INTERVIEW: James Thomson
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INTERVIEW: James Thomson

COAL CITY GOLD James Thomson’s third album is his his finest yet, the result of his steady creative evolution. Golden Exile sees the Newcastle songwriter digging deeper and more widely into his influences and writing with a greater sense of musical identity. Back in 2012 he came to the attention of journalist and label owner … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Brandon Dodd – What A Way To Die
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ALBUM REVIEW: Brandon Dodd – What A Way To Die

Brandon Dodd What A Way To Die Independent ‘Absolute’, the opening track on Brandon Dodd’s debut solo album sets a high standard with its warmth and intimacy, a wonderful blend of country, folk and heart-on-sleeve soul. The subtlety and restraint in the guitar playing and Dodd’s voice introduce a solo artist who has treaded the … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Fanny Lumsden – Fallow
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ALBUM REVIEW: Fanny Lumsden – Fallow

Fanny Lumsden Fallow Cooking Vinyl Australia Right from the outset of Fanny Lumsden’s third album you sense that something different is in the air – a new maturity and and depth to the music as the lush opening hymnal refrain of ‘Mountain Song’ echoes and reverberates from the speakers. Musically it’s unexplored territory for the songwriter … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: James Thomson – Golden Exile
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ALBUM REVIEW: James Thomson – Golden Exile

James Thomson Golden Exile Independent Thomson returns with his third album, and his most accomplished work to date. Golden Exile is a record that will bring to mind the loose rhythms and grooves of The Rolling Stones and the melodic nuance of The Beatles. Throw into the mix that sweet intersection of 70s folk rock … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife – You Be The Lightning
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ALBUM REVIEW: Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife – You Be The Lightning

Tracy McNeil & The Goodlife You Be The Lightning Cooking Vinyl Australia Across four albums, Tracy McNeil has woven a wistful strain of Americana that conjures up US West Coast country-rock and Australian East Coast sun-kissed FM pop. You Be The Lightning is her most realised and well executed iteration of that blend to date. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Dan Brodie – Funerária Do Vale
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ALBUM REVIEW: Dan Brodie – Funerária Do Vale

For a decade now, Dan Brodie has been a master at skirting around the edges of a number of musical genres. He’s taken from rock, blues, alt-country and rockabilly, combining them all into his own decidedly Australian take on rock ’n’ roll. It’s the sound of cold beer and back porches in the summertime, sweaty … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: James Thomson – Desire
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NEW MUSIC: James Thomson – Desire

James Thomson returns with ‘Desire’, his wonderful new single from a forthcoming album. The song drifts along on a warm current of air that sounds like it’s a southern cousin to the Tulsa sound – smooth and hypnotic. It’s a bit more direct sounding than some of Thomson’s previous releases and as always those melodies really … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sean McMahon – You Will Know When You’re There
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sean McMahon – You Will Know When You’re There

Sean McMahon You Will Know When You’re There Blind Date Records Melbournian Sean McMahon’s new album is a beguiling affair. It occupies a gently rolling middle ground where songs never explode into wild extremes. Instead, they nestle into a warm and gently rocking vibe. McMahon’s sound is bucolic and forlorn singer/songwriter alt-country, with a dash … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – Low Country
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NEW MUSIC: Jordan Merrick – Low Country

The sound of The Doors, psychedelic blues, gothic country, Lee Hazlewood and even Julian Cope collide on this new song from Australian Jordan Merrick. Also a member of Brisbane band Fugitive & The Vagabond, Merrick has dialled into a swirling, pulsing, dark folk-rock vibe on ‘Low Country’, which bodes well for his forthcoming debut album. … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Jeff Tweedy @ Metro Theatre, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Jeff Tweedy @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Jeff Tweedy with Jen Cloher Metro Theatre, Sydney May 20th, 2019 By Chris Familton In 20 years of attending gigs at the Metro, this was the first time I’d seen seats in the venue. There were mixed comments from the audience but it worked well, creating a more intimate atmosphere in the room, which in … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Sydney
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LIVE REVIEW: Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Sydney

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real + William Crighton Factory Theatre, Marrickville NSW April 18th, 2019 Bluesfest is nearly upon us for another year and so are the associated sideshows that roll through Sydney. If you’re a fan of Americana and country rock then Lukas Nelson and band Promise Of The Real should have … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: Alejandro Escovedo
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LIVE REVIEW: Alejandro Escovedo

Alejandro Escovedo Camelot Lounge, Marrickville NSW March 4th 2019 When a songwriter performs, you hear their stories through song and all its associated elements of poetry, melody, cadence, tone and tempo. Often the essence of the song is shrouded in imagery and lyrical abstraction and some digging is required on behalf of the listener. Alejandro … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Teresa Duffy-Richards – Any Soul
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NEW MUSIC: Teresa Duffy-Richards – Any Soul

An old-timey voice that blends and warm concoction of folk and country music on this single ‘Any Soul’, from her recently released debut self-titled album. Teresa Duffy-Richards hails originally from the Salt bush plains of Deniliquin NSW, Australia and is now based in Melbourne’s inner north where she’s been refining her classic, atmospheric sound. A dash … Continue reading