ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) Fantasy / Caroline Australia Lukas Nelson has been busy over the last few years since his and Promise Of The Real’s last, self-titled, studio album. There have been tours as Neil Young’s backing band, their own shows, Nelson’s musical work on … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tami Neilson – Hey, Bus Driver!
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NEW MUSIC: Tami Neilson – Hey, Bus Driver!

Tami Neilson’s magic run continues with the announcement of a brand new album called CHICKABOOM! coming on February 14th. The first single/video has been released today and it’s a short sharp vibrant slice of rockabilly with hooks galore and a great clip to go with it. On the new album Tami has paired up with … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle, Sydney (2019)
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LIVE REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle, Sydney (2019)

Justin Townes Earle + The Morrisons @ The Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney 04/09/19 He’s been a regular visitor to these shores since 2008 and even though each tour has shown a new stage in the evolution of Justin Townes Earle as a songwriter, it was that first show at the Annandale Hotel that, for me, remains the most vital … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Beth Bombara – I Only Cry When I’m Alone / Upside Down
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NEW MUSIC: Beth Bombara – I Only Cry When I’m Alone / Upside Down

Recommended for fans of Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife, Ruby Boots, Frazey Ford, Lydia Loveless The perfect chorus, everybody’s chasing it and some people get damn close. On ‘I Only Cry When I’m Alone’, the first track on this video clip from Beth Bombara, the St Louis songwriter has found the absolute melodic sweet spot of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Eilen Jewell – Gypsy
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ALBUM REVIEW: Eilen Jewell – Gypsy

Eilen Jewell Gypsy Signature Sounds There’s always the sense of an artist playing her own game when it comes to Eilen Jewell. She lets her muse dictate where she places her creative energy, whether that’s whole albums devoted to obscure blues or Loretta Lynn songs, providing backing vocals to other artists such as Pinto Bennett, … Continue reading

THE CRYIN’ PEDAL STEEL
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THE CRYIN’ PEDAL STEEL

The Cryin’ Pedal Steel You’d be hard pressed to find an instrument so intrinsically linked to the sound of country music as the pedal steel guitar. Acoustic guitars and fiddles are ubiquitous instruments that cross a number of genres but for the pedal steel, country music is its undeniable home. Developed from the lap-played Hawaiian … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS Q&A: Lozz Benson
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SIX STRINGS Q&A: Lozz Benson

Lozz Benson has gained a strong reputation as a musician in recent years, having toured as part of the Jon Butler Trio and played alongside Urthboy, Missy Higgins, Fanny Lumsden, Nathan Cavaleri and Tonight Alive. As a songwriter and singer, she has collaborated with Paul Kelly and Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) but now she’s revealed her exciting new … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Copperline – Please Don’t Cry
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NEW MUSIC: Copperline – Please Don’t Cry

Sydney Americana quartet Copperline have a new single and video for their song ‘Please Don’t Cry’, one of our favourite tracks from their 2019 album Rusty Fords And Weatherboards. The song is a beautiful, shuffling country track that pulls on the heartstrings with some subtle, refined playing and Brad Christmas’ yearning vocal melodies. UPCOMING SHOWS … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Party Of The Sun – Slide Away
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NEW MUSIC: Party Of The Sun – Slide Away

Sweet pastoral sounds abound on this new slice of Americana from Party Of The Sun, the musical project of New Hampshire songwriter Ethan McBrien and producer/multi-instrumentalist Rory Hurley. ‘Slide Away’ has a weightless quality that brings to mind the clear-mindedness of an early spring morning, built on lightly strummed acoustic guitars and melodies that drift … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Bug Martin – Bartender
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NEW MUSIC: Bug Martin – Bartender

Bug Martin is a Philadelphia-based songwriter who has just released his new album Gutterball via Pyrrhic Recordings. Here’s one of the tracks, ‘Bartender’, an ode to many a person’s saviour and/or downfall. Over sparse acoustic guitar, banjo and pedal steel Martin sings in a haunting twang, an afterthought of a voice from another time, calling … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Don DiLego – Your Great Escape
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NEW MUSIC: Don DiLego – Your Great Escape

Here’s a new track from NYC-based songwriter Don DiLego. He’s certainly got a classic sound that has the forlorn and melancholic aspects of Americana but also a discernible crafted pop/rock element to it. The chorus heads skyward like one of those golden Ryan Adams melodic swells as the rest of song dances around it with … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Brightwire – Crystal Beach
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NEW MUSIC: Brightwire – Crystal Beach

The married duo Brightwire released their new album A Place To Call Home last month and one of the highlights of it that came to our attention is the track ‘Crystal Beach’. Across five minutes the Southeastern Texas pair carve out a wonderful slice of acoustic alt-country. Both gritty and heartfelt, it combines guitar and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Rocky Bottom – Dive Bars & Tip Jars + I Don’t Mind
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NEW MUSIC: Rocky Bottom – Dive Bars & Tip Jars + I Don’t Mind

Rocky Bottom is the work of Alex Hernandez who hails originally from New Jersey but made the shift to Nashville and dove deeper into country and folk music after earlier years dealing in a more punk-framed sound. His latest album, Mr. Nothing follows the more acoustic offering American Man and finds his songs further fleshed out … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Tami Neilson
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INTERVIEW: Tami Neilson

THE LIFE OF A BIG BOSS MAMA The Australian market is becoming more of a priority for Tami Neilson, she’s was recently here in May for the Blues On Broadbeach Music Festival and now she’s set to return for the Dashville Skyline and Out On The Weekend festivals. Chris Familton gets the lowdown on all the … Continue reading