Songs Of Tribute
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Songs Of Tribute

SONGS OF TRIBUTE For my Waitin’  Around to Die column in Rhythms I recently took a look at some of the outstanding releases in the field of tribute albums. Specifically those that fall under the umbrella of Americana and alt-country, whether it’s in recognition of an artist’s body of work or a fundraiser to assist them … Continue reading

FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2018
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FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2018

Yesterday we revealed our favourite 2018 local releases from Australia (and NZ). Today we go global with our 40 favourite albums of 2018. We were going to make it a list that excluded the local albums, seeing as we’ve already published those favourites, but as with previous years we decided we don’t want to separate … 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

Countrified Interpretations: The Art of the Cover Song
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Countrified Interpretations: The Art of the Cover Song

Reinterpreting the song of another artist is a strong tradition in country music, perhaps more than any other genre. The catalogue of classic and iconic songs stretches back nearly a century. From The Carter Family to Hank Williams, George Jones to Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton to Emmylou Harris – the collection of timeless songs to cover … Continue reading

20th Anniversary: Remembering Chris Whitley’s ‘Dirt Floor’
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20th Anniversary: Remembering Chris Whitley’s ‘Dirt Floor’

Blues & Alchemy: Remembering Chris Whitley’s ‘Dirt Floor’ 2000 was a particularly big year for me personally. I’d finished high school in rural NSW the previous year and had transgressed to the metropolis of Sydney. I spent the year between two share houses, one in La Perouse, the other in Petersham. I’d be embarrassed to … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams
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INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams

His debut album heralded the arrival of a timeless and exciting new country and folk voice, yet for Marlon Williams he’s only just starting to realise his songwriting ambitions with the baroque pop sound of his new album Make Way For Love. Down the phone line from New Zealand, Marlon Williams has just landed at … Continue reading

Waitin’ Around To Die column: Americana podcasts
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Waitin’ Around To Die column: Americana podcasts

AMERICANA PODCASTS One of the great strengths of Americana music is that it celebrates and honours both the traditional and contemporary aspects of the many strands and variations of country, folk and blues music. Musicians and songwriters are always moving forward, singing about modern times while incorporating the instruments and compositional structures of those who … Continue reading

40 FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2017
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40 FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2017

Here they are, the 40 albums that I personally felt were the most important, fascinating and listenable in 2017. It was a near impossible process to collate them on a spreadsheet and make decisions and adjustments as to the creative worth of one over another. I’d highly recommend all the albums on this list and … Continue reading

20 Favourite Antipodean Releases of 2017
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20 Favourite Antipodean Releases of 2017

  2017 is pretty much done and dusted and it’s been another great year for Australian and New Zealand releases under the broad banner of Americana music. Our favourite album (and an EP) list takes in ethereal and eccentric folk music, raw alt-country, covers, spoken word and melancholic power pop – highlighting the range in … Continue reading

Waitin’ Around To Die Column: Exploring The Guitar Frontier
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Waitin’ Around To Die Column: Exploring The Guitar Frontier

EXPLORING THE GUITAR FRONTIER The guitar is synonymous with country and folk music, it’s the glue that ties it all together and has always been an essential songwriting and performing instrument in those genres. In the world of Americana music the guitar is also a medium for exploration and experimentation on the outer fringes of … Continue reading

CELLULOID JUKEBOX: Mark Moldre
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CELLULOID JUKEBOX: Mark Moldre

Ahead of Mark Moldre’s last full band show for 2014 at the Petersham Bowling Club this Saturday Nov 29th (presented by Post To Wire) we’ve asked him to be the guest editor of the inaugural edition of Celluloid Jukebox, a new feature where musicians will select and talk about a handful of their favourite clips. * Mark Moldre + The … Continue reading

FEATURE: The Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014 – Nashville, TN
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FEATURE: The Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014 – Nashville, TN

Each year in September the Americana Music Festival & Conference is held in Nashville TN with dozens of music showcases from labels, genres and collected offerings from specific countries. Australia has a good profile at the event with shows like Tamworth Presents: Australiana @ Americana, Sounds Australia Presents: The Aussie BBQ and other smaller shows organised by … Continue reading