Details of the Upcoming Jason Isbell Album Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell
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Probably the most highly anticipated Americana albums of 2015 is the new outing from Jason Isbell. Titled Something More Than Free, the album is due for release on the 17th July and is a follow up to his breakthrough 2013 solo album Southeastern.

Check out the full track listing plus the lyric video for the song “24 Frames” below:

1. If It Takes A Lifetime
2. 24 Frames
3. Flagship
4. How To Forget
5. Children Of Children
6. The Life You Chose
7. Something More Than Free
8. Speed Trap Town
9. Hudson Commodore
10. Palmetto Rose
11. To A Band That I Loved

Listen to the New Oh Pep! Single “The Race”

Oh Pep
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Melbourne indie-folkers Oh Pep! have managed to find time in their busy schedule planning their upcoming North American tour to release their brand new single “The Race”. Definitely leaning towards the pop side of Oh Pep!’ss sound, “The Race” is the first taste of their upcoming EP Living, due for release on the 21st August.

Take a listen to “The Race” below:

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 3rd July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney’s Sam Newton released his new video “Bill’s Lost Love”. Details here

Tom West released his new EP Oncoming Clouds yesterday and will be touring it over the next week. Details here

Shane Nicholson released his new video “Secondhand Man”. Details here

– The Marlon Williams and Laura Jean Australian tour kicked off this week. Details here

– Wollongong based singer-songwriter Obscura Hail released his new single “Shaky Execution”. Details here

– Before they headed over to Europe The Crooked Fiddle Band released their new single “Kings of the Mud”. Details here

– We premiered the new EP from Kristafor Farrenkothen, Songs I Made In My Bedroom. Details here

Mumford & Sons announced their Australian tour dates including a Gentlemen of the Road event in Sydney and their new video “The Wolf”. Details here

– Central Coast duo Elwood Myre released their new live video “Howling Beach”. Details here

– Melbourne’s Mcrobin released his new single “In”. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Anna Cordell released her new video “I’ll Wait Here”. Details here

– Folk-pop singer Esther Holt released her new video “By Water”. Details here

– Wollongong based singer-songwriter Leo released her new single “Daniel”. Details here

– We streamed 1801, the new EP from Mid-North Coast singer-songwriter Johnny Jarko. Details here


– We picked the top ten albums from the first half of 2015 including releases from Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Laura Marling, Marlon Williams, Packwood, Rhiannon Giddens, Ruby Boots, Sufjan Stevens, The Milk Carton Kids, The Staves and Tolka. Read the blog piece here

Releases This Week

Part Of The PlanBronte

Slow Gum
Slow GumFraser A. Gorman

Finding Gold
Finding GoldHelen Shanahan

VenusJoy Williams

Songs Bedroom
Songs I Made In My BedroomKristafor Farrenkothen

Lucy Rose
Work It OutLucy Rose

The Monsanto Years
The Monsanto YearsNeil Young + Promise of the Real

Richard Thompson
StillRichard Thompson

Tom West
Oncoming CloudsTom West

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Tom West

Tom West

Tom West is one of Timber and Steel‘s favourite singer-songwriters and today he launches his highly anticipated new EP Oncoming Clouds (see above). To celebrate the Adelaide based folky has launch shows over this weekend in McLaren Vale, Sydney and Melbourne with some amazing supports including The Maple Trail and Oscar Lush.

Friday 3rd July – Cellar Door Sessions, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 4th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Gigs Next Week

Alison Ferrier and Jed Rowe
Friday 3rd July – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay NSW
Saturday 4th July – City Sounds at Queens St Mall, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – City Sounds at Brisbane Square, Brisbane QLD
Sunday 5th July – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
Thursday 9th July – 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW
Friday 10th July – Wauchope Arts, Wauchope NSW

Bearded Gypsy Band and Lovers Electric
Friday 10th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA

Bello Winter Music Festival
Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th July – Bellingen, NSW

Birds of a Feather feat. Jacqui Sterling & Friends
Sunday 5th July – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Wednesday 8th July – The Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th July – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Fraser A. Gorman
Friday 3rd July – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 4th July – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 10th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Helen Shanahan
Thursday 9th July – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA

Lacey Cole & the Lazy Colts
Thursday 9th July – Moonshine Cider and Rum Bar, Manly, NSW

Marlon Williams and Laura Jean
Friday 3rd July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – Bello Winter Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Tuesday 7th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Obscura Hail
Saturday 4th July – Dane Certificate’s, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 8th July – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday 9th July – The Union, Sydney, NSW

Owen Campbell
Friday 3rd July – Taps, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
Sunday 5th July – Toowoomba Blues Club, Toowoomba, QLD
Thursday 9th July – Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston, TAS
Friday 10th July – The Homestead, Hobart, TAS

Porch Light Sessions feat. Catgut, Bec Bastoli, Maia Jelavic
Thursday 9th July – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

The Milk Carton Kids
Friday 3rd July – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 4th July – Bello Winer Music Weekender, Bellingen, NSW

Thomas James with Trent Williams
Friday 3rd July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Tom Stephens
Saturday 4th July – The Front, Canberra, ACT

Tom West
Friday 3rd July – Cellar Door Sessions, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 4th July – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 5th July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“New York” – The Milk Carton Kids

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch The Milk Carton Kids over the past week or you’re going to see them this weekend at Bello Winter Music then you no doubt have this song stuck in your head. Because I know I do.

Stream the New EP from Johnny Jarko, 1801

Johnny Jarko
Image Courtesy of Johnny Jarko

Mid-North Coast singer-songwriter, and current UK resident Johnny Jarko sent me his debut EP recently and I just had to share. Titled 1801, the EP was originally released back in May.

I really like Johnny Jarko’s songwriting – he’s got that indie-folk sound that instantly draws you in. See what I’m talking about by streaming 1801 below:

Listen to “Daniel”, the New Single from Leo

Image Courtesy of Leo

Leo is a solo indie-folk singer-songwriter from Wollongong. Her brand new single is “Daniel” takes Leo to a dark place with its tale of domestic violence based “on a life-changing incident that happened in the country town where Leo grew up”.

Take a listen to “Daniel” below:

Watch the New Esther Holt Video “By Water”

Esther Holt
Image Courtesy of Esther Holt

Melbourne folk-pop singer-songwriter Esther Holt has just released her brand new music video “By Water” and it’s something special. The haunting track is the first from Holt’s sophomore EP which will be due in the second half of this year – and for which Esther Holt has a Pozible campaign going.

Check out the video for “By Water” below:

Watch the New Anna Cordell Video “I’ll Wait Here”

Anna Cordell
Image Courtesy of Anna Cordell

If you love sweet, vocal led folk music then you’re going to love “I’ll Wait Here”, the new single and video from Melbourne singer-songwriter Anna Cordell.

Cordell’s voice is amazing and the clip, directed by Tristan Mclindon, is pitch perfect. “I’ll Wait Here” is Cordell’s first official release.

Check out the video below:

Listen to the Single “In” from Melbourne’s Mcrobin

Image Courtesy of Mcrobin

Mcrobin is the moniker of Melbourne songwriter and producer James McGuffie. Combining the subtle intricacies of acoustic instruments with synth lines and vocal harmonies Mcrobin produces music that bridges the folk and electronic world.

The new single from Mcrobin is “In” which is taken from his upcoming debut EP Fault Lines which is due for release on the 12th July. Take a listen to the track below:

Ten Albums and EPs From the First Half of 2015 You Should Own

Bob Dylan

We’ve hit the halfway point of 2015 and already we’ve been treated to some very very fine music of the folk, acoustic and roots albums from some of our favourite artists. When I was sifting through the releases so far this year whittling it down to just ten records was almost impossible. But this is the challenge I’ve set myself and ten albums I have chosen – with honourable mentions to of course go to William Fitzsimmons, Passenger, Lucy Wise Trio, José González, Catgut, Punch Brothers, The Decemberists and many many more. So prepare to discover some amazing music, revisit some amazing music or hotly debate what’s missing from our list of the top ten albums and EPs from the first half of 2015.

DeclarationKate Burke & Ruth Hazleton


The return of Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton to the studio with their fifth album was welcomed with open arms from everyone in the folk scene. I’ve said it many times before but Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton’s music in the early 2000’s is what solidified me as a life long fan of folk and traditional music and having them back in my earbuds with brand new music is simply wonderful. This album is everything you want from Kate & Ruth – beautiful harmonies, stunning renditions of traditional songs and some contemporary music added in for good measure.

Short MovieLaura Marling

Short Movie

Five albums in seven years is no mean feat, but what is truly amazing about Laura Marling is how much she has grown as an artist over that time. Not content to just present the same idea over and over again Laura Marling has become more than the sum of her influences, more than just a sweet folk singer from London, and has truly become one of the most exciting and important artists of her generation. Short Movie is the most lyrically and melodically raw album of Marling’s catalogue – all electric guitars and Dylan-esque spoken lyrics – yet it also manages to be her most seamlessly produced work to date, which is yet another achievement given the record was completely self produced.

Marlon WilliamsMarlon Williams

Marlon Williams

Where did you come from Marlon Williams? By this time last year I’d only heard rumours of this alt-country singer from New Zealand who was taking the folk scene by storm. Since then I’ve seen the man live more times than I can count, watched him literally reduce audience members to tears with his voice and have had his self titled album on repeat since its release. Williams has been described as harkening back to the country music stars of old, but I think there’s something thoroughly modern about his music – taking his cue the best of the golden tonsiled singers of the 50s and 60s and updating that sound to a new generation.

MontereyThe Milk Carton Kids


When you listen to a new Milk Carton Kids album you pretty much know exactly what you’re going to get – two part harmonies over lead and rhythm guitar. But what makes Monterey stand out to me is the production. For the first time I feel like The Milk Carton Kids’ live sound has been captured on a record, although I can’t quite put my finger on why that’s so – on the surface the presentation is not that much different to The Ash & Clay. Maybe it’s just the “feeling” of the songs – but whatever it is this is definitely an album to have in your collection.



I’m kind of glad it’s taken three years for Packwood to release new music since his incredible debut self-titled album. In the intervening years Packwood has developed as a songwriter, adding a lyrical depth to his beautifully arranged chamber-folk music that was a little lacking on the first release. Autumnal is the first of two mini albums that Packwood has already released this year (with two more to come) but is by far my favourite with its choral arrangements, sweeping orchestras and nods to contemporaries like Sufjan Stevens and Sam Amidon. I’m going to revisit Packwood’s entire seasonal concept album Vertumnus as a whole once all four mini-albums are released, but for the moment I’m thoroughly enjoying Autumnal as a standalone release.

Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens

Tomorrow Is My Turn

2015 really been the the year of Rhiannon Giddens. Her successful collaboration with superstar producer T-Bone Burnett on the Inside Llewyn Davis concert Another Day, Another Time as well as the Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes has lead to the outstanding Tomorrow Is My Turn, Giddens’ debut solo album. The record takes traditional and contemporary music and reimagines it for Giddens folk-blues-jazz-old-time voice with amazing results, elevating her beyond her work with The Carolina Chocolate Drops. I feel like Tomorrow Is My Turn is destined to be an album that influences folk singers for years to come.

SolitudeRuby Boots


When we picked Ruby Boots as an artist to watch in 2015 we suspected that come July we’d be talking up her new album Solitude. And that prediction has come true as Solitude is one of the alt-country albums of the past few years. Ruby Boots’s trademark big country voice is all over this record but what really makes it for me is just how tight she’s sounding with her full band – in fact I’d almost say that Solitude is the first time I’d describe Ruby Boots as a “band” rather than the solo project of frontwoman Bex Chilcott. When you add that dynamic to Ruby Boots’ masterful songwriting you’ve got an instant Australian country music classic.

Carrie & LowellSufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell

While I’ve enjoyed almost everything Sufjan Stevens has produced in the last five years his move away from his experimental electro music and back to his folk roots for Carrie & Lowell got me extremely excited, and the album itself has not disappointed. Here is a fragile, sumptuous, personal, raw piece of art that may well be Sufjan Stevens’ best album to date. I’m glad that Carrie & Lowell isn’t just Seven Swans revisited and that despite it being very much a folk album you can still here the echo of Stevens’ electro dalliance. This is Sufjan Stevens moving forward with his music and we’re all going on the journey with him.

If I WasThe Staves

If I Was

I feel like The Staves have always been destined for greatness since they burst onto the UK nu-folk scene almost six years ago. But it’s taken their Justin Vernon produced album If I Was to bring them to the attention of the wider folk community. In the past The Staves have leant on their three part harmonies to drive their music, and those harmonies are all over this album, but the inclusion of Vernon as producer has brought with it a full compliment of drums, guitars, horns and more. This adds a wonderful fullness to If I Was and only enhances The Staves’ stunning singing and songwriting.

One HouseTolka

One House

Tolka really are on the cutting edge of traditionally inspired music in Australia right now. Their latest album One House is almost entirely original music that draws so heavily on the tradition that you’d assume all of the tunes have existed for millennia. The production is pretty spot on and I love the use of samples dotted throughout – it adds an extra element to the music and makes One House stand out from its contemporaries. I can’t wait to see what Tolka have in store next.

Watch the New Live Video from Elwood Myre, “Howling Beach”

Elwood Myre
Image Courtesy of Elwood Myre

Central Coast duo Elwood Myre have just released their brand new live video “Howling Beach”. The track is taken from Elwood Myre’s debut self-titled album which was released at the beginning of the year.

Check out the live video “Howling Beach” below:

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