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For over a decade Sophie Hamley has been interviewing Australian country music artists for her website, Sunburnt Country Music. Now new interviews will be made available in this podcast. Listen to Golden Guitar winners such as Amber Lawrence and Luke O'Shea, and many others, talk about their songs and songwriting, about performance and creativity and so much more.
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For over a decade Sophie Hamley has been interviewing Australian country music artists for her website, Sunburnt Country Music. Now new interviews will be made available in this podcast. Listen to Golden Guitar winners such as Amber Lawrence and Luke O'Shea, and many others, talk about their songs and songwriting, about performance and creativity and so much more.
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    Finnian Johnson is Doing Well

    Finnian Johnson is Doing Well

    Finnian Johnson was a Grand Finalist in the 2023 Toyota Star Maker competition and in the 2023 NAB Talent Search at the Gympie Music Muster. He reached the top 12 in season 11 of TV show The Voice, and he’s also been touring the country. Last year he released the singles ‘July’ and ‘Dishonest’. His latest single is ‘I’m Doing Well’.
    '“I’m Doing Well" is the most special song I’ve ever written, coming straight from my heart for anyone to connect with,' says Johnson of the song he wrote with Golden Guitar-winning songwriters Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley. 
    Johnson also toured with McClymont and Eckersley last year. We talked about that, the song, competitions and several other things.
    For more about Finnian Johnson: https://linktr.ee/finnianjohnson
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    • 22 min
    Baeden Faint on his 'Hometown Fantasy'

    Baeden Faint on his 'Hometown Fantasy'

    Baeden Faint was born in South Australia and currently calls the NSW town of Cobar home. He has just released his debut single, ‘Hometown Fantasy’.
    'This song is essentially me reminiscing on past relationships where it seemed everything was laid out. Ready for the white picket fence and kids,' says Faint. 'But also, that it was like having blinders on, as to whether it was a good thing or not. I wrote this song like a lot of other songs - with a bottle port, smoking alone late at night, with too much time for thinking.'
    Faint has an interesting background that includes a black belt in karate and a broken hand (or two!), which is not at all convenient for a guitarist. I knew there were some stories there and he was prepared to share them.
    For more about Baeden Faint: linktr.ee/baedenfaintwakefield
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    • 33 min
    Ashleigh Dallas tells her 'Secondhand Stories' first hand

    Ashleigh Dallas tells her 'Secondhand Stories' first hand

    Ashleigh Dallas is a five-time Golden Guitar winner who has released five studio albums, winning the Golden Guitar for Traditional Country Album of the Year for her latest album, In the Moment. She is also an ambassador for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. 
    Dallas's latest single is 'Secondhand Stories', which was written during a DAG Songwriting Retreat with Natasha Soonchild and Margaret Anne King. 'This came from a morning we spent talking about what it’s like when you get out and see things,' says Dallas. 'We were talking about when you have awesome experiences, we have all had someone tell us how lucky we are to experience that.
    'It’s all about not living your life through someone else’s pictures and Instagram posts, don’t live your life through a secondhand story; get out and do it yourself.'
    I've interviewed Dallas several times, and our chats tend to be long because there's always a lot to chat about! And it's always interesting and inspiring, because she can't help but be those things. So settle in for lots of heart, humour and insight from this talented Tamworth native.
    For more about Ashleigh Dallas: https://ashleighdallas.com.au/
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    • 44 min
    Kayla Mahon on new single 'Little Man' and album plans

    Kayla Mahon on new single 'Little Man' and album plans

    Kayla Mahon is an artist from Gore on the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand who was the winner of the coveted 2000 and 2008 New Zealand Overall Gold Guitar Award. She was also one half of country music duo The Heartleys, releasing two albums. Last year she released the single ‘Love’s Got a Witness’ and now she has a new song, ‘Little Man’, both of them taken from her forthcoming album.
    'I hope this song encourages listeners to embrace motherhood, with all the challenges and moments you wouldn’t change the world for,' Mahon says, 'and soak up the love that children give, and the qualities that children constantly display for us. This is a song that reminds us to cherish every moment.'
    Mahon and I spoke about the song, and her upcoming album, about balancing motherhood with art, and the music she's producing with her daughter and seven nieces. She has created a life that is rich in meaning and music, and it was so interesting to find out about it.
    For more about Kayla Mahon: https://www.kaylamahon.com/
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    • 21 min
    Mackenzie Lee on new single 'Let My Love Drown'

    Mackenzie Lee on new single 'Let My Love Drown'

    Mackenzie Lee is an artist from the Hunter Valley of New South Wales who last year attended the Junior Academy of Country Music. She has released two EPs, one self-titled and the other entitled Sometimes I Wonder, and now has a new single, 'Let My Love Drown'.
    Lee was also the winner of the inaugural Macca's Golden Gig Talent Quest at the 2022 Tamworth Country Music Festival and the 2023 ICMA Patti McKinnon Encouragement Award and Today's Country 94one 'Brand New Star' award.
    At only 17 years of age Lee has already been a highly productive artist, with the talent and drive to go further - so there's more to come from this up-and-coming singer-songwriter, as I found out during our recent chat.
    For more about Mackenzie Lee: linktr.ee/MackenzieLeeMusic
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    • 22 min
    Courtney Keil is All About You

    Courtney Keil is All About You

    Courtney Keil is an artist from the Central Coast of New South Wales who released her debut album, The Good Kind, last year and who has just had an action-packed Tamworth Country Music Festival. She has a brand new single, ‘All About You’, which is It is another toe-tapper to add to the collection of Courtney Keil ear worms along with ‘Hummingbird’ and ‘I Just Wanna Hold You’. 
    'We set out to write an anthemic, feel-good song,' says Keil of 'All About You'. 'As songwriters it’s often naturally easier to write slower heartbreak songs so we wanted to focus on the love I have in my life and how it makes me feel.'
    Keil was award Best Female Vocal at the People's Choice Awards in Tamworth, and she has some exciting shows coming up.
    For more about Courtney Keil: https://www.courtneykeil.com/
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    • 23 min

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