Graham Rodger
Graham Rodger Renee Pilcher

Graham goes for gold at Tamworth

COUNTRY music songwriter and recording artist, Graham Rodger has once again picked up the baton for the final run into the Golden Guitars at Tamworth.

The former Gympie balladeer has already picked up the Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad of the Year in 2013 and has gone into the finals this year with a song from his Dust and Leather album.

The track He's Droving Once Again has also scored final berths in the Bush Laureate Awards, The People's Choice Awards and the Tamworth Songwriting Association Awards held during the Tamworth Country Music Festival this month.

The track has also been nominated in the finals at the Bungendore Country Music Festival for the Stan Coster Bush Ballad Award held at the end of January 2015.

The talented songwriter has once again proved that he is at the forefront of the balladeers of Australia. Graham based his ballad around an old retired drover, named Stewart Benson, whom he met out at Blackall several years ago. Stewart has lived all his life in this small outback town, and spent most of it on the track droving.

He intends to end his life in his home town. "I am so honoured to have received these accolades but as I always say the awards are really for my supporters, the people who have been there right through my career, and have always encouraged and believed in me," Graham said.

"I have strived to write from the heart, to take people to the places through my descriptive words, and to tell stories of our history, land, and its people."

The Tamworth Country Music Festival is the highlight of the year for Graham. It is where the supporters and artists come together for the love of country music.

He has been nominated in 12 final categories, including five finals in the prestigious People's Choice Awards.

During the festival Graham will also be releasing his tribute album to 100 years of the Anzacs, titled They Answered The Call.

He has paid past tributes in song to our fighting forces, one of these songs being The Battle of Long Tan. The new album includes all 11 previously recorded tracks, together with seven new songs, making it Graham's ultimate tribute to the spirit of the Anzac, from the First World War to present day conflicts.

"The spirit of the Anzac still stands for valour, enterprise, resourcefulness, comradeship and endurance that will never be defeated," Graham said.

"I hold great respect for our present, highly trained servicemen and women and am honoured to be able to pay tribute to them in song."

Visit Graham's website online at http://www.grahamrodger.com.au to view his latest releases.

Gympie Times


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