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Cowboys In Cyberspace - December 2004

"Hats On, Buckle Up!"

Don your headwear and get ready for Tamworth and more.

If you are heading to the TAMWORTH FESTIVAL in January, you'll find a lot more to check out on-line before you get there this year, including on-line ticket sales. HERE, at the COWBOYS IN CYBERSPACE site you'll find a collection of links relating to the festival, that will be constantly updated as new features on events and artists come to hand.


ADAM KILPATRICK is a Big Man as the title of his single suggests and at his Web site you can see by the smiles of his fans, that his shows are BIG fun. This graduate of the Australian College of Country Music is usually found wearing a hat, as he does in the photo here, except when he's doing his hilarious impression of noted local singer…no, you'll just have to go and see Adam to find out who!

CD coverTOBY KEITH is taking no chances and wears two hats at once on the cover of his second Greatest Hits album. In November, Toby was the first country artist to be featured on AOL Music Live and his concert special was played more than 850,000 times in the first 24-hours it was available. Many AOL Music Live! clips are available, some just for members and others for all to enjoy. Look there for videos of CATHERINE BRITT, JEDD HUGHES and KEITH URBAN. Also, LEANN RIMES can be seen singing her current chart single Nothin 'Bout Love Makes Sense, co-written by our own KYLIE SACKLEY with Gary Burr and Joel Feeney.

You might decorate your computer for Christmas with TIM McGRAW wallpaper, that shows the Grammy award winning superstar in his black hat, as seen on the cover of Live Like You Were Dying. Site members can also see videos of Tim and his band, the Dancehall Doctors. Still speaking of hats, the DWIGHT YOAKAM Web site has always been a favourite with its excellent interactive design. Since we last looked, it has been expanded to accommodate Dwight's Used Records, his latest release, and don't miss clicking on the Panic Room button! There's also a chance to win a Stetson hat, autographed by Dwight.

Last but not least, we couldn't talk about hats without a visit to the AKUBRA web site. No prize for guessing which Australian Country Music Star wears the Outback Club hat!

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DOWN THE OLD PLANK ROAD: The Nashville Sessions In Concert

For the 40th anniversary celebration of THE CHIEFTAINS, their leader Paddy Moloney took the legendary Irish band back to Nashville, ten years after they had been there to record the album Another Country. Once more they teamed up with many country and bluegrass stars, this time to record Down The Old Plank Road: The Nashville Sessions and the follow-up release Further Down The Old Plank Road. This concert version, expertly filmed at the Ryman Auditorium, features many of the guest performances from both of those albums, and what guests they were; Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Buddy and Julie Miller, Gillian Welch, Martina McBride, the Del McCoury Band and so many more.

On this historic stage, banjo, guitar and high lonesome singing mixed effortlessly with flute, uillean pipes, fiddle, bodhran and tin whistle. As Paddy Moloney explains, this is the 'bluegrass/green-grass connection'. So too with the dancing, as the energetic Irish dancers step out alongside the Opry square dancers and the energetic Pilatzke brothers from Canada raise the roof. After enjoying this fabulous music and spectacle, no further proof is needed of the links between traditional Celtic music and the style of country that came down from the Appalachian Mountains. Treasure this too, for the final performance of the late Derek Bell, a musician of great humour and a true master of the Irish Harp.

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