RACHEL ANGEL LOOKS INWARD ON NEW GEM OF A COUNTRY FOLK SINGLE ‘CLOSER TO MYSELF’
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RACHEL ANGEL LOOKS INWARD ON NEW GEM OF A COUNTRY FOLK SINGLE ‘CLOSER TO MYSELF’

We covered an earlier single of Rachel Angel‘s, ‘Strapped’, in 2020 and it’s a pleasure to again be invited into the swirling and evocative pop-laced country folk sound she does so effortlessly. Taken from the new album Midnite Heart Attack, released earlier this month, ‘Closer To Myself‘, is a tour de force of how to … Continue reading

WATTY THOMPSON RELEASES A BRILLIANT VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘CITY TO RUN’
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WATTY THOMPSON RELEASES A BRILLIANT VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘CITY TO RUN’

Melbourne singer-songwriter Watty Thompson has today released single number three from his forthcoming debut solo album on Cheatin’ Hearts Records. ‘City To Run‘ is an epic six minutes of folk spirited country music that runs the gamut of rollicking and rousing sing-along to ruminative musings on the challenges and hardships of city living and the … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Wilco – Cruel Country
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ALBUM REVIEW: Wilco – Cruel Country

WILCO CRUEL COUNTRY DPBM RECORDS ‘Country’ as in the USA or ‘Country’ as in the genre? Cleverly it’s a subtle blend of both on this new 21 track double album from the band that long ago took an experimental and ‘anything goes’ diversion, from alt-county to post-country. More than that it’s a wide-ranging, intimate and … Continue reading

HENRY WAGONS RELEASES NEW SINGLE OF COSMIC COUNTRY BOOGIE
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HENRY WAGONS RELEASES NEW SINGLE OF COSMIC COUNTRY BOOGIE

Henry Wagons has today released his brand new single ‘(Don’t Be) Down And Out‘, the first taste of his new solo album, his first for Cheatin’ Hearts Records, which will be out in 2023. The song hits an irresistible and strutting, country funk groove with nimbly spiralling guitar and Henry playing the role of hoedown … Continue reading

1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival live concert set for release
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1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival live concert set for release

For decades, rumors have circulated among Creedence Clearwater Revival’s fans about a long-lost recording of their legendary 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Now, Craft Recordings have announced that the rumours are, indeed, true. Available for pre-order today in multiple formats, the long-awaited Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall presents the concert in its entirety and finds CCR … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Arlo McKinley – This Mess We’re In
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ALBUM REVIEW: Arlo McKinley – This Mess We’re In

ARLO MCKINLEY THIS MESS WE’RE IN OH BOY RECORDS This is Arlo McKinley’s third album but it was his last one, Die Midwestern that really elevated him into the pantheon of great contemporary country and folk songwriters. The good news is that he’s followed that superb album with another absolute gem. This Mess We’re In … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Jen Mize & The Rough N’ Tumble – Elevator Ride
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Jen Mize & The Rough N’ Tumble – Elevator Ride

Jen Mize & The Rough N’ Tumble released their debut single ‘Elevator Ride‘ (AMRAP charts #1) a few weeks ago and now we’re very pleased to be able to premiere the video clip for the song, directed by Ashley Rees. A songwriting collaboration at a songwriting retreat between Jen Mize and Jeremy Edwards kick-started this … Continue reading

Perth’s Mama Red & The Dark Blues ‘Going Down in Flames’ in fine fashion on their new single
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Perth’s Mama Red & The Dark Blues ‘Going Down in Flames’ in fine fashion on their new single

Super sweet harmonies and vocal melodies on this new single from eight-piece Perth group Mama Red & The Dark Blues. ‘Going Down in Flames’ rides a light and rolling groove – propulsive with a gently hypnotic quality. The vocals are the drawcard, recalling the 1970s golden age of pop-laced country, but don’t underestimate the fine … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Orville Peck – Bronco
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ALBUM REVIEW: Orville Peck – Bronco

ORVILLE PECK BRONCO COLUMBIA / SONY MUSIC From the heralded release of his debut album Pony in 2019, through a pandemic, fashion shoots and onto a major label deal with Columbia, Orville Peck’s ascent has been a meteoric one. He’s skilfully navigated the worlds of Americana, country and pop to create a unique modern day … Continue reading

LISTEN TO GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS COVER JOHN ANDERSON FOR NEW TRIBUTE LP
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LISTEN TO GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS COVER JOHN ANDERSON FOR NEW TRIBUTE LP

A new tribute album celebrating the songs and career of legendary country artist John Anderson, Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, will be released August 5th via Easy Eye Sound. Anderson has released 22 albums and enjoyed 60 charting singles in four consecutive decades including five No. 1 songs: ‘Wild and Blue,’ “Swingin’,” ‘Black Sheep,’ ‘Straight Tequila … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Alex Hamilton – Sweetest Wine
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ALBUM REVIEW: Alex Hamilton – Sweetest Wine

ALEX HAMILTON SWEETEST WINE LOVE POLICE RECORDS + TAPES Alex Hamilton knows his way around high and lonesome folk-rock and on his debut solo album he reaches some wonderful high points that recall the keening, pastoral sound of Dylan, The Band and Neil Young. Hamilton used to be the songwriter and singer for Melbourne band … Continue reading

ANDERS JÖRNESTEN GETS DARK AND SPARSE ON SINGLE ‘LIGHT UP MY WAY’
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ANDERS JÖRNESTEN GETS DARK AND SPARSE ON SINGLE ‘LIGHT UP MY WAY’

Swedish songwriter Anders Jörnesten has one of those deep, sonorous, gravelly and lived-in voices. Words are like intonations, hanging heavy in the air and giving greater gravitas to his lyrics. ‘Light Up My Way’ is a stripped-back acoustic country-folk track of acoustic guitar, harmonia and that voice. Beautiful melancholia. Jörnesten only started writing songs during … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS Q&A: The Redlands
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SIX STRINGS Q&A: The Redlands

The Redlands are cousins and childhood friends, Samuel Nairn (vocals), Chase Williams (lead guitar) Dean Williams (guitar/piano) and Ottavio Dichiera (bass). Formed in 2019, after years of playing live together around Mildura in north-east Victoria and taking their cues from songwriting giants like Dylan, Cave and Isbell. You can hear those influences and more winding … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Brent Cobb – And Now, Let’s Turn To Page…
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ALBUM REVIEW: Brent Cobb – And Now, Let’s Turn To Page…

Brent Cobb released one of our favourite albums of 2020 with Keep ‘Em On They Toes, a record that was loose, warm and possessing some brilliant turns of phrase amid the laidback rhythms and grooves. Now he’s taken an interesting approach with the followup, digging deep into Southern gospel and hymns of his youth. A … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Suga Owens – Weekend Time
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NEW MUSIC: Suga Owens – Weekend Time

Queenslander Scottie ‘Suga’ Owens has released his brand new country single ‘Weekend Time’ via Heartsville Music Group and it finds him hitting a sweet vein of Charley Crockett meets outlaw country. Pedal steel adds a mix of tropical and outback flavours for what amounts to an impressively authentic new voice in Australian country music. Continue reading