The 7th annual CMC (Country Music Channel on Foxtel) Awards were held last Thursday night (started writing this blog days ago & then there was a server issue!) & what a night! I'm pretty sure I've been to each awards nights from the humble beginnings in the wine barrel room in the Hunter Valley to this year's awards at the over 1000-seat capacity Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. 
I love my job but sometimes it can become same ol' same ol - so nights like these where you see the best of the best not only in Australian country music but international acts too, you realise how truly blessed you are - love my job! 
It's always fun catching up with others in the industry too - not only clients, past & present but also... I guess you'd call them colleagues... normally I'm stuck in my office in Maroubra, NSW (so many people still think I'm a Queenslander... um NO!) so it's good to get out & see what everyone else has been up to! 
Highlights for me of course were Little Big Town (even though I saw them in Sydney on the Tuesday night before - can't get enough of them!), seeing Charles Esten (aka Chip - took me a while to realise that's the American nickname for Charles, why not just call him Charlie?? aka Deacon 'Freakin' Claybourne of TV's Nashville) in the flesh and Travis Collins adding 4 (3x solo awards + 1x award with The Outlaws) more trophies to his ever-growing collection (he won three Golden Guitars in January too!) - I've worked with Travis for a while now, so this was very cool - a long time coming but well-deserved! 
Overall a fab night... with performances from Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Travis Collins, Craig Campbell, Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts & Lee Kernaghan was inducted into the Hall Of Fame!  
Huge thanks to the CMC team for always including little ol' KrisKat Publicity in your big night! The future of country music in Australia is lookin' good! 

Look for #CMCAwards reruns on Channel 815 on Foxtel 
1pm AEST Monday April 3rd 
 
 
Most will know Sarah as the front woman for The Superjesus i.e. the award-winning Aussie rock band; I have always loved their sound esp Sarah’s vocals. So I was rapt when I found out she was the opening act on the RSO (Richie Sambora & Orianthi) Australian tour – Sept 2016. It was a pleasure watching Sarah perform at each of the four Aussie shows (I should point out here that I am a die-hard Bon Jovi/Sambora fan) especially considering some of the support bands I've had to sit through over the years… but Sarah was pure entertainment both with her music & candid banter with the audience. Special mention must be made of her rock-dog Chachi… it was instantly clear it wasn’t her stage debut when she joined Sarah at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre. With just her guitar & vocals Sarah was the perfect choice to warm up the crowd before the Aussie premiere of RSO. The track that I remember the most from these shows is the instantly catchy & sweet ‘Scouts Honour’ – months later, it’s still stuck in my head! I now own the “96% Love Songbook” EP, (which features the track) - hit up Sarah’s site for more details HERE & watch the official clip HERE  

So to whoever selected Sarah (& Chachi) for this gig… thank you! 

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Sarah & Chachi on stage at 
Sydney's Enmore Theatre, Sept 29th 2016