2020 is almost upon us with lots of shows and haircuts to wind up 2019.
Mildura Festival was its usual fantastic self and I was grateful to be include as a finalist in The Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards Female Vocal section. Congratulations to Dianne Lindsay the winner! Sweet Sugar Cane from the Not Love Songs album has been a great track for me so far as it is also a finalist in the Gidgee Coal Awards at Pittsworth as well as in two categories at the Stan Coster Memorial Awards at Bungendore Country Muster in February. Wombelano Kelpies is also a finalist there in the Comedy section. Another dog song! I am heading to Bungendore after Tamworth and am really looking forward to performing there after some year’s absence.
The second single from the Not Love Songs album is a track called The Webb Brothers, obviously about the 3 brothers from Widgee QLD who started the first Gympie Muster back in 1982. To most of you they need no introduction but to others this song is a not only a tribute to the Webb brothers and their many achievements but an introduction or reminder to others. The track has debuted on the Top 40 Radio airplay chart at 21.
2020 is looking rather busy with lots of festival and a weekend or two of shows with Glenn Jones. Please contact me folks to find out where I’m at or check my website www.anitaree.com for show dates. In March I am heading to Terara Country Campout for the first time so hope to see some folks there as well as further down the track,
With warm wishes
Well the new album 'Not Love Songs' is officially available now. In hard copy cd or digital download from this website.
Featuring eleven songs from Anita's pen and the favourite Joy McKean song Indian Pacific.
As usual Anita's songs are about Australia, people and places, dogs and the first single, 'Sweet Sugar Cane', is about life with
sugar cane . After 5 weeks of airplay this track is currently Number 8 on the
Top 40 Australian Country tracks chart. See the front web page for the video to go with the single featuring footage from where Anita grew up.
With plenty of shows coming up there is lots of opportunity to see Anita and her songs in person.
The official CD launch for 'Not Love Songs' is to be held at the Maryborough Senior Citizens Hall
on August 25th, 2019. 1:30pm with special guest Steve Sparrow.
See you on the track somewhere folks,
Well lots has been happening of late, most exciting of all the progress on the new album.
Looking to be released in April 2019 at this stage.
Twelve tracks of Australian story songs, eleven from my own pen and one classic track from two Aussie legends. Watch this space for more about that.
I’ve recently returned from the Tamworth country music festival that was fantastic as always. Very honoured to sing our National Anthem to a crowd of 4000 in Toyota Bicentennial park for the Back to the Bush Concert. Shortly before that a flash flying visit to SA for a private gig.
2018 was a big year in lots of ways, lots of writing and preparing for the new album as well as lots of festivals and performances. Mildura was a highlight as usual as well as the Gympie Muster and the first Kenmore Park festival to be held annually from now on. Check out the gallery for some shots from these shows.
2019 is shaping up to be just as busy and I can’t wait to see what it holds.
‘Hot Up Here’ is the first single from the forthcoming ‘Ree Family Album’ to be released via CRS singles to radio on January 30, 2017. Long standing country singer/ songwriter Anita Ree has teamed up with some of her family in a showcase of their musical heritage. Dad Trevor, Mother Averil and sister Kristina join Anita to bring a collection of family favourites and new songs, this single being the first. 'Hot Up Here', written by Anita, is a light hearted look at Summer in Queensland. The Ree Family album has been in the planning for a long time and has finally been completed with Pacific International Music with a release date planned for early 2017. ‘Hot Up Here’ will leave you smiling and feeling a bit cooler than you thought you were.
Great to be just returned from a short run into NSW with my mate Dean Perrett.
Lots of miles and four shows, Tenterfield, Wauchope, Illford and Goulburn plus a day at Illabo Stampede to finish on a high note. A great day there with the best in country hospitality. Many thanks to all who helped with shows, publicity, halls and accomodation along the way. It is so sincerely appreciated.
Prior to that I enjoyed two weekend shows with Trevor Tolton, Wal Neilsen and Kerry McDonald at Pittsworth and Springwood. Great to catch up with my little mates (not so little anymore) – Sherree, Nick and Sean Inns as well as meeting young Bridie Middleton who all helped entertain at Pittsworth.
The next few months are looking busy with some festivals all over to keep me busy, as well as the Barber Shop duties in the spare time. See you on the Long Way Round folks
News February 2016
Great to see so many of my Music friends via the ‘Long Way Round’ of recent months.
The album has been very well received with three singles released to radio so far. Tamworth 2016 was a blast as usual. This year I was a finalist in the TSA Awards Comedy Novelty Song section with my song Hairy Hunter. The Awards night was great fun even though I didn’t come away the winner some friends there did and we celebrated and commiserated accordingly. I enjoyed some performing during the festival as well as catching up with some great artists along the way. This coming year I have plenty of touring and festivals to do as well as keeping my hand in at The Barber Shop, Pallas Street Maryborough. Call in for a snip if you’re passing by. This April I am looking forward to some shows with my mate Dean Perrett in NSW. Keep your eye out for these shows folks. Check out my website and ABBA tour pages for further details on this run as well as where you can catch me at festivals etc. Hope to see you down the track.
Warm wishes for the rest of 2016.
News from Anita - October 2015.
The ‘Long Way Round’ tour is well underway and is proving to be just that – a Long Way Round. Just how I like it. The new album and songs have been very well received throughout the Victorian/SA tour and I am so enjoying working the new songs and sharing the stories with everyone. Texas Country Music Festival was a great weekend even though the weather was a little trying we all just carried on and had a fun time. Then there was a little bit of low flying Landcruiser across to Mildura for the fabulous Mildura Country Music Festival. As usual Mildura showed us her best with wonderful weather and spectacular venues and bands. It’s great to catch up with so many other independent artists and have the opportunity to showcase my own new songs to a great and appreciative audience. A big Congratulations to all the Southern Stars Independent Country Music Awards winners – a great achievement amongst so many great acts. After a busy Mildura I have had a few days in the sheep truck once again with Graeme and Margaret Bone from Nhill of the song ‘Heck’. Thanks folks. Then it was off again across to SA for two great shows and back across to Victoria. Phew.
Thanks to all who have come and those who have supported and promoted the shows. I can’t wait to get back and see you all again with some new stories to tell. Looking forward to some more shows and songs along the way.
The new Single to radio will be released soon being ‘Long Way Round’, the title track, so feel free to request at your local station. The other exciting news is that the album ‘Long Way Round’ will be available from your local record store via WJO Universal distribution from November 7, 2015. Another way to get your hands on a copy.
Many thanks to all who have helped along the way.
May you all be blessed and have a safe passage for the rest of 2015.