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The Rock-itt : October 2010
Carl Sullivan took to the stage next with a fabulous set of George Strait songs including "One Night at a time", "I Hate Everything", "All My Exes live in Texas", "Round About Way", and "Check Yes or No" with a big finish of Gordon Lightfoots' "If you could speak my mind". Carl's performance is always of the highest professional standard with his clear country vocals and virtuous guitar, supported perfectly with the band. Carl's music is always innovative and very attractive to the Linedancers. Well Done! Gary Brown is highly respected in all country music circles and he has a special leaning with his slide playing, towards the Bluegrass sound. Today Gary brought to Belrose those experienced professionals Hunter and Suzy Owens. The crowd absolutely loved the bracket of music presented by this combination including Nigel on a very effective mandolin. Hunter's vocals and guitar, Suzy's harmony and double bass, with Gary on his dobro, kept the crowd enthralled for an hour of country/bluegrass songs. How's this for a list of great music? "I Still Miss someone, City of New Orleans, I Don't Care, Under Your Spell Again, Hey Good Lookin', San Antonio Rose, Your Cheatin' Heart, Move it on over, I'll fly away, Keep on the Sunny Side, Sing me back home, Love Hurts, Save a Little Love, Late Night Radio and Head of the Table". The dancers, both line and holding- on, found plenty to enjoy here and those who chose not to join the crowd on the floor, sat back and enjoyed this beaut quartet. Many thanks Hunter, Suzy, Nigel and Gary ......Wow! How to follow such an act? Well the answer is with another special Star Maker finalist. Jason Lee, assisted initially only by Linda Barnes with her harmonies and guitar, presented some of his own compositions such as "Back to You", "Livin' Tonight", "Ordinary Guy", "A Memory" and "Get Off on You" and then with the backing of the Ridgie Didge, he sang "Tonight The Bottle let me down", "Workin' Man Blues", "Boys from the Bush", "Folsom" and "Hey Good Lookin". Everyone enjoyed Jason's solo rendition of "No Season at all", and "Truth about Men". It was yet another fine performance from a top line country music artist. Keep your eyes on this bloke! To round off the afternoon's program Geoff Williams and Ridgie Didge performed "Welcome to My World", "A Peaceful Mind" and "Blue Side of Lonesome". In a tribute to Doris Day and Melinda Schneider, Geoff had everyone singing along with "Secret Love", "Black Hills of Dakota", and "Que Sera, Sera," with Peter Eliot providing some impressive vocal harmonies and finally working together in Geoff's composition, "Rockin' in the Country" as a big finish, as everyone rocked along. They were joined by all the performers for the Belrose Finale which as usual, was a real hoot. What a star that Bob Gray is and a drum solo by John Fitz with brushes!!! Wow that's got to be a first. Great show everyone and thanks one and all.