When it rains it pours in the Sydney Americana music scene. This week is a big one for shows with Suzannah Espie launching her album here last night and Shane Nicholson (who is currently in the studio working on Katie Brianna’s new album) plays Newtown Social Club tonight with his band The General Waste. We’ve gone and got greedy and chosen three gigs of the week in Sydney:
Tonight Adam Young launches his new single ‘The Queen Of The Plains‘, co-presented by Post To Wire, at the Marrickville Bowling Club with support from Sam Shinazzi and myself spinning tunes as the PTW Jukebox. $15 at the door.
Tomorrow night Fanny Lumsden brings her country halls tour to the inner west surrounds of St Stephens Hall in Newtown. Celebrating her recently released album Small Town Big Shot Lumsden and her band the Thrillseekers will also be joined on the bill by Kris Morris and Sarah Humphreys in their new duo project. Sydney shows for Lumsden will be rarer occurrences after the next month or so as her and partner Dan Stanley-Freeman pack up their lives and take to the highway as travelling musicians in 2016. TICKETS
Sunday night is the penultimate Heartbreaker Sessions evening for 2015 and we’ve got two fine songwriters in Perry Keyes and Mark Lucas performing plus Vinny Ramone, host of 2SER FM’s The Outpost will be the guest DJ for the night. It kicks off at 6PM at Freda’s in Chippendale. Free entry.
We’ve been adding more new album reviews to the site recently. Fresh additions include Dan Parsons and Kinky Friedman with reviews coming soon for the new Bob Dylan Bootleg Series release and Neil Young‘s new Archive Performance Series live album Bluenote Cafe.
In terms of other new music we’ve been falling in love with Nadia Reid‘s debut album, the expanded and remastered Trace from Son Volt and the new soulful and mellow album from Lucero. Lo Carmen‘s new shimmering hypo-country rock LP is scheduled for review and we’ve been spending a fair amount of time listening to the Elyse Weinberg album Greasepaint Smile, a record that was recorded in 1969 but never released after the label closed. It features guitar from Neil Young on the gem ‘Houses’ (below) as well as appearances by JD Souther and Nils Lofgren and Young cohort David Briggs produced the record. Highly recommended.