LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline Festival 2017
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LIVE REVIEW: Dashville Skyline Festival 2017

Now in its third year, Belford’s Dashville Skyline is fast becoming a fixture on the alt-country, psych and rock’n’roll calendar, this year showcasing artists from Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Ireland. Only 2.5 hours north of Sydney, it all comes together on the Johnston family farm, with the festival (plus Gum Ball and Thrashville) managed … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Ruby Boots @ Brighton Up Bar, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Ruby Boots @ Brighton Up Bar, Sydney

Ruby Boots + James Thomson @ Brighton Up Bar, Darlinghurst NSW, Sept 27th 2017 Back in Australia to play Out On The Weekend, the Australian Americana Music Honours event and some solo shows to showcase her forthcoming new album, Ruby Boots is on the cusp of another exciting chapter in her musical career. This was … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Tami Neilson @ The Basement
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LIVE REVIEW: Tami Neilson @ The Basement

Tami Neilson & Her Rockin’ Hot Band Of Rhythm + Paddy McHugh @ The Basement, Sydney, 20th August 2017 Sunday night isn’t the usual day of the week for a country, soul and funk shakedown but Tami Neilson & Her Rockin’ Hot Band Of Rhythm unequivocally made it so. Surprisingly this was her first visit to Sydney, … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Adams & The Unknown Band, Sydney 2017
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LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Adams & The Unknown Band, Sydney 2017

Ryan Adams & The Unknown Band, Middle Kids @ Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (27.05.17) According to messages on his Instagram account, this was the last AU/NZ tour for Ryan Adams. For 15 years he’s sacrificed his mind and body and battle with Ménière’s disease to make the long flights down to this part of the world … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots @ Newtown Social Club, 14/04/17
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LIVE REVIEW: Henry Wagons, Jonny Fritz, Ruby Boots @ Newtown Social Club, 14/04/17

An early start due to the public holiday meant a sparse room at the start of Ruby Boots’ set but by its conclusion the room had filled considerably. Back in town after a year in Nashville, she started off tentatively with a new song, from her forthcoming album and what a superb song it was, … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Eilen Jewell + Jason Walker @ NSC, Sydney (22/11/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Eilen Jewell + Jason Walker @ NSC, Sydney (22/11/16)

Jason Walker doesn’t play much with his full band so this was a chance to hear songs from his recently released new album All-Night Ghost Town, fleshed out with drums, bass and lead guitar – with Walker himself on electric. They sounded fantastic too, tight yet still with that alt-country looseness that gave them a … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Kinky Friedman @ The Basement, Sydney (20/10/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Kinky Friedman @ The Basement, Sydney (20/10/16)

They sure don’t make ‘em like Kinky Friedman anymore. Singer, songwriter, author, raconteur, comedian and winner of the Male Chauvinist Pig Award from the National Organisation of Women in 1973. He’s still peddling the same material that he has for the last forty years though that was tempered somewhat by the release last year of … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Robert Ellis + Joe Pug + Joshua Hedley @ The Basement, Sydney (18/10/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Robert Ellis + Joe Pug + Joshua Hedley @ The Basement, Sydney (18/10/16)

The high-quality overload of Americana music in Sydney this week continued with a triple serving at The Basement that traversed country, folk and the cosmic musical universe of Robert Ellis. Last time he played here back in July, Joshua Hedley made solid headway through a bottle of whiskey during his set, the jokes and banter … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Lindi Ortega + The Cactus Blossoms @ NSC, Sydney (17/10/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Lindi Ortega + The Cactus Blossoms @ NSC, Sydney (17/10/16)

After last year’s cancelled Sydney leg of the Out On The Weekend festival it was always unlikely we’d get another chance in 2016 but we do still get the consolation prize of some fine headline shows by the various artists from the Melbourne event. Callum Wylie had the task of serenading the slowly arriving punters. … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Willie Watson + Joshua Hedley @ NSC, Sydney (14/07/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Willie Watson + Joshua Hedley @ NSC, Sydney (14/07/16)

Love Police have a knack for booking repeat tours that build up a local audience for supremely talented artists. In the past they’ve worked with Justin Townes Earle and Robert Ellis. This tour showcased two musicians who have been relatively frequent visitors, though not in a solo capacity. Yet again Love Police have hosted one … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Rambin’ Nights: Adam Young, James Thomson, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ Django Bar, Sydney (11/06/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Rambin’ Nights: Adam Young, James Thomson, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ Django Bar, Sydney (11/06/16)

Alt-country doesn’t generally get a look-in with the arts festivals so it was pleasing to see the inclusion of Ramblin’ Nights in this year’s Vivid Sydney line-up. This was an evening that ranged in style from laid-back country rock to soulful country-blues hollers and heartland rock n roll. Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW:Willian Crighton, Magpie Diaries, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ The Vanguard, Sydney (29/04/16)
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LIVE REVIEW:Willian Crighton, Magpie Diaries, Amber Rae Slade & The Mighty Big Noise @ The Vanguard, Sydney (29/04/16)

William Crighton’s debut album has been receiving plenty of glowing reviews since its release and this was a night to celebrate the new record – for both fans and Crighton and his band. Partners in life and partners in music – Amber Rae Slade and producer Matt Fell kicked up a fine and impressive storm … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Bingham, Little Georgia @ The Basement, Sydney (23/04/16)
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LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Bingham, Little Georgia @ The Basement, Sydney (23/04/16)

This felt like an under-promoted show, certainly in the local Americana community, so it was a pleasant surprise to find large crowd in attendance at The Basement. Opening honours went to Little Georgia who certainly won the crowd over with their blend of soul, indie-folk and a dash of country. They’re a marketers dream with … Continue reading