Organisers have announced that the Rising Star Male category is not to be included this year due to lack of entries."We received nominations from 66 individual artists and groups," said Awards Co-ordinator John Arnold.He developed a love of country music and after two years as Music Director of Sydney radio station 2UE, moved to Brisbane where he became Music Director at 4KQ where he played a key role in converting the station into a country music powerhouse.
FRIDAY, AUGUs T 23, 2019 Casey signs to Chugg Gold Coast country-rock performer Casey Barnes has signed a management and recording deal with Sydney-based Michael Chugg Music.
Run by Michael Chugg and Andrew Stone, Chugg Music’s roster includes Avalanche City, The Griswolds, Lime Cordiale and Sheppard.
Casey's current album debuted at number one on the i Tunes Country Album Chart and peaked at number two on the ARIA Country Album Chart.
He now has 134,000 monthly listeners across streaming services while his recordings have generated 4.37 million streams.
RETURN TO TOP MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2019 Vale – Ron Adsett Ron Adsett, a quiet and modest man who was widely respected and loved for his low profile but highly effective involvement in many areas of the Australian country music industry, died on Friday after a long illness. Over the years, Ron and his wife Rosie, individually and together, made a significant contribution to the growth and status of the entire Australian country music industry, but in particular its promotion and marketing, for many decades.
Ron became income involved in the industry when he became a sales representative and promotions manager of Tempo Records in the early 1970s.His recent set at the Groundwater Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast won him the Inaugural P&O People Choice Award. RETURN TO TOP WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019 Muster underway tomorrow As thousands of visitors and dozens of artists buckle down for this year’s Gympie Music Muster, kicking off tomorrow, final preparations are in hand for the 2019 Muster Talent Search.The competition has helped kick start the careers of artists like Liam Brew, Drew Mc Alister, Brooke Mc Clymont and Mark O’Shea.Hosted by Dave Prior and Amber Joy Poulton, guest artists will include Jeff Brown, Keely Johnson, John O'Dea, Taylor Pfeiffer, Dean Perrett, Kiara Rodriques and Justin Standley.The 2019 Mildura Country Music Festival program is now available from the Festival website with a full list of 2019 artists and tickets for the Awards.Further general information from the Mildura Visitor Information Centre on 1800 039 043. Following is the full listing of Awards finalists...