After a horror quarter of catastrophes including the hideous Harvest Festival massacre in Las Vegas and the loss of too many industry personnel, including promoter Rob Potts, writer Iain Shedden and the inimitable Don Williams, to name a few, I think it best we hope the worst is over and look forward wholeheartedly to a brighter and better 2018.
Congratulations to the Golden Guitar finalists listed in Countryline and best of luck for continued success at the gala presentation night of winners in Tamworth in January.
Tamworth CM Festival is shaping to be spectacular with so many events and diverse attractions it would be impossible not to have a great time if you went for a weekend or a fortnight – it will not disappoint!
More good news is the advent of three new festivals starting up, hot on the heels of CMC Rocks Qld selling out in one hour – that has to be a positive for the industry!
Country Rocks Festival Sydney at Bella Vista Farm, Rockin’ Rocky which includes the national PBR championship finals, thus reinstating the long term partnership of country music and Rodeo, and Winton is celebrating the reopening of the Waltzing Matilda Museum next year with unbeatable outback hospitality – oddly while the Museum is the only one in the world dedicated to a song – more accurately an Oz anthem – and an Australian icon in poet Banjo Paterson, two American artists join the lineup?? Go figure!
John Lomax III retires from his Nashville Ramblings column duties with this issue, and we thank him and wish him all the best with compiling the books he looks forward to writing and other endeavours.
Please allow me this opportunity of wishing you all a safe, relaxing and joyful festive season and happy holidays from myself and all of the team here at Country Update – and as always, express my enormous gratitude to everyone who contributes or reads this magazine.
Oh and think about subscribing yourself or a friend for Xmas – then Santa comes every quarter!
Merry Christmas & a magnificent New Year!