ALBUM REVIEW: Gretta Ziller – Queen Of Boomtown
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ALBUM REVIEW: Gretta Ziller – Queen Of Boomtown

It’s been a long time coming but Melbourne’s Gretta Ziller has finally released her debut solo album, the followup to her Hell’s Half Acre EP from 2014. The good news is that it exceeds the expectations she set up with that fine EP, digging deeper and taking her songwriting and singing to some impressive and … Continue reading

20 Favourite Antipodean Releases of 2017
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20 Favourite Antipodean Releases of 2017

  2017 is pretty much done and dusted and it’s been another great year for Australian and New Zealand releases under the broad banner of Americana music. Our favourite album (and an EP) list takes in ethereal and eccentric folk music, raw alt-country, covers, spoken word and melancholic power pop – highlighting the range in … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Barefoot In The Head
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ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Barefoot In The Head

Since The Black Crowes finally closed the curtains at the start of 2015, Chris Robinson has continued to embrace his new lease of life with his band of soulful and psychedelic, country and blues-rock travellers in Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Barefoot In The Head is their fifth album and it again showcases their effortless musical synergy … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dusty Ravens – Low Down Jimmy
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dusty Ravens – Low Down Jimmy

It may seem a tad peculiar that a band from the Inner West of Sydney could breathe genuine spirit and authenticity into Mexican-infused country music but Dusty Ravens have done just that on their second album. Low Down Jimmy is the sound of desert dust, desperate souls, sin and salvation – all bathed in mood-heavy instrumentation. … Continue reading

NEWS: Marlon Williams Announces New LP ‘Make Way For Love’
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NEWS: Marlon Williams Announces New LP ‘Make Way For Love’

Marlon Williams’ long anticipated second album now has a title and a release date. Make Way For Love will be released on February 18th, three after his self-titled debut. In that time he’s toured constantly, pausing only to write the new album and make a foray into acting. Williams recently released ‘Vampire Again’, the first … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Neil Young – Hitchhiker
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ALBUM REVIEW: Neil Young – Hitchhiker

In 1976, within weeks of finishing the recording of Long May You Run, his album with Stephen Stills, Neil Young visited the studio and in a solo and weed-assisted session laid down ten songs, many of which would become staples and high-water marks of his long and illustrious career. Young has released many archival albums … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots – It’s So Cruel
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NEW MUSIC: Ruby Boots – It’s So Cruel

  Ruby Boots is back with ‘It’s So Cruel’ the first single and video clip from her forthcoming new LP Don’t Talk About It. The song is Ruby Boots going technicolour with a big post-modern soul/pop stomp on the back of buzzing guitar and that voice that emanates coyness and attitude as it unleashes a … Continue reading

NEWS: Calexico Announce New LP ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’
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NEWS: Calexico Announce New LP ‘The Thread That Keeps Us’

Calexico have announced that they will release their ninth LP The Thread That Keep Us on January 26th, 2018. The core duo of vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns and drummer John Convertino found a spiritual recording home in unusual surroundings—not in Arizona, but on the Northern California coast in a home-turned-studio called the Panoramic House. Working with their … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pete Cullen – No Way Out
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ALBUM REVIEW: Pete Cullen – No Way Out

With two new albums out this month, Pete Cullen is laying out two sides of himself in song. One Way In is decidedly high throttle rockabilly, and while there is some overlap, here Cullen strips it back, opens his shoulders and sings a batch of decidedly more alt-country songs. The mix of acoustic and electric … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bonnie Prince Billy – Best Troubador
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ALBUM REVIEW: Bonnie Prince Billy – Best Troubador

A life-long Merle Haggard fan, Will Oldham has apparently long considered recording an album of Haggard songs and in the wake of his death last April he’s done just that. He hasn’t gone straight for the hits though, he’s hen-picked from 44 years of recorded songs, choosing personal favourites in honour of the great songwriter. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child
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ALBUM REVIEW: Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child

A year on from the death of friend and collaborator, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson pays tribute with ‘He Won’t Ever Be Gone’, the closing track on God’s Problem Child. The passing of time and mortality rears its inevitable head on a number of the album’s songs. ‘Old Timer’ and the black humour of ‘Still Not … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Suicide Swans – Horses
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Suicide Swans – Horses

Suicide Swans are a five-piece alt-country/rock band from Toowoomba QLD who have been strumming their way through South East Queensland since 2012. ‘Horses’ is the first single to come from their LP Augusta, due of November 17th. This will be their second full length album following Ghosts We Forget in 2015. ‘Horses’ has a great sound … Continue reading

PTW Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue – Tim Easton + Jason Walker
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PTW Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue – Tim Easton + Jason Walker

Post To Wire Presents: Red-Eyed & Blue JASON WALKER + TIM EASTON (USA) Sunday October 8th 2017 @ The Bearded Tit, Redfern Jason Walker little introduction to Sydney audiences, with a pedigree of decades in the indie and alt-country scenes he’s built up a well earned respect from the industry built on strong songwriting, in-demand pedal … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
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ALBUM REVIEW: John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

John Moreland has been one of those best-kept secrets for a while now, slowly emerging as a highly respected songwriter on the alt-country/Americana scene. He’s never had a breakout single or any landmark moment, rather he’s slowly refined and improved his craft, garnering increasing critical acclaim and a growing fanbase. Big Bad Luv finds him … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Davidson Brothers – All You Need Is Music
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ALBUM REVIEW: Davidson Brothers – All You Need Is Music

The brothers are back with another album of bluegrass, folk and country music in their laconic, easy-going style. At times the songs themselves dip into bland and cliched lyrical territory but if you can get past that, take a long drive or kick back on a sunny afternoon and relish the exceptional musicianship on display. … Continue reading