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PTW Favourite Releases of 2014


2014, what another great year for Americana music, especially here in Australia where the scene seems to be growing in leaps and bounds. An example of that was Love Police launching the inaugural Out On The Weekend festival in Melbourne with a smaller version in Brisbane and a ton of sideshows in Sydney. All reports have been positive from the events so hopefully we’ll see that be expanded out in the festival format to other states in 2015.

On a personal note PTW proudly presented Sixteen Strings at the Petersham Bowling Club in Sydney with three of our finest local songwriters in Mark Moldre, Darren Cross and James Thomson as well as An Americana Afternoon featuring the hugely talented The Weeping Willows, Katie Brianna and Caitlin Harnett. We also proudly put our name behind Darren Cross’ national EP release shows and Josh Rennie-Hynes’ current New Zealand tour. I was also lucky enough to be invited on a handful of occasions to guest program some of my favourite Americana tunes on The Outpost on 2ser 107.3FM with Vinny Ramone, one of the great supporters of the local scene. Another highlight was setting up the Waitin’ Around To Die Facebook group, a fertile place for musicians and fans to share and discover new music, promote shows and network. Stay tuned for more exciting shows in 2015.

Our best-of list was fine-tuned from a long list of 60 albums we enjoyed this year, another sign that alt-country and folk music is flourishing. From late-night ‘tears in your whiskey glass’ country soul to ragged country rock, spooky and ethereal folk to blues dirges and romantic noir ballads, there was a bit of everything to sink your ears into this year. These were our favourites and recordings we wholeheartedly recommend you have a listen to.

  1. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  2. Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  3. The Delines – Colfax
  4. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  5. The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress
  6. Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One
  7. Little Bastard – Little Bastard
  8. Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards – Distance
  9. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
  10. Rosanne Cash – The River and the Thread
  11. Bernie Griffen & The Thin Men – Salvation
  12. Tami Neilson – Dynamite!
  13. Aldous Harding – Aldous Harding
  14. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  15. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
  16. Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
  17. Doug Paisley – Strange Feelings
  18. Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
  19. Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant
  20. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  21. Jep and Dep – Word Got Out
  22. Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams – Sad But True Volume 3: Juke Box B-Sides
  23. Emma Swift – Emma Swift
  24. Malcolm Holcombe – Pitiful Blues
  25. Darren Cross – No Damage EP
  26. Halfway – Any Old Love
  27. Eaten By Dogs – Eaten By Dogs
  28. Corb Lund – Counterfeit Blues
  29. Ryley Walker – All Kinds of You
  30. Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
  31. Willie Watson – Folk Singer Vol. 1
  32. Sylvie Simmons – Sylvie
  33. Beck – Morning Phase
  34. Bonnie Prince Billy – Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues
  35. Jo Meares – King of the Crystal Mountain
  36. John Fullbright – Songs
  37. Joe Purdy – Eagle Rock Fire
  38. Simone Felice – Strangers
  39. Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin
  40. Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea

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