23 November 2014

Article taken from The Balladeers Bulletin

G’day friends and neighbours,

Well 2014 has galloped on past and disappeared in a cloud of dust, and although the year was a very dry year at home on our property “Bowenfels”, my musical year was full with good things and plenty of work. 

Once again I found myself back in the recording studio, which is something I love doing very much.  Producer Larry Marrs and myself set about recording a great new bunch of songs which became the album “I’m The Land”.  The album contains some great traditional and modern Bush Ballads and Australiana songs.

Making great quality country music is something my heart has to do to be happy and a part of me that seems to get stronger with each passing year.  I am amazed to look back and realise it is 25 years since I recorded that first album with my sister Kerri.  The roads my music has taken me down, the people I have met, the mates, fans and friends; have made it an interesting career for me, and there is only a few things that I would change if I could go back.

“I’m the Land” has been a milestone album for me.  I co-produced this album alongside Larry Marrs.  It was a real pleasure to write and record the song “My Country, My Land” with Troy Cassar-Daley, as well as working with the cream of country musicians the world has to offer.  The album is packed with great new Bush Ballads. 

I had a great time performing these new songs at festivals around Australia during Spring 2014 including; Gympie Muster, Nanango Muster, Bony Mountain, Texas Stampede, Mildura Country Music Festival, Port Pirie and Kempsey Slim Dusty Memories Week. 

Once again it was great to be awarded the Heritage Track of the Year Award at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards for the song “I’m The Land”.  Other exciting news is that I have been nominated for four Golden Guitars at the 2015 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia.  Fingers crossed for some success there!

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a fantastic 2015.

Come along and catch one of our shows during the Tamworth Festival.  See you all there!
 
Kind Seasons,
Dean Perrett

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