Al’s Bar and Grill … The Show!

Allan CaswellFeaturing Australian country music legend Allan Caswell and two of Australia’s hottest new acts Rose Carleo and Drew McAlister. Is a very exciting blend of Classic Country, Country Rock and Country that Rocks..

The show comes in two formats, fully self-contained with a four-piece band or in an intimate acoustic mode. Either way the combination of Allan Caswell, Drew McAlister and Rose Carleo is irresistible

The show consists of solo spots by these three fine artists as well as a combined set of duets and country classics. The creative bond between Allan and Drew goes back to Allan’s Al’s Bar and Grill al-bum. Drew co wrote half the album, including A Little Bit of Country In Us All, which they recorded as a duet.

The track won the pair the coveted Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of the Year in Tamworth in 2007. This was Drew’s first Golden Guitar and Allan’s sixth. Allan then repaid the favour by co writing eight of the songs on Drew’s brilliant debut album From There To Here.

When Rose was gathering songs for her highly acclaimed first album Everything I Need she asked Allan and Drew to help her write songs for the album. The pair also contrib-uted the beautiful Sometimes You Just Know, which she recorded as a duet with Drew.

This track won Rose and Drew a TIARA and saw them nominated for several other awards including the 2008 Vocal Collaboration Golden Guitar

Apart from a wonderful working relationship, Allan, Rose and Drew have developed a really strong friendship, which is evident every time they work together on stage. As a performer, Allan Caswell has always subscribed to the theory that his job is to entertain rather than to educate. His show is a potent mixture of “Allan Caswell” songs, classic country and country rock. Whether he is working solo, with friend and piano virtuoso Dave Skinner (ex Roxy Music) or with their band, the same effort goes in.

“I’m proud to say that he is, in my opinion, one of the most gifted singer/songwriters this country has ever produced … Allan Caswell is a talent that all Australia deserves to hear whether he is singing or speaking …” Alan Jones

“Having seen Allan’s work for Souths, I can promise he will write you a song to stir your heart, soul and, if need be, loins” Andrew Denton

“With his skills as a performer and his unique ability as a songwriter, Allan really sets the mood for an evening – Book him now!” Max Markson

Allan CaswellAllan Caswell: In 2007 when Allan Caswell won his sixth Golden guitar in Tamworth (with Drew McAlister for “Vocal Collaboration Of The Year”), it marked 27 years since his first Golden Guitar in 1980.

Highlights: His song “On the Inside” (the theme for the television “Prisoner”) reached No.1 in Australia and New Zealand, No.3 in England and made the Country Charts in the USA (his own version was a top 20 country hit in Europe in 2004)

At last count, Caswell has had well over 800 songs published and over 500 recordings of his songs released world wide by artists of the calibre of Cilla Black, The Irish Rovers, Patti Page, Slim Dusty, James Blundell and The Living End.

Allan Caswell’s career as an entertainer has taken him to almost every town in NSW, every state in Australia, to New York, LA, Nashville, New Zealand, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked live with Garth Brooks, Don McLean, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, Pam Ayers and The Little River Band and in the studio with Tommy Emmanuel, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea and Highway 101.

At the height of The America’s Cup hysteria when Australia 2 was in trouble, Caswell wrote and released “The Australia’s Cup”. The record, recorded for $38 and released independently, went to No.1 in Sydney and top 5 nationally.

He has been awarded 6 Golden Guitars at Tamworth (and a finalist 28 times), 2 Gold singles and an ARIA for “On the Inside”, as well as 1 platinum and 4 gold albums for his writing and production work on the hugely successful children’s albums by Don Spencer.

Caswell’s work with Don Spencer has led to one of the “most rewarding and exciting” aspects of his career. When Don started The Australian Children’s Music Foundation he asked Allan to run workshops for kids in juvenile de-tention and special schools in Sydney, teaching music and song writing. Not only is this programme proving successful in Sydney but has now expanded to regional NSW, Canberra and Tasmania.

Rose Carleo: What makes Rose Carleo so special is, ironically, the fact that she’s just like everyone else. Well, apart from the fact that she has a rare ability to take those experiences we’ve all lived through, and turn them into remarkable songs with a universal appeal.

Then she opens her mouth and conveys the pain, the passion and the emo-tion of her songs in a way that touches everyone who hears them. Rose is a real woman who’s been through plenty in her relatively short life. But she’s also someone who takes everything that happens on board, learning from it and turning it into a powerful musical experience.

Rose’s musical career began back in Western Australia, when her mother Mary – a respected country music promoter – challenged her to take to the stage. Sadly, Mary passed away when Rose was still a teenager, but she’s remained her daughter’s inspiration.

“I’ve been through a fair bit in my life. My mum became ill when I was very young, and I spent a lot of my childhood looking after her. I had to grow up fast, and I guess I experienced things early on that many people never do. Because of that, I’m grounded way beyond my years, and have a real appreciation of and respect for life,” Rose said.

Rose became a professional singer in her hometown of Perth, singing backing vocals for Jimmy Barnes and supporting Vanessa Amorosi, as well as doing gigs around Perth and further afield. A couple of years ago, Rose moved to Brisbane, where she recorded her debut EP with Brendan Radford, releasing two successful singles, “Freedom” and “Whisper”, and attracting the attention of leading music industry figures.

In 2007, she was a finalist in the Toyota Star Maker Quest, and went on to release her debut album, Everything I Need, again produced by Brendan and featuring a swag of great songs co written with the likes of Allan Caswell, Drew McAlister, Brendan Radford, Casey Watt and Michael Fix. She’s released two singles from the album: “Til I Find Me Again”, and most recently the gutsy “It’s Not Me, It’s You”. Everything I Need also features the exquisite duet “Sometimes You Just Know” with Golden Guitar winner Drew McAlister.

During 2007, Rose was named the Silver Medallion winner for Best New Talent at the Queensland Gold Medallion Awards. Rose’s songs are contemporary tales of taking control, of accepting that things aren’t always what you hoped, and moving on.

“When I’m writing songs, I look for catalysts – maybe things that have happened to me, but often stuff I’ve observed in other people’s lives. The crucial thing is to find a universal message in the song, something everyone can relate to,” Rose said. “I see Everything I Need as a really positive album, even though it explores a wide range of emotions,” Rose said. It’s about taking control and living live to the fullest – about making the most of where you are and what you have.”

True to its title, this album provides everything you need to show that Rose Carleo is one of the finest emerging singer songwriters in Aus-tralian country music. Susan Jarvis, Capital News and ABC Radio’s Saturday Night country

Drew McAlister: Born in Narrabri and raised in Moree in country New South Wales, Drew McAlister grew up listening to Bryan Adams, Noiseworks and Slim Dusty and started singing at age 7. One of four children, after finishing school at the age of 18, Drew decided to take his music ability seriously and left the country for the dazzling lights of Sydney. He immediately picked up session work for major brand television and radio jingles. During the next few of years, Drew continued to write his songs, performed in many different bands and appeared on “The Midday Show” and “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” numerous times. Drew then toured Australia with the production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”, before eventually landing a recording deal with EMI.

After several years of writing and performing in the R&B/pop style, Drew parted ways with the label knowing in his heart that this was not his direction and that he was more at ease with Contemporary Country. Drew resumed session work and in 1998 signed a worldwide publishing deal with EMI with over 140 songs in his catalogue.

For the next 2 years he visited the US four times collaborating with many different songwriters, but it was a trip to Nashville that finally made sense for Drew. Collaborating with Heather Field [Tina Arena/Tania Kernaghan/Troy Cassar-Daley], Drew spent a few weeks writing and immersing him self in the Nashville scene. Coming home, Drew started to write the songs that had been inside him just waiting to get out.

In 2003, Drew took out the Gympie Muster “New Talent” award which spearheaded interest and support from the country scene, industry and artists alike. He was then invited by Graham Thompson of Compass Bros Records to perform “The Shearer’s Dream” on the “Australian Storytellers” compilation album. At Tamworth 2004 he performed many shows including supports with Tania Kernaghan, Tamara Stewart and Allan Caswell, plus the 1200 strong audience at the Maton Guitar showcase. He has also shared the stage with Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey, Sara Storer, Melinda Schneider, Mike Carr, Anne McCue and others.

In September 2004 Drew was asked to go to Iraq along with several other Australian entertainers to perform for the Australian and Coalition troops. Drew spent 2 weeks at various locations and played 10 shows. It was also that same year Drew recorded his debut country EP which spawned the country hits “Going Home” and “Broken Angels”

In January 2007, all of Drew’s hard work started to pay off – winning his first Golden Guitar Award for Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Allan Caswell (“A Little Bit of Country In Us All”) and also picking up finalist spots for the TSA & TIARA Awards.

Throughout 2007 Drew wrote and recorded the song “Along For The Ride” for the annual Tour De Cure Charity Bike Ride, performed the theme to the Australian feature film, “The Final Winter” and toured with The Aussie Highwaymen alongside Mike Carr, Jake Nickolai and Nick Kingswell. But the highlight was the realization of a dream – he completed recording his self-produced debut album. Titled, “There To Here”, the album is a collection of 14 of songs which showcase the heart, soul and life of Drew McAlister and testament to one of Australia’s most exciting new singer/songwriters.

2008 looks set to be another big year for Drew McAlister with nominations in the Country Music Awards of Australia, TSA and Victorian & National Country Music Awardswell as more touring around Australia. “There to Here” is released February 16th through Compass Bros Distribution.

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