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NEWSLETTER FROM GRAHAM - MAY 1 2013
Update from Graham
Well it has been a very up and down ride since Tamworth. I escaped through the night after the Golden Guitars to get through the oncoming floods. Arrived safely after driving through the early hours of the morning and crossing flooded causeways, it seems like a year ago that all that happened.
Since then I have released a new Album "Changing Years". I recorded it late last year whilst Mum was struggling with illness, sadly I lost Mum in November, but had written a song for the Album called "Weeping Annie" so it was a foregone conclusion that I would dedicate this Album to her. I officially released the Album in Sydney in April to a wonderfully receptive crowd at the Engadine Services Club.
The Album "Changing Years" covers the changes in our lives, from our transport days, to our personal lives over the passage of time. I recorded it in Michael Fixís own studio and Michael contributed with some wonderful guitar work. As a result the songs sound fresh and the backing music is very traditional. To date I have been receiving wonderful comments from everyone so that is very satisfying particularly when the most often comment is that there is not one standout song, they are all as good as the next. Makes me feel very pleased with the choice of songs, my self-penned songs as well as Trevor Dayís "Empty Plate", co write with Jim Brownís "Anzac On The Wall" and Greg Storerís song "Quanbone Road". I thank all these writers for trusting me with their songs.
I decided this time to change the format of the CD to using the cardboard covers. This means less space and lighter weight. Overall a refreshing touch to what I believe to be another step forward in my CD production.
A down side of the first quarter of 2013 was that Dad took sick. He was in Nambour Hospital for a couple of weeks and the family really believed that this could be the end. Thankfully he has rallied thanks to my brother Bruce and his wife Heather nursing him back to better health. Sadly my dear old mate wonít be quite himself, oxygen is needed for him now 24 hours but he still is taking an active interest in country music and I fill him in on all the concerts and festivals I attend. I know that he will be at a festival in the future with his oxygen pack giving me his loving support again. By the way he asked me to say a big hello to all of you, and not to worry he is ok.
I have received sponsorship with Fender Guitars. I now am playing a beautiful new guitar so keep an eye out for it on stage. The sound is superb, I donít think I will be taking it out to the west though, have plans to keep it in wraps for all the concerts and festivals.
On the home front the "girls" cows that is, are all going to multiply over the next few months. The grass is lush and thick so winter feed is here for them. Letís hope summer is not so dry as we experienced last year, till January that is, when the floods arrived. Still mother nature will have her own way so just hope she keeps smiling.
I entertained at the first Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster weekend, which was in the most beautiful setting, over creek crossings and through farm land with the venue set in a valley surrounded by hills. The camping was along the creek and the campers crossed a little bridge to the stage area. Fresh mountain air and cows meandering along the road made a very country feel.
Keep a lookout on my website for new appearances and until I catch up again, enjoy life and country music.
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