ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Waugh – The Weir
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ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Waugh – The Weir

Michael Waugh The Weir Compass Bros Records Michael Waugh’s last album The Asphalt & The Oval found him refining his blend of vivid Australian storytelling with impressive results. Now, just a year later, he’s picked up exactly where he left off, with another thirteen songs that use nostalgia in a rich and poetic way yet … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lost Ragas – This Is Not A Dream
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lost Ragas – This Is Not A Dream

Lost Ragas This Is Not A Dream Independent ★★★★½ On their their third album, Melbourne band Lost Ragas take their brand of psychedelic country music further out into the cosmos, though its title and various thematic references suggest the territory they’re exploring is our internal subconscious and its relationship with the realities of the modern … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Fanny Lumsden – Peed In The Pool
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NEW MUSIC: Fanny Lumsden – Peed In The Pool

Fanny Lumsden, the hardest working Australian folk/pop and country singer/songwriter is back with her first new single since the release of her second album Real Class Act in 2017. ‘Peed In The Pool’ comes as she continues on her annual and epic Country Halls Tour (see poster for dates) which also took in a show-stopping … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Sam Shinazzi – I Wrote A Book For You
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Sam Shinazzi – I Wrote A Book For You

Sydney songwriter and avid Sharks supporter Sam Shinazzi is back with his first single in four years. The softly-phrased and melancholic ‘I Wrote A Book For You’ was used in the closing credits to the award winning Australian film Book Week and is the first taste of his sixth album, due in 2020. Descending chords, augmented … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Sean McMahon – Just To See You Again (feat. Freya Josephine Hollick)
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Sean McMahon – Just To See You Again (feat. Freya Josephine Hollick)

Alt-country and karaoke collide beautifully on this new video clip from Melbourne songwriter Sean McMahon. A duet with Freya Josephine Hollick, the song comes from McMahon’s superb 2019 album You Will Know When You’re There. In our review of the album we said of the song – “their contrasting voices work a treat as they … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Skyscraper Stan – Golden Boy Vol. 1 & Vol. II
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ALBUM REVIEW: Skyscraper Stan – Golden Boy Vol. 1 & Vol. II

SKYSCRAPER STAN GOLDEN BOY VOL. I AND VOL. II Heart Of The Rat Records Stan Woodhouse has been roaming the bars of Australia and New Zealand for a decade now, winning over audiences with his brand of gothic tinged folk, rock ’n’ roll and country and cementing his reputation as a burgeoning talent, part of … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Skyscraper Stan – Dancing On My Own Grave
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Skyscraper Stan – Dancing On My Own Grave

Skyscraper Stan has put together a fitting and humorous video clip for ‘Dancing On My Grave’, one of the many gems from his recently released album Golden Boy Vol. 1 & Vol. II. The song, a cautionary tale of drugs and the internal quandary of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle versus settling down and getting … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – Turn Off The News (Build A Garden)

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) Fantasy / Caroline Australia Lukas Nelson has been busy over the last few years since his and Promise Of The Real’s last, self-titled, studio album. There have been tours as Neil Young’s backing band, their own shows, Nelson’s musical work on … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Freya Josephine Hollick – Nobody’s No Better Than No One
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NEW MUSIC: Freya Josephine Hollick – Nobody’s No Better Than No One

Freya Josephine Hollick returns with the first taste of her new album The Real World, due for release in 2020. Recorded at Rancho De Luna (Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Victoria Williams, Iggy Pop, Arctic Monkeys)  in the Mojave Desert, California, this track grooves and rolls along with a dark spirit, suggesting a further shift from … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Tami Neilson – Hey, Bus Driver!
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NEW MUSIC: Tami Neilson – Hey, Bus Driver!

Tami Neilson’s magic run continues with the announcement of a brand new album called CHICKABOOM! coming on February 14th. The first single/video has been released today and it’s a short sharp vibrant slice of rockabilly with hooks galore and a great clip to go with it. On the new album Tami has paired up with … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Beth Bombara – I Only Cry When I’m Alone / Upside Down
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NEW MUSIC: Beth Bombara – I Only Cry When I’m Alone / Upside Down

Recommended for fans of Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife, Ruby Boots, Frazey Ford, Lydia Loveless The perfect chorus, everybody’s chasing it and some people get damn close. On ‘I Only Cry When I’m Alone’, the first track on this video clip from Beth Bombara, the St Louis songwriter has found the absolute melodic sweet spot of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Eilen Jewell – Gypsy
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ALBUM REVIEW: Eilen Jewell – Gypsy

Eilen Jewell Gypsy Signature Sounds There’s always the sense of an artist playing her own game when it comes to Eilen Jewell. She lets her muse dictate where she places her creative energy, whether that’s whole albums devoted to obscure blues or Loretta Lynn songs, providing backing vocals to other artists such as Pinto Bennett, … Continue reading

THE CRYIN’ PEDAL STEEL
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THE CRYIN’ PEDAL STEEL

The Cryin’ Pedal Steel You’d be hard pressed to find an instrument so intrinsically linked to the sound of country music as the pedal steel guitar. Acoustic guitars and fiddles are ubiquitous instruments that cross a number of genres but for the pedal steel, country music is its undeniable home. Developed from the lap-played Hawaiian … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS Q&A: Lozz Benson
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SIX STRINGS Q&A: Lozz Benson

Lozz Benson has gained a strong reputation as a musician in recent years, having toured as part of the Jon Butler Trio and played alongside Urthboy, Missy Higgins, Fanny Lumsden, Nathan Cavaleri and Tonight Alive. As a songwriter and singer, she has collaborated with Paul Kelly and Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) but now she’s revealed her exciting new … Continue reading