At the Toyota Star Marker Grand Final at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival in April, Loren Ryan took the stage as one of the ten finalists. She’s local to the Tamworth area so the very loud cheers could have been for that when she took the stage – but after she finished the reception was undoubtedly for her performance, which was impressive and impassioned. Ryan did not win that night but she has achieved something few artists do in being selected again as a Grand Finalist, so she’ll perform at next year’s TCMF. Ryan is already focused on that performance, but she has also been recording and has released the country-pop single ‘Bounce Back’, so we spoke about that, about her fan-favourite version of Cold Chisel’s ‘Flame Trees’ and her work translating songs into and writing in her language, Gamilaraay. You can watch our chat on YouTube, or listen in Soundcloud or on the podcast.