VIDEO PREMIERE: The April Family – Fortune Teller
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VIDEO PREMIERE: The April Family – Fortune Teller

Sydney alt-country trio The April Family released their second album House Of Cards last year but they’ve already pooled their creative talents and written, recorded and filmed a clip for their brand new single ‘Fortune Teller‘ (Social Family Records), the first single from their third album, due out early in 2021. The song hits a … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Russel Taine Jr. – Blue Jean Baby
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NEW MUSIC: Russel Taine Jr. – Blue Jean Baby

Man, what a song. Ridiculously catchy and most effectively it’s all delivered with an effortless and breezy, light-headed and heavy-hearted, sway and swagger. Like The Lemonheads and The Jayhawks – that nexus of sweet Americana and power-pop. Just a perfect country-rock, guitar pop nugget. Russel Taine Jr. is a band from Austin, TX comprised of … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes
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INTERVIEW: Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes

In this Q&A, Favours takes us inside the album’s writing and recording process, his musical influences and the challenges and rewards of running an independent record label. Given that this album has been ready for release for a year now, how are you feeling about it finally seeing the light of day on April 3rd? … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof

With her famous surname and the album’s opening shimmering tremolo guitar chords you’d think you were in for a straight country trip. There’s certainly a strong country streak, of the Nikki Lane kind, that runs through Walking Proof, but just as equally there’s an indie rock aesthetic that runs from Liz Phair to Jenny Lewis … Continue reading

NEWS: Mitch Dean Releases New Album Holding Back The Levee
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NEWS: Mitch Dean Releases New Album Holding Back The Levee

Melbourne alt-country/Americana songwriter Mitch Dean released his debut solo album Holding Back The Levee last Friday. “I wanted to make something that sounded like all the albums I love to listen to. From Neil Young through to The Jayhawks.” Evocative storytelling, rich musicality and the heartfelt conveyance of human emotion. Those are some of the hallmarks … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lucinda Williams – Good Souls Better Angels

Lucinda Williams Good Souls Better Angels Highway 20 / Cooking Vinyl Australia After a year spent looking back with her Car Wheels On A Gravel Road 20th anniversary tour, Lucinda Williams has now turned her mind to the modern world in the here and now, from internal battles of individuals to the heartless idiocy of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Reunions

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Reunions Caroline Australia Jason Isbell cemented himself in the pantheon of 21st century songwriters with his Southeastern album in 2013. Since then he’s continued to release strong records but Reunions stands as his most consistent set of songs to date. Sure it might not have the exquisite emotional songwriting … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Idle Joy – Little Rain
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NEW MUSIC: Idle Joy – Little Rain

Los Angeles band Idle Joy recently released their second album Your Stars and one of its highlights is the widescreen country rock of the song ‘Little Rain‘. Characterised by hot-wired guitars that slash and burn, jangle and twang across a loose and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll landscape, the song starts slow and steady before gathering … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Bryan Estepa – Weight In Gold
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NEW MUSIC: Bryan Estepa – Weight In Gold

Sydney songwriter Bryan Estepa follows up his 2019 album, Sometimes I Just Don’t Know,  with a brand new single ‘Weight In Gold’. It’s a warm and mellow embrace of a song. Heartfelt notions abound on this beautiful paean to a friend or a lover. It’s all wrapped up in shimmering guitar, handclaps and mellotron, with Estepa’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes – Not Your Average Country Band
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes – Not Your Average Country Band

Dave Favours & The Roadside Ashes Not Your Average Country Band Stanley Records It’s been six years since Sydney songwriter Dave Favours released his solo album Wet Suburban Sunday, but he’s spent those years building up the roster on his label Stanley Records, releasing the Australian alt-country compilation Take Me To Town and honing the … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ride Til Dawn – (Ooh Baby) When I Can See Past The Shadows
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NEW MUSIC: Ride Til Dawn – (Ooh Baby) When I Can See Past The Shadows

Everything about this song we love. The way Ride Til Dawn‘s singer Mitch Grier sings the first line and leaves it hanging that bit longer until the next lines adds further details and context. There’s the chorus that swells skyward with a sweet ache and yearning. The song remind us a bit of the music … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling
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ALBUM REVIEW: Drive-By Truckers – The Unraveling

Drive-By Truckers The Unraveling Ato Records by Chris Familton Over nearly quarter of a century, Drive-By Truckers have slowly established themselves as one of the great American bands of modern times. Harnessing the grit and swagger of alt-country and embracing and challenging the notion of being a Southern rock band, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Cave Flowers – Upper Hand
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NEW MUSIC: Cave Flowers – Upper Hand

Yeah I know we’ve posted a couple of Cave Flowers‘ songs from their new self-titled album already, but damn it’s a cracker of a record and this track, the most recent single, is maybe our favourite. ‘Upper Hand’ has that windswept, slacker country vibe, perfectly enhanced by singer Andy McAllister’s gravelly voice and the way … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Fallon Cush
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INTERVIEW: Fallon Cush

THE ALT-COUNTRY ENIGMA THAT IS FALLON CUSH A strange name and an intriguing album title to match. Songwriter Steve Smith leads us into the shadows of Fallon Cush’s new album where its mysterious themes are matched a colourful sonic palette and infectious melodies. Fallon Cush – It’s a name that rolls off the tongue but … Continue reading