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Chart-topping Australian country artist Paul Costa is gearing up for a huge 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival. The singer-songwriter enjoyed a stellar year in 2012, with his new album, Wheels & Steel, enjoying fantastic critical and public acclaim. Even sweeter, the first single cut from the album, Tractors & Bikes, rocketed to the top of the Country Music Radio Top 30 chart. And with album tracks such as Ribbon Gang Lane, Buying Back The Farm and a barnstorming team-up with Amber Lawrence on a cover of the Joe Camilleri classic Chained To The Wheel all attracting a lot of airplay, Paul’s Tamworth show is already shaping up to be one of the festival highlights.
To put it mildly, Paul can’t wait. “Tamworth really sets the whole year up, I feel,” he says. “If you have a successful Tamworth, then the rest of the year just flows. From a feel-good level, the atmosphere at the festival is so great. Tamworth is really amazing – it’s a genuine country music institution.”
Wheels & Steel is the tough fourth album from the Mallee-born musician. Critics have praised it for being hard hitting, raw and honest. It is full of tough, electric guitar-driven, strong country songs set against the landscape of rural Australia. Eleven of the tracks were co-written by Paul, with collaborators Rod McCormack, Matt Scullion, Tamara Stewart and Drew McAlister; as well as a gift from Drew McAlister and legendary songwriter Allan Caswell.
Tractors & Bikes, the bullet-propelled single which Paul wrote with Tamara Stewart and Drew McAlister, is an affectionate nod to Paul’s childhood on a Victorian farm. “On the farm there were two main ways to get to work on the property every day – you drove a tractor, or you rode a motorbike,” he says. “I remember riding the bike across the levy bank to other places – some I was allowed to ride to, and some I wasn’t. And I remember having tractor races with my brothers, all the time hoping Dad wouldn’t catch us. They are very fond memories.”
They are memories, too, which are bound to resonate with the crowds at Tamworth. Well known for his unforgettable live shows, Paul is a favourite on the live scene and his Tamworth shows are always highly anticipated. His 2013 show marks Paul’s return to Capitol Theatre, his second year in a row of performing at the iconic venue. After the success of the 2012 show on the last Saturday of the festival, Paul secured the same coveted spot for the 2013 event.
And it’s not just audiences who look forward to these special festival performances, especially this time around. Paul admits he feels like he’s returned home when taking to the stage in the country music town. “Going back to Tamworth to perform is kind of like a huge get together for special friends that share a common bond, the love of country music,” he says. “All topped off with an atmosphere that can be described as electric, making it an event that keeps you wanting to go back.”
A born entertainer as well as a highly talented musician and songwriter, Paul says his Tamworth show is set to be events to remember. “There are going to be some surprise special guests,” he said. “I’m not going to say who – it’s important to mix things up a bit.” Don’t miss Paul Costa’s one and only Tamworth show! Tickets are on sale now.
Saturday 26 January 2013 | 11am
Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW
Tickets: $25 (adults) | $15 (children)
www.capitoltheatretamworth.com.au | (02) 6767 5300
For more information please visit www.paulcosta.com.au
Paul’s fourth album Wheels & Steel was released through Core Music (distributed by Sony Music Australia) on 20 July 2012.