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First round of artists announced for CMC Rocks the Snowys 2010

CMC Rocks the Snowys

CMC Rocks the Snowys

The Snowys are set to be well and truly rocked in 2010! XYZnetworks’ Country Music Channel (CMC), Rob Potts Entertainment Edge and Chugg Entertainment today announced the first line up of artists confirmed to perform at CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS 2010, being held at Friday Flat, Thredbo on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 March 2010, the Canberra Day long weekend and Victoria’s Labour Day long weekend.

Taking the stage at Australia’s premiere roots and country music festival will be Australia’s first lady of country music, KASEY CHAMBERS. It’s been a successful couple of years for the multi ARIA & CMAA Award winner with her recent album Rattlin’ Bones, a collaboration with husband Shane Nicholson, debuting at number one on the Australian charts. KASEY CHAMBERS was also part of the stellar line up at the massive Sound Relief event earlier this year.

Texas-born songwriter and dynamic performer JACK INGRAM is coming to Australia for the very first time for CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS. With a career spanning more than a decade, he remains at the forefront of country music with Big Dreams & High Hopes, his seventh studio album, released in September. If you want to find out what rockin’ Texas Country is all about, don’t miss the contemporary country sounds of JACK INGRAM when he hits Thredbo in March.

RICHARD CLAPTON is without a doubt one of this country’s leading singer/songwriters. He paved the way for three generations of songwriters to write about the experience of being Australian. RICHARD CLAPTON is one of the few iconic Australian artists who have managed to maintain a major recording career for the past 35 years. With widespread popularity he is a fantastic addition to the CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS 2010 line up.

Returning to Thredbo next year will be the charismatic and hugely talented ADAM HARVEY. He performed at the inaugural CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS in 2008 and is back for another weekend of world class music. A multi-Golden Guitar winner, ADAM HARVEY’s laconic sense of humour, smooth baritone, and his passion for good music makes him one of Australia’s favourite artists.

Canada’s DOC WALKER is fast becoming one of the hottest country acts in North America. Childhood friends, the trio have earned themselves the title of “the hardest working Country band in Canada”. Their stellar career has already netted them multiple Top 10 and Top 5 hits on Canadian Radio as well as numerous Canadian Juno and CCMA Music Awards. With their distinctive blend of tight pop sensibilities, vocal harmonies and driving rhythms it is easy to see why they have amassed such a legion of fans in their home land. Don’t miss DOC WALKER when they take over the Snowys.

DAN SULTAN is an extraordinarily talented musician whose sound is a blend of blues, soul and country. His debut album Homemade Biscuits received rave reviews since its release. With his highly anticipated second album due to be released towards the end of the year, and a starring role in the upcoming film, Bran Nue Dae, alongside Geoffrey Rush, Jessica Mauboy and Missy Higgins, expect DAN SULTAN to be a memorable artist at CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS 2010.

One of Australia’s most promising singer/songwriters, SINEAD BURGESS will be back at Thredbo in March 2010. Spending the past year touring around Australia, SINEAD BURGESS is currently writing songs for her debut album. Her fresh youthful sound will appeal to many of the Taylor Swift fans who attended the festival in 2009.

An all-star interstate musical collaboration, Australian band THE WILSON PICKERS have crafted their own unique take on bluegrass and create an earthy energy when they perform by using purely organic stringed and reeded instruments. Be sure to check them out at CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS 2010.

PETER McWHIRTER, the 2009 winner of the Telstra Road To Tamworth will be bringing his fresh, exciting take on contemporary country music to Thredbo. His debut album, recorded in Nashville with acclaimed producer Mark Moffatt will be launched at the festival.

Also appearing at the festival will be PAUL GREENE. The singer/songwriter, whose music defies categorisation, performs solo with stomp box, harmonicas, a battery of guitars and a ton of soul.

Hailing from Newcastle MARK WELLS is riding a wave of success after winning the Songwriter’s Prize at the Telstra Road to Tamworth in 2008. His performance at Thredbo is guaranteed to be energetic!

A crowd favourite at CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS 2009, award-winning singer/songwriter AMBER LAWRENCE has just released her second album and will be showcasing new material from her latest release when she returns in 2010.

MIKE CARR has won several Golden Guitars as a prolific, respected and in-demand songwriter. With one of the best voices in Australian country music today he is an exciting addition to next year’s line up. MIKE will also share the duties as MC for the event.

Former Star Maker Winner, Telstra Road To Tamworth song writer winner and Golden Guitar Best new talent winner, KIRSTY LEE AKERS will be performing material from her second album, Better Days which debuted at number four on the ARIA Country Music Album Chart.

Victorian four-piece JETTY ROAD, whose music has been described as ‘a tapestry of rock, pop and country, with a hint of folk’, will also be rockin’ the Snowys in March.

Brother and sister duo THE HARRISONS, whose contemporary sound blending close-knit harmonies and guitar, will make their CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS debut in 2010.

Rising star VICTORIA BAILLIE will also be performing at the festival next year. The vibrant and talented young artist won the Rising Star/Female Award at the 2006 Independent Country Music Awards.

Although only in its third year, CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS has already presented some of the biggest country and roots acts in the world and already has a reputation for offering country music fans mind-blowing line-ups not seen anywhere else in Australia. It has become a major fixture on the roots and country music festival calendar. CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS 2010 will be no exception, with even more amazing local and international artists to be announced over the coming months.

Located at the very TOP of Australia, it’s a massive weekend of music across two stages, with world class performances at an idyllic location. Don’t miss CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS 2010!

Tickets are on sale now! For information on ticketing, accommodation, packages and up-to-date festival details, go to www.countrymusicchannel.com.au.

CMC ROCKS THE SNOWYS – 5 & 6 MARCH 2010

Featuring: KASEY CHAMBERS, JACK INGRAM (US), RICHARD CLAPTON, ADAM HARVEY, DOC WALKER (CANADA), DAN SULTAN, SINEAD BURGESS, THE WILSON PICKERS, PETER MCWHIRTER, PAUL GREENE, MARK WELLS, AMBER LAWRENCE, MIKE CARR, KIRSTY LEE AKERS, JETTY ROAD, THE HARRISONS, VICTORIA BAILLIE, PLUS MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!

For further information please contact:

The Roberts Network
Kerry Roberts
(02) 9712 8445 or (02) 9712 8668
kerryroberts@therobertsnetwork.com.au

CMC Rachel Antella
(02) 9813 7116
rachel.antella@xyznetworks.com.au

Sally Burleigh Public Relations
Rebecca Gibbs
(02) 9555 2285
rebecca@sbpr.com.au

About Country Music Channel

Country Music Channel is part of XYZnetworks which broadcasts many of Australia’s most popular Subscription TV channels including The LifeStyle Channel, LifeStyle FOOD, Channel [V], Channel [V]², MAX, Country Music Channel, and The Weather Channel. XYZnetworks also owns Arena TV, distributes global giant Discovery Channel and jointly owns kids powerhouse Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Collectively the channels reach more than 4.3 million* television viewers. XYZnetworks is equally owned by FOXTEL and AUSTAR. *Source – OzTAM

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