ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Carpenter And The Banks Brothers – Introducing…
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ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Carpenter And The Banks Brothers – Introducing…

Michael Carpenter has always had one foot in the the world of country music and the other in power pop and rock. He’s also incredibly prolific as a producer, songwriter and musician – alway with multiple projects on the go. His latest is a collaboration with The Banks Brothers (Zane and Jy-Perry) who have built themselves … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kyle Jenkins – Love Lost Love
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ALBUM REVIEW: Kyle Jenkins – Love Lost Love

Kyle Jenkins Love Lost Love Near Enough Records Kyle Jenkins, the prolific songwriter and frontman for Toowoomba alt-country band Suicide Swans, has also found the time to release his second solo album. His debut, Meltdown, shared a lot of similarities with Suicide Swans but on Love, Lost Love, things get darker and starker. Predominately acoustic … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Katie Brianna – This Way Or Some Other
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ALBUM REVIEW: Katie Brianna – This Way Or Some Other

Sydney singer-songwriter Katie Brianna has already had a fascinating musical journey, from Paul Kelly and Tamworth approved teenager to one of the most riveting and melancholically melodic vocalists on the local Americana scene. Now with three solo albums to her name, her latest, This Way Or Some Other, is hands-down her finest work.  Brianna’s previous … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams – Plastic Bouquet
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ALBUM REVIEW: Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams – Plastic Bouquet

Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams Plastic Bouquet New West Records A chance Spotify encounter with the music of Kacy & Clayton led Marlon Williams on an adventure that ended up in sub-zero Saskatoon in Canada and Nashville, TN to record this wonderful collaborative album.  There’s a clear simpatico between the three of them, with … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – Late Night Essentials
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ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys – Late Night Essentials

Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys Late Night Essentials Evening Records Caitlin Harnett’s 2014 debut album The River Runs North was an accomplished exercise in confessional, acoustic-based contemporary folk with a strength of songwriting at its core. As part of a an established collective of movers and shakers in the Sydney Americana scene – aiding … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Gillian Welch – Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 2
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ALBUM REVIEW: Gillian Welch – Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 2

Gillian Welch Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 2 Acony Records Followers of Gillian Welch are hardy folk, having to endure long periods between albums to satiate their fandom. Sure they get to hear her on David Rawlings excellent albums as well but there’s no substitute for a pure Welch album, as she’s proved … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Trees – Trees (50th Anniversary Edition)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Trees – Trees (50th Anniversary Edition)

Trees Trees (50th Anniversary Edition) Fire Records The name Trees might not inspire immediate recognition for music fans but the English group’s brief, but bright three year existence from 1969-1972 has played the long game as obsessive psychedelic and folk musicologists discovered them and quietly spread the word. Fifty years later we have this wonderful … Continue reading

FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS 2020
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FAVOURITE AU & NZ ALBUMS 2020

Lists! We have a couple for you as usual as we wind down at the end of another year. I won’t rabbit on about the trials and tribulations of 2020, the good news was that the music still came down the pipeline with the same amount of quality and reward. We’ll have our overall list … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet
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ALBUM REVIEW: SPERB3R – Think On Your Feet

Lately I’ve been listening to and writing about the sound of ambient country music. I guess it’s the state of the world – but quieter, more ruminative and relaxing sounds have become even more important than ever of late. There are the traditional ambient go-to’s such as Eno, Harold Budd, Jon Hassall, Williams Basinski and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Jarosz – World On The Ground
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Jarosz – World On The Ground

Sarah Jarosz World On The Ground Rounder Records Conservatorium-trained musicians should always be approached with caution. Sure they have an A-grade level of music theory and playing expertise but sometimes that can come at the expense of heart and soul and the requisite rawness that so often makes folk and country music so compelling. On … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Willie Nelson – First Rose Of Spring
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ALBUM REVIEW: Willie Nelson – First Rose Of Spring

Willie Nelson First Rose Of Spring Sony Music Willie Nelson just keeps on keeping on, churning out albums more regularly than artists a quarter of his age. Invariably they all hit the mark too, based on song selection, the worldly and weary tone of Nelson’s voice and his trusty six-string sidekick Trigger. First Rose of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Jayhawks – XOXO
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Jayhawks – XOXO

The Jayhawks XOXO Thirty Tigers / Cooking Vinyl Australia It’s album number 11 for the Minnesotan band, still led by Gary Louris who has endured line-up changes and a five year hiatus  through the band’s 35 year career. XOXO is The Jayhawks’ fourth album since they reunited in 2009 and it finds them still mining … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Steve Earle & The Dukes – Ghosts Of West Virginia
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ALBUM REVIEW: Steve Earle & The Dukes – Ghosts Of West Virginia

Steve Earle & The Dukes Ghosts Of West Virginia New West Records The first sound you hear on Steve Earle’s new album is his solo voice, all gravel and grit as he leads a group chant which sits somewhere between the church and the railroad. It sets the scene magnificently for an album of songs … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – Old Flowers

Courtney Marie Andrews Old Flowers Fat Possum Records / Inertia The evolution of one of the most consistently rewarding songwriters in recent years continues with this devastating treatise and rumination on heartbreak, despair and emotional renewal. Courtney Marie Andrews has taken the tried and true subject of the end of a long-term relationship and bled … Continue reading