AUSTRALIAN country music starlet Beccy Cole loves visiting the Far South Coast.
A self-described “beach girl” at heart, Cole is eager about her upcoming performance in Merimbula.
Cole is no stranger to the local area, having performed a gig here nearly two years ago.
She said the Far South Coast is “absolutely beautiful” and provided inspiration for creative songwriting.
“I’m very much looking forward to returning,” Cole said.
“It’s been a while since I was down there and I’m looking forward to the warmer weather.
“Last time, we took an extra day [in Merimbula] and it was gorgeous.”
Aside from the location, Cole said she was also impressed by the crowd at her previous gig.
“The crowd was absolutely responsive,” she said.
“They must be relaxed in that beautiful part of the world.”
Cole is one of the biggest stars in Australian country music, with a career spanning 20 years.
To celebrate the two-decade milestone, Cole has released a new album called “Beccy’s Big Hits”.
Cole said the best part of her career has been performing at various venues.
“I love performing live, getting to entertain people,” she said.
“While I love writing and recording CDs, I love getting up there on stage.”
Cole said she tried to always put on a special show live and give audiences something different from her albums.
“You want to give them something to see,” she said.
“It’s about having a laugh and having a good time.
“It’s all about the journey you take the audience on.”
Joining Cole on her biggest hits tour is Libby Donovan and Mick Albeck, Cole’s ex-husband.
Cole said she discovered Donovan’s talent at a festival in South Australia.
“She is an amazing singer and very funny,” she said.
“Libby is from the cabaret world but people will love her.”
The idea of performing with your ex-husband may seem unique to some people.
However, Cole said “we are very professional and good buddies”.
“Mick is an incredible musician, it’s great to have him on board,” she said.
“I always joke that he has to come along because he owes me money, but there’s some truth in that!”
Beccy Cole and her band will perform at Club Sapphire Merimbula on November 3 at 8pm.
Tickets cost $28 for members, $30 for non-members and $15 for seven to 12-year-olds.
For more information, phone the club’s reception on 6495 1306.
BECCY'S BIG HITS - 20 YEARS AT THE TOP
BECCY Cole has been performing and touring for 20 years.
To celebrate the milestone, Cole has released a best-of album called “Beccy’s Big Hits”.
The album features 14 of Cole’s most popular hits, including Poster Girl and Millionaires, her award-winning duet with Kasey Chambers.
Cole said she was “absolutely happy” with Beccy’s Big Hits.
“It’s a chance to look back on my life,” Cole said.
“It’s like a diary entry in its truest form – it’s a cathartic kind of thing.”
Cole’s career began in humble fashion in the early ‘90s, performing with her mum’s band in South Australia.
Cole said she had an “open invitation” to join the band on stage.
“It was like my apprenticeship,” she said.
Her career took a significant step forward when she met Chambers.
“Even though she is a bit younger, we became instant friends,” Cole said.
Cole’s achievement list includes winning nine Golden Guitars, achieved three gold records, two entertainer of the year awards, seven songwriting awards.
She has also peaked at number one on the radio chart 14 times.
Cole said career highlights have included touring with country music icons Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers, who she describes as “both really nice”.
She said she has a passion for longevity in music.
“I love that I get to do this, it’s been an honour,” Cole said.