ALBUM REVIEW: Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – Thieves
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ALBUM REVIEW: Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – Thieves

Tracy McNeil showed flashes of brilliance on her previous album and she’s taken that one step further with a more consistent set of songs on Thieves. There’s a laid-back smooth quality to McNeil’s music that recalls US west coast FM rock of the late 70’s with warm harmonies, swaying guitar lines and a general uplifting … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma Nicole – My Darkest Hour
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma Nicole – My Darkest Hour

Australia has always excelled at producing dark and gothic-influenced music. Nick Cave is the obvious progenitor but many others have explored the darker corners of sin and salvation and Melbournian Jemma Nicole has done just that with her debut collection of folk and country noir songs. There’s a stately waltz and sway to many of … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeping Willows – Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’
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ALBUM REVIEW: The Weeping Willows – Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’

Melbourne alt-country and folk duo The Weeping Willows recorded their sophomore album in Los Angeles and as such it has a lived-in, warm and lush sound. Their authenticity and craft as singers, as songwriters and in Andrew Wriggleworth’s sublime guitar playing makes this a hypnotic and alluring album. They’ve taken a detour down some darker and … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel – Southern Light
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ALBUM REVIEW: Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel – Southern Light

Sal Kimber has taken the expansive, soulful route through country and pop music on her new album. With a strong backing band sparkling and shimmering with keyboards and some fine guitar playing it is certainly a warm, breezy and welcoming record that steers clear of the Nashville clichés and instead rides the more commercial currents … Continue reading

NEWS: AWME Announces Henry Wagons, Ruby Boots, Raised By Eagles, Cash Savage Show
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NEWS: AWME Announces Henry Wagons, Ruby Boots, Raised By Eagles, Cash Savage Show

As part of the AWME music conference in Melbourne next month, a stellar bill of alt. country music will perform at Max Watt’s on Friday Nov 13th. Henry Wagons will play solo backed by his band The Only Children while Ruby Boots and Raised By Eagles cap off a huge year of touring and new albums. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies – self-titled
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies – self-titled

Their name may be a bit misleading as this is more of a breezy country sound than hillbilly music of the traditional kind but Jemma Rowlands and her Clifton Hillbillies still execute their take on country music with catchy melodic verve. Pedal steel, banjo and fiddle decorate these bittersweet songs that walk the on the … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Six Strings – Ben Mastwyk
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INTERVIEW: Six Strings – Ben Mastwyk

Ben Mastwyk has just released his excellent solo LP Mornin Evenin and was kind enough to take the time to undergo our Six Strings Q&A. We discover the canine influence in his songwriting process, who he’d love to jam with and his favourite recent Americana album. What was the album that first led you down the dusty path … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Raised By Eagles ~ Diamonds In The Bloodstream
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ALBUM REVIEW: Raised By Eagles ~ Diamonds In The Bloodstream

On their second album Raised By Eagles eschew some of the ragged country rock moves of their debut and head for classic songwriting territory with excursions into power pop and acoustic balladry. The intimate and explicitly emotional storytelling of ‘Sugar Cane’ and the warm breezy sway of ‘Honey’ act as counterpoints to Window Seat’s Ryan … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Pony Face ~ Nebraska
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NEW MUSIC: Pony Face ~ Nebraska

Melbourne’s Pony Face have taken on the massive task of covering Bruce Springsteen’s masterpiece LP Nebraska – in full. They haven’t cut corners either, releasing it on CD, digital and Tri-Colour State Trooper edition Vinyl LP. On the evidence of this first clip for the title track it sounds quite magnificent and suitably dark and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Eaten By Dogs ~ Hold On To Nothing
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VIDEO: Eaten By Dogs ~ Hold On To Nothing

Eaten By Dogs’ self-titled album has been soon repeat around here for the last week. From a band name like that you’d expect raw, dirty country rock but these guys out of Melbourne excel and creating a great warm mood that is as reliant on immensely hummable and downright heart-aching melodies. They’ve released a couple … 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

NEW MUSIC: Eaten By Dogs ~ Fallen Not Broken
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NEW MUSIC: Eaten By Dogs ~ Fallen Not Broken

Melbourne band Eaten By Dogs released their self-titled debut album via Black Hats Rackets a few weeks ago and yesterday they posted the clip for its second single ‘Fallen Not Broken’. I like what I hear in this track and also the first single ‘If it Ain’t Killing You, it’s Sure Killing Me’ which you can … Continue reading

SIX STRINGS: Dan Waters
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SIX STRINGS: Dan Waters

Last year Dan Waters released his excellent solo LP La Vita E Bella to critical acclaim and he was rewarded with Best Country Album at the Age Music Victoria Awards. Waters has followed that up with a new EP under the name The Gulbransen Brothers, featuring Chad Mason of Wagons as his equal songwriting/sparring partner. Don’t Let The Music Stop … Continue reading