VIDEO PREMIERE: Mitch Dean – Holding Back The Levee
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Mitch Dean – Holding Back The Levee

Following the release of ‘In The Stream’, which was in the top ten of the AMRAP Metro Chart for three weeks and is on high rotation on ABC Country, Australian Americana songwriter Mitch Dean releases the third single and title-track from Holding Back The Levee. Featuring guest vocals by Kevin Bennett, from revered Australia country-rock group The Flood, ‘Holding Back The Levee’ is a stellar example … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Weeping Willows – Prelude
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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Weeping Willows – Prelude

Melbourne folk, country, Americana (they can do anything!) duo The Weeping Willows recently released their brand new 7″ single Wheels Won’t Roll, which received a premiere over at The Bluegrass Situation. They’ve also created this beautiful clip for the instrumental b-side and new single ‘Prelude’, featuring stunning drone footage filmed in Ireland by Uwe Müller … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Paper Jane – Tail Lights
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NEW MUSIC: Paper Jane – Tail Lights

‘Tail Lights’ is the recently released new single from Melbourne alt-country band Paper Jane, taken from their new album Across The Reservoir. It’s the looseness and lazy (in a good way) feel of this song that makes it hit the spot so sweetly. It’s dusty and forlorn, world weary and perfectly in-the-pocket. The album, available … Continue reading

NEW SINGLES: Matt Ward, The Weeping Willows, Melody Moko
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NEW SINGLES: Matt Ward, The Weeping Willows, Melody Moko

Adelaide country songwriter Matt Ward recently released a new single – ‘Tattoos, Trucks and Country Music’. It’s got a big, rich full-band sound with a streak of soul running through it. There’s a hint of ZZ Top in there too, along with the kind of strong and bluesy, country-rock production of contemporaries like Paul Cauthen. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Riley Catherall – Leave Me Out To Dry
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NEW MUSIC: Riley Catherall – Leave Me Out To Dry

Australian songwriter Riley Catherall returns with a new single, ‘Leave Me Out To Dry‘, the second release from a forthcoming full album. Catherall has a real knack and ability in crafting songs that sound lush and warm, yet they still resonate with a wonderful sense of space and poise. Built on the light dance of … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Mark Moldre – White Lightning
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NEW MUSIC: Mark Moldre – White Lightning

To mark its one year anniversary, Mark Moldre has today released the fourth single and fifth video clip from his acclaimed 2019 album Fever Dreams.  ‘White Lightning‘ is a raised-glass country sway, an intoxicating tale of love lost and found – with soft shuffling drums, woozy electric guitar and a loose and heady, end-of-the-night vibe. ‘White Lightning’ was a … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Arlo McKinley – Walking Shoes
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NEW MUSIC: Arlo McKinley – Walking Shoes

Here’s the authentic country sound of Arlo McKinley, taken from his forthcoming debut solo album, Die Midwestern, out August 14 on John Prine’s independent Oh Boy Records. It’s a fine opening shot, with that line “I don’t wanna get high anymore” and a classic balladeer sound, part straight country , part outlaw, mostly just a … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Scurvylicious – Wiser
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NEW MUSIC: Scurvylicious – Wiser

The delightfully named Scurvylicious concoct a wonderfully vibrant sound on this new song ‘Wiser‘. The Melbourne band open the track with a slow, swaying jangly guitar sound – like an afterthought at the start of the song. Near the minute mark it kicks into first gear with prominent bass driving things along and the mantra … Continue reading

VIDEO: Dan Brodie – My Fallen Star
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VIDEO: Dan Brodie – My Fallen Star

Melbourne’s Dan Brodie has directed a clip for a new single from his fine 2019 album Funerária do Vale. This track has a gentle, meditative quality. Sombre and sad, it paints sweet and tragic moments, fragments of memories wrapped up in a poignant portrait. “You were impossible to possess, an aberration, an emptiness, our love … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Shattercones – Love On Repeat
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NEW MUSIC: Shattercones – Love On Repeat

We’ve always got a soft-spot for that point where country and folk meet slowcore. There are elements of that in ‘Love On Repeat’, the latest single from UK group Shattercones. The song comes from their EP Oppenheimer, which is out now. You can here the sound of acts like Tindersticks, albeit with a heavier gothic … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Wagons – Need A Ride?
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NEW MUSIC: Wagons – Need A Ride?

Following on from Wagons‘ fine Songs From The Aftermath album, the band have been hard at work recording a new EP, of which the dark and spooky ‘Need A Ride?’ is the title track. There’s a cosmic malevolence at hand on the single, with psychobilly influences, some Suicide and a demonic ‘Nebraska’ Springsteen – all … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Kelley Swindall – You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want
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NEW MUSIC: Kelley Swindall – You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want

A retro vibe is the order of the day with the spoken word approach from Kelley Swindall on her new single ‘You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want’, the title-track from her new album due out in 2020. The song hits its stride with the perfectly formed country-soul chorus and some nice harmonica playing. … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Zach Aaron – Animal Of Burden / Southeast Texas Trinity River Bottom Blues
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NEW MUSIC: Zach Aaron – Animal Of Burden / Southeast Texas Trinity River Bottom Blues

Great lyrics and delivery on these recent new releases from Texan Zach Aaron. There’s some Guthrie and Dylan in the mix, and a countrified blues sound that reminds me of a cross between Townes Van Zandt and a contemporary in Leo Rondeau – with his laidback style. The songs come from Aaron’s third studio album Fill … Continue reading

NEW MUSIC: Brent Amaker DeathSquad – Hello
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NEW MUSIC: Brent Amaker DeathSquad – Hello

Johnny Cash meets Orville Peck Deadpan kitsch country noir is the order of the day from Brent Amaker DeathSquad. ‘Hello‘ a slice of self-proclaimed western performance art from Amaker who has previously released music as Brent Amaker and The Rodeo (five albums in six years). ‘Hello’ is the title track from the group’s new album, … Continue reading