LIVE REVIEW: Traveller, The Deslondes @ Marrickville Bowling Club
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LIVE REVIEW: Traveller, The Deslondes @ Marrickville Bowling Club

Traveller, The Deslondes, Andy Golledge @ Marrickville Bowling Club, Sydney, Oct 20th, 2017 In previous years, gigs like this Out On The Weekend sideshow would most likely have taken place at the sadly departed Newtown Social Club, so it was nice to see a good sized venue like Marrickville Bowling Club being used for international shows, … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Son Volt @ Factory Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Son Volt @ Factory Theatre, Sydney

Son Volt,  Jason Walker, Fallon Cush @ Factory Theatre, Oct 18th, 2017 Locals Fallon Cush had a short opening slot but they made the most of it, showcasing songs from their brand new album Morning and making a strong case for them being the most in-form country-rock band in Sydney at the moment. Cascading melodies and harmonies … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Old Crow Medicine Show @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 2017
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LIVE REVIEW: Old Crow Medicine Show @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney 2017

Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June @ Enmore Theatre, Oct 3rd 2017 House lights were dimmed and, apart from a white cowboy hat and some impressive beards, four unassuming band members walked on stage and kicked into the opening song before Valerie June strode onstage with dreadlocks bundled high, a shimmering gold sequinned outfit and turquoise … 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

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: 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: 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: 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