Gig Reviews

LIVE REVIEW: Dale Watson & His Lonestars @ The Factory Theatre, Sydney (07/12/13)

by Chris Familton Johnny Green celebrated his 60th birthday with an opening set that also featured his son Hank Green on guitar. With The Detonators’ drummer as a late ring-in the band eased the arriving crowd into the world of country blues, rock n roll and honky tonk. Green’s laconic voice and laid-back demeanor made … Continue reading

Album Reviews / Alt-Country / Americana / Folk / Stream

EP REVIEW: Jordie Lane ~ Not Built To Last EP

by Chris Familton Two years on from Jordie Lane’s well received second album Blood Thinner, the Melbournian returns from some overseas jaunts with a new EP of warm, bucolic folk and alt-country songs that further enhance his stock as a quality singer/songwriter. Lane is one of those contemporary singers who sounds very much like the … Continue reading

Alt-Country / Americana / Gig Reviews / Photos

LIVE REVIEW: Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel, Marlon Williams @ The Basement, Sydney (21/11/13)

by Chris Familton New Zealander (now Melbourne-based) Marlon Williams opened the evening with an impressive set of originals and covers (Townes Van Zandt). Williams’ voice is a beautiful instrument capable of soaring falsetto, yodel hiccups and he used it to near perfection singing songs of tear-stained loss and heartache. One in particular, State Hospital, was … Continue reading

Album Reviews / Folk / Videos

ALBUM REVIEW: The Darling Downs ~ In The Days When The World Was Wide

by Chris Familton Messrs Peno and Salmon reconvene for their third record under The Darling Downs moniker and as befits their general proclivity for exploring different musical forms they’ve gone and taken another sonic diversion, this time into 60s-tinged folk. Of course them being them they don’t restrict themselves to just folk. There are strains … Continue reading

Americana / Bluegrass / Folk / Videos

WATCH: Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers ~ Sea Elephant School

Fanny Lumsden has today released the video clip for her recent single Sea Elephant School, filmed at Tooma in the Southern NSW region of the Upper Murray. It is a wonderful video with footage of Lumsden and her sisters riding horses across the landscape amid shots of the band and various ephemera. Upon the release of … Continue reading

Country / Home / Stream / Videos

COUNTRY COVERS #6 – Emma Swift chooses a favourite

Coming up on Sunday October 27th is an afternoon/evening of Sydney (and Newcastle) artists covering some of their favourite country songs plus they’ll play a few of their own. Inner Western 2 (FB Event) is happening at the Petersham Bowling Club from 2pm. Ahead of the show we’ve asked some of the artists appearing to choose a favourite country cover … Continue reading

Alt-Country / News

NEWS: Secretly Canadian announce Magnolia Electric Co reissue

On its 10th anniversary Secretly Canadian are reissuing a deluxe edition of Songs: Ohia’s  (Jason Molina (R.I.P.)) excellent album Magnolia Electric Co. Molina would go on to use the album title as his band name. Available from November 12th  Pre-order Here Track listing (bonus 10″ and t-shirt with the deluxe bundle) LP 1 1. Farewell Transmission 2. I’ve … Continue reading

Album Reviews / Americana / Blues / Soul

ALBUM REVIEW: Lo Carmen & Peter Head ~ The Apple Don’t Fall Far From The Tree

by Chris Familton Surprisingly this is the first collaborative album from Lo Carmen and her pianist father Peter Head and hopefully it won’t be the last, such is its endearing mix of country soul and late night jazz. Primarily the songs are built on Head’s elegant and melodious playing and Carmen’s playful purr of a … Continue reading

Americana / Country / Features

REPORT: The Americana Music Festival 2013, Nashville TN

Laura Coates is one half of the Australian duo The Weeping Willows who visited the USA earlier this month for the Americana Music Festival in Nashville TN. Laura has kindly written a piece for us describing the enviable event from the point of view of a visiting fan and participatory musician. Andrew Wrigglesworth and I … Continue reading

Americana / News

NEWS: Winners of the Americana Music Honors & Awards 2013

The 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards were held last night at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and featured performances by Milk Carton Kids, Roseanne Cash, Shovels & Rope, Old Crow Medicine Show, John Fullbright, Jim Lauderdale and house-band leader Buddy Miller, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison and Stephen Stills, guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Buffalo Springfield’s  Richie … Continue reading