Beccy Cole tips hat to country music legends
ON HER latest tour, country music star Beccy Cole is "tipping her hat" to the old favourites and the well-loved superstars of the genre.
Beccy is paying tribute to the country music legends and also her mum, Carole Sturtzel, who encouraged her love of performance.
"Mum was quite an identity. She sang on a few television shows in the '60s and '70s, especially in South Australia," Beccy said.
"One of her big jobs was to demonstrate the twist.
"By the time I came along, mum had a country band called Wild Oats.
"I always wanted to be like mum. I started to sing with them at 14.
"Once you got me up there on stage, you couldn't get me off."
Beccy says her mum is still an amazing performer who takes bookings.
"My mum, who is an absolute saint, takes 24-hour care of my 98-year-old grandparent," she said. "We're a pretty close family."
Beccy Cole teams up with Adam Harvey on her current The Great Country Songbook Volume II tour, to recreate the songs of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash and June Carter, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.
"The most important thing is, these are the songs that my mum sang," Beccy said.
"When I heard them, I thought they were my mum's songs."
Dolly Parton, in pictures, was strewn all over a young Beccy's bedroom wall.
"I've modelled myself on her in a lot of ways," she said.
"I've had a chance to meet her three times; the third time was last year on a trip to America.
"Dolly's 71 and still incredibly talented and I'm so impressed by that."
The Great Country Songbook Volume II tour comes to Ballina RSL Club on Saturday, August 19.
Adam and Beccy have toured the country on several occasions since their first encounter almost 20 years ago.
The pair have handpicked the most popular country music duets of all time for their latest album.
"These songs are absolute classics; to some it will be like getting transported back to a golden era of music and our take on them has added a brand new delivery," Beccy said.
The show at the Ballina RSL Club, 1 Grant St, Ballina, starts at 8.30pm.
For tickets, call 0266819500 or visit Ballina RSL.