INTERVIEW: Justin Townes Earle (2017)
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INTERVIEW: Justin Townes Earle (2017)

Now seven albums deep into his career, Justin Townes Earle has worked different variations of his country/folk/blues template to a consistently high quality over the last decade. Kids In The Street is different for a number of reasons but primarily in the way it was written and recorded. “I love this record,” says Earle, speaking … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: John Mellencamp ft. Carlene Carter – Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
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ALBUM REVIEW: John Mellencamp ft. Carlene Carter – Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

Since those heady early days when Mellencamp was touted by record labels as the heartland rock, pinup boy Johnny Cougar, through to his eventual reshaping into his true self, the strength of his songwriting has always been consistent. Now, with his 23rd studio album, Mellencamp again shows his range and canny ability to draw on … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Tami Neilson @ The Basement
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LIVE REVIEW: Tami Neilson @ The Basement

Tami Neilson & Her Rockin’ Hot Band Of Rhythm + Paddy McHugh @ The Basement, Sydney, 20th August 2017 Sunday night isn’t the usual day of the week for a country, soul and funk shakedown but Tami Neilson & Her Rockin’ Hot Band Of Rhythm unequivocally made it so. Surprisingly this was her first visit to Sydney, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Fallon Cush – Long Shot
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NEW MUSIC: Fallon Cush – Long Shot

Fallon Cush‘s Bee In Your Bonnet was a real highlight among the Australian album releases last year with their blend of power pop and country rock. They’ve backed it up with this new single ‘Long Shot’, the first taste of their forthcoming fourth album, which continues their love of chiming guitars and sweet melodies. Think … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Shiflett – West Coast Town
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ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Shiflett – West Coast Town

Chris Shiflett is a busy man, dividing himself between Foo Fighters duties, hosting his Walking The Floor podcast and working on his solo career. He’s increasingly immersed himself in country music and this, his third solo album, is his finest yet. He pulled together a master team including producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The Wilson Pickers
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INTERVIEW: The Wilson Pickers

PICKING UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF Back in the saddle after Danny Widdicombe overcame leukaemia for the third time, The Wilson Pickers have reconvened to celebrate the simple joy of making music together. Sime Nugent chatted to Chris Familton about the circumstances in which the new album came about. In 2012 The Wilson Pickers were … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Josh Rennie-Hynes
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INTERVIEW: Josh Rennie-Hynes

The term troubadour is bandied about as a kind of romantic notion of a songwriter riding the rails, traveling and singing for his supper. Josh Rennie-Hynes fits that description more than most singer/songwriters in Australia, regularly relocating to different cities and countries – all in the name of spreading his music and developing his songwriting … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Gillian Welch – Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg
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ALBUM REVIEW: Gillian Welch – Boots No. 1 The Official Revival Bootleg

It’s been five years since Gillian Welch released a new solo LP, though I guess we’ve been half-satiated with the recent Dave Rawlings Machine album. One hopes that this release is a stopgap collection to both celebrate the 20th anniversary of her debut Revival and reinvigorate her catalogue ahead of a new solo album. This … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Payne – Rise Up Like A River
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ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Payne – Rise Up Like A River

For the last decade Nick Payne has led Sydney folk and bluegrass outfit Dear Orphans across two albums and a ton of live shows. His debut solo album has him keeping one foot firmly in the Dear Orphans camp and the other heading into contemporary Americana. Payne presents the album as two halves, the first … Continue reading

Favourite Songs of Heartache: Jen Mize & Darren Cross
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Favourite Songs of Heartache: Jen Mize & Darren Cross

This Sunday, Dec 4th is the final Heartbreaker Sessions for 2016 (we’ll be back early in 2017) so we’re hoping that plenty of alt-country and folk lovin’ types will come down to The Bearded Tit in Redfern, Sydney for live sets from Darren Cross and Jen Mize plus the usual cosmic country, troubadour picking, folk … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Eilen Jewell + Jason Walker @ NSC, Sydney (22/11/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Eilen Jewell + Jason Walker @ NSC, Sydney (22/11/16)

Jason Walker doesn’t play much with his full band so this was a chance to hear songs from his recently released new album All-Night Ghost Town, fleshed out with drums, bass and lead guitar – with Walker himself on electric. They sounded fantastic too, tight yet still with that alt-country looseness that gave them a … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Nikki Lane – Highway Queen
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NEW MUSIC: Nikki Lane – Highway Queen

Nikki Lane has been hard at work over the past couple of years, writing and recording the follow-up to her successful 2014 album All Or Nothin‘. The first single to be released from the new LP (due out via New West Records on Feb 17th ) is the title track ‘Highway Queen’. Preorders with all manner … Continue reading