ALBUM REVIEW: Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling
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ALBUM REVIEW: Old 97’s – Graveyard Whistling

Old 97’s return with their 11th studio album and it finds them in fine form. From the opening frantic rattle and strum of  ‘I Don’t Wanna Die In This Town’ they blast out the cobwebs and immediately re-establish their credentials as one of the pre-eminent alt-country bands – in the same echelon as The Jayhawks, … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Adams – Prisoner
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Adams – Prisoner

Always one for following his own muse, impulses and stylistic influences, Ryan Adams cuts a wide path through contemporary rock ’n’ roll. Not content to be the poster boy for alt-country he’s increasingly explored hardcore, 80s MOR, metal and pop music and now on Prisoner he continues the sound of his previous self-titled album and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Aviary Presents: Warm Evenings, Pale Mornings
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Aviary Presents: Warm Evenings, Pale Mornings

It’s an intriguing premise – gather a group of some of the finest singers, songwriters and players on the Melbourne alt-country scene and record them singing each other’s songs backed by a studio house band. That approach ensures continuity of style and feel from a musical perspective but there are still plenty of pleasant surprises … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Chris Shiflett – West Coast Town
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NEW MUSIC: Chris Shiflett – West Coast Town

Chris Shiflett’s main gig might be as guitarist for the Foo Fighters but he’s slowly but surely been establishing himself as a country musician with his band Dead Peasants and now his new Dave Cobb-produced solo LP West Coast Town, out on April 14th via SideOneDummy Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia. Rolling Stone has already said the new … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Big Smoke – Time Is Golden
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ALBUM REVIEW: Big Smoke – Time Is Golden

Time Is Golden is an often melancholic yet sometimes euphoric album, tragically shadowed by singer/songwriter Adrian Slattery’s diagnosis of terminal cancer and subsequent passing in May 2016, only weeks after he recorded his final guitar track for the record. Widescreen Americana is the best description of this set of songs that take in Wilco, The … Continue reading

NEWS: Marty Stuart Announces New LP ‘Way Out West’
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NEWS: Marty Stuart Announces New LP ‘Way Out West’

Marty Stuart is one of the bridges between new and old, classic and contemporary country music and this week the Five-time GRAMMY-winner will release Way Out West, his 18th studio album, on March 10 on Superlatone \ Cooking Vinyl Australia, and it will be available on CD, Vinyl, Digital download & streaming. Here’s the album trailer and keep scrolling down to hear the first single … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Newton – Violet Road
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Newton – Violet Road

With a songwriters poise and a natural sense of folk and country musicality, Violet Road is a far superior collection of songs to Sam Newton’s debut Set In Stone, which hinted at his potential. Newton focuses on a couple of themes on the album. Most prominently there’s a trio of songs (‘Hold You Down’, ‘Homesick’ … Continue reading

NEWS: Son Volt Announce New 2017 LP
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NEWS: Son Volt Announce New 2017 LP

Son Volt has announced that their new album, Notes Of Blue with be released on February 17th, 2017 via Thirty Tigers/Cooking Vinyl Australia.Led by the songwriting and vocals of Jay Farrar, Son Volt was one of the most instrumental and influential bands in launching the alt-country movement of the 1990’s. A movement that was the precursor to what is now widely referred to as … 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

NEWS: Liam Gerner Announces New Single & Tour
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NEWS: Liam Gerner Announces New Single & Tour

Liam Gerner has settled back into Melbourne after ten years based overseas and amid near-constant touring he’s recorded a new album with his band (The Sunset Pushers) that includes Shane Reilly from Lost Ragas. The self-titled LP (due out in Feb 2016) was recorded in three days in both Melbourne by Roger Bergodaz and in the USA at … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Robert Ellis + Joe Pug + Joshua Hedley @ The Basement, Sydney (18/10/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Robert Ellis + Joe Pug + Joshua Hedley @ The Basement, Sydney (18/10/16)

The high-quality overload of Americana music in Sydney this week continued with a triple serving at The Basement that traversed country, folk and the cosmic musical universe of Robert Ellis. Last time he played here back in July, Joshua Hedley made solid headway through a bottle of whiskey during his set, the jokes and banter … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Lindi Ortega + The Cactus Blossoms @ NSC, Sydney (17/10/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Lindi Ortega + The Cactus Blossoms @ NSC, Sydney (17/10/16)

After last year’s cancelled Sydney leg of the Out On The Weekend festival it was always unlikely we’d get another chance in 2016 but we do still get the consolation prize of some fine headline shows by the various artists from the Melbourne event. Callum Wylie had the task of serenading the slowly arriving punters. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Ramalamas – East Coast Low
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Ramalamas – East Coast Low

This is album number three for Sydney quintet The Ramalamas and it finds them successfully capturing their live sound in the studio. There’s a relaxed atmosphere and looseness of playing – in the best possible sense – that defines the spirit the band has, making this a freewheeling and fun album to listen, dance and … Continue reading