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Cowboys In Cyberspace - September 2004

"Country Comfort"

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Elton John and Catherine Britt at the studio in Atlanta, Georgia
Elton John and Catherine Britt
at the studio in Atlanta, Georgia

Expect the Web to get busy with CATHERINE BRITT news this month, as her single, Upside Of Being Down makes its way up the US country charts. Her album, featuring the much anticipated duet with SIR ELTON JOHN is due for release later this year. Latest info from the Web indicates that Elton's support for our Catherine is as strong as ever. At one of his recent Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace, Elton dedicated Tiny Dancer (Catherine's favourite EJ song) to her and introduced her to the crowd.

Once again we return to a favourite theme - CDs that contain multimedia content as well as music. Recent examples include:

ADAM BRAND - The long awaited Get Loud contains, in the first Limited Edition pressing, a mini-documentary with Adam rapping and 'hard at work' in the studio with producer Graham Thompson and the really hard-working engineer and master mixer, Ted Howard.

TOM CURTAIN - On the Tom's album Smack Bang! you also get the man himself describing the ideas behind his colourful songs, plus the clip of A Man Is Not A Camel, filmed on location and at The Pub in Tamworth.

STEVE FORDE & THE FLANGE - The boys' new album Wild Ride includes the video of The Letter, which made No. 1 on the CMC Top 20. I don't think it was for the band's acting abilities though...sorry guys, but you're overshadowed by the starlets in this one!

THE CORB LUND BAND - Our Canadian friends now have their fine album Five Dollar Bill readily available in Australia and it includes the video for the song (Gonna) Shine Up My Boots.

Ronni Rae Rivers
RONNI RAE RIVERS (above) has her last video clip Happy New Year streaming from her Web site. Now her new clip, Just When I Needed You Most, has been added and it was directed by the multi-award winning ROSS WOOD. His site details his career and includes an amusing diary of his life as a movie maker.

Speaking of diaries, anyone interested in the process of writing and recording should visit the JANIS IAN site where she details the making of her album Billie's Bones, complete with audio/visual examples. Allow plenty of time to peruse the rest of the site and don't miss the Monumental Mistakes page. Easily the most insightful site I've surveyed in the last seven years of this column. Brilliant!

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DVD cover


 Subtitled "from the Oklahoma Hills to the Pilliga Scrub", this concert was recorded at The Basement in Sydney, October 2003. Both KEVIN WELCH and KEVIN BENNETT (fronting The Flood) share the limelight equally and the initial reasoning behind their pairing becomes more understandable as the show progresses. The musical influences behind their respective original songs are undoubtedly alike and their repertoires even intersect with a cover version of Joe Ely's Me and Billy The Kid, which here becomes a duet for these two vocalists. Backed by Sydney's own THE FLOOD, Nashville based singer-songwriter Kevin Welch evokes Bob Dylan with The Band; a rolling honky-tonk, occasionally swampy, carnival of sound. The Flood themselves, with Kevin Bennett's soulful voice leading the way, have a more bluesy-funky foundation with harmonies that rival the early West Coast sound of The Eagles.

Bonus material includes a solo Welch video, a Flood video, a song from their previous joint Basement show in 2002, revealing interviews and, a nice touch, the two Kevins reading each other's biographies. During the nearly two hours of footage, there are such Welch favourites as Something 'bout You, Jersey Devil, Life Down Here On Earth, and Beneath My Wheels, plus Flood classics like Paul Kelly's Blues and Zevon Said. Quality music from both sides of the Pacific.

Video directed by Ross Wood.

Distributed by
KB006 (111 Mins)

Track Listing:

1. Beneath My Wheels
2. Glorious Bounties
3. Queen Of The Slipstream
4. Nobody On My Side
5. You Might Be There
6. Paul Kelly's Blues
7. Something 'Bout You
8. Life Down Here On Earth
9. Zevon Said
10. Up Above My Head
11. Train to Birmingham
12. Jersey Devil
13. Every Good Thing
14. Happy Ever After
15. Me And Billy The Kid
16. Plenty Of Time



Sept 4:
Bob talked to Barbara Morison on
2SER-FM about this article and about Sydney Country Music Week...

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