AUSTIN, TX MUSICIAN JD CASPER WRITES A HEARTFELT  SONG FOR HIS SON
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AUSTIN, TX MUSICIAN JD CASPER WRITES A HEARTFELT SONG FOR HIS SON

Sometimes the simplest songs are the most affecting. The bare and poetic conveyance of heartfelt thoughts and emotions always ring the truest and Austin, TX songwriter JD Casper has done just that. The song came to him in an inspired moment over a morning coffee and JD says “I hope he listens to this throughout … Continue reading

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

CJ STRANGER RELEASES SOARING NEW SINGLE ‘YOU MAY RUN’
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CJ STRANGER RELEASES SOARING NEW SINGLE ‘YOU MAY RUN’

Following on from his excellent 2020 album Hey Stranger (and a subsequent single and EP), CJ Stranger has released the soaring and intricate new single ‘You May Run‘. At first glance it’s an upbeat folk rock sound but it quickly reveals multiple layers and dynamic twists and turns. The rhythmic strumming is reminiscent of some … 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

ADELAIDE AMERICANA/DREAM-POP EXPONENTS WORKHORSE RELEASE NEW VIDEO
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ADELAIDE AMERICANA/DREAM-POP EXPONENTS WORKHORSE RELEASE NEW VIDEO

Workhorse have had a huge national response to their new album No Photographs and rightly so, it’s a beautiful amalgam of country music and shoegaze/dream-pop, like Cowboy Junkies and Mazzy Star around a starlit desert campfire. The Kaurna land/Adelaide singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harriet Fraser-Barbour has today released the video clip for ‘Mary Maiden’, a reimagining of Joan Baez’ … Continue reading

KASEY CHAMBERS RELEASES LIVE VERSION OF EMINEM CLASSIC
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KASEY CHAMBERS RELEASES LIVE VERSION OF EMINEM CLASSIC

Kasey Chambers is not just an incredible songwriter and performer but she’s also a master of interpreting other’s songs. Not afraid to step outside the country realm, she’s taken Eminem’s classic hip hop track ‘Lose Yourself’ and transformed it into (initially) a haunting elegy to hopes and dreams. Not many can interpret and recontextualise the … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ian Noe – River Fools & Mountain Saints
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ian Noe – River Fools & Mountain Saints

IAN NOE RIVER FOOLS & MOUNTAIN SAINTS THIRTY TIGERS / COOKING VINYL AUSTRALIA Ian Noe’s debut of 2019 was one of those albums hit the radar of music enthusiasts and spread organically like wildfire. Richly imbued with the spirit and craft of folk and country songwriting it marked the arrival of a new and exciting … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Ernest Aines – Yellowstone
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Ernest Aines – Yellowstone

We’ve had some great new songs and videos to premiere of late and that continues today with the clip for ‘Yellowstone’, the excellent new single from Ernest Aines. Aines is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne who released his first EP, Already Found, in 2019 before extensively touring the USA, Japan, Canada, Germany and Brazil and writing … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Joyce Prescher – Sleep Now
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Joyce Prescher – Sleep Now

A haunting and delicate refrain signals the intro to Joyce Prescher‘s beautiful new single ‘Sleep Now’. Augmented by austere fingerpicked guitar, haunting cello and softly shuffling drums, Prescher sings of dreams, night and sleep as she explores the question “How much of yourself should you lose for someone else?” There’s a half-awake quality to the … Continue reading

THE HERMIT WEAVE SOME ENGLISH FOLK MAGIC ON ‘SARAH WEARS HER PAINTED HAIR’
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THE HERMIT WEAVE SOME ENGLISH FOLK MAGIC ON ‘SARAH WEARS HER PAINTED HAIR’

Hailing from Liverpool England, the folk trio The Hermit reimagine traditional Irish tunes and Old English ballads alongside their own compositions with a thread of improvisation running through the music. Across six minutes on ‘Sarah wears her painted hair’, Charlie, Lynny and Michael take a languid and exploratory journey through hypnotic and lightly psychedelic folk. … Continue reading

TRACK BY TRACK: LUCY ROLEFF & LEHMANN B. SMITH GO DEEP ON THEIR NEW ALBUM DARK GREEN
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TRACK BY TRACK: LUCY ROLEFF & LEHMANN B. SMITH GO DEEP ON THEIR NEW ALBUM DARK GREEN

Lucy Roleff and Lehmann B. Smith spent the last two years conceptualising, writing and recording their new collaborative album Dark Green at a remote retreat on the Grand Ocean Road. For fans of Grizzly Bear, late-period Talk Talk, Nick Drake, Nadia Reid, Tiny Ruins and Kelly Dance. Both musicians have enjoyed critically acclaimed and wide … Continue reading

A DELIGHT OF FINGERPICKED GUITAR AND GENTLE HORNS FROM AARON FISHER AND ROB STEPHENSON
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A DELIGHT OF FINGERPICKED GUITAR AND GENTLE HORNS FROM AARON FISHER AND ROB STEPHENSON

From my internet travels I haven’t been able to find out much about this New York duo but this track, ‘Merino Ghost‘, from Aaron Fisher and Rob Stephenson’s 2022 album Sightseeing, absolutely caught my ear and pulled me in deep with its dreamy, evocative soundscape. They navigate a beautiful space between American Primitive guitar stylings … Continue reading

DASHVILLE ANNOUNCE THE FIRST BATCH OF BANDS FOR SKYLINE IN OCTOBER
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DASHVILLE ANNOUNCE THE FIRST BATCH OF BANDS FOR SKYLINE IN OCTOBER

Dashville Skyline have announced the first batch of artists appearing at their annual festival in Wonnarua Country, Hunter Valley, NSW. The alt/cosmic country and folk festival runs over three days and nights, Friday 30th September,  Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2022. Read our review of the February instalment of the festival, postponed from 2021. Joining The Black Sorrows as … Continue reading

LUCY ROLEFF & LEHMANN B. SMITH RELEASE EXQUISITE NEW FOLK COLLABORATION
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LUCY ROLEFF & LEHMANN B. SMITH RELEASE EXQUISITE NEW FOLK COLLABORATION

There’s a pastoral elegance to ‘In The Doorway‘, the new single from Lucy Roleff & Lehmann B. Smith and the first taste of their collaborative full-length album Dark Green which will be released June 16th via the Youngbloods label. There’s a certain element of delicate yet self-assured, wistful poise that permeates the song as it’s carried … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The Creative Flow of River Dreams
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INTERVIEW: The Creative Flow of River Dreams

For River Dreams’ debut album Small Paintings, the pandemic served as the impetus, rather than a deterrent, for recording sessions to take place. Sydney musician and songwriter Carl Manwarring had been playing around the city’s Inner West bars, pubs and bowling clubs under his own name for a number of years, following an initial foray … Continue reading