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NEWS: Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman pay tribute to John Hartford
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NEWS: Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman pay tribute to John Hartford

Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman have teamed up for Dear John (Dec 8th), an album of ten John Hartford songs, paying tribute to the songwriter known for his solo performances where he would alternate between guitar, banjo, and fiddle while he tap danced and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood, John Hartford is credited as … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dan Brodie – Lost Not Found
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dan Brodie – Lost Not Found

Covers albums can swing two ways, attempts at slavish replicas of the original songs or those instances where the artist recasts the songs in a new light, with their own personality and style at the forefront. Dan Brodie has successfully taken the latter route with a collection of songs that reveal some of his influences … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dusty Ravens – Low Down Jimmy
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dusty Ravens – Low Down Jimmy

It may seem a tad peculiar that a band from the Inner West of Sydney could breathe genuine spirit and authenticity into Mexican-infused country music but Dusty Ravens have done just that on their second album. Low Down Jimmy is the sound of desert dust, desperate souls, sin and salvation – all bathed in mood-heavy instrumentation. … Continue reading

NEWS: Marlon Williams Announces New LP ‘Make Way For Love’
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NEWS: Marlon Williams Announces New LP ‘Make Way For Love’

Marlon Williams’ long anticipated second album now has a title and a release date. Make Way For Love will be released on February 18th, three after his self-titled debut. In that time he’s toured constantly, pausing only to write the new album and make a foray into acting. Williams recently released ‘Vampire Again’, the first … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS Q&A: Ben Leece
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SIX STRINGS Q&A: Ben Leece

I caught Ben Leece for the first time at this year’s Dashville Skyline Festival. It was broad daylight on the last morning, the vibe was lazy, sun-kissed and chilled out. Ben started singing and something in the air shifted. It was one of those voices that catches the air and piques one’s senses. Rich with … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Neil Young – Hitchhiker
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ALBUM REVIEW: Neil Young – Hitchhiker

In 1976, within weeks of finishing the recording of Long May You Run, his album with Stephen Stills, Neil Young visited the studio and in a solo and weed-assisted session laid down ten songs, many of which would become staples and high-water marks of his long and illustrious career. Young has released many archival albums … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jed Rowe – A Foreign Country
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jed Rowe – A Foreign Country

There’s a strong timeless quality that permeates Jed Rowe’s fourth album. Timeless in the sense that the songs aren’t tied to any particular style that can place it on the timeline of rock n roll – yet also in the way the songs are written, paced and arranged. They’re treated with a laid-back swaying sound … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots – It’s So Cruel
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NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots – It’s So Cruel

  Ruby Boots is back with ‘It’s So Cruel’ the first single and video clip from her forthcoming new LP Don’t Talk About It. The song is Ruby Boots going technicolour with a big post-modern soul/pop stomp on the back of buzzing guitar and that voice that emanates coyness and attitude as it unleashes a … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Son Volt @ Factory Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Son Volt @ Factory Theatre, Sydney

Son Volt,  Jason Walker, Fallon Cush @ Factory Theatre, Oct 18th, 2017 Locals Fallon Cush had a short opening slot but they made the most of it, showcasing songs from their brand new album Morning and making a strong case for them being the most in-form country-rock band in Sydney at the moment. Cascading melodies and harmonies … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle + Joshua Hedley + The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle + Joshua Hedley + The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney

Justin Townes Earle, Joshua Hedley, The Sadies @ Factory Theatre, Sydney, Oct 17th, 2017 After the failure to get Melbourne’s Out On The Weekend Americana music festival up and running in Sydney, we should feel lucky we still get to experience all the acts playing their own sideshows here. It amounts to a week of treats … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Old Crow Medicine Show @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 2017
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LIVE REVIEW: Old Crow Medicine Show @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 2017

Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June @ Enmore Theatre, Oct 3rd 2017 House lights were dimmed and, apart from a white cowboy hat and some impressive beards, four unassuming band members walked on stage and kicked into the opening song before Valerie June strode onstage with dreadlocks bundled high, a shimmering gold sequinned outfit and turquoise … Continue reading

NEWS: Calexico Announce New LP ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’
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NEWS: Calexico Announce New LP ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’

Calexico have announced that they will release their ninth LP The Thread That Keep Us on January 26th, 2018. The core duo of vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual recording home in unusual surroundings—not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Working with their … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pete Cullen – No Way Out
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ALBUM REVIEW: Pete Cullen – No Way Out

With two new albums out this month, Pete Cullen is laying out two sides of himself in song. One Way In is decidedly high throttle rockabilly, and while there is some overlap, here Cullen strips it back, opens his shoulders and sings a batch of decidedly more alt-country songs. The mix of acoustic and electric … Continue reading