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NEW MUSIC: Stripmall Ballads – You Were Good (I Was Good For A While)
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NEW MUSIC: Stripmall Ballads – You Were Good (I Was Good For A While)

Stripmall Ballads is the name that musician Phillips Saylor Wisor has been releasing music under for the last decade. He’s a founding member of the acclaimed old-time duo The Shiftless Rounders and touring banjoist for IBMA award-winning bluegrass group King Wilkie, Phillips as been working as Stripmall Ballads since 2008. There’s a wonderful weariness to … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Danny Golden – Hangover + Window
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NEW MUSIC: Danny Golden – Hangover + Window

Danny Golden is a songwriter based in Austin, TX and going on these tracks he draws from a wide stylistic palette. Aching country balladry mixed with acid-tinged guitar solos, Americana, astute lyric writing and a sense of humour. This year he release his album Old Love, featuring Spencer Garland (Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, PR … Continue reading

NEWS: Mercury Rev reimagine Bobbie Gentry’s ‘The Delta Sweete’ in full
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NEWS: Mercury Rev reimagine Bobbie Gentry’s ‘The Delta Sweete’ in full

This sounds like a pretty special musical project. Mercury Rev have announced the release of Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited, on February 8 via Bella Union. The record is a “reimagining” of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 album The Delta Sweete and features an impressive cast of guest vocalists: 1. Okolona River Bottom Band ft. Norah Jones 2. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From The Ryman
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live From The Ryman

There’s that age old conundrum with live albums – it’s never going to be as good as actually being there but you get to hear different versions of songs and and the nuances within them. Jason Isbell released a live EP back in 2008 and the Live From Alabama album in 2012 so it’s clear he’s … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas – Tasteless and Complacent
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NEW MUSIC: Benjamin Folke Thomas – Tasteless and Complacent

Benjamin Folk Thomas has just released his new album Modern Man on Aveline Records and one of the finest moments on the records is this track, ‘Tasteless and Complacement’. It’s a song that rides along with effortless momentum, wordless melodies cascading around the Swedish songwriter as he sings of dark clouds, acid rain, missing inspiration … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Johnathan Rice – Meet The Mother
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NEW MUSIC: Johnathan Rice – Meet The Mother

Johnathan Rice recently released this new single, ‘Meet The Mother’, that came from a conversation he had with Bill Murray. The song ebbs and flows and slowly build up with elements of Dylan-esque phrasing and power pop melodies. Rice is one half of Jenny and Jonny with Jenny Lewis and has toured with bands such … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lucero – Among The Ghosts
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lucero – Among The Ghosts

The stars have certainly aligned for Lucero on this, their ninth album. It marks their 20th year as a band and was recorded by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Drive-By Truckers) at the auspicious Sam Phillips Recording Service studio in their hometown of Memphis. Most importantly, it stands tall as one of their strongest … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: James Ellis & The Jealous Guys – It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad)
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ALBUM REVIEW: James Ellis & The Jealous Guys – It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad)

Australian country music can stay true to its American roots and also sound like a product of its antipodean environment. While the big names chase the sales figures and follow well-worn formats there others that carve out a sweet niche of inner city honky tonk and heartworn laneways. James Ellis’ imagination was captured on a … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Lost In The Woods – Campfire Radio
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ALBUM REVIEW: Lost In The Woods – Campfire Radio

It’s been nine years between albums for Sydney’s Lost In The Woods. A reinvigorated lineup has seen them gigging more often and slowly but surely working towards the release of their third record. Campfire Radio finds the expressive and emotive group adding a rich palette of colour and detail to the songs of Brian Yatman. … Continue reading

TAKE ME TOWN showcase at Australian Music Week
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TAKE ME TOWN showcase at Australian Music Week

The celebrations marking the release of Take Me To Town, our self-proclaimed landmark compilation of contemporary Australian alternative country music continues next week with a very special showcase evening at Australian Music Week in Cronulla on Wednesday Nov 7th at El Sol Restaurant. Facebook Event Tracy McNeil and her band The GoodLife take the songwriting … Continue reading