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Catherine Britt’s Bush Pubs Tour
Sat 13 January 2024, at 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Multi Award winning & top selling country artist, Catherine Britt, is bringing music to the bush & the outback with a special one off show!
“She’s The Real Deal” is what Elton John proclaimed about Catherine Britt when he discovered her at the tender age of 17 years old. He found her debut album “Dusty Smiles & Heartbreak Cures” while touring Australia in 2002.
Catherine met Elton John, at his request, at his last Sydney show and he took a stack of her albums back to the USA with him on tour and proceeded to give them out to every major record label in Nashville to told them they “have to sign this girl”. Catherine was then approached by a barrage of the major labels in Nashville but RCA Records were the first to fly her over to Nashville and offer her a record deal. Catherine moved to Nashville and signed to RCA Records at just 17 years old and also played on the Grand Ole Opry. She still holds the record for the youngest Australian to ever Grace the opry stage.
Catherine has released 3 top 40 billboard chart singles in the USA through RCA including a country duet with Sir Elton John which was his first country release!
Catherine spent 6 years total in Nashville touring and working with artists like Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Don McLean, Iris Dement, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban & Jim Lauderdale.
Catherine has released 8 studio albums to date, has won 5 Golden Guitars, had 6 Aria Nominations, won the CMA international artist of the year award and has had multiple number one songs and album releases over her substantial career and is still only in her 30’s!
Catherine is also a cancer survivor as she was diagnosed with stage 2A triple negative breast cancer at the tender age of 30 and fought and beat it and is still to this day cancer free and proud of it. She is a strong advocate for raising awareness for young women and breast cancer and even has a hit song called “F U Cancer” which won the CMAA Golden Guitar Award for vocal collaboration.
Since travelling around Australia for over 20 years, Catherine has felt that the music doesn’t seem to reach the bush as much as it should.
She has started The Bush Pubs Tour in Outback, country and rural bush pubs all over Australia and has found that the community is so in need of music and entertainment that they come out in droves thanks to the bush telegraph!
A bush pub is where the community and their families come together and spend quality time. A meeting place, a watering hole and a shared home for people in the bush. Catherine wants to go back to the old school ways and bring music back to the bush – like Slim Dusty did back in the day!
The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.
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