FEATURE: The Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014 – Nashville, TN
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FEATURE: The Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014 – Nashville, TN

Each year in September the Americana Music Festival & Conference is held in Nashville TN with dozens of music showcases from labels, genres and collected offerings from specific countries. Australia has a good profile at the event with shows like Tamworth Presents: Australiana @ Americana, Sounds Australia Presents: The Aussie BBQ and other smaller shows organised by … Continue reading

TOUR DIARY: Josh Rennie-Hynes – New Zealand Tour 2014
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TOUR DIARY: Josh Rennie-Hynes – New Zealand Tour 2014

Josh Rennie-Hynes is currently traversing a large swathe of New Zealand on his first national tour across the Tasman Sea. Post To Wire is proud to be involved in the tour and Josh is kindly sending back some pages torn from his tour diary where he rates the local cuisine, ejects talkers, meets friendly canines and is … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz, James Thomson @ Newtown Social Club (23/10/14)
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LIVE REVIEW: Robert Ellis, Jonny Fritz, James Thomson @ Newtown Social Club (23/10/14)

James Thomson opened proceedings with a strong set that showcased songs from his forthcoming album Cold Moon as well as a brace of covers including songs by Blaze Foley and Jimmie Rodgers. Thomson is a master of understated blues-based country and showed his ability to capture the audience’s attention with evocative lyrics, wonderful finger-picking and … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Bingham, Harry Hookey, Tim Wheatley @ Newtown Social Club (14/10/14)
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LIVE REVIEW: Ryan Bingham, Harry Hookey, Tim Wheatley @ Newtown Social Club (14/10/14)

Aria award nominee Harry Hookey had the honour of serenading the early arrivals and he did a superb job of capturing and maintaining their attentiveness with an engaging set. Predominately folk-based with a dash of country, Hookey showed his ability to invest real emotion in what might be clumsy turns of phrase in lesser hands. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bonnie “Prince” Billy ~ Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues
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ALBUM REVIEW: Bonnie “Prince” Billy ~ Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues

Will Oldham hits a real sweet spot on his thirteenth full-length release under the Bonnie “Prince” Billy pseudonym. It sits comfortably between his folk and country domains and is laden with austere poetic tales that explore the search for individuality and forging one’s own destiny. Nearly all of these tracks have been released elsewhere, primarily … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Spencer Burton ~ A Body Is All She Ever Let Me Hold
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NEW MUSIC: Spencer Burton ~ A Body Is All She Ever Let Me Hold

Just when you think you’ve got a handle on all the great Americana albums that have been released in 2014 another one shuffles up beside you and taps you on the shoulder. Thanks to a recommendation from Spreading The Seed and their best of the year list I’ve been made aware and fallen under the spell … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Del Barber ~ Prairieography
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ALBUM REVIEW: Del Barber ~ Prairieography

Canada has always had a strong country scene which is too often overshadowed by their southern neighbours. In recent time Lindi Ortega and Corb Lund have released great records and now Del Barber, a new name to us, has just released his 4th album. Barber’s sound is a comfortable one that shape-shifts between folk, honky … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett ~ The River Runs North
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ALBUM REVIEW: Caitlin Harnett ~ The River Runs North

On her long-awaited debut album Caitlin Harnett finds a lush and harmonious middle ground between folk and country music. There’s a lightness to her music and voice in the vein of the carefree sound that came out of Laurel Canyon in the 1970s, with Joni Mitchell an obvious touchstone. Strings, harmonica, organ and horns enhance … Continue reading

NEWS: Marlon Williams announces headline shows with full band
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NEWS: Marlon Williams announces headline shows with full band

Marlon Williams has been crazy busy in 2014 with festival appearances, supports and his own shows. Now he has put together a band, The Yarra Benders, including Dan Parsons on guitar. The full band played the Out On The Weekend festival and associated sideshows and now Williams has announced his own headline shows for Melbourne and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Emma Swift ~ Woodland Street (live video)
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VIDEO: Emma Swift ~ Woodland Street (live video)

Emma Swift continues to build on the critical success of her self-titled mini album with a new live performance clip for the song ‘Woodland Street’. It possesses the same magical sway and swoon of the recorded version but with more intimacy and poignant grace in this rendition with Swift’s regular collaborator Chris Pickering. Swift has a bunch … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Nikki Lane, The Delines, Ruby Boots @ Newtown Social Club (21/10/14)
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LIVE REVIEW: Nikki Lane, The Delines, Ruby Boots @ Newtown Social Club (21/10/14)

As the incredible list of Americana acts visiting our shores continues (courtesy of Love Police and Out On The Weekend), last night saw contrasting shades of alt-country serenade the Newtown Social Club and a room full of music and media who’s who of the Sydney Americana scene (Emma Swift, Jep & Dep, Fanny Lumsden, Bernard … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Bernie Griffen & The Thin Men – Salvation
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ALBUM REVIEW: Bernie Griffen & The Thin Men – Salvation

Bernie Griffen won plenty of hearts and minds with the dark and emotive alt-country of his last album Everything So Far (2012), accompanied by his band The Grifters. Now he has replaced nearly all of them with a new line-up called The Thin Men and jumped tracks to a rockier (in its many different forms) … Continue reading