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

NEWS: Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman pay tribute to John Hartford
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NEWS: Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman pay tribute to John Hartford

Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman have teamed up for Dear John (Dec 8th), an album of ten John Hartford songs, paying tribute to the songwriter known for his solo performances where he would alternate between guitar, banjo, and fiddle while he tap danced and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood, John Hartford is credited as … Continue reading

NEWS: Marlon Williams Announces New LP ‘Make Way For Love’
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NEWS: Marlon Williams Announces New LP ‘Make Way For Love’

Marlon Williams’ long anticipated second album now has a title and a release date. Make Way For Love will be released on February 18th, three after his self-titled debut. In that time he’s toured constantly, pausing only to write the new album and make a foray into acting. Williams recently released ‘Vampire Again’, the first … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots – It’s So Cruel
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NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots – It’s So Cruel

  Ruby Boots is back with ‘It’s So Cruel’ the first single and video clip from her forthcoming new LP Don’t Talk About It. The song is Ruby Boots going technicolour with a big post-modern soul/pop stomp on the back of buzzing guitar and that voice that emanates coyness and attitude as it unleashes a … Continue reading

NEWS: Calexico Announce New LP ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’
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NEWS: Calexico Announce New LP ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’

Calexico have announced that they will release their ninth LP The Thread That Keep Us on January 26th, 2018. The core duo of vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual recording home in unusual surroundings—not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Working with their … Continue reading

NEWS: Bloodshot Records Announces 2017 Xmas Compilation
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NEWS: Bloodshot Records Announces 2017 Xmas Compilation

Bloodshot Records know their way around a good compilation album and this year they’ve put together 13 tracks to celebrate/survive/bemoan the December festive period. 13 Days of Xmas has something to fit any mood, any occasion, for this sometimes-wonderful, sometimes-trying time of year. From the garage-soul of Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ “Papa Barrence’s Christmas,” … Continue reading

PTW PRESENTS: Red-Eyed and Blue – That Red Head + Ben Leece
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PTW PRESENTS: Red-Eyed and Blue – That Red Head + Ben Leece

FACEBOOK EVENT That Red Head is an extension of Lozz Benson and her love for Rockabilly and Blues music. She drives the band from behind her drum kit with groove and attitude, and has a soulful voice that evokes Patsy Cline and Etta James, yet flies freely in its own unique style. Throw in a … Continue reading

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

PTW Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue – Tim Easton + Jason Walker
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PTW Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue – Tim Easton + Jason Walker

Post To Wire Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue JASON WALKER + TIM EASTON (USA) Sunday October 8th 2017 @ The Bearded Tit, Redfern Jason Walker little introduction to Sydney audiences, with a pedigree of decades in the indie and alt-country scenes he’s built up a well earned respect from the industry built on strong songwriting, in-demand pedal … Continue reading

NEWS: Dylan announces massive Bootleg Series release of the ‘gospel years’
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NEWS: Dylan announces massive Bootleg Series release of the ‘gospel years’

This has always been one of the more fascinating periods of Dylan’s career, when he started exploring gospel music and religious-leaning song subject matter.  Due from Columbia and Legacy on November 3rd, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 focuses on Dylan’s so-called “gospel years”. The Deluxe Edition features nine discs – 8 … Continue reading

NEWS: Margo Price Announces New 2017 LP
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NEWS: Margo Price Announces New 2017 LP

Margo Price only just released her new EP Weakness and now she’s gone and announced that a new full-length album will be released on October 20th via Third Man Records. All American Made was recorded at Memphis’ Sam Phillips Recording during the same sessions as Weakness and was again co-produced by Matt Ross-Spang, Alex Munoz, Price, and Jeremy Ivey, the latter … Continue reading

NEWS: Out On The Weekend sideshows announced
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NEWS: Out On The Weekend sideshows announced

The Out On The Weekend Americana music festival is happening on October 14th at Seaworks, Williamstown in Melbourne. The good news for those who can’t make it down there is that the international acts will also be playing a bunch of headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane, Hobart, Fremantle and Adelaide. JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE October 13 … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
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ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1

Two years after the release of his bestselling, award winning solo debut, Traveller, Stapleton returns with an album that in some ways feels like a retreat from the large stages and mainstream acclaim he received. Shacking up in Nashville’s RCA Studio A with producer and guitarist Brent Cobb, Stapleton recorded two album’s worth of songs. … Continue reading