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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Big things, wax things, bronze things

Over the last few days in Tamworth we have visited yet more of the Country Music Capital's historical sites, including the Big Golden Guitar, the Country Music Gallery of Stars Wax Museum, the bronze busts in Bicentennial Park, the Hands of Fame, Lindsay Butler Studio's Wall of Fame and memorabilia collection, and the Australian Country Music Foundation's Country Music Hall of Fame.  We were also very lucky to be invited to the Australian Bush Laureate Awards held at the beautiful Town Hall, where we were seated right next to country music's matriarch, Ms Joy McKean!  Throw in a couple of concerts, a few talks by Australian pioneers of country music, a lot of buskers, and the unveiling ceremony of this year's plaque commemorating this year's inductees into the Roll of Renown (Tommy and Phil Emmanuel), and you could say we have been rather busy...

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