Welcome to 500 Miles of Music – Wombat Flat to William Creek, our incredible roadshow entertaining a huge chunk of rural South Australia for one magic week in June/July 2020. The Tour has been designed to showcase some of Australia’s BEST musical talent to local audiences as well as SA and interstate tourists heading up to Birdsville for the annual Big Red Bash. Come along to one show or join the tour for the whole brilliant week!
We’ve got a killer lineup planned for you here at the kickoff show in The Barn at Wombat Flat:
Concert 1: The Barn At Wombat Flat – Line up Travis Colins – Bill Chambers – Kelly Menhennett – Matt James – Rosie Roberts
Fans and industry insiders alike continue to lavish country-rock powerhouse Travis Collins with gold. After starting the year, as a now, seven-time Golden Guitar winner and back-to-back CMC Male Artist of the Year winner; Collins has established himself as a leading male vocalist in the Australian music landscape.
A dynamic guitarist, vocalist and live performer, Travis Collins continues to excite as a songwriter on his most recent release, “Brave & the Broken.” Armed with new songs for the album, Travis returned to Nashville in January this year for a whirlwind recording session with producer of the moment, Luke Wooten (Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley) and a studio band including Mike Rojas (Luke Bryan) on keys, acoustic guitarist Carl Miner (Taylor Swift) and bassist Jimmy Carter (Alan Jackson). Every track on the album was either written or co-written by Travis himself, with him joined in the writing room by some of Nashville’s foremost composers such as Jason Duke (Keith Urban) and Dave Turnbull (Luke Bryan).
With a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt, Travis Collins continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. He is as well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances.
Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner and RUOK? Ambassador.
Here’s what country music legend Bill Chambers has to say about his new album 1952. We are sure to hear a generous helping of songs from this album on the tour!
“Just one year ago, on a drive from Atlanta Georgia to Baton Rouge Louisiana, I found myself searching for Hank Williams’ resting place in Montgomery, Alabama. As I stood there at Hank’s grave I felt the beginnings of a song. I thought about his great recordings featuring just him and his guitar.
I thought, I need to record like that one day, stripped back and solo.
Hank died on the way to a gig in the back seat of a 1952 blue Cadillac. He was 29.
When I arrived back home, my friend James Van Cooper and I wrote the song 1952 Cadillac.
It’s the opening/title track of my new solo album.
The songs are pretty much about living, dying and the passing of time.
Time ain’t a friend of mine!”
Daughter to a 3rd generation grape growing father and cabaret singing mother, Kelly Menhennett’s upbringing in SA’s Riverland region consisted of much song, wine and wide open space. After years working in the wine industry as a red winemaker, the healthy dose of soul, blues, country, folk and rock and roll music that infused her blood as a child eventually led her to the stage with a soulful, gritty voice that has since been compared to a mix of Erma Franklin and Etta James.
Since then the Americana inspired singer songwriter has gone on to win the national Telstra Road To Discovery award for her songwriting, independently released 2 full length albums and performed at iconic national and international festivals both solo and with her band. Most recently Kelly was the recipient of the inaugural “Ryan Freeman Live Music Award” at the 2015 SA Music awards and won the 2015 ARBA Best Roots album with her latest release, Small Dreams.
In late 2016 Kelly was invited to travel to the USA where she helped complete some unfinished works by the legendary gospel songwriter, Albert E. Brumley, famous for his classic, “I’ll Fly Away”. In late 2010, Kelly released her debut album “World Of Mine”, receiving great response by fans and media and named one of the top 10 albums for 2011 by Rhythms magazine’s Sue Barrett. Kelly’s 2nd and most recent album, “Small Dreams”, was recorded live over 3 days at Mr Lemons Studio in Nashville with producer Neilson Hubbard and an all-star band including the likes of Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) and Kim Richey. In contrast to her first album, Small Dreams is a little darker, a little dirtier and focuses more on her love of Americana music, which has inspired her for a lifetime. Also well received by fans and media, Small Dreams was named a top 3 release by Rhythms Magazine.
Touring both solo and with her band has seen her developing a reputation around the country as a unique and charismatic performer. She has been invited to support some great Australian and International musical acts (Archie Roach, Don Walker, Steve Poltz, Tex Perkins, Richard Clapton, Anne McCue and Busby Marou to name a few), shared the stage with her idol, Paul Kelly, in Nashville and graced the stages of some of Australia’s best venues and festivals such as the Woodford Folk Festival, WOMADelaide, Queenscliff Music Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival, as well as the Americana Festival in Nashville.
Exciting is a word frequently used to describe Matt James, the super down to earth but equally as gifted country singer and guitar rocker from South Australia. Touted by many as “the next Keith Urban”, Matt has been making strides in the Oz country music scene having released his debut single ‘Miss This’ and also becoming a Toyota Starmaker Finalist for Tamworth 2019.
Whether it’s writing and recording radio charting singles or playing to audiences alongside Lee Kernaghan, The Wolfe Brothers or Kaylens Rain – Matt will have you laughing, singing, dancing and in love with a fresh new experience that will leave you hanging for next time!
From her past and current work with Adelaide based folk band Axe & the Ivory to her more recent enthusiastic reception under the alt country umbrella, Rosie Roberts has impressed audiences with her thought provoking lyrics and gorgeous powerhouse vocals.
She’s back by popular demand on the tour this year and is as keen as mustard to have an opportunity to play some of her new material to be showcased at Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.
The Barn at Wombat Flat is a NO BYO FOOD or DRINK event please!
Limited camping tickets are available from the booking site.
The 500 Miles of Music 2020 tour has an awesome line up of Australian Country Music legends! If you come for a drive with us you get to see the WHOLE LOT! After The Barn at Wombat Flat we head for Wilmington, Leigh Creek and then two big shows at William Creek.
THOSE GOING THOSE EXTRA MILES GET TO SEE:
Travis Collins, Gina Jefferys, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Amber Lawrence, Rod McCormack, Matt James, Bill Chambers, Laura Hill, Rosie Roberts, and Andy Toombs.