ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire
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ALBUM REVIEW: William Crighton – Empire

William Crighton’s debut album had him pegged as an Americana/gothic rock songwriter – all fire and brimstone and heart on sleeve emotion. Now, on his sophomore album, he’s expanded his stylistic palette into a whole range of sonic shades and textures. The intense and impassioned preacher is still railing from the pulpit but now you … Continue reading

NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs
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NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs

Lucero are back with a new album scheduled for release on August 3rd via Liberty & Lament/Thirty Tigers. Among The Ghosts will be their ninth LP and marks their 20th anniversary as a band. It sounds like they’ve gone for a tantalising blend of the big, live and loose sound based on ‘For The Lonely … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams
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INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams

His debut album heralded the arrival of a timeless and exciting new country and folk voice, yet for Marlon Williams he’s only just starting to realise his songwriting ambitions with the baroque pop sound of his new album Make Way For Love. Down the phone line from New Zealand, Marlon Williams has just landed at … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ross Cooper – I Rode The Wild Horses
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ross Cooper – I Rode The Wild Horses

On first listen to Ross Cooper’s third full length, I Rode The Wild Horses, you’d be excused for mistaking the subject matter as just another songwriter assuming the role of cowboy. However a little research reveals the Texan native is in fact a cowboy assuming the role of writer. Born and raised into rodeo, Cooper’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us
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ALBUM REVIEW: Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us

Nine albums in and Calexico are still pushing the boundaries of expectations and their own creative urges. Many of their albums have sounded produced and polished – polite even. Here they dismiss any need for a clean or cohesive sound, instead adding some grit and distortion and a gauzier texture to some the album’s 15 tracks. … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Deer Tick @ The Lansdowne, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Deer Tick @ The Lansdowne, Sydney

Deer Tick, The Smoking Flowers, Justin & The Cosmics @ The Lansdowne, March 27th 2018 The swagger and rock hit early with Nashville’s Justin & The Cosmics laying down some primal leather and denim-clad rock ’n’ roll. The brothers Collins led the charge on guitar and vocals, the latter showing a fine line in deadpan banter, middle … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lindi Ortega – Liberty (2018)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lindi Ortega – Liberty (2018)

A couple of years ago, with little money in her bank account, approaching 40 and feeling burnt out, Lindi Ortega contemplated giving music up but instead she left her label, management and agent, got engaged and left Nashville and moved to Calgary. That led to the release of her EP Til The Goin’ Gets Gone … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years

Reflecting on The Disarmers previous record, Sidelong, it is near impossible for this reviewer to hear train beat and tremolo without immediately conjuring the Old 97s, and if this is the jump off, think of Sarah Shook as Rhett Miller’s badass younger cousin. Sidelong, re-released on Bloodshot in 2017, was originally recorded and self released … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit + Deer Tick @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 25/03/18 Sitting right at the nexus of Americana and southern rock is Jason Isbell. Since his tour of duty in Drive By-Truckers and through his subsequent breakthrough solo career, he’s found that sweet spot between the heartbreaking balladeer and the guitar shreddin’ … Continue reading

NEWS: Kasey Chambers Announces New Album ‘Campfire’
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NEWS: Kasey Chambers Announces New Album ‘Campfire’

Kasey Chambers has followed up last year’s Dragonfly double album with a new band, The Campfire Disciples, and their new album Campfire. Due out on April 27th, the album represents the connection she’s had to different lands and cultures throughout her life, and drawing from the regions that have influenced her the most – Australia, Africa, … Continue reading

NEWS: Top Fifteen Finalists Announced For The Americana Music Prize Of Australia
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NEWS: Top Fifteen Finalists Announced For The Americana Music Prize Of Australia

From all the entries that were submitted for the 2018 Americana Music Prize of Australia, the panel have whittled down the list to the fifteen finalists who are in with a chance to win a $10,000 prize pack. The joint initiative between esteemed country musician Shane Nicholson, the Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia, … Continue reading