ALBUM REVIEW: Sean McMahon – You Will Know When You’re There
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sean McMahon – You Will Know When You’re There

Sean McMahon You Will Know When You’re There Blind Date Records Melbournian Sean McMahon’s new album is a beguiling affair. It occupies a gently rolling middle ground where songs never explode into wild extremes. Instead, they nestle into a warm and gently rocking vibe. McMahon’s sound is bucolic and forlorn singer/songwriter alt-country, with a dash … Continue reading

1969: A Watershed Year For Americana Music
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1969: A Watershed Year For Americana Music

1969: A Watershed Year For Americana Music Half a century ago, in a single calendar year, an avalanche of albums were released that would go on to have a lasting and monumental impact on what would become known as alt-country and more recently Americana music. Looking back at 1969 and pursuing the list of albums … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Nathan Seeckts – The Heart Of The City
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ALBUM REVIEW: Nathan Seeckts – The Heart Of The City

NATHAN SEECKTS THE HEART OF THE CITY Independent This is the debut album from Melbourne singer/songwriter Nathan Seeckts. He’s released a string of EPs since 2010 and that slow and steady approach has served him well, going on the impressive and consistent quality of the songwriting and musicianship on The Heart Of The City. Seeckts … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Felice Brothers – Undress
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Felice Brothers – Undress

THE FELICE BROTHERS UNDRESS Yep Roc Records At their core, The Felice Brothers have always centred on the songwriting of Ian Felice and the musicality of brother James, plus the influence of Simone Felice in the band’s early days, before he moved on to a solo career. They’ve had a revolving door of drummers but … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS Q&A: Peta Caswell
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SIX STRINGS Q&A: Peta Caswell

Possessing one of the finest voices on the Sydney music scene, Peta Caswell has finally stepped out under her own name, with her band The Lost Cause, and released her debut self-titled EP (on Stanley Records). Blending country rock, soul and alt-country, Caswell knows how to belt out a rich, soaring chorus as confidently as … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Lost Ragas – Just Wastin’ Time
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NEW MUSIC: Lost Ragas – Just Wastin’ Time

An exciting start to a new week with the first taste of the new Lost Ragas album This is Not A Dream. The cosmic country sounds are firmly intact on this superb track with a rhythm section that punches hard and tight beneath the spiralling psychedelic guitars of Matt Walker and Shane Reilly. Great production, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Andrew Phelan – That’s How
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NEW MUSIC: Andrew Phelan – That’s How

Andrew Phelan is an Australian who relocated to Canada (received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination) and last week he released his new six song EP Everything Rattles When I Breathe. This one from it, ‘That’s How’ is a catchy and rousing folk dispatch about the perils of booze. He’s got a fine line in … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tyler Childers – All Your’n
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NEW MUSIC: Tyler Childers – All Your’n

From Tyler Childers‘ forthcoming new album Country Squire, produced by Sturgill Simpson, here’s a new track ‘All Your’n’. Great sound on this song, reminiscent of The Band. It’s a lusher, more country soul sound than much of his last LP Purgatory. Below you can also check out the first single from the album, ‘House Fire’. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Oliver Ray – Ol’ Coyote
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NEW MUSIC: Oliver Ray – Ol’ Coyote

Oliver Ray has a brand new album out now called Out Passed Nowhere. It’s his debut record and features Howe Gelb, musicians from Sugar Candy Mountain, The Myrrors, Xixa, and China, as well as a very special appearance by the poet laureate of punk, Patti Smith, who Ray has worked with as her longtime guitarist. ‘Ol’ … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: John Burnette – NYC Babe
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NEW MUSIC: John Burnette – NYC Babe

  Hailing from Nashville, TN, here’s a song about NYC from singer-songwriter John Burnette. It has the beautiful lines “New York City are you doing alright, do you taking your pills?” and “He lost her in a lucid spell he was trying to preserve. Now they’re standing on the salt flats, babe, disappearing at the edge … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue
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ALBUM REVIEW: Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue

TOWNES VAN ZANDT SKY BLUE Fat Possum Records/Inertia Early in 1973, Townes Van Zandt visited his journalist and musician friend Bill Hedgepeth in Atlanta, Georgia, as he often would through his life, and recorded these stripped down acoustic songs in Hedgepeth’s home studio. Some are instantly recognisable TVZ classics while two are unreleased tracks, others … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Derek Senn – How Could A Man
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NEW MUSIC: Derek Senn – How Could A Man

It’s the late-night vibe on this song and the contrasting darkly humorous lyrics on this track from San Luis Obispo, CA singer-songwriter Derek Senn that caught our ear. He dials into a sweet rhythm that forms the backdrop for some great lyrics. The song comes from Senn’s recently released album of the same name How … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: A Few Bad Men – A Haunted Man
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NEW MUSIC: A Few Bad Men – A Haunted Man

Themes of loss of identity and belonging in the modern hi-tech society rise out of a gothic swamp on this track by Simon Paul Roy aka A Few Bad Men. He was a founding member and songwriter of the Australian psychedelic power pop group Bell Jar, working with Marty Wilson-Piper (The Church) and Ed Kuepper, (The … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Steve Marino – Six Two Four
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NEW MUSIC: Steve Marino – Six Two Four

Here are some sweet folk sounds to kick of the new week, courtesy of songwriter Steve Marino who hails from Bloomington, IN. ‘Six Two Four’, from his new album Fluff, his first under his own name, is warm and freewheelin’ baroque folk that weaves a path through the kind of heavy lidded strumming of Evan Dando … Continue reading