Kathy Coleman and her husband Kelvin have been involved with music since very young ages, both have a love of country music which has consumed a large portion of their married lives together. They met each other at a country music Hoedown a while back at a pub in the Hunter Valley, the event was held to raise money to assist a local charity and they have been together ever since. It is a wonderful thing to share a love of music with the one you love!
Kelvin started off as a drummer and backed many well known artists, and travelled around NSW on various professional country tours. He also recorded many drumming tracks for Albums of Artists in the Newcastle region over the years, & taught drums to many up & coming young drummers.
Kathy started off doing guest spots around the Newcastle regions clubs, pubs & charity events, she won many trophies whilst on the talent quest circuit and gained invaluable experience in the process. Then she met Kelvin!
Then came the beginning of many country bands "Rawhide" being one of the most successful throughout the Newcastle area. Hard work, lots of fun, meeting heaps of wonderful people & thoroughly enjoying the music and appreciating the joy they could give to other people through their love of music.
As time went on, bands & big auditoriums were no longer the flavour of the month & duo's started popping up everywhere, they decided that a change was what they needed as well. So Kathy taught Kelvin how to play the guitar and she learnt how to play bass and so was the end to the band days, and they were off in a new direction just the two of them.
As the duo called "Double Deal" they have entertained many people at Clubs throughout the Hunter Valley as well as Tocal Field Days & Steamfest in Maitland. They also joined Miss Kim & Big Dog at wonderful shows at the 4 Wheel Drive & Camping expo's at Maitland & the Central Coast over many years. They were the resident band at the "Old Texas Ranch" for 7 years which they thoroughly enjoyed with many customers returning year after year to see them again. Kelvin & Kathy also performed their show called the Buckin' Country Show at Buttai Barn near Newcastle/Maitland for 3 & 1/2 years finishing up in December 2011. Kathy has been travelling further afield from 2012 to promote her new album.
Kelvin & Kathy have done a little bit of travelling overseas & have now notched up 3 trips to the US. The Country Music City of Nashville was calling & they just had to go & see what it was all about, what a trip! They stayed at the Opryland Hotel "WOW", went to the Grand Old Opry and saw Porter Wagner, Dierks Bentley & Julia Roberts. They visited the Wild Horse Saloon & was serenaded on the bus by their tour guide Jack, who also played the harmonica while he was driving them around!
Memphis was also on their trip, it was wonderful to visit Graceland and to see Elvis's Gold records, they take up a building on their own, it was amazing. Their next stop was Dollywood in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, which Kathy couldn't wait to get to as this is Dolly Parton land, it was a very special time for her. Las Vegas was calling and the Shepler Country Store which they both went bananas in & had to buy two extra suitcases to bring all the western gear home, but their children loved them for it. They saw many shows in Las Vegas including an intimate concert with "Ricky Van Shelton" he has to have the best voice in the business, it was magical & something they will never forget. Fort Worth Texas has certainly left an impression on them as this is where they experienced the old west, down in the Stockyard Area with cattle droves through the cobblestone Streets & the biggest Honky Tonk in the world known as "Billy Bobs". Kelvin rode a few bucking bulls (mechanical of course, he leaves the real ones to Mat) they saw a lot of wonderful entertainment which has spurred them on again to get out there and do what they do best.
Kathy is a member of the Country Music Association of Australia , the Tamworth Songwriters Association & The Australian Songwriters Association. Kathy has developed a love of songwriting since 2006 after attending a songwriting workshop in Tamworth where Allan Caswell was the tutor, it certainly was a magical day. Kathy has gained many Finalist placings in songwriting competitions since 2009 with 2 wins in 2011at the Canberra Songwriting Awards as well as winning the NSW New Talent Gold Medallion Award in 2010 & a win at the 2012 ASA Songwriting Awards with "Dunedoo Station" in the Australia Category.
Kathy released her debut album "Waitin' on a Good Man" in November 2009, her 2nd Album "Hot & Bothered" in November 2011 & her 3rd Album "Because of You" in January 2014, all 3 albums are full of original songs written by Kathy. Kathy released a new original single in August 2020 title 'Go Marry A Cowboy' with further singles and an album coming in 2022.. For more information on Kathy & her songs go to Shopping Cart