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

SIX STRINGS: The Morrisons
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SIX STRINGS: The Morrisons

It feels like the week of The Morrisons around here. With their new self-titled album garnering great reviews they’re back in Sydney for their album launch this Sunday night (March 12th) at Newtown Social Club with guests Andy Golledge Band and Women’s Auxiliary Choir plus I’ll be spinning folk and alt-country tunes between sets. In fact … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Liam Gerner and the Sunset Pushers – Huon Boathouse (official music video)
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Liam Gerner and the Sunset Pushers – Huon Boathouse (official music video)

Liam Gerner has dug in deep on his new album Liam Gerner and the Sunset Pushers, stretching as a songwriter and a recording artist. There are widescreen heartland revelries amid contrasting songs built on tender subtleties and Gerner’s trademark emotive and passionate delivery. Here’s the new video clip, shot in Tasmania, for the single ‘Huon Boathouse’. It’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly (plus giveaway!)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly (plus giveaway!)

Double albums certainly aren’t in vogue these days but Kasey Chambers, Australia’s queen of Americana music, isn’t one to shortchange her muse. Dragonfly covers two recording sessions, the first helmed by Paul Kelly and the second by brother Nash Chambers. The first disc covers a range of styles, from the throwaway ‘Talkin’ Baby Blues’ to … 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

NEWS: The Morrisons Release and Tour Debut LP
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NEWS: The Morrisons Release and Tour Debut LP

The Morrisons have been a mainstay of the local Sydney Americana scene for a number of years now. They’ve played headline shows, supports, festivals and performed special tributes such as their acclaimed Brother Where Art Thou shows. Now they’ve finally released their debut, self-titled album and it both cements their status as a highly accomplished group … Continue reading

NEWS: Rich Davies & The Low Road Announce East Coast Tour
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NEWS: Rich Davies & The Low Road Announce East Coast Tour

Rich Davies & The Low Road are heading out on tour through March and April, taking in regional and metropolitan venues in NSW, QLD and VIC. He’s touring his new album Ghosts which shines a light on human stories and social struggle, traversing foot-stomping epics to sombre ballads. Think Springsteen meets The Pogues, glorious and visceral folk … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Freya Josephine Hollick – The Unceremonious Junking Of Me
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ALBUM REVIEW: Freya Josephine Hollick – The Unceremonious Junking Of Me

Born of a fractured and unsalvageable relationship, yet blessed by the birth of a child, Freya Josephine Hollick’s second album is a deep emotional record that sounds at times desperate and fragile, yet often also defiant and optimistic. The album dials into a sound of pure, unadorned folk and lonesome country music. With just three … 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: Okkervil River – Away
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ALBUM REVIEW: Okkervil River – Away

Fans of Okkervil River may not have realistically been expecting a new album from Will Sheff – his stock seemed in decline and it felt like either a sea-change was needed or the band would drift away. The reset of the regular band did dissolve into the real world but Sheff eventually hit a purple patch … Continue reading