NEW MUSIC: The Holy Smoke – The River
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NEW MUSIC: The Holy Smoke – The River

Perth alt-folk femme trio, The Holy Smoke have just released their new EP The River, featuring the exquisite harmonies of the gospel-flavoured opening track ‘Down To The River’ and the closing cut ‘Will There Be a Light’. The latter is an earthy and soulful folk reverie that again highlights the symbiotic vocal connection that Delilah … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jeremie Albino – Hard Time
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NEW MUSIC: Jeremie Albino – Hard Time

Hard grooves aplenty on this Americana soul track, the title cut from Toronto native Jeremie Albino‘s debut album Hard Time, out August 9th. It’s a more polished and more tightly produced sound than another of our current favourites, Charley Crockett. Albino has a folk voice but he’s doing some interesting things by placing it in … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Sara Rachele – Allelu (I Found You)
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NEW MUSIC: Sara Rachele – Allelu (I Found You)

Here’s a new song from Sara Rachele, a songwriter from Decatur, GA who trades in some wonderfully atmospheric torch-song, Americana, soul noir. Think Mazzy Star (who she’s covered), Lera Lynn, and Katie Brianna. The new single ‘Allelu (I Found You)’, from her forthcoming album Scorpio Moon (August 2nd), was recorded live to tape in Brooklyn, … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS: Magpie Diaries
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SIX STRINGS: Magpie Diaries

“…inhabiting a sweet spot right at the nexus of country, soul and psychedelia.” Magpie Diaries released their impressive debut album Sanctuary last year  (read our review) and with it came some wonderful singles – ‘When Love Comes’ and the latest, ‘Honey’. They’ve been getting out a lot lately with plenty of live shows in 2019, … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Kate Vargas – Nothing Turns My Lock
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NEW MUSIC: Kate Vargas – Nothing Turns My Lock

Kate Vargas, the NYC-based, half-Mexican singer-songwriter, already has a few albums under her belt, including last year’s fine For The Wolfish & Wandering. Now, after a songwriting experience at the Holiday Music Motel (see below), she’s released the jazzier sounding ‘Nothing Turns My Lock’ single. Vargas’ appeal lies in her husky voice and her willingness to explore … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Steve Marino – Six Two Four
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NEW MUSIC: Steve Marino – Six Two Four

Here are some sweet folk sounds to kick of the new week, courtesy of songwriter Steve Marino who hails from Bloomington, IN. ‘Six Two Four’, from his new album Fluff, his first under his own name, is warm and freewheelin’ baroque folk that weaves a path through the kind of heavy lidded strumming of Evan Dando … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Elaine Cole – Blame It On The Roses
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NEW MUSIC: Elaine Cole – Blame It On The Roses

  Stripped back acoustic folk is the order of the day on this new track from Franklin, Tennessee-born Elaine Coles. Recorded with John Mailander (fiddle), Cory Walker (banjo), Jake Stargel (guitar) and mastered by Austin Lee in Nashville, the song has both a haunting musical backdrop and and rich and heartfelt vocal style that goes deep into both soul and … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Catherine MacLellan – Out Of Time
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NEW MUSIC: Catherine MacLellan – Out Of Time

We’re loving the space in this new song from Canadian JUNO Award winner Catherine MacLellan. ‘Out Of Time’ matches its title and sentiment with the arrangement and exquisite playing on this slow soulful sway of a country lament. The song comes from her new LP COYOTE set to be released October 11, 2019. 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: Lo Carmen – Now You Know Nashville
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NEW MUSIC: Lo Carmen – Now You Know Nashville

Lo Carmen has released a brand new double A-side single with the tracks ‘Now You Know Nashville’ and ‘Half A Man’. Beautiful atmospheric authentic country music from the heart and soul. The first is a sweet honky tonk groove, while ‘Half A Man’ is draped in that heady and lonesome sound that bands like The … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Teresa Duffy-Richards – Any Soul
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NEW MUSIC: Teresa Duffy-Richards – Any Soul

An old-timey voice that blends and warm concoction of folk and country music on this single ‘Any Soul’, from her recently released debut self-titled album. Teresa Duffy-Richards hails originally from the Salt bush plains of Deniliquin NSW, Australia and is now based in Melbourne’s inner north where she’s been refining her classic, atmospheric sound. A dash … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Delines – The Imperial
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Delines – The Imperial

THE DELINES THE IMPERIAL El Cortez Records Willy Vlautin has proven to be quite the Americana renaissance man with his time in the highly respected alt-country group Richmond Fontaine, a second career as an acclaimed novelist (Lean On Pete, Don’t Skip Out On Me) and most recently as main songwriter for The Delines.  This, their … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The California Honeydrops
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INTERVIEW: The California Honeydrops

A DECADE OF MAKING SWEET SOUNDS After a decade of relentless touring, from street corners to bars and festivals, The California Honeydrops have forged a strong bond with their audiences. Drummer Ben Malament discusses the band’s achievements with Chris Familton, ahead of their return to Bluesfest in 2019. This will be the third year in … Continue reading