VIDEO: Morgan Evans hits No.1 on US country radio chart

ON TOP: Morgan Evans is riding a wave of success in the US country scene.
ON TOP: Morgan Evans is riding a wave of success in the US country scene.

THE boy from Mount Hutton, Morgan Evans, climbed his own mountain this week when his single Kiss Somebody reached No.1 on the US Country Aircheck radio airplay chart.

Last week Evans was narrowly behind Jason Aldean’s Drowns The Whiskey, but has since leapfrogged the Nashville star. Kiss Somebody has enjoyed incredible staying power on US radio since the country-pop song’s release last year.

Two weeks ago Evans released his self-titled EP with the single Day Drunk and next month he returns to Australia for shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Much to the chagrin of local fans, there’s no Newcastle gig.

Morgan Evans - Kiss Somebody

SEEKA FARM HAND

BOO Seeka are throwing themselves behind the campaign to help drought-stricken farmers by organising their own mini charity festival.

DAAB-fest will take place at The Metro in Sydney on September 21 and features Boo Seeka, Bootleg Rascal, Georgia June, Gold Member, Price J and Maitland twin-sister duo Kinder. 

The event will be Boo Seeka’s first all-ages show and all proceeds will be donated to Drought Angels. Boo Seeka are fronted by Newcastle musician Ben Gumbleton. 

HUNTER IS AUSSIE

NEWCASTLE and Hunter music is also catching the ears of organisers for this year’s Australian Music Week.

Kurri Kurri alt-country songstress Tori Forysth and Newcastle Americana troubadours James Thomson and Ben Leece were named this week in the first 30 artists for the Australian Music Week showcase, taking place at Cronulla Beach on November 7 to 9. 

SAINTLY PUNK

ED Kuepper is rightly so a revered figure in Australian music history. The bloke played guitar and co-wrote songs for The Saints, arguably one of our country’s greatest and most influential punk bands.

After tearing up the Gum Ball in April, Kuepper’s band The Aints are returning to the Cambridge Hotel on November 10 to perform The Saints’ best material from their golden Kuepper years between 1973 and 1978.

So expect to hear tracks like (I’m) Stranded, Know Your Product and This Perfect Day

SUPPORTIVE NEWS

YOU get the impression that Tim Freedman would be fairly selective about who supports The Whitlams.

Therefore Newcastle folk artist James Bennett was understandably ecstatic on Tuesday when news emerged he’ll be supporting the No Aphrodisiac hit-makers on November 18 at their Long Point Vineyard show near Port Macquarie.