NEW MUSIC: La Dante – Mexico Sunrise
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NEW MUSIC: La Dante – Mexico Sunrise

Here’s something a bit different. Different in the sense that there’s such a smooth soul streak running through this song. All the while there’s a country sway and sun kissed vibe of open highways and desert vistas. Country yacht rock perhaps? It’s a sweet slice of soulful Americana regardless. ‘Mexico Sunrise’ comes from Philadelphia’s La … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Altameda – Rolling Back To You
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NEW MUSIC: Altameda – Rolling Back To You

There’s something about this lead track from Altameda’s (Edmonton, Canada) sophomore LP Time Hasn’t Changed You, due out in March, 2019 via Pheromone Recordings. It cuts across a bunch of different sounds – 70s FM rock, a country swing and strut and a big horn-led chorus, draped in gang backing vocals. It has that soul thing happening too, making … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires
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ALBUM REVIEW: Darren Watson – Too Many Millionaires

Darren Watson is a stalwart of the New Zealand blues scene with a lineage in the bands Chicago Smoke Shop and Midge Marsden Band. Primarily he’s cut his teeth as an electric guitarist and singer so this acoustic record is a departure from the template and as a result it feels like a special project.  … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Marlon Williams @ Metro Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Marlon Williams @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Marlon Williams, The Weather Station @ Metro Theatre, May 17th 2018 Five years of hard work, countless hours in airport lounges, nights on friends’ couches and in bars and clubs is paying off big time with Marlon Williams’ current Australian tour sold out in the largest venues he’s headlined to date.  This time around he he’s brought … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
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ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain

“I like you honey, being with you is like being alone”. It’s a line in I’ve Hurt Worse that sums up the lyrical concerns of Courtney Marie Andrews’ sophomore album in two ways. The rocky terrain of personal relationships and the mental health issues of modern society.  If her debut was an impressive introduction to … Continue reading

NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs
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NEWS: Lucero Announce New Album and Share Two Songs

Lucero are back with a new album scheduled for release on August 3rd via Liberty & Lament/Thirty Tigers. Among The Ghosts will be their ninth LP and marks their 20th anniversary as a band. It sounds like they’ve gone for a tantalising blend of the big, live and loose sound based on ‘For The Lonely … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams
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INTERVIEW: Marlon Williams

His debut album heralded the arrival of a timeless and exciting new country and folk voice, yet for Marlon Williams he’s only just starting to realise his songwriting ambitions with the baroque pop sound of his new album Make Way For Love. Down the phone line from New Zealand, Marlon Williams has just landed at … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots Releases New Single ‘Believe In Heaven’
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NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots Releases New Single ‘Believe In Heaven’

  Ruby Boots today releases her new single ‘Believe In Heaven’, ahead of her imminent return for three full band shows in Australia (see tour poster below). Bex says, “This song is about desire, so I wanted to create a world of what I thought my desire would look like at the time when I … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dori Freeman – Letters Never Read (2017)

Dori Freeman only released her self-titled debut album in 2016 but she’s already gone and followed it up with Letters Never Read, an album that takes the template of her first release and adds greater warmth, soul and depth of writing. Freeman has again employed the services of Teddy Thompson as producer, and he in … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Ben Mastwyk – This Country
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Ben Mastwyk – This Country

Ben Mastwyk is currently a busy gent with a run of interstate shows with Luke Elliot (USA) and today he’s sent the video clip for new single ‘This Country’ out into the world. It’s a great horn-led slice of honky tonk and country groove, matched by an equally fine video complete with gold satin jackets, … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Hurray For The Riff Raff
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LIVE REVIEW: Hurray For The Riff Raff

Hurray For The Riff Raff, Slow Dancer @ Factory Theatre, March 26th 2018 Back for the first time since their Newtown Social Club show in 2014, Hurray For The Riff Raff were upsized to the much larger Factory Theatre, an overly ambitious punt by the promoter given that their profile hasn’t risen greatly in the intervening years. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lo Carmen – Lovers Dreamers Fighters
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lo Carmen – Lovers Dreamers Fighters

Based in America for the last few years, Lo Carmen has slowly been absorbing that country’s country music, blending it with her atmospheric slowcore sound and emerging with beautiful new album that seamlessly connects both worlds. Lovers Dreamers Fighters is just what it says, a document of the highs and lows of relationships, the bruises … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ruby Boots – Don’t Talk About It

Since her 2014 debut album Solitude, Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) received the Australian Government’s Council for the Arts’ Nashville Songwriter Residency grant, packed up her belongings, headed to the USA, wrote her new album and recorded with the Texas Gentlemen as her backing band. Don’t Talk About It is a leap forward for Chilcott, both … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds – The Way You Leave
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ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds – The Way You Leave

Melbourne’s Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, that is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow. Either way it’s a beautiful voice, full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her … Continue reading