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The Cattlestops

Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

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The Cattlestops return with new album ‘Dance in The Rain’

After almost a decade’s hiatus, local band The Cattlestops re-emerge with a new line up and a new album. Originally formed on the Kapiti Coast back in 2005 The Cattlestops focussed on a country-rock and Western swing repertoire consisting mostly of original songs penned by bass player James Cameron and guitarist Andrew London. Legendary Hamilton County Bluegrass Band fiddle player Colleen Trenwith provided a signature sound which, combined with fiery lead guitarist Dave Berry and drummer Evan Williams can be heard on two albums; 2005’s “Cattlestoppin" & 2007’s "Back to Rosetta Rd”. The latter contributed significantly to the soundtrack of locally-shot feature film ‘Second Hand Wedding’ and was nominated as a finalist for Country Album of the Year. The band played Arts and Music festivals around New Zealand and featured at the Norfolk Island Country Festival in 2007.

The Cattlestops went into recess around 2009, but Cameron and London continued to work together, often with other local musicians including Wayne Mason (keys), Ross McDermott (steel guitar), Lance Philip (drums) and guitarist Nick Granville. This new line-up has recorded 11 Cameron/London songs at Audiosuite studios in Paraparaumu, two of them boasting some wonderful vocals by Natalie Black of Rangiora, and one featuring original fiddler Colleen Trenwith.

The new album ‘Dance in the Rain’ shows both songwriters in pensive and occasionally nostalgic mood, with genres ranging from rural acoustic country and J.J. Cale-style ’swamp’ grooves to driving blues and country rock reminiscent of B.B King and the Allman Brothers.

‘Dance in The Rain’ was officially launched at The Paraparaumu Golf Club on Friday 26th August. The entire six-piece played songs from the new album, also selections from their previous albums and a few of the band’s current western swing and blues-based favourites. 

A great night was enjoyed by all and we look forward to playing these new songs and others to audiences around the country.

For more info contact James Cameron, phone 0278 526226 or email

















Please contact James for any CD's or potential gigs for the all new Cattlestops , below is a bit of nostalgia

"Damn That Cattlestop" by The Original Cattlestops plus an interview with Lucky & Jimmy Ray