At the start of 2013 Queensland's Dean Perrett was a finalist in the Golden Guitar Awards for Bush Ballad of the Year with the song "Heartbeat of Australia, The Man of the Land". Now Walshy chats with Dean about his second album of 2013, the new bluegrass/gospel album Shelter of the Cross, which was recorded in Nashville - during his first trip to the US. Grab a cuppa and settle in for a listen in the player below, they have a decent chat of 50 minutes!
Marie travelled back to Nashville to unite with her producer of Bitterweeds, to bring out a traditional album of old standards bluegrass and new covers. "A relative late-bloomer, Marie only began singing after raising her seven children, who were all quite young when she took her first tentative steps onto the stage, winning a talent quest and then going on to support touring international acts such as Foster & Allen and Daniel O’Donnell. Born in NZ, she now lives at Werris Creek, just outside the country music capital of Australia, with her husband, Gordon, the inspiration for the album’s title track – who she loves, of course, More Than You’ll Ever Know."
This week Walshy gets hold of Greg Champion who has just released his 25th (!) album. "A Whole Different Story is as Country as any album Greg has made – since his first in 1990. Along the way, he’s made Christmas albums with Colin Buchanan and around a dozen cricket and footy albums, but A Whole Different Story is Greg at his Country best. It’s a travelogue of Australian places – and people, harvested from twenty-five years of Champs’ far-flung journeys in Oz."
Listen to the 40 minute conversation with the audio player below.
The last few years have been extraordinary for sibling band The Bostocks. The group were nominated for two Golden Guitar Awards, took out an Australian Songwriting Award, and picked up a Golden Fiddle Award for Best Band featuring a Fiddle Player at the prestigious Golden Fiddle Award ceremony.
Now their new full-length album The Great Unknown has been released, and this week Walshy catches up with fiddle player Rachel.
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.