ALBUM REVIEW: James Ellis & The Jealous Guys – It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad)
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ALBUM REVIEW: James Ellis & The Jealous Guys – It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad)

Australian country music can stay true to its American roots and also sound like a product of its antipodean environment. While the big names chase the sales figures and follow well-worn formats there others that carve out a sweet niche of inner city honky tonk and heartworn laneways. James Ellis’ imagination was captured on a … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews, Sydney

Margo Price, Courtney Marie Andrews Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW 16th October 2018 Thanks to the good taste of tour promoters Love Police, October is the time of year when Sydney gets a handful of sideshows in the wake of the Out On The Weekend festival in Melbourne. This year the pick of the crop was … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: The Gracious Losers – I Can Never Read The Signs
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NEW MUSIC: The Gracious Losers – I Can Never Read The Signs

UK nine-piece The Gracious Losers recently released their debut LP The Last Of The Gracious Losers and it features ‘I Can Never Read The Signs’, the closing track on the rich and set of Americana music that draws from gospel, country and soul music. From Glasgow to Woodstock the line is drawn and followed with … Continue reading

NEWS: Take Me To Town launched in NSW, Melbourne and Brisbane are next
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NEWS: Take Me To Town launched in NSW, Melbourne and Brisbane are next

It was huge weekend in NSW with the launch of the Take Me To Town: An Australian Alternative Country Compilation launched in Newcastle, Sydney and Cronulla over three consecutive nights. It was a real thrill to see plenty of people turn out across the weekend to support and celebrate the release of what we feel … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline 2018
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LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline 2018

Dashville Skyline, held on the same picturesque family property as The Gum Ball, Pigsty In July and Thrashville, returned for its 4th year with its largest festival line-up to date, comprised of 100% Australian acts, spread over three days. The weather gods had threatened through the week but blue skies prevailed for yet another superb … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Michigan Rattlers – Evergreen
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NEW MUSIC: Michigan Rattlers – Evergreen

  Michigan Rattlers released their album Evergreen last week (Sept 28th) and two songs in particular have caught our attention. ‘Didn’t You Know’, with it’s Ryan Adams melancholic sway and nostalgic ache. It tumbles along gently, on a warm yet troubled wind. ‘Evergreen’ has a similar feel, comparing long highways and lonely travels with the … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Gethen Jenkins – Bottle In My Hand
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NEW MUSIC: Gethen Jenkins – Bottle In My Hand

Honky tonk, hard country and outlaw combine for this rippin’ new single from Gethen Jenkins. There’s some great playing right across it, from lead guitar to pedal steel, backed by a swinging freight train rhythm section on this shuffling drinking song. Hell of a voice too – gruff and deep, in the tradition of Waylon … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: A Different Thread – Hold Me Down
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NEW MUSIC: A Different Thread – Hold Me Down

A Different Thread are a British/American duo – Robert Jackson from Staffordshire, UK and Alicia Best from North Carolina, USA. who conjure up a whole range of Americana (country, folk, bluegrass) influences on their new album On A Whim which was released last week on September 13th.  This song flies along courtesy of the violin … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Catherine Britt
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INTERVIEW: Catherine Britt

THE ROCKY ROAD TO HARMONY A caravan snakes its way across the Nullarbor; singer-songwriter, husband, toddler and Rascal the dog ensconced within as dust billows into the late afternoon air and a burning sun casts a warm glow over their travels. That’s the scene as Catherine Britt heads out on another adventure, just one of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Mastwyk – Winning Streak
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Mastwyk – Winning Streak

Ben Mastwyk dials into an authentic country sound that honours both the heartfelt storytelling side of the tracks and the boot scootin’, honky tonk dance-floor. It’s a talent that few possess with many guilty parties falling into either serious introspection or ending up looking like cartoon cowboys. Mastwyk wrote most of these songs in the … Continue reading

Take Me To Town launch show announced in Brisbane
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Take Me To Town launch show announced in Brisbane

We’re only a couple of weeks out from the release (Sept 28th) of Take Me To Town, the 3CD compilation of Australian alt-country music put together by Stanley Records, Mother Hen Touring and ourselves. We’ve already posted the pre-order links so if you want to ensure you get a copy then hit the link and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: JP Harris – JP’s Florida Blues #1
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NEW MUSIC: JP Harris – JP’s Florida Blues #1

Here’s the new single from JP Harris‘ new album Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing (due out October 5th on Free Dirt Records), co-produced by Old Crow Medicine Show member, Morgan Jahnig. The song rips and tumbles along, it’s a fun country-rock workout that details touring life with his band The Tough Choices. Fittingly it has a … Continue reading

FEATURE: Lost Gems & Reissuing Nostalgia
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FEATURE: Lost Gems & Reissuing Nostalgia

LOST GEMS AND REISSUING NOSTALGIA One of the features of the last few decades has been the ever increasing proliferation of reissues. They come in all forms – remastered, remixed, re-pressed and expanded and thankfully the world of Americana music is no exception. Reissues serve two important purposes. Firstly they cater to the nostalgia crowd … Continue reading