LIVE REVIEW: Rambin’ Nights: Adam Young, James Thomson, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ Django Bar, Sydney (11/06/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Rambin’ Nights: Adam Young, James Thomson, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ Django Bar, Sydney (11/06/16)

Alt-country doesn’t generally get a look-in with the arts festivals so it was pleasing to see the inclusion of Ramblin’ Nights in this year’s Vivid Sydney line-up. This was an evening that ranged in style from laid-back country rock to soulful country-blues hollers and heartland rock n roll. Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big … Continue reading

NEWS: Drive-By Truckers Announce New LP ‘American Band’
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NEWS: Drive-By Truckers Announce New LP ‘American Band’

Drive-By Truckers have survived multiple line-up changes in their twenty year existence and yet they seem to be in possibly their strongest, most harmonious and richest streak of songwriting over the last few years. That prolific run of new music means that, following  2014’s English Oceans, we are about to get a new album American Band … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW:Willian Crighton, Magpie Diaries, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ The Vanguard, Sydney (29/04/16)
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LIVE REVIEW:Willian Crighton, Magpie Diaries, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ The Vanguard, Sydney (29/04/16)

William Crighton’s debut album has been receiving plenty of glowing reviews since its release and this was a night to celebrate the new record – for both fans and Crighton and his band. Partners in life and partners in music – Amber Rae Slade and producer Matt Fell kicked up a fine and impressive storm … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Bingham, Little Georgia @ The Basement, Sydney (23/04/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Bingham, Little Georgia @ The Basement, Sydney (23/04/16)

This felt like an under-promoted show, certainly in the local Americana community, so it was a pleasant surprise to find large crowd in attendance at The Basement. Opening honours went to Little Georgia who certainly won the crowd over with their blend of soul, indie-folk and a dash of country. They’re a marketers dream with … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Things That We Are Made Of
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ALBUM REVIEW: Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Things That We Are Made Of

Like a slow mist rolling down a valley or long evenings on the back porch, Carpenter’s 14th album is a slow-moving and introspective country affair. Confessional stories of heartache and emotional turbulence are presented and dissected on the Dave Cobb produced album yet across nearly an hour of restrained mood the effect is one of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Rat-A-Tat-Tat
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NEW MUSIC: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Rat-A-Tat-Tat

Cash Savage has been relatively quiet since her excellent 2013 album The Hypnotizer. The good news is she’s back with her band The Last Drinks and a new full length LP One Of Us which is due for release late June, 2016. Trading in country and blues fuelled rock ‘n’ roll, Savage’s way with words … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma Nicole – My Darkest Hour
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma Nicole – My Darkest Hour

Australia has always excelled at producing dark and gothic-influenced music. Nick Cave is the obvious progenitor but many others have explored the darker corners of sin and salvation and Melbournian Jemma Nicole has done just that with her debut collection of folk and country noir songs. There’s a stately waltz and sway to many of … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS: Skyscraper Stan
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SIX STRINGS: Skyscraper Stan

Stan Woodhouse is currently out on the road playing a comprehensive series of solo acoustic dates (see below) around Australia to celebrate and promote the release of his new solo live album Live At Some Velvet Morning. The nine track album showcases Stan’s brilliant lyricism, dry humour and ability to hang a well crafted story on perfect … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Hayes Carll – Lovers And Leavers
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ALBUM REVIEW: Hayes Carll – Lovers And Leavers

On his fifth album, country troubadour Hayes Carll has stripped back his songs to a place of contemplation with slow-burning tales of heartache. It’s a languid and casual affair where the songs drift by, conjuring up late humid nights on the back porch with a bottle for company and a head full of confessional and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Altmann – Renaissance Man
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ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Altmann – Renaissance Man

South Australian Chris Altmann, now based in Canada, continues to hone his songwriting craft and guitar playing on this, his third solo album. There are dips into traditional West Coast sounding country rock, barroom honky tonk and pastoral folk rock in this varied journey through American roots music. Altmann is entirely convincing and comfortable with … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeping Willows – Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeping Willows – Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’

Melbourne alt-country and folk duo The Weeping Willows recorded their sophomore album in Los Angeles and as such it has a lived-in, warm and lush sound. Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wriggleworth’s sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. They’ve taken a detour down some darker and … Continue reading