Carter & Carter
Final Five Finalist
CMAA 2007 Golden Guitar Awards
Group or Duo of the Year
for their single
News From Jeanette Wormald
What a year. It's been a few months since my last email bulletin - and quite a few kilometres too! This year has been both exhilarating and exhausting. The new album Opal Blue has achieved so much it has left me breathless.
After two tours, 12,000 km and the Mildura and Tooleybuc Festivals I was looking forward to a few quiet weeks before our annual grain harvest (or stripping as they say in NSW). However, the exceptionally dry year (only 5 points of rain in the last 8 weeks) has brought harvest forward and we started on October 24 and have already finished our barley.
We also had to shear our mob of ewes and I had the pleasure of being rouseabout, shearers' cook and sheep dog (penning up sheep) last week. And they say the life of a singer songwriter is glamorous?
Thank you to
everyone who has been keeping in touch via email and phone.
initial radio feedback is indicating that Opal Blue, an upbeat track which
is a very Australian take on the Blue Grass style, will break into the Top
Jeanette and the crew from Jak in A Box will travel to Pinnaroo in the Southern Mallee to work on the clip which will feature the old Pinnaroo railway station and Mallee Heritage Centre. Opal Blue is a story of lost love, based in a small railway town.
"Pinnaroo was the closest railway station still standing that had the ambience we were looking for," Jeanette said. "Unfortunately "progress" has resulted in the demolition of all the other railway stations in this area including the old tea rooms at the nearby town of Alawoona. It is particularly sad that we have lost this history, as the Northern Mallee of SA was opened up by the railways."
Jeanette's producer, Michael Cristian, is coming across from Melbourne to feature in the clip.
"Michael did most of the instrumental work on the album and created a blistering guitar solo on Opal Blue. I realised that his involvement was crucial. And it's going to be a lot of fun too. Michael is really looking forward to being a part of it."
The team hope that the clip will be on air next month.
clip from her album, a duet with Peter Pratt on Out Here, reached Number
40 in the Country Music Channel's Top 50 charts in June.
was Lee Kernaghan, who had just been voted onto the CMAA board.
In other news,
Jeanette has been nominated for inclusion in the inaugural edition of SA's
Who's Who, celebrating the achievements of prominent South Australians.
The book will be published next March.
July 2006, Volume 5, Issue 2
http://www.karenlynne.com KarenLynne@bigpond.com P. O. Box 250, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782
WELCOME LITTLE WILLIAM!
Hello everyone!,.. My how time flies,.. last thing I remember was telling you how I was anxiously awaiting the birth of our new baby & feeling a little emotional about all the upcoming ‘Changes’ and how I’d handle them,.. and the next thing I know I’ve been there and done that! How was it you ask?,.. wow!, after doing labour, all I can say is you men really did get it easy in that department!. I did however luck out there a lot, with a 7 hour labour, no complications and no pain killers (Note:- I said no pain ‘killers’- not no ‘pain’),.. and mainly because he came so fast, there wasn’t time! Anyway, William is now a few months old and we’re beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel (although they tell me there’s quite a few tunnels to go through after this one!?).
For those that didn’t hear the news,.. Marty & myself proudly welcome our first born child, ‘William Aaron (Louis)’ to our musical world,.. he arrived on the last day of spring, a week early and it’s been a very steep learning curve, but Martin and myself have survived,.. still a little shell-shocked, but I guess it’s still early days yet! He’s growing beautifully, and has really ‘chubbed up’ now (takes after his mum on that front!). I have finally got some more pictures on the computer so if you’d like some later ones emailed to you, just let me know. He had some feeding problems when he was very little and we are still working through those but it is getting much better and I’m told it hopefully will all have righted itself soon. He’s also at that beautiful smiling stage and when he does I just melt!!,.. (really makes that lack of sleep worth it). He also has lovely long ‘banjo playing’ fingers like his dad - although I’ve decided one banjo player in the house is quite enough so he’s going to have to take up fiddle or mandolin! Anyway, hope to catch up with many of you at the gigs over the next year or so you can meet him in person,.. what can I say, he’s gorgeous!
GRANDFINALIST FOR GOLDEN SADDLE AWARDS 2006:-
Great news that missed the last Newsletter by only a few days was that I had been nominated and selected as a finalist for one of Sydney's top Country Music Awards - "The Golden Saddle Award". Finalists are nominated by "industry spotters" from a pool of Australian professional independent artists whom they consider outstanding at what they do. The Award is put up and presented as part of the major 'Galston Country Music Festival' and I was in amongst some top level competition!. The best news was that I made it into the top three, along with fellow independents Amber Lawrence and duo ‘Sweeney Killeen’. I knew it would be pretty hard to win as the judges wouldn’t have known much about the bluegrass & Acoustic style music I do best,.. and I’ve never really been a ‘vibrant’ performer pumping out that country-kick style music,.. (and let’s face it, I’m not such a spring chicken anymore),.. so knowing that, I was really quite proud to be up there in the final three,.. talent-wise I thought we were all as good as each other and I got to sing a few songs at the Galston Country Music Festival which was a real pleasure.
Singing at Galston Country Music festival
It was a miserable rainy day and unfortunately the festival was washed out, but we had a lovely day anyway,.. (William was actually a far bigger hit than his mum!). Amber Lawrence took out a well-deserved win with a great performance,.. but I must say, I wouldn’t have liked to judge. Unfortunately I had also had an operation on toes on each foot a few days prior so that didn’t help my ‘stage presence’ much either but the band were great and it was a good day. Marty said the funniest thing was that just as they announced Amber’s name as the winner, young William rather forcefully spat out his dummy!,... Marty said he’d wished he’d had a video camera as - even though it was (possibly?) purely coincidental,... it would have been a ‘funniest home videos’ winner for sure!
Amber, Me, Nikki & Tracy (Sweeney Killeen)
No. 2 CHART POSITION FOR FIRST AUSSIE SINGLE:-
The first single from the ‘Changes’ album achieved an amazing Number 2 position on the Australian Country Music Chart. We did cross our fingers for the big Number One,.. but unfortunately Record label artist Lee Kernaghan released his new single soon afterwards and with the huge amount of publicity it got, it raced up the chart and snuck off with the number one spot,.. but hey,... it’s believed to be the highest chart position for a bluegrass song so that’s a top achievement. Thanks to everyone who requested the song.
‘CHANGES’ - SECOND SINGLE RELEASE
Hot off the press comes the second Australian single from the ‘Changes’ album, this time it’s the "Producer’s choice", as both Rod and Herm wanted this one to be a single. As we see out the winter months it’s a beautiful acoustic ballad called "We should only have time for love". It’s been released to Australian Radio Stations and once again, initial interest has been excellent. If you have a favourite radio station presenting a country music show, please ring up and request it,.. & if they haven’t heard it yet,.. let me know and I’ll make sure they get a copy.
More reviews have come in for the new album!,..this one is particularly special as it comes from USA’s biggest Bluegrass Magazine "Bluegrass Unlimited"
" ... In a word, Karen Lynne’s ‘Changes’ is simply lovely. Her voice is strong & clear. Harmonies are tight yet mellow (the final strains of ‘Once more’ are exquisite). Instrumental arrangements caress the ballads and punch the quick tunes. Collectively, these components deliver 45 minutes of dreamy bluegrass, creating an album that celebrates love through it’s many phases. And did I mention that Karen Lynne is from Australia? Sometimes a step back from the source is a good thing, giving musicians a wider perspective, a fresh approach to old chestnuts, a chance to produce something that¹s both new and familiar. So it is with ‘Change’. Material comes from writers like Gordon Lightfoot, Ron Block, Phil Ochs, Paul Craft and Ronnie Bowman: a broken heart that won’t heal, the craziness of jealousy, old love that interferes with new, wanderlust, the futility of fighting, and the ever-popular cheating. It’s a buffet of love themes, and they’re delivered with emotional strength and integrity in these 14 tracks. Lyrics and vocals are only half the bluegrass equation, however. Instrumentally, these musicians (I’m assuming they’re all Australians) are as accomplished as any you’ll find in the USA. Michel Rose’s resonator guitar cries on the sad songs and dances on the fast ones. Mick Albeck’s fiddle sings with sweetness or crowd-pleasing panache, as required. Ian Simpson’s banjo is always bright and bouncy, while the guitar work of both Simpson & Rod McCormack is rich, warm, and sparkling. Trev Warner’s mandolin licks fall like crystal raindrops, while James Gillard’s double bass is a solid foundation for the band. If you like your bluegrass both sweet & spicy, with clear, expressive vocals and instrumental arrangements that deliver standout individual breaks as well as a cohesive whole, ‘Changes’ could be just what you’re looking for",... (Julie Koehler, Bluegrass Unlimited, USA)
Gig & other News
Not much to say about gigs at the moment as I’m still technically on a break, but if you check out the upcoming gig guide there are a few. As I had my birthday off, (7th April) Marty & myself took the chance to go away for a couple of days prior to the baby arriving and as a treat we spent a few days on the central coast. While there we had a lovely night out with dinner and music from ‘The Greencards’ (Carol Young, Kym Warner & Eamon McLoughlin) which was great. We also had a really enjoyable spot as a bluegrass ‘trio’ at the Blacktown CM Club’s St Marys show,.. to all those involved, thanks for inviting us,.. and it’s been really nice to get down to the Sydney Bluegrass & Traditional CM Society (B&TCMS) a few times lately. Being that it’s held on a saturday night we could rarely get down there previously,.. but while I’m off, we can!
‘The Greencards’ give their all!
In November we are really looking forward to going to the Harrietville Bluegrass Convention - its a lot of fun and Marty, William and myself will all be there. Due to Jim Rush pulling out, Acoustic Shock will be there with a slightly different line-up, but it will still sound great. Marty’s shiftwork always made it hard to get down there but as he’s now a ‘full-time’ musician (as he has indeed received a redundancy from his day job!!,.. another big & scary ‘change’ for us this year!),.. we can go! Pat Drummond fans should be aware that he’s celebrating 30 years without a real job with a series of gigs at Harpe Hotel, Tempe,.. so if you dwell in the sydney area, I hope you didn't miss out!
Don’t forget also that myself and Acoustic Shock will be performing at the Dorrigo Bluegrass & Folk Festival so if you live in that area we hope to see you. It will be the last time you will see the band in their original format for a while as Jim (the guitarist) is taking a break,.. and it’ll be little William’s first big festival weekend away!!
GIG GUIDE (Based on Current Info known - Details may change)
* From April 2006 Karen has been officially on Maternity Leave and continues for a few more months but I’m sure there will be gigs spots and guest appearances that will happen occasionally,.. so watch the web page gig guide or email her for updated information.
Sat, 29 Aug, 11-2pm Karen Lynne & Acoustic Shock Bluegrass Band, Rozelle Markets, Rozelle
Sat, 5th Aug, 11am Karen Lynne, Martin Louis & Jim Rush (Bluegrass Trio), Coachmens Park, Queen Street, St Marys, guest appearance at the Blacktown Country Music Club’s Saturday morning Show.
Sat, 5th Aug, 9pm Karen Lynne & Acoustic Shock Bluegrass Band, Sydney Bluegrass & Trad. Country Music Association (B&TCMS) Annandale Community Centre, Johnston St, Annandale
Sat, 2nd Sept, 9pm Karen Lynne & Martin Louis, Sydney B&TCMS Annandale Community Centre, Johnston St, Annandale
Sun, 10th Sept Karen Lynne - solo guest spot, Galston CM Festival as a Grandfinalist for the ‘Golden Saddle Awards’.
Sun, 24th Sept, Pat Drummond & Karen Lynne, 30 years Retrospective The Harp Hotel, Tempe 2.30PM -6PM $16.00 includes free copy of 'Skooldaze' LP $5.00 kids; little kids free
Sat, 14th Oct, Karen Lynne Bluegrass Trio, South Coast Country Music Association Bluegrass & Acoustic Night, Mt Kembla Heights Community Hall, Mt Kembla, 8pm - To Be Confirmed.
Sun, 15 Oct, 1pm, Pat Drummond & Karen Lynne,Wisemans Ferry Inn, Wisemans Ferry (To Be Confirmed)
Thu, 19 Oct, 12.30-2pm, Parramatta Mall, Council Stage Church Street, Parramatta
Fri-Sun 27 - 29th Oct, Karen Lynne & Acoustic Shock, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo
Sun, 12 Nov, 2pm, Pat Drummond & Karen Lynne, Jamberoo Hotel, Jamberoo
Fri-Sun 17 - 19th Nov, Karen Lynne & Acoustic Shock, Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, Harrietville
Sun, 3 Dec, 11am, Pat Drummond & Karen Lynne, Aristocrat Technologies Children's Christmas Party,Mutt Park, Hurstville
TWO NOMINATIONS in the
AUSTRALIAN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
More good news as I’ve picked up two Nominations in the 10th Australian Independent Country Music Awards. The first is for "Female Vocalist" - which is always an honour for a ‘singer’ to receive & secondly in the "Album of the Year" category for the new CD’Changes’, even more of a pleasure because this album really deserves it!
THANKS!,.. Firstly to everyone who has sent cards, gifts and emails etc congratulating us on the birth of little William,.. I’m sorry I still have not had much time yet to catch up on my official ‘Thankyou notes’,.. but we have been really humbled to see how many of you were so kind,.. thankyou so much from both of us,.. it has been a lovely time in our lives!
‘Labour of Love’
- Track Listing & reviews
1. Nearest Distant Shore
2. Grandma Used to Say
3. Water Lilly
4. I Don’t Know Why
5. Stronger Than I Knew
6. The Woman Before Me
7. There Goes My Heart Again
8. Calm at the Centre of the Storm
10. Half the Moon
11. Blame it on Your Heart
12. He Says
13. Just the Way I am
14. All the Loving and the Hurting
15. Streets of London
16. Colours of Australia
"... a very impressive debut album,.. production was excellent,... a lovely selection of carefully chosen covers and three very thought-provoking originals..." Cap News
"... a very professional debut album,. high quality product to be proud of,.. the icing on the cake is Karen’s lovely natural unforced singing voice,.." CM News & Routes, UK
SONGWRITER TOP 10!
It was nice to get some songwriting recognition quite recently when a co-written song called "Blue Mountain Rain" (written with Richard Porteous)- from the new Changes album received a seventh placing in the "TSA -Tasmania & New Zealand Songwriters Awards",.. I haven’t been writing much lately so it was great to be reminded I was a writer in that way.
No. 2 CHART POSITION FOR FIRST UK SINGLE (GOSPEL CHARTS)
The month of May also brought the first overseas single release for the new album. This time it was the gospel track ‘There is a Reason’ which was released in the UK. It received heaps of airplay on the gospel radio programs and ended up reaching Number 2 on the UK gospel chart,.. thanks again to all who supported it.
William,.. (sorry,.. I've not done many gigs so I don't have many photos this month!)
... And the Journey Continues!,.. so where was I?,.. it’s been a while since I continued my musical journey in the newsletter,.. but I think I was really maturing as a performer & as a person after ‘Second Wind’ came out,... it received so many wonderful accolades but still didn’t break the industry ‘glass ceiling’,.. but for the first time in my career,.. it was OK. The confidence I’d gained & stubborness (I’d always had) enabled me to tackle an overseas tour,... it was hard work & very time consuming but slowly via the phone, the internet & thru the many loyal contacts I’d picked up in the previous two solo tours,.. I connected with a whole bunch of interested venue operators who would put on a gig for us. I knew we wouldn’t make a lot of money, but we agreed that to cover our expenses on a 6 week trip around Europe & UK sounded like a pretty fun, unique, interesting & cheap way to do a once in a lifetime holiday,.. & we did,.. what amazing things you can do when you put your heart & mind to it!
APOLOGY- Firstly for the lateness of my ‘thankyous’ to those that sent gifts etc,.. also for the lateness of this newsletter, for the print quality of the last snail mail version of the newsletter (I forgot to take the colour master with me when copying!) & lastly for putting in so many baby piccys in this newsletter!!,.. (but I’ve had no gigs & I’m 1 proud mum!!)
Please let me know if you no longer want this Newsletter, PHONE: 0407 603277 or (02) 4757 3292n or Email KarenLynne@bigpond.com
and go the the 'requests' button and request the clip to be played. The song is called "Second Wind" and the more requests we get for it will mean the more airplay it will get and thats what is most crucial with a first clip such as this one.
My Web Page! - http://www.karenlynne.com - check it out in the coming months,.. there is be some 'Changes' !
Anyone receiving CDs via my mail order with broken cases should contact me for replacements if required.
Anyone who likes traditional Bluegrass might be interested in buying Acoustic Shock’s Double CD. One CD features the earlier line-up (without Banjo & with Marcus Holden on Fiddle) & the other features the later line-up with Marty. It’s $25 + $3 post, and pretty traditional in style. Anyone who would like a copy should contact me.
LOST CD! - I don’t know how it happened,... but I somehow have sent a ‘Second Wind’ CD Cover out there with a ‘Labour Of Love’ CD inside,.... if you got this by mistake,.. please contact me urgently, thanks!!!
This is the 14th Edition of my little Newsletter!,.. If you missed the earlier editions & would like Backcopies, just send stamped self-addressed A4 Envelope to P. O. Box 250, Wentworth Falls, NSW, 2782, Australia!,...or email me and I'll email them in separate emails - on seperate days,.. so you don't have a download nightmare.
A note for all those supporters who have previously purchased "Blue Mountain Rain" and/or "Second Wind" albums. We now have little Gold Award recognition stickers for the front of the booklets of these two albums,... if your copy doesn’t have one and you would like one,.. just write to me, call me on (02) 4757 3292 or email me (KarenLynne@bigpond.com) & I’ll send them via our next mailout. Alternatively you can pick one up at the next gig!
Plastic CD cases - Got any annoying broken CD cases?, Need any?,.. as we send many CD samples overseas we end up with a lot of extra cases. If you’d like any - call me, you can have as many as you need for only the cost of the postage to you.
How can you help us Indie artists??,.. Often I get asked this,.. Firstly U can ring up your local Community Radio Station & ask for our music on the Country Music programs (if the presenter doesn’t have any of mine - ring me up & tell me 02- 4757 3292),... also by letting me know venues near you booking CM Artists,... also by coming to gigs near you, ....by loaning your Karen Lynne CD to someone that might like it!?,..... by asking your favourite festivals to book us,... & by telling me any Shops that won’t stock our CDs or order them in!.
GETTING OUR CDS IN SHOPS - Sometimes I’m asked why you can’t get our CDs in the shops,.. well you can - it just means the sales person has to look it up on a data base to order them, so often they won’t be bothered to try. All of our product is listed on the AEROS Data Base and distributed by Shoestring Records in the Blue Mountains, any shop can order them,... - if they want to! ,...next time don’t let them give you the brush-off and ask them to look it up for you!
"JERICHO",... A CD from my talented sister Liz, a lovely album called Jericho. It’s a great ‘singer/songwriter album that holds a mix of jazz, folk and acoustic/pop songs mostly written by herself. It’s $30 and you can purchase it by contacting me.
1st Happy family PIC !
Buy the "Blue Mountain Rain" CD for the special price of $20(Applies to Newsletter purchases only and is valid until the next Newsletter goes out)
ALBUM ORDER FORM
1. CHANGES - (Rel - Jan 2006) - Solo Bluegrass & Acoustic Album KLF0704 - 003/SR 55 (13 tracks) Contains a mix of Traditional Bluegrass & also some more contemporary Acoustic Style Ballads (2 originals)
2. SECOND WIND - (2002) - Second Solo Album KLF0704 - 004/SR 38 (14 Tracks) - Contains a mix of Tradtional & Contemporary Country music including a duet with Grant Richardson. (3 originals)
3. BLUE MOUNTAIN RAIN - (2001) - Karen Lynne & Martin Louis, Collaboration Bluegrass Album KLF0704 - 003/SR 20 (18 tracks) - Genuine Australian Bluegrass!, featuring Acoustic Shock Bluegrass Band & many great Aussie players
4. SIX DAYS IN DECEMBER - (2000) - Duet Album with Pat DrummondKLF0704 - 002/SR18 (11 tracks) - Contains a number of Duet & Solo tracks from Karen & Pat . All tracks Australian, pure Country & folk.
5. LABOUR OF LOVE (1998) - First Solo AlbumKLF0704 - 001/SR 15 (16 Tracks) - Contains a mix of both Traditional & Contemporary Country, Folk & Bluegrass (3 originals).
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