ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Andersen – Halfway Home By Morning
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ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Andersen – Halfway Home By Morning

Matt Andersen Halfway Home By Morning True North Records/MGM Canadian Matt Andersen is a big man with a big voice and going on this collection of 13 songs he’s also got a big heart. Whether it’s singing devotional love songs or conveying the pain of loss, he invests heavy emotion and a believable sincerity in … Continue reading

1969: A Watershed Year For Americana Music
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1969: A Watershed Year For Americana Music

1969: A Watershed Year For Americana Music Half a century ago, in a single calendar year, an avalanche of albums were released that would go on to have a lasting and monumental impact on what would become known as alt-country and more recently Americana music. Looking back at 1969 and pursuing the list of albums … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS Q&A: Peta Caswell
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SIX STRINGS Q&A: Peta Caswell

Possessing one of the finest voices on the Sydney music scene, Peta Caswell has finally stepped out under her own name, with her band The Lost Cause, and released her debut self-titled EP (on Stanley Records). Blending country rock, soul and alt-country, Caswell knows how to belt out a rich, soaring chorus as confidently as … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Andrew Phelan – That’s How
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NEW MUSIC: Andrew Phelan – That’s How

Andrew Phelan is an Australian who relocated to Canada (received a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination) and last week he released his new six song EP Everything Rattles When I Breathe. This one from it, ‘That’s How’ is a catchy and rousing folk dispatch about the perils of booze. He’s got a fine line in … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Sydney

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real + William Crighton Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW April 18th, 2019 Bluesfest is nearly upon us for another year and so are the associated sideshows that roll through Sydney. If you’re a fan of Americana and country rock then Lukas Nelson and band Promise Of The Real should have … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Company Of Others – Diminishing Returns
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NEW MUSIC: Company Of Others – Diminishing Returns

Company Of Others is a Nashville, TN trio comprised of singer / songwriter Billy Campbell with Parker Van Der Hyde on bass and Daniel Sauls on drums. It looks like this is the first single they’ve thrown out into the public sphere, and it’s a good one too, mixing alt-country, country-rock and a heartland vibe courtesy of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: John Dear – Drugstore Cowboy
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NEW MUSIC: John Dear – Drugstore Cowboy

Something a bit different today, this track ‘Drugstore Cowboy’ from Swiss duo John Dear and drummer Alma June. It’s a howling stomper, a mix of the urban angst and hollering backwoods blues. There are shades of The Black Keys in their sound which isn’t afraid to get noisey and raucous with heavily reverted guitars and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Kyle Jenkins – Meltdown
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ALBUM REVIEW: Kyle Jenkins – Meltdown

Kyle Jenkins Meltdown Near Enough Records (2018) Kyle Jenkins is the singer-songwriter behind Toowoomba-based band Suicide Swans and even though they’re in the midst of a prolific streak of excellent albums, he’s also found time to release his debut solo album which hits similarly high peaks in both song quality and sound. Suicide Swans excel … Continue reading

TOUR NEWS: Lachlan Bryan & Ben Leece Announce ‘Friends & Acquantainces Tour’
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TOUR NEWS: Lachlan Bryan & Ben Leece Announce ‘Friends & Acquantainces Tour’

Lachlan Bryan, one of this country’s more established Americana acts is teaming up with Ben Leece, a relative newcomer on the national scene, for a run of dates across NSW, QLD and VIC, from April to June. Bryan will have his band The Wildes along for the ride and Leece will be backed by his … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Copperline – Rusty Fords And Weatherboards
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ALBUM REVIEW: Copperline – Rusty Fords And Weatherboards

Copperline Rusty Fords And Weatherboards Independent The members of Sydney band Copperline have been playing in various bands dating back to the 90s and after ten years they’ve finally recorded their debut album together, one that certainly feels like a collective gathering of likeminded musicians and accomplished players.  Led by songwriter Brad Christmas, the band … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Dave Ernst – Superstar
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NEW MUSIC: Dave Ernst – Superstar

Dave Ernst hails from Louisville, Kentucky and this wonderfully bruised slice of Southern country rock comes from his debut solo album Hickory Switch, produced by Peter Searcy (Squirrel Bait) and mixed by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo). You can definitely hear Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Lucero and the like in the sound of this song, ‘Superstar’, … Continue reading