"Born and raised in Sydney, Ben started playing guitar and writing songs since the age of 15. From early days, his constant exposure to a broad range of musical influences, like Irish Folk, traditional country and classic standards, through to Australian 'Pub Rock' and modern pop, has led Ben to develop an appreciation and knowledge for many styles of Music. different levels. The first single from Slow Burn, 'Truck Stop Honey', has been a hit all around Australia and was nominated as a finalist in the Tamworth Songwriters Association Awards for Contemporary Song of the Year (2013). Once again Ben was acknowleged as one of Australia's great emerging talents by securing a spot in the final 15 for the 34th Toyota Star Maker competition 2013."
This week's feature album is the second from former Star Maker winner Liam Brew - Faster. "The 10 track musical collection features three self-penned tracks and a duet with current Toyota Star Maker Kaylee Bell on ‘Is It Raining At Your House?’ also covered by Brad Paisley. The past 18 months were spent writing, sourcing and recording the new material which was produced with good mate Rusty Crook. Some of the finest musicians/vocalists help bring this album to life – Rusty Crook."
Hear Walshy talk with Liam for 45 minutes.
"Tara's debut album What It Takes, is a heartfelt and long awaited 13-track CD, bringing together a collection of dynamic music and lyrics. It feels like the right time for the talented singer-songwriter with the rich and powerful voice to bring these stories of love and happiness, loss and reflection, including many of her own, to music."
Hear her chat with Walshy here!
This week Adam Harvey gets on the line to tell Walshy about the recording of the new album with Troy Cassar-Daley, the Great Country Song Book. It's a collection of timeless country music classics, some sung individually and others as duets. Adam reckons this is one of the favourite things he's ever done. They also talk about the likes of fishing, cars and ocean cruises. Listen to the interview below.
"Growing up in rural Lyons, Georgia, singer/songwriter Craig Campbell learned one important lesson from the ZZ Top records his mother favored: 'Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man.' That’s one reason Campbell is always impeccably well tailored on stage, and at industry awards shows and events. But he says there’s an even more important reason: respect. For Campbell, caring enough to wear a pressed, button-down shirt and black cowboy hat when he performs is a show of respect for his fans, for the successful career he considers himself lucky enough to have, and most of all for the country music genre itself."
Produced by Kevin Walsh, the Album of the Week feature is heard live on GMC every morning. You can hear the interviews in full here.