So I’ve been terribly slack with the blog of late… But I’m delighted to say it’s because I’ve been working away at my dream gig. For the past six weeks I’ve been guest programming ABC Local Radio’s only weekly national program dedicated to country music: Saturday Night Country. It’s a great honour and a real thrill to be able to share my passion for twang for four hours on the radio every week. I still pinch myself every time I walk into the studio, cue up the microphone and see the red ‘ON AIR’ light flash.
Highlights from the program so far have included extensive coverage (as well as a brilliant time) at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, interviews with Rodney Crowell and Bill Chambers and a live performance from my favourite emerging Americana star, 24-year-old Texan songwriter Robert Ellis.
With lots of songs music to play and great musicians to talk to, you can imagine how much fun I’m having. But you know what my favourite part of the show is? The chance to interact with country music fans across Australia every week. It is so wonderful when listeners call in, or text or tweet, or find me on facebook, just to say – “Hey, I loved that track!” or “Do you think you could play some Johnny Cash?”