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Aaron Bolton wins Telstra Road to Tamworth Inverell heat

Aaron Bolton

Aaron Bolton

Aaron Bolton, 24, from Tamworth has won a trip to Sydney to participate in a two day music educational “Boot Camp” and perform at the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercar event – after winning the Inverell heat of the Telstra Road to Tamworth country music talent competition.

As part of his journey toward the Telstra Road to Tamworth Final in Tamworth next January, Aaron will progress to the next stage of the competition – which includes a performance at one of Sydney’s biggest sporting events – the Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercar event held at Sydney Olympic Park in December.

“Boot Camp” is a music development workshop where contestants will gain valuable experience and advice from leading music industry professionals, as well as the opportunity to rehearse with a full band.

As part of the camp, Aaron will perform in front of V8 Supercar fans together with The McClymonts and past TRTT winners.

Aaron qualified for “Boot Camp” after impressing the judges with his confident and polished performance at the Telstra Countrywide Sapphire City Festival in Campbell Park, Inverell yesterday.

Having grown up in Grafton where he attended the same school as Mollie and Sam McClymont, Aaron followed his love of country music to Australia’s country music capital Tamworth, where he now resides.

A former graduate of CMAA Country Music College and Tamworth Camerata, Aaron has a long list of credits to his name including reaching the Top 40 of this year’s Australian Idol and being chosen to record the theme song for the 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Although Aaron is focused on expanding his repertoire of original songs, he chose two covers to secure him the Inverell Heat title – “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Kris Kristofferson and “Shoulda Been” by close friend and fellow musician Daniel Conway from Chasing Bailey.

“For a guy who plays sitting up the back of a pub every week, the chance to potentially go to Nashville and concentrate on my songwriting would be such an amazing opportunity,” he said when presented with the winner’s trophy.

Aaron receives an Epiphone acoustic guitar, and if successful at Boot Camp, will receive $1,000 cash and progress through to the Telstra Road to Tamworth Finals held in Tamworth next January alongside seven other performers.

As part of their prize package, the winning performer in Tamworth will receive the opportunity to record their material during a return paid trip to the global home of country music, Nashville, USA.

Aspiring songwriters also have until 1 November to enter the Telstra Road to Tamworth songwriter category for their chance to win a trip to Nashville.

Local community groups within 400 kilometres of Inverell have until midnight on Sunday 1 November to enter for their chance to a win a musical equipment grant through the Keep the Music Playing initiative.

The winning community group from the New England region will be one of 13 groups across the country that is awarded a musical equipment package which includes instruments and recording equipment. Each group will be able to choose from one of four packages.

To enter, local community groups need to explain in 150 words or less why they deserve to win.

For more information on the Telstra Road to Tamworth and how to enter Keep the Music Playing please visit

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