TCMF 50th Anniversary: ​​Festival Co-Founder Max Ellis Recounts Country Music Capital’s Rise in His Iconic Book Stars, Hurrahs and Golden Guitars | The daily leader of the North

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COUNTRY music is part of the fabric of Tamworth, but it hasn’t always been so. For more than four decades, Max Ellis has been an integral part of Australia’s country music scene, and few have played a bigger role in cementing the city’s status as the country music capital. Now the co-founder of the famed country music festival has released a vastly updated version of an iconic book telling his star-studded story over the past 50 years. Stars, Hurrahs and Golden Guitars (SHAGG) 2nd Edition is Mr. Ellis’ inside story of the rise and rise of Tamworth’s country music scene and the changes along the way. “There are quite a few new editorial features, stories about Tamworth’s country music identities and stories about notable developments in the country music capital, such as the fact that the horse industry has grown in such a huge way,” Mr. Ellis told the leader. “The story remains the same, but what has changed is that the last 10 years have seen a dramatic change in the way the festival has been organised. “Board involvement has increased dramatically.” READ ALSO: The book was originally published in 2012 for the festival’s 40th anniversary, but Mr Ellis said it was important it was updated for the big five-decade milestone. place has been a passion project of his.” It’s really an update on not just what happened yesterday, but what’s happened over this last decade and how much change was important,” he said. “I’ve lived country music for the past 60 years and it’s amazing to think that I’m not madly a fan of country music, but I’ve become quite a knowledgeable person about it knowing all the personalities and people involved,” he said. “I really enjoy some parts of the music and I’ve grown to like it and understand it, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of it.” Mr. Ellis said he’s extremely proud of the finished product. , which was put together with the help of Cheryl Brown, editor of Tamworth Country Music Capital News. The book can be purchased for $35 from the Tamworth Country Music Festival website at the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Tamworth Regional Gallery, the Tamworth Visitor Information Center and the Collins Books Stores in Tamworth and Armidale. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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