NEW MUSIC: A Different Thread – Hold Me Down
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NEW MUSIC: A Different Thread – Hold Me Down

A Different Thread are a British/American duo – Robert Jackson from Staffordshire, UK and Alicia Best from North Carolina, USA. who conjure up a whole range of Americana (country, folk, bluegrass) influences on their new album On A Whim which was released last week on September 13th.  This song flies along courtesy of the violin … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Mastwyk – Winning Streak
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ALBUM REVIEW: Ben Mastwyk – Winning Streak

Ben Mastwyk dials into an authentic country sound that honours both the heartfelt storytelling side of the tracks and the boot scootin’, honky tonk dance-floor. It’s a talent that few possess with many guilty parties falling into either serious introspection or ending up looking like cartoon cowboys. Mastwyk wrote most of these songs in the … Continue reading

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: Hillstomp – Hagler
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NEW MUSIC: Hillstomp – Hagler

Hillstomp are a due that tear up the folk blues handbook and let the torn pages scatter across the stage in a whirlwind of stomping rhythms, breakneck picking and strumming. They’ve got a new album called Monster Receiver, which is set to be released through Fluff and Gravy Records on October 19th. The LP features guest … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Carpenter, Smith & Jones – Petty
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ALBUM REVIEW: Carpenter, Smith & Jones – Petty

In the wake of the untimely and much mourned passing of Tom Petty there have no doubt been countless concerts in honour of the great man. Sydney songwriter, musician and producer Michael Carpenter has organised some fine tribute shows and now he’s taken it a step further with a full album of Petty covers, in … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Ben Mastwyk
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INTERVIEW: Ben Mastwyk

BRASH OPTIMISM & SONGWRITING PROPHECY Striding the early morning Los Angeles pavement and scared about returning to his life in Melbourne, the musician had revelation. Maybe he could just disappear? Dissolve into the weird and wild world of LA. That thought was quickly tempered by reality but it did result in a song about just … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mary-Elaine Jenkins – Iggy
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NEW MUSIC: Mary-Elaine Jenkins – Iggy

“Iggy, oh Iggy, I wanna be your sweet sixteen, even though I’m almost 29” sings Mary-Elaine Jenkins on this excellent crunchy blues and struttin’ country rock track, taken from her debut album Hold Still, due out on September 28th via Good Child Music. She’s got one of those lived-in smokey voices, perfectly suited to the blues … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore
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ALBUM REVIEW: Punch Brothers – All Ashore

The harmony vocal and acoustic stringed instrument quintet return with their fifth album of ornate chamber folk and bluegrass. There’s no denying the exquisite playing and arrangements on All Ashore but for all its sensitivity and detail there’s a lack of emotional connectivity. Punch Brothers are a band that have reached that point where their … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Firemelon  – Before Goodbye
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NEW MUSIC: Firemelon – Before Goodbye

American band Firemelon released their new album King Leisure recently and ‘Before Goodbye’ is one of the standout tracks from it. They cover a lot of ground on the record with soaring distorted guitars, country rock swagger and widescreen Southern Californian twang. It amounts to a varied and intriguing listen. ‘Before Goodbye’ connects with its … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: William Crighton
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INTERVIEW: William Crighton

NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM WAR On his new album, Empire, William Crighton widens his sound and the subject matter of his songs. He talks with Chris Familton about his creative process, Astral Weeks and parlour guitars. The best songwriters are the ones who treat their craft like a journey where life experiences, awareness and self-education … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tar & Flowers – Ten Ton Heart
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NEW MUSIC: Tar & Flowers – Ten Ton Heart

‘Ten Ton Heart’ comes from Tar & Flowers’ recently released album Indian Summer. Head over to their Bandcamp page to stream and buy or hit up the usual streaming services. The band hail from California and dial into a countrified folk of sound. It’s laid back, evocative, blending acoustic and electric instrumentation. Plenty of strum … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tom West – King Cambyses
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NEW MUSIC: Tom West – King Cambyses

Tom West hails from Adelaide and this new track was recorded between his hometown and Nashville. It’s the third single from his upcoming new album I’m Livin’. It looks like he’s already released a bunch of albums which you can check out on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp. We’re digging the gentle chug and propulsion … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jesse Daniel – Soft Spot (For The Hard Stuff)
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NEW MUSIC: Jesse Daniel – Soft Spot (For The Hard Stuff)

Here’s a really nice slice of hard country from Californian Jesse Daniel. It comes from his self-titled album that came out on Die True Records a few months back. The whole album is great. Shades of Waylon throughout but with an added rock ‘n’ roll streak, a wild spirit and a snarl in Daniel and the … Continue reading