Muster, Deni Ute Muster, Brighter Days Festival, a string of shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival & many more.
TURK delivers a solid & entertaining live performance, not to be missed.
Zac and Eliza Spalding
Zac and Eliza Spalding are very talented young country music artists. Zac 16 years, plays country rock and Eliza 19 years, plays contemporary country and have been performing for 5 years. They perform solo and Duo, both singer/song writers playing electric acoustic guitars and cajon (box drum) with Eliza also playing keyboard.
They are the youngest in Australia to be endorsed by Pro Music Australia Takamine Guitars, also sponsored by Kader Boots Co. WA, Hertz Wodonga, and Hickling Photography. Zac and Eliza have been guest artists for Sara Storer, Bill Chambers, Haley Jensen, Jayne Denham, Sami Cook, Danny Phegan, Gayle O’Neil, Luke Dickens, and Carter & Carter. Festivals played at are Mount Hunter festival, The Man from Snowy River Music Festival, Mount Beauty Music Festival, The Golden Horseshoes Festival, Tallangatta’s Fifty’s Festival and Ardlethan Country Music Festival plus many more. Both are Graduates from the Junior Academy of Country Music in Tamworth, they have performed at Albury Carols, Hamer Hall Melbourne, Weddings, Fundraisers, pub gigs, open mics, and school events.
Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Zara Lindeman, launched her career in pubs and clubs around Echuca, Tocumwal and Deniliquin.
Having relocated to the Illawarra/Shoalhaven region, Zara devoted 2020 – the COVID Sound of Silence year, to professional development, in completing her Diploma of Music Industry (Performance).
While on the South Coast, she was fortunate to perform at corporate events and several venues including the winery, pub and club scene.
Returning to hometown Deniliquin in 2021, Zara has played events and venues such as the TAFE NSW Excellence Awards, Deniliquin Rodeo and the Rich River Golf Club.
Zara is taking her music to the next level. She is currently bringing original songs to performance standard for debut at the Muster.
Deep, rich tones and wide vocal range in her unique voice, makes for a memorable listening experience. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear this up and coming country artist live.