Album Reviews / Americana / Country

ALBUM REVIEW: Rosanne Cash ~ The River & The Thread

Rosanne Cash stepped out of her father’s shadow many years ago and has increasingly delivered deeply emotive and personal albums. This may be her best yet, eschewing country music cliches while still remaining firmly rooted in the rich storytelling world of Americana music. There are swampy, Southern musical landscapes reminiscent of where Dylan now resides … Continue reading

Americana / Mixtape / Stream

POST TO WIRE – AMERICANA MIXTAPE ~ VOLUME 1

Here it is, the inaugural Post To Wire mixtape. We’ll endeavour to make these a regular thing and mix them up with everything from honky tonk, hillbilly boogie and rockabilly to alt-country, folk, and country-soul. Tracklisting Hawkshaw Hawkins – Doghouse Boogie Houndmouth – On the Road Raised By Eagles – Penny Drop Michael Nesmith – … Continue reading

Americana / Country / Indie Folk / New Music / Videos

WATCH: Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers | Your Rattle & Your Roll

Fanny Lumsden and her band The Thrillseekers did a live session at Cleveland’s late in 2013. Here’s a great new song Your Rattle & Your Roll, gently overflowing with that magical melodicism that Lumsden seems to fill each song with. It’s set to be a big year for the band with plans to record and … Continue reading

Americana / News

NEW RELEASE: Lucinda Williams’ Self-Titled LP Remastered and Expanded

Lucinda Williams’ out of print 3rd album from 1988 gets the remastered and expanded treatment plus (thankfully) a vinyl reissue release. Out on January 14th it also includes a 1989 live set from The Netherlands plus other live tracks culled from radio sessions. Lucinda Williams: 25th Anniversary Edition (Thirty Tigers, 2014) LP: Amazon U.S. Disc 1: Original … Continue reading

Country / News / Tour

NEWS: Delaney Davidson & Marlon Williams announce album and NZ tour

After collaborating on the 2012 album Sad but True – The Secret History of Country Music Songwriting Vol. 1 and picking up Best Album and Best Country Song at the NZ Country Music Awards, Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams will be releasing Sad But True Volume III – Juke Box B Sides on January 31st via Lyttelton Records/Southbound … 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

Alt-Country / Americana / News / Tour

NEWS: Jason Isbell and Tift Merritt Australian Tour

On the back of his superb album 2013 album Southeastern, strangely not released locally in Australia until February, Jason Isbell has announced a series of dates in addition to his appearance at Boogie Festival next April. In addition to performing with a full band, Isbell will have Tift Merritt opening for him. Merritt locally released her Travelling Alone LP earlier … Continue reading

Alt-Country / Americana / News

NEWS: Uncle Tupelo’s ‘No Depression’ to be reissued

On January 28th, 2014, Legacy Recordings will reissue Uncle Tupelo’s debut LP, 1990′s No Depression as a special two-disc remastered and expanded edition featuring rare and previously unreleased material. Included is the recently unearthed 10-song demo tape Not Forever, Just Now, recorded by the original trio of Jeff Tweedy, Jay Farrar, and Mike Heidorn in 1989. The reissue will also include … 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