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Cowboys In Cyberspace - July 2004


These are just a few of our mates waving
the flag in the land of Dixie.

Nashville, May 27
Above: JEDD HUGHES at 12th & Porter
(fellow Aussie Mick McCartin on drums)

JEDD HUGHES made his solo debut at the Grand Ole Opry just recently and as the release of his album Transcontinental draws near, his Website has taken on the sheen of a star in the making. A very impressive interface emulates Jedd's notebook with animated page turns and index tabs.

KYLIE SACKLEY has a revamped Web site as well. The former Starmaker and Golden Guitar winner is living in Nashville and making waves with her song writing. You can catch up with 'Kye's Newz' and hear some of those songs at her site.

Another former Starmaker and Golden Guitar winner has been quietly residing in Nashville for several years, building a following for her own instrumental blend of country and surf guitar! LEANNE DOUGLAS has now released her excellent debut solo CD, entitled Blue Heeler.

at Douglas Corner Cafe
with Pat Flynn (ex-New Grass Revival)

  THE GREENCARDS have recently taken their 'High Energy Acoustic Music' on tour through Nashville (where they were joined by Pat Flynn of the legendary band New Grass Revival), leaving their home base of Austin, Texas. Aussies Kym Warner and Carol Young and Brit Eamon McLoughlin, are promoting their album Movin' On in California this month. Follow their progress at their site.

Last month I revisited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see an astonishing special exhibit, 'Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970' that focuses on a vibrant, little-known chapter in Nashville's musical history. Equally surprising was one of the three huge billboards on the outside of the museum building: one identifying the Hall of Fame, one advertising the exhibition and the third...a giant image of KEITH URBAN with the slogan PLATINUM! Keith could also be seen on CMT co-hosting their special top 100 hits of the last year.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

barbed wire
barbed wire
DVD cover

Mel Bay

Filmed in Saint Louis in 2001, TOMMY EMMANUEL - LIVE AT SHELDON CONCERT HALL captures an entire solo live show, recorded around the time of Tommy's last album Only. There are several tunes from that release, a couple of favourites that have now found their way on to his new album Endless Road and some long standing crowd-pleasers to round out the set. Just Tommy and his acoustic guitar, with excellent sound and minimal camera work so as not to detract from the essence of the show which is of course his total mastery of the instrument.

There's a humorous Guitar Lesson number during which Tommy describes his discovery of the Chet Atkins style and shows us how it's done (if you are really keen, Mel Bay also publish serious instructional methods on Tommy and Chet's style), which leads into the Atkins' classic Windy and Warm. His Beatles Medley is here too, plus the beautiful harmonic chimes of Michelle and the ultimate virtuoso version of Guitar Boogie. Tommy sings and explains Waltzing Matilda for the appreciative American audience and winds up with Tom's Drums, turning guitar bashing and head-butting the microphone into a work of art. Tommy Emmanuel surely is the greatest acoustic guitar player in the world!

Mel Bay via Allans Music (Aust)
MB20064DVD (114 Mins)

Also available on two VHS tapes.

Track listing:
Blue Moon
That's the Spirit
I've Always Thought of You
Guitar Boogie
Amazing Grace
Classical Gas
A Guitar Lesson with Tommy
Windy and Warm
Just an Old Fashioned Love Song
Beatles Medley: Day Tripper/ Taste of Honey / Lady Madonna
Those Who Wait
Mona Lisa
Dixie McGuire
The Hunt
Waltzing Matilda
Train to Dusseldorf/To 'B' or not to 'B'/Mr. Guitar
Waltzing Matilda (reprise)/Road to Gundagai
Tom's Drums

Until next time, happy and safe surfing!

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