ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Andersen – Halfway Home By Morning
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ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Andersen – Halfway Home By Morning

Matt Andersen Halfway Home By Morning True North Records/MGM Canadian Matt Andersen is a big man with a big voice and going on this collection of 13 songs he’s also got a big heart. Whether it’s singing devotional love songs or conveying the pain of loss, he invests heavy emotion and a believable sincerity in … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The Holy Smoke – The River
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NEW MUSIC: The Holy Smoke – The River

Perth alt-folk femme trio, The Holy Smoke have just released their new EP The River, featuring the exquisite harmonies of the gospel-flavoured opening track ‘Down To The River’ and the closing cut ‘Will There Be a Light’. The latter is an earthy and soulful folk reverie that again highlights the symbiotic vocal connection that Delilah … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – Low Country
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NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – Low Country

The sound of The Doors, psychedelic blues, gothic country, Lee Hazlewood and even Julian Cope collide on this new song from Australian Jordan Merrick. Also a member of Brisbane band Fugitive & The Vagabond, Merrick has dialled into a swirling, pulsing, dark folk-rock vibe on ‘Low Country’, which bodes well for his forthcoming debut album. … 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

PREMIERE: Holly Redford Jones – Bonjour Madame
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PREMIERE: Holly Redford Jones – Bonjour Madame

Chesterfield, UK native Holly Redford Jones has a brand new single out that finds her deftly navigating a sweet spot between country/blues rock and and a lowdown indie feel. It works wonderfully with her voice the real deal breaker here with its smoky, sultry, almost sneered delivery. ‘Bonjour Madame’ (recorded in Nashville, TN) came about when … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Bingham – American Love Song
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ryan Bingham – American Love Song

RYAN BINGHAM AMERICAN LOVE SONG Thirty Tigers/Cooking Vinyl Australia Ryan Bingham cut his teeth as a rodeo rider, he’s an actor, but most importantly he’s an accomplished singer-songwriter. On his sixth album he’s corralled his most wide reaching and rewarding collection of songs to date.  Across 15 songs, Bingham paints portraits of the American dream, … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The California Honeydrops
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INTERVIEW: The California Honeydrops

A DECADE OF MAKING SWEET SOUNDS After a decade of relentless touring, from street corners to bars and festivals, The California Honeydrops have forged a strong bond with their audiences. Drummer Ben Malament discusses the band’s achievements with Chris Familton, ahead of their return to Bluesfest in 2019. This will be the third year in … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Agata Karczewska – Envy Is My Sin
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NEW MUSIC: Agata Karczewska – Envy Is My Sin

Here’s a voice that will grab you right from the outset. Agata Karczewska is a Warsaw-based singer-songwriter with a deep American sound. Bluesy gothic Americana folk is the order of the day on ‘Envy Is My Sin’, a song that showcases her bold and rich voice and makes for a strident and soulful sound. Recommended. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: John Dear – Drugstore Cowboy
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NEW MUSIC: John Dear – Drugstore Cowboy

Something a bit different today, this track ‘Drugstore Cowboy’ from Swiss duo John Dear and drummer Alma June. It’s a howling stomper, a mix of the urban angst and hollering backwoods blues. There are shades of The Black Keys in their sound which isn’t afraid to get noisey and raucous with heavily reverted guitars and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Copperline – Rusty Fords And Weatherboards
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ALBUM REVIEW: Copperline – Rusty Fords And Weatherboards

Copperline Rusty Fords And Weatherboards Independent The members of Sydney band Copperline have been playing in various bands dating back to the 90s and after ten years they’ve finally recorded their debut album together, one that certainly feels like a collective gathering of likeminded musicians and accomplished players.  Led by songwriter Brad Christmas, the band … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Kevin Welch
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INTERVIEW: Kevin Welch

For Kevin Welch, it seems like a lifetime ago that he rolled into Nashville in the late 70s, one of the countless budding songwriters seeking fame and/or fortune. In the cut-throat country music capital it’s usually the best that survive and it wasn’t long before Welch became recognised for his songwriting and gained respect from … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle & Roll
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ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle & Roll

Album number three for Melbourne-based songwriter Matt Joe Gow and this one finds him hitting his stride with his most compelling and realised set of songs to date. Gow co-produced the album and it certainly sounds world class with space for the songs to breathe and backed up with some wonderful and stylistically varied playing … Continue reading