Taylor Swift, still a country girl?

IMG_1362 Unless you have been trapped under your washing pile, you will have noticed that former country darling and pop culture “it” girl Taylor Swift was in town this month.

With sold out shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, Taylor has been traversing Australia and documenting it for her 52.5 million Instagram fans. Not since Paul Hogan’s ‘put a shrimp on the barbie’ campaign has Australia had so much exposure in the US.

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Taylor has been filling her social media feeds with iconic pictures of Australia including the selfie with a grey kangaroo which currently has 2.3 million likes.

IMG_1364What we are wondering though, does Taylor still enjoy the support of the western boot wearing crowd? Do the cowboys and cowgirls that turned her in to a superstar still listen to Tay Tay?

The Western Boot Barn brings you the the largest range of western boots in Australia. We specialise in cowboy boots Australia, cowgirl boots Australia, safety boots Australia, mining boots Australia, pony club boots Australia, western boots Australia, and riding boots Australia.

We stock the brands Ariat boots Australia, Nocona boots Australia, Sendra boots Australia, Justin boots Australia, Dan Post boots Australia, Rocky boots Australia, Durango boots Australia, Laredo boots Australia, Tony Lama boots Australia, Chippewa boots Australia, and Georgia boots Australia.

 

Keep cool with a Sunbody hat

Spring has arrived and it’s a good time to buy that much needed new hat from The Western Boot Barn. Our Sunbody hats are hand made in Guatemala and Mexico then shaped and trimmed in Houston, Texas, all the while supporting families in traditional crafts.
Are you aware that it’s possible to get skin cancers on the head even if its covered with hair? Wearing a hat to protect yourself is good but not all hats are created equal. A simple cotton hat only blocks out 20% of UV rays but our Sunbody palm leaf hats block out 98%.

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All sorts of people wear Sunbody hats, western people, musicians, fishermen, golfers, gardeners and more! But your head is unique and by purchasing a Sunbody hat means you can get a custom fit. They’re crushable and pop back into their original shape or be reshaped easily by getting them wet. No steam required! They’re waterproof, washable with soap and water and are light and comfortable.
Sunbody Hats are long lasting and look great.

Treat yourself to one from our extensive range for men and women at today’s special prices, they’re unbeatable!

Top Ten Country Albums: Aria Charts

This week there is a little bit of movement in the top ten Aria Country Chart. Taylor Swift has two albums back in the top ten, most likely thanks to her amazing almost-clean sweep at the Billboard Music Awards a couple of days ago.

Golden Lady Antebellum
Life Is A Highway Jason Owen
Red Taylor Swift
Mother Natalie Maines
The Story So Far Keith Urban
So Country 2013 Various
Based on a True Story… Blake Shelton
Annie Up Pistol Annies
Two Lanes Of Freedom Tim McGraw
Fearless Taylor Swift

 

Artist of The Month: Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin born in 1964 is the quintessential singer-songwriter in the American country music tradition. She has been covered by everyone from Emmylou Harris to the Dixie Chicks and is the last word in respected country singers.

Patty Griffin has just released her seventh album American Kid, her first album of original material since 2007’s Children Running Through. We absolutely love the album here at the Western Boot Barn, it is without a doubt one of our top albums for the year – and we are only in May!

There is a quality to Griffin’s voice that is unmistakable. It is worth noting that the album was written as a tribute to Patty’s father, on her own website it quotes:

[the album] was written to honor my father”

Her website goes on to say:

“ …it features a group of remarkably powerful, personal and unpredictable songs arranged and performed in a style that doesn’t entirely repeat anything she’s done on her previous albums while drawing on all of them.”

You can watch the video for the first single ‘Ohio’ a duet with Robert Plant right here.

You can order the album from Amazon here or visit www.pattygriffin.com for more information.

Top 10 Australian Country Albums

It is really great to see some new artists and some movement in the top ten this week. We are especially excited to see Jason Owen in the top spot. He is a boy from the country & X Factor star! His new album is out now and available to buy on iTunes and you can get a sneak preview by watching his X Factor audition here:

Life Is A Highway Jason Owen
Golden Lady Antebellum
Red Taylor Swift
Life On A Rock Kenny Chesney
So Country 2013 Various
Based on a True Story… Blake Shelton
The Story So Far Keith Urban
Uncaged Zac Brown Band
Two Lanes Of Freedom Tim McGraw
Need You Now Lady Antebellum

Winter Boot Ideas

Winter is pretty much here in Australia – although the recent spell of good weather might make you think otherwise!

The Western Boot Barn provides a fantastic range of boots for all weather. Often boots for winter fall into one of two catagories: gum boots which can be tough and un-stylish OR leaky-drafty boots. Here at the Boot Barn we provide amazing looking boots that will keep your feet warm, dry and supported all winter!

Here are our top 3 best selling waterproof boots:

Dan Post Albuquerque $219.00

 

Men's Rocky Waterproof Work Western $239.00

 

Ariat Duraterrain H2O $179.00

Free shipping within Australia. Enjoy!

Weekly Aria Top 10 Country Albums

Music and style go together hand in hand. Here at The Western Boot Barn we love music ALMOST as much as we love our boots!

Australian music is particulary close to our hearts and this week we love every artist in the Aria Top 10 Country Album list including this gem by Brad Paisley called “Southern Comfort Zone.” Enjoy!

1 WHEELHOUSE Brad Paisley
2 SO COUNTRY 2013 Various
3 RED Taylor Swift
4 BASED ON A TRUE STORY… Blake Shelton
5 THE STORY SO FAR Keith Urban
6 UNCAGED Zac Brown Band
7 PIONEER The Band Perry
8 RENEGADE Jayne Denham
9 FEARLESS Taylor Swift
10 TWO LANES OF FREEDOM Tim McGraw