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

ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle & Roll
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ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Joe Gow – Break, Rattle & Roll

Album number three for Melbourne-based songwriter Matt Joe Gow and this one finds him hitting his stride with his most compelling and realised set of songs to date. Gow co-produced the album and it certainly sounds world class with space for the songs to breathe and backed up with some wonderful and stylistically varied playing … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mike Viola – It Does A Number On My Brain
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NEW MUSIC: Mike Viola – It Does A Number On My Brain

Mike Viola was a member of Ryan Adams band for a while (and has worked with a number of other artists) and you can certainly hear a shared kinship for strummed and sparkly guitars, classic riffs and strong and heady vocal melodies. This one sways along with a melancholic power pop sound, really nice song. … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS: Copperline
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SIX STRINGS: Copperline

Sydney quartet Copperline recently released their debut album Rusty Fords And Weatherboards and celebrated with a wonderful night of music at LazyBones Lounge in Marrickville, NSW. We’ve got a full review coming soon but both the album and their live show highlights the band’s fine musicianship and the range of styles they bring to their music, … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From The Ryman
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From The Ryman

There’s that age old conundrum with live albums – it’s never going to be as good as actually being there but you get to hear different versions of songs and and the nuances within them. Jason Isbell released a live EP back in 2008 and the Live From Alabama album in 2012 so it’s clear he’s … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lucero – Among The Ghosts
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lucero – Among The Ghosts

The stars have certainly aligned for Lucero on this, their ninth album. It marks their 20th year as a band and was recorded by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive-By Truckers) at the auspicious Sam Phillips Recording Service studio in their hometown of Memphis. Most importantly, it stands tall as one of their strongest … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Leece – No Wonder The World Is Exhausted
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Leece – No Wonder The World Is Exhausted

Newcastle’s Ben Leece has building a name for himself as a solo artist over the last 12 months with songwriting awards and support slots for artists such as Tim Rogers and Courtney Marie Andrews. On his highly accomplished debut album he’s brought together some of this country’s finest in producer and musician Shane Nicholson, singer … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Skyscraper Stan – Tarcutta Shade (2018)
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NEW MUSIC: Skyscraper Stan – Tarcutta Shade (2018)

Skyscraper Stan has built a name for himself over the last few years as a beacon of songwriting on the Australian music landscape. He’s part of the Americana scene but he nimbly traverses the genre without pitching his tent in any one corner. He’s a little bit country, a connoisseur of folk music and an … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Hamish Anderson – No Good
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NEW MUSIC: Hamish Anderson – No Good

This is the latest single from Melbourne songwriter Hamish Anderson who has been picking up a fair bit of buzz in the US over the last few years. It’s a bluesy alt-country track that would sit comfortably alongside the more recent work of Ryan Adams. Clean production and definitely polished but it still has enough alt-country … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Robert Connely Farr & The Rebeltone Boys
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NEW MUSIC: Robert Connely Farr & The Rebeltone Boys

Originally from from the small southern town of Bolton, Mississippi, Robert Connely Farr is now based in Vancouver, British Columbia and with his group The Rebeltone Boys he’s released the excellent new album Dirty South Blues. It’s chock full of heavy blues-rock, primarily originals plus a cover of Skip James’ ‘Hard Time Killing Floor Blues’. ‘Ode To … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC PREMIERE: Kyle Jenkins – Vultures
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NEW MUSIC PREMIERE: Kyle Jenkins – Vultures

Kyle Jenkins of Suicide Swans continues his golden streak of songwriting and prolific releases with this second single from his debut solo LP Meltdown. The track hits a bass-led groove and never lets up. Clever sonic details like a ride cymbal doubling down on the reference to smashing on the keys of typewriters and the … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ayleen O’Hanlon – Good As Gold
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NEW MUSIC: Ayleen O’Hanlon – Good As Gold

  Melbourne musician Ayleen O’Hanlon has a brand new single out now via the good folk at Blind Date Records. ‘Good As Gold’ is a change-up for Ayleen, more country rock than her previous folk leanings. It works brilliantly too. It’s tough and tender at the same time with an ebb and flow, a glorious … Continue reading