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

INTERVIEW: Matt Joe Gow (2018)
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INTERVIEW: Matt Joe Gow (2018)

BEYOND THE BORDERS OF ALT-COUNTRY From alt-country to blues to soul, Matt Joe Gow covers all bases on his third album. Across his first two albums, Matt Joe Gow laid down some accomplished alt-country, the kind that showed a lifetime growing up on the songs of Whiskeytown, The Jayhawks and Wilco alongside his parents’ record … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS: Copperline
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SIX STRINGS: Copperline

Sydney quartet Copperline recently released their debut album Rusty Fords And Weatherboards and celebrated with a wonderful night of music at LazyBones Lounge in Marrickville, NSW. We’ve got a full review coming soon but both the album and their live show highlights the band’s fine musicianship and the range of styles they bring to their music, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Hamish Anderson – No Good
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NEW MUSIC: Hamish Anderson – No Good

This is the latest single from Melbourne songwriter Hamish Anderson who has been picking up a fair bit of buzz in the US over the last few years. It’s a bluesy alt-country track that would sit comfortably alongside the more recent work of Ryan Adams. Clean production and definitely polished but it still has enough alt-country … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Robert Connely Farr & The Rebeltone Boys
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NEW MUSIC: Robert Connely Farr & The Rebeltone Boys

Originally from from the small southern town of Bolton, Mississippi, Robert Connely Farr is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia and with his group The Rebeltone Boys he’s released the excellent new album Dirty South Blues. It’s chock full of heavy blues-rock, primarily originals plus a cover of Skip James’ ‘Hard Time Killing Floor Blues’. ‘Ode To … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Hillstomp – Hagler
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NEW MUSIC: Hillstomp – Hagler

Hillstomp are a due that tear up the folk blues handbook and let the torn pages scatter across the stage in a whirlwind of stomping rhythms, breakneck picking and strumming. They’ve got a new album called Monster Receiver, which is set to be released through Fluff and Gravy Records on October 19th. The LP features guest … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mary-Elaine Jenkins – Iggy
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NEW MUSIC: Mary-Elaine Jenkins – Iggy

“Iggy, oh Iggy, I wanna be your sweet sixteen, even though I’m almost 29” sings Mary-Elaine Jenkins on this excellent crunchy blues and struttin’ country rock track, taken from her debut album Hold Still, due out on September 28th via Good Child Music. She’s got one of those lived-in smokey voices, perfectly suited to the blues … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ry Cooder – The Prodigal Son

Ry Cooder is the great circler, a musician who seems to have a hand in all manner of scenes and genres and the ability to drift between all of them seamlessly. He played on Captain Beefheart’s Safe As Milk, produced Buena Vista Social Club, scored film soundtracks and played guitar on The Rolling Stones’ Let … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Bob Dylan @ ICC Theatre, Sydney 2018
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LIVE REVIEW: Bob Dylan @ ICC Theatre, Sydney 2018

Bob Dylan @ ICC Theatre, Sydney 18th August 2018 There’s a dire warning before Bob Dylan takes the stage at the ICC Theatre – “filming and photography will not be tolerated, please turn off your electronic devices”. It’s a sign that Dylan is either still extremely protective of his image and his art or those newfangled contraptions (phones) … Continue reading