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Web of Oopportunity

Web of Oopportunity

Who: Brent Parlane
Where: Club Phoenix
Author: Anthony Scully
When: Sunday September 12, 1999

NEW Zealand-born country music veteran BRENT PARLANE is one of hundreds of artists set to benefit from the new marketing opportunities offered to music lovers via the Internet.

Playing this Sunday at 4pm at Phoenix, the musician who supported THE SEEKERS, MUDDY WATERS, LITTLE RICHARD, ERIC CLAPTON, ROXY MUSIC and THE EAGLES in the 1970s is using the Internet to promote his back catalogue.

It's a concept that online music retailers such as LIQUID AUDIO (liquidaudio.com) are describing as the 'whatever-happened-to factor'.

Artists long since dropped by their record labels stand to revive their career by contacting their old fans through the World Wide Web.

Parlane (http://users.bigpond.com/bparlane) has never stopped working as a musician since he began playing folk clubs in Auckland in 1971.

His first taste of fame came in 1972 with I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TONIGHT as a finalist of the NEW FACES talent quest. The song gained airplay in New Zealand.

After big-name supports at home, in 1976 he went solo and moved to Australia.

In the 1980s he travelled the world, based out of Melbourne, building his reputation as a singer-songwriter.

In 1992 he signed to ABC RECORDS and was a finalist in four categories the following year at the Tamworth Golden Guitar awards, winning (ironically) best new talent.

In 1995 he released TEX LOVES DAISY, his second ABC album, and was nominated for three categories at Tamworth.

After touring with the DEAD RINGER BAND and the (KASEY) CHAMBERS clan he struck up a friendship with Kasey's brother NASH CHAMBERS whom he struck a deal with as producer and publisher.

Joining Parlane will be Aussie guitarist DAVE STEEL. TE

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