NEW MUSIC: Lost Ragas – Just Wastin’ Time
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NEW MUSIC: Lost Ragas – Just Wastin’ Time

An exciting start to a new week with the first taste of the new Lost Ragas album This is Not A Dream. The cosmic country sounds are firmly intact on this superb track with a rhythm section that punches hard and tight beneath the spiralling psychedelic guitars of Matt Walker and Shane Reilly. Great production, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tyler Childers – All Your’n
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NEW MUSIC: Tyler Childers – All Your’n

From Tyler Childers‘ forthcoming new album Country Squire, produced by Sturgill Simpson, here’s a new track ‘All Your’n’. Great sound on this song, reminiscent of The Band. It’s a lusher, more country soul sound than much of his last LP Purgatory. Below you can also check out the first single from the album, ‘House Fire’. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jacob Faurholt – The Dark Isn’t Right
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NEW MUSIC: Jacob Faurholt – The Dark Isn’t Right

Stepping out of the haunting shadows of the likes of Songs:Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co, and Sparklehorse, Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt delivers on this new track that combines lilting, swaying pedal steel with dark and melancholic folk music. The song comes from the upcoming album Shake Off The Fear, due for release on September 6th. Faurholt … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS: Magpie Diaries
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SIX STRINGS: Magpie Diaries

“…inhabiting a sweet spot right at the nexus of country, soul and psychedelia.” Magpie Diaries released their impressive debut album Sanctuary last year  (read our review) and with it came some wonderful singles – ‘When Love Comes’ and the latest, ‘Honey’. They’ve been getting out a lot lately with plenty of live shows in 2019, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Oliver Ray – Ol’ Coyote
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NEW MUSIC: Oliver Ray – Ol’ Coyote

Oliver Ray has a brand new album out now called Out Passed Nowhere. It’s his debut record and features Howe Gelb, musicians from Sugar Candy Mountain, The Myrrors, Xixa, and China, as well as a very special appearance by the poet laureate of punk, Patti Smith, who Ray has worked with as her longtime guitarist. ‘Ol’ … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Orville Peck – Hope To Die (VIDEO)
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NEW MUSIC: Orville Peck – Hope To Die (VIDEO)

Some people have been dissing the image and schtick of Orville Peck but here at PTW we’ve been really digging his Pony LP, one of favourites of 2019 so far. He’s just released a new video clip for the slow burner ‘Hope To Die’, a shimmering Orbison meets Twin Peaks dream-croon of a song. You … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue
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ALBUM REVIEW: Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue

TOWNES VAN ZANDT SKY BLUE Fat Possum Records/Inertia Early in 1973, Townes Van Zandt visited his journalist and musician friend Bill Hedgepeth in Atlanta, Georgia, as he often would through his life, and recorded these stripped down acoustic songs in Hedgepeth’s home studio. Some are instantly recognisable TVZ classics while two are unreleased tracks, others … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Derek Senn – How Could A Man
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NEW MUSIC: Derek Senn – How Could A Man

It’s the late-night vibe on this song and the contrasting darkly humorous lyrics on this track from San Luis Obispo, CA singer-songwriter Derek Senn that caught our ear. He dials into a sweet rhythm that forms the backdrop for some great lyrics. The song comes from Senn’s recently released album of the same name How … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: A Few Bad Men – A Haunted Man
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NEW MUSIC: A Few Bad Men – A Haunted Man

Themes of loss of identity and belonging in the modern hi-tech society rise out of a gothic swamp on this track by Simon Paul Roy aka A Few Bad Men. He was a founding member and songwriter of the Australian psychedelic power pop group Bell Jar, working with Marty Wilson-Piper (The Church) and Ed Kuepper, (The … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Catherine MacLellan – Out Of Time
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NEW MUSIC: Catherine MacLellan – Out Of Time

We’re loving the space in this new song from Canadian JUNO Award winner Catherine MacLellan. ‘Out Of Time’ matches its title and sentiment with the arrangement and exquisite playing on this slow soulful sway of a country lament. The song comes from her new LP COYOTE set to be released October 11, 2019. Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Jeff Tweedy @ Metro Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Jeff Tweedy @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Jeff Tweedy with Jen Cloher Metro Theatre, Sydney May 20th, 2019 By Chris Familton In 20 years of attending gigs at the Metro, this was the first time I’d seen seats in the venue. There were mixed comments from the audience but it worked well, creating a more intimate atmosphere in the room, which in … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Sydney

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real + William Crighton Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW April 18th, 2019 Bluesfest is nearly upon us for another year and so are the associated sideshows that roll through Sydney. If you’re a fan of Americana and country rock then Lukas Nelson and band Promise Of The Real should have … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Alejandro Escovedo
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LIVE REVIEW: Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo Camelot Lounge, Marrickville NSW March 4th 2019 When a songwriter performs, you hear their stories through song and all its associated elements of poetry, melody, cadence, tone and tempo. Often the essence of the song is shrouded in imagery and lyrical abstraction and some digging is required on behalf of the listener. Alejandro … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Freya Josephine Hollick – Jesus Hates It When You Smoke
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NEW MUSIC: Freya Josephine Hollick – Jesus Hates It When You Smoke

Freya Josephine Hollick is back from recording her next album at the famed studio Rancho de la Luna (Kyuss, QOTSA, Kurt Vile, Daniel Lanois, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, Mark Lanegan) in Joshua Tree, California, with Lucinda Williams’ band Buick 6 and renowned guitarist Greg Leisz. She’s celebrating by announcing her first full band headline shows of … Continue reading