POWERHOUSE VOCALIST JESS HOLLAND RETURNS TO TAMWORTH FOR 2014 FESTIVAL SPECIAL SHOWS TO PREVIEW HER FORTHCOMING 2ND ALBUM. Two years after the release of her debut album, Jess Holland is gearing up to preview tracks from her highly anticipated second long player at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival. After spending most of 2013 penning and recording the new releases, Jess can’t wait to get on stage and share the songs with music fans, and what better place to showcase a country album than Tamworth? The first single from the album – Fine Lines – hits radio airwaves at the beginning of December, a perfect prelude to the festival.

“The Tamworth vibe is always electric,” says Jess. “I leave on a high after each performance. You always have the opportunity to meet so many new people and have a lot of fun along the way. I’ll be playing songs from my debut album as well as a few taste testers from my forthcoming album. I also love to include songs that have really influenced my career – artists such as Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and Dolly Parton.”

Jess Holland’s ‘ballsy country rock’ has kept her busy and on the road for most of 2013. She’s also going to be joined by her trio The Hickory Sisters featuring Allison Forbes and Gretta Ziller for one special show. The trio debuted at the 2013 festival and pay homage to great female country stars such as Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette to name a few.

Jess says she looks forward to starting off her year at Tamworth Country Music Festival every year. She especially looks forward to returning to the venues, which are some of her favourite in Australia to play at. “I love performing at these venues because they are intimate with a fun and relaxed vibe, so you can really involve the audience,” she says. “Tamworth is the perfect opportunity to provide my audiences with a little taste tester of the new album. It’s always a little nerve wracking playing new material that no one has heard, but I am so proud of these tracks and can’t wait to see how they go.”

The new single – Fine Lines – is a great introduction to an album which will show a new and more mature side of Jess Holland. The album Whole Lot To Say is due for release in March 2014. The new album release follows up on what has been a massive 2013 for Jess.

“This year has been extremely busy for me.” Jess explains “I released a third single, Cigarettes & Whiskey, [a follow up to My Kinda Town and Iddy Biddy Pride] from my debut album and followed this up with a QLD tour”. The 2011 Voice of Urban Country Award-winner has spent 2013 doing what every decent musician does – touring and performing. Whether it was big festivals, country races, the local pub or the ‘back of Bourke’, Jess Holland loves nothing more than taking her music to her fans. Of the back of her singles, Jess left the band in Mudgee and headed off to some of the most remote pubs on the map too. “Small places don’t have the same opportunities to hear live music – yet that’s where the true country fans live,” she says. With this ethos in mind, she’ll be continuing to tour to regional areas throughout 2014.

Ensuring she connects with the land, and the ‘true country fans’, is very important to Jess. “Until recently I was performing part time and working part time as an agronomist, but now I’m a full-time musician,” she says. “Actually, it wasn’t all that big a change – as an agronomist I spent most of my time on farms, on the land, and it’s the land that inspires me as a country musician.” Country music is also in her blood. Her grandfather was a founding member of well-known bush outfit The Stringybark Band, so it’s no surprise that Jess felt a resonance with music. As a three-year-old, Jess taught herself to play the piano, and by the age of nine she was performing in musical groups in her home town. She has toured through central, western and northern New South Wales in support of the likes of Luke Dickens, Uncle Bobs Jug Band and Adam Kilpatrick. She’s also a two-time Toyota Star Maker finalist and has been earning acclaim from fans and critics alike. Earning the title of 2011 Voice of Urban Country was a great stepping-stone forward, the first of many accolades that have befallen this talented musician.


Jess Holland’s new single Fine Lines will be released to radio on 6 December 2013. The forthcoming new album Whole Lot To Say is due for release on 28 March 2014.


Friday 17th January 2014 | 12pm-3pm

Tudor Hotel [Upstairs Bar], TAMWORTH NSW


Saturday 18th January 2014 | 3.30pm-6.30pm

Tudor Hotel [Back Bar], TAMWORTH NSW

The Hickory Sisters


Sunday 19th January 2014 | 5.30pm-8pm

Tudor Hotel [Front Bar], TAMWORTH NSW


Tuesday 21st January 2014 | 5.30pm-9pm

Tudor Hotel [Front Bar], TAMWORTH NSW


Thursday 23rd January 2014 | 6pm-8pm


(02) 6746 1566

Friday 24th January 2014 | 12pm-3pm

Tudor Hotel [Back Bar], TAMWORTH NSW


For more information, please visit www.jessholland.com.au

For the first time in history, NRMA BusinessWise will have a major presence at the largest music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival. With NRMA’s proud heritage of supporting the NSW and ACT community for the past 96 years, the mutual will support some of Australia’s biggest Country Music stars at the 2014 event including the concert featuring two-time Golden Guitar winner Dianna Corcoran and Tamworth’s own Aleyce Simmonds – both have been announced as finalists in the Female Artist Of The Year category in the 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards Of Australia.

The double-billing show will be held at Tamworth’s Capitol Theatre on January 24th @ 8pm and will feature hits from each of the performers’ albums including their current releases “Love & Therapy” from Dianna and “Believe” from Aleyce.

“I’m so happy to have NRMA Motoring & Services sponsoring me at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Having the support of such a reputable Australian brand is a real honour and greatly appreciated. My dad was an NRMA approved mechanic in Parkes for many years and I know how proud he would be of this partnership”, says Dianna Corcoran, the Parkes NSW born and now Nashville-based artist.

Proud Tamworth singer Aleyce Simmonds says, “Dianna and I have performed this show in many venues and towns but to bring this show to my home town with the support of NRMA is a blessing”.

NRMA BusinessWise Presents Dianna Corcoran & Aleyce Simmonds

Date: January 24th | Time: 8pm | Venue: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: 02 6766 2028 OR http://www.tcmf.com.au/Tickets/

http://www.diannacorcoran.com/ | http://www.aleycesimmonds.com/

Since barnstorming his way onto the country music charts with the mega hit Boys From The Bush, Lee Kernaghan has notched up 32 #1 hits on the Australian Country Charts, won a staggering 28 Golden Guitars and has sold two million albums in the Australian market. His music gave birth to rural rock, and songs like Hat Town, She’s My Ute and The Outback Club gave voice to a new generation of country Australia. Now he is back, stretching the musical envelope yet again with what industry insiders are calling another groundbreaking album - Beautiful Noise.

After sell out shows around Australia in 2013 Lee will continue taking his new album on the road throughout 2014 and has just announced details of the 2014 dates. This rockin’ live show features the new songs and sounds from the Beautiful Noise album plus all of his classic hits including Boys From The Bush, Hat Town, Dirt, Planet Country, Texas QLD 4385, The Way It Is…… and more.

Lee’s special guests for the tour are The Wolfe Brothers. Hailing from Hobart Tasmania, The Wolfe Brothers burst on to the scene in 2012 when the nation voted them into the Grand Final of Australia’s Got Talent. Their first album, It’s On, was released in January 2013 and on the week of release the album entered the ARIA Country Chart at #2 (behind Taylor Swift), #18 on the ARIA Chart and has produced two hit singles including their first #1 The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory. Their third single Lovin' In The Summertime is at radio now.

To celebrate the announcement of his 2014 tour dates Lee has just released the fourth single from his Beautiful Noise album - It's Only Country. The song is guaranteed to set the mood for what will be the country event of the year when Lee and The Wolfe Brothers bring their travelling country music party to areas that have yet to experience the Beautiful Noise Tour. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Wednesday 12 March 2014


Bookings: (02) 4872 6700 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Thursday 13 March 2014

Dapto Leagues Club, DAPTO NSW

Bookings: (02) 4261 1333

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Friday 14 March 2014

CMC Rocks The Hunter, NSW

Bookings: 1300 923 314 |

Friday 25 April 2014

The Barn Palais, MT GAMBIER SA

Chapmans Newsagency, 11 Commercial Street West, Mt. Gambier | (08) 8725 3300

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Saturday 26 April 2014 | 8pm

Wimmera Events Centre, HORSHAM VIC

Bookings: Harvey World Travel (03) 5382 6699

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Sunday 27 April 2014

River Sound Shell, MILDURA VIC

Bookings: Mildura Arts Centre Box Office (03) 5018 8330 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Albany Entertainment Centre, ALBANY WA

Bookings: Entertainment Centre Box Office (08) 9844 5005 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Bunbury Entertainment Centre, BUNBURY WA

Bookings: Entertainment Centre Box Office 1300 661 272 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Thursday 8 May 2104


Bookings: Entertainment Centre Box Office (08) 9550 3900 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Friday 9 May 2014

Crown Theatre Perth Casino, PERTH WA

Bookings: Crown Box Office & Ticketek 1300 795 012 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Saturday 10 May 2014

Queens Park Th. GERALDTON WA

Bookings: Theatre Box Office (08) 9956 6662 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Nautilus Theatre, PORT LINCOLN SA

Bookings: Theatre Box Office (08) 8683 5088

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Middleback Theatre, WHYALLA SA

Bookings: Theatre Box Office (08) 8644 7300 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Thursday 22 May 2014

Northern Festival Centre, PORT PIRIE SA

Bookings: Theatre Box Office (08) 8633 8500 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Friday 23 May 2014

Chaffey Theatre, RENMARK SA

Bookings: Theatre Box Office (08) 8586 1800 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

Saturday 24 May 2014

Barossa Arts Centre, TANUNDA SA

Bookings: Theatre Box Office (08) 8561 4299 |

Special guests The Wolfe Brothers

BLUEGRASS SWEETHEART KRISTY COX ANNOUNCES WORLD-WIDE EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASE OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM AT 2014 TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL. After a year based in the United States, bluegrass sweetheart Kristy Cox is returning to Australia for a special show at the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival to showcase tracks from her forthcoming album Living for the Moment. The album is due for world wide release on February 18 through US bluegrass label Pisgah Ridge and is a perfect representation of where this talented singer songwriter is in her personal and professional life. The first single from the album One Heartbreak Away hits the airwaves in Australia on December 6.

Kristy Cox’s career has been going from strength to strength since the release of her debut album From My Eyes in 2006. She’s had a string of Top 10 hits on country radio and country music television, and has been recognised as a rising star of Australian country to watch out for. In her career so far she’s been a Starmaker finalist and APRA Professional Development Award finalist. Her subsequent albums Breaking New Ground (2010) and Miles and Timezones (2012) have all earned her praise for her songwriting capabilities. Signing to Pisgah Ridge (an imprint of Mountain Home) in the US was a huge coup for the songstress and saw her move to the States for most of 2013 to work on the new album. She also signed an exclusive songwriting contract with Asheville Forest Music.

Picking One Heartbreak Away as the first single was an easy decision. “It’s a great up-tempo bluegrass track about a relationship that’s worth keeping, but that some things need to change,” says Kristy. “The song is a great reflection of where the album heads musically and how it expands on the bluegrass influences of my previous projects.”

The album, Living for the Moment, is a mixture of self-penned and chosen material and is an apt representation of where Kristy is heading musically. “The last 12-months have been a huge change for me,” she says. “This album was recorded with both the Australian country market and the US bluegrass market in mind. The songs on the album feature many different musical influences of mine with everything from a fast-paced bluegrass song to ballads and a country shuffle.”

Being based between the US and Australia has been both a great experience and a challenging one for Kristy. “The time difference means it is hard to get a lot done in work hours back in Australia, however I’m glad we live in the age of the internet as it makes everything feel closer than it is,” she says. “I miss my loved ones and sometimes feel out of the loop with what’s going on back home. However I’m writing music every day and for the first time in my life, I’m solely focusing on my career. I will continue to be back and forth – Qantas are going to love me!”

Returning to Australia to showcase the new material from her album at the Tamworth Country Music Festival is an exciting prospect for Kristy. She says she can’t wait to share the new songs – and all the old favourites – with Aussie audiences. “I have had huge support from our great industry back home,” she says. “I will be forever thankful for that. Not much could keep me away from it all for too long. I’m excited to bring this new stage of my music to everyone in the land of Oz, and to share some of my new songs and stories with those that know me best. There’s just no place like home.”

The show at Tamworth will be a world exclusive showcase for Living for the Moment. While the album isn’t released until February, fans attending the show will have the chance to purchase advance copies of the album, which are on sale for the night of the show only. These will be the first copies on sale anywhere in the world and Kristy is stoked to offer this exclusive to Aussie fans. “It’s exciting,” she says. “I will not only be performing new songs with my band, but also songs from my last albums. We will also have some featured special guests that are going to make an appearance. Overall it’s going to be a great fun night. I’m looking forward to it more than anything.”

Kristy’s new single One Heartbreak Away is at radio on 6 December 2013. The forthcoming album Living for the Moment is released through Pisgah Ridge world-wide on 18 February 2014.

Wednesday 22nd January 2014 | 8pm The Pub, TAMWORTH NSW

Building an unparalleled musical legacy, a vibrant career at the top levels of entertainment and a business empire worthy of a Forbes cover isn't easy, but it's not complicated either. In Toby Keith's case, there's genius in the simplicity. His new album “Drinks After Work” is another perfect example of how a big project like an album – not to mention a seemingly boundless and diverse brand – can be boiled down to a few timeless truths about hard work and good times. Exceptions prove every rule, however, and Keith is certainly not immune to life's harsh realities when the spotlight dims and storm clouds rise – as they did unmercifully in 2013.

The balance of the album celebrates life's peaks, however, and that's no accident as Keith's music has increasingly become a reflection of his live shows. He and his tight band of co-writers – Scotty Emerick, Bobby Pinson and Rivers Rutherford – do most of their work on the road, grabbing guitars and putting words to music during downtime between concerts.

"People ask why we write so many songs about drinking and partying," he says. "Well, when we’re writing, that’s what we’re doing. We’re out on the road working, but we’re festive. If we were stuck in a cabin for a week hunting or something, you might write about being away from the party. But when you're on the road, you've got this crowd and you’re presenting a party to them, it’s really hard not to get caught up in that and keep it fun. I like having a lot of that on my albums; when they turn it on, I want them to smile."

And smile they have, propelling Keith to rarified air as one of the most successful songwriter/artists of all time with more than 80 million broadcast performances of his work and 32 #1 singles. Arguably, he's the most successful self-contained artist in country music history. And that popularity isn't limited by borders as he's toured packed European venues twice in the last few years. He's also preparing for his first tour of Australia, where he is the most-requested American country performer, recently enjoyed several high profile awards nominations and has had four hit albums in the country.

The process that has led to those hits and chart-topping albums wasn't in place from the beginning of his career, though it certainly was foreshadowed by his debut. Written solely by Keith, "Should've Been A Cowboy" rocketed to No. 1 and went on to become the most-played country song of the '90s. And while he continued to have number one after number one on the radio charts, it wasn't until the 1999 release of How Do You Like Me Now?! and concurrent departure from a label with which he was in constant conflict that he began to set a sustainable and incredibly successful creative course.

"We write all year," Toby explains. "And after about 13 years of doing it this way, it's gotten where I know going in that I'll have enough good songs to choose from. I'll spend a week with Rivers, two weeks with Bobby and two weeks with Scotty. Then I'll write some by myself. So you end up with an album-and-a-half's worth of uncut stuff ready to sort and stack. I’m always way ahead."

From the album's opening thump of "Shut Up And Hold On," Keith and co-writer Pinson evoke an arena show feel. The audience appeal is palpable, and the title track only furthers the vibe with perhaps the freshest, most unique sound from Toby in years. The only track he didn't write, the song was an unlikely stab at something very different. "[Label exec] Mark Wright was really high on this 'Drinks After Work' thing, and I didn’t know if I could cut it or not. It’s really out of the norm for me, but I told him I'd give it a run and it bloomed in the studio."

The classic Toby turn-of-phrase in "Little Miss Tear Stain" – "is never still a good time to call?" – the throwback barroom shuffle of "Last Living Cowboy" and the completely unsubtle "Show Me What You're Workin' With" keep the fun rolling. Even the coming-of-age ode "Before We Knew They Were Good," "Whole Lot More Than That" with its arresting couplets and the wry "I'll Probably Be Out Fishin'" are likely to have concertgoers raising red Solo cups in salute.

Plumbing less exuberant musical depths are the steel-drenched broken heart ballad "The Other Side Of Him" and a Toby Keith-first tribute to farmers titled "Hard Way To Make An Easy Living." But those songs only hint at the raw emotions that accompanied the making of this album.

Drinks After Work is dedicated to the memory of Keith's longtime bandleader and bass player Chuck Goff, who passed in February. Three months later, a tornado flattened much of Moore, OK, where the water tower proudly proclaims: "Moore, home of Toby Keith." Among those directly hit were Keith's sister and sister-in-law, who both experienced substantial damage to their homes.

Perhaps the best window into that sense of loss is "Chuckie's Gone," which Keith wrote by himself and included as one of three deluxe edition bonus tracks:

A twister came through our hometown, tore a lot of peoples’ houses down

That always happens in the spring, and this time you missed everything ...

Stage goes up, stage goes down, buses roll through another town

There’s words to write and gigs to play and you’ll always be a song away

Your bass is there where you used to stand, and even though we got a killer band

I still look up in the middle of the song and realize Chuckie’s gone

"It really doesn’t change the band as a group because it happened to all of us as a group," Toby says. "Everybody leaned on everybody else. We all lost the same friend out on the road. He was with us 25 years and he was my band leader. He was a really good guy and, at the end of the day, you only get to live it once, so you better live it up while you’re here."

In May, Keith rushed home to Moore from the Nashville studio where he was recording the album to aid in recovery and serve as the face of the community to many in the national media. "I didn’t have but four songs cut when the tornadoes hit, so I was a little late getting the album turned in," he says.

In July, Keith rallied fellow artists Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, his daughter Krystal and more for the Oklahoma Twister Relief concert. Drawing more than 60,000 to the University of Oklahoma stadium, the event raised approximately $2 million.

This year has also seen him producing another project close to his heart – Krystal's Show Dog-Universal debut. "I wrote a few things, she’s written a few things and then she’s written with some of the biggest writers in Nashville," he says. "I’m trying to let her do as much of it on her own as she can. There’s a 25-year age difference, so what works for me may not work for her. So it's great to see her taking the reins and trying to get this thing up and rockin.'"

Other ventures much further along in their growth curve include Keith's I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants and his signature Wild Shot Mezcal. "I’ve learned along the way to only take on things that work with the music," he says. "When I have a new artist on my label that needs to get out and do shows for radio, I can plug them in at the restaurants. Same with Wild Shot. I'll sell it at my shows, I'll sell it in my bars – it won't take me away from what I do the way some kind of unrelated business might."

Instead, Toby will focus his time – often backstage waiting for the show to start – to write a song for the next album. And, ultimately, it's that continuing focus and musical discipline that has elevated his entertainment career as well as ancillary businesses to heights rarely if ever seen.

Toby will be in Australia to headline the CMC Rocks the Hunter festival at Hope Estate in March 2014, plus he will be performing side sideshows in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. This will be Toby Keith’s first time performing in Australia.

Friday March 14, 2014 | Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Sunday March 16, 2014 | Hunter Valley CMC Rocks the Hunter (festival)

Tuesday March 18, 2014 | Sydney Allphones Arena

Wednesday March 19, 2014 | Melbourne Rod Laver Arena