Norma O’Hara Murphy was born and raised in the Murray Valley region of country Victoria; where her mother’s family, of Irish decent, were pioneers of the area. Her two great passions in life, aside from family, have always been her horses and her music. Norma’s first album, Rodeo Queen, was released in 1982, and she won her first Golden Guitar in 1986, in the Heritage Award category. The new one Solid Gold is all about rodeo, horses, the drovers, teamsters, legends and heroes!
2014 saw the release of Ulong Creek's (between Albury & Wagga Wagga ) resident and Bush Ballader John Smith's third album Murrumbidgee Mud. The album contains 16 tracks, all fan favorites, all covers, with the exception of one self-penned effort. Following its success on many regional community radio stations, John and his bass player wife Christine were invited to appear at their first Mildura Independent Country Music Festival this year. It was there that Walshy became aware of just how popular this album and John Smith, the relatively newcomer, actually was. He invited John to feature the album on Good Morning Country. Join John Smith as he explains his musical journey and what's on the horizon.
With a reputation as one of Western Australia’s finest independent artists, Connie Kis Andersen has managed to overcome the ‘tyranny of distance’ through her hard work ethic, commitment to her dream and her willingness to tour relentlessly in the promotion of her music. What makes this award winning songwriter / singer unique is that after a fulfilling profession in Special Education, she returned to her first love of music and successfully pursued a career as an Independent Recording Artist, when others her age would consider hanging up their microphones. Connie Kis has been the recipient of multiple awards – both in song writing and as an artist. In this interview Walshy chats with Connie about her new album Naked Under the Radar.
Containing 22 classic country tunes, Great Women Of Country is Melinda Schneider and Beccy Cole's heartfelt homage to the songs, the songwriters and the singers who have shaped them, and focused their determination to pursue the career of singer-songwriters which they have so successfully achieved. Renowned for their successful solo careers, between them these outstanding talents have amassed 18 albums, five of them gold status, together with numerous awards and accolades.
Fifteen Golden Guitars adorn their mantle pieces, with both of them having taken gongs for Female Vocalist Of The Year and APRA Song Of The Year. They both also proudly boast a swag of songwriting awards and Entertainer Of The Year awards. In this interview Walshy chats with Beccy Cole about the special collaboration.
Since relocating to Australia in 2005, and this year becoming an Australian citizen, ex-part Texan Doug Bruce has moved from back of stage as a drummer to front man, honing his craft as a singer-songwriter, gathering several industry nominations and awards and an ever-increasing and loyal fan-base thereafter. In this interview Walshy chats with Doug about his fourth album, Somewhere Better to Be.
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.