New Angus and Julia Stone Video “I’m Not Yours”

Angus and Julia Stone
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As Angus and Julia Stone take the world by storm their established fans here in Australia get to reap the benefits. Case in point: The brand new video from the pair, for the track “I’m Not Yours”, is very obviously aimed at an overseas market (it debuted on the web site of US magazine Nylon) but thanks to the wonder of the internet we Australians can enjoy its animated goodness as well.

Watch “I’m Not Yours” below:

Davidson Brothers Release New Album “Here To Stay”

Davidson Brothers Here To Stay
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It feels like its been a while since we featured any Bluegrass on Timber and Steel so we thought it was about time we changed that. The Davidson Brothers (Hamish and Lachlan Davidson) from Yinnar in south-eastern Victoria are probably the country’s premiere bluegrass band having picked up two Golden Guitars over the last few years and an Independent Country Music Award in 2010 for Group of the Year.

Here To Stay is the latest album from the Davidson Brothers and was released at the start of this month and should be available in stores and online now. That’s the cover art up above and down below we have the track listing, a preview video for the album and the boys’ version of Fat Boy Slim’s “Praise You” from an episode of Spicks and Specks late last year. Also, if you head over to this part of the official Davidson Brothers web site you can listen to samples of all the tracks from Here to Stay. Enjoy!

1. My Heart Can’t Believe My Eyes
2. Let’s Agree To Disagree
3. Find You
5. Driving Into The Storm
6. Double Plugger Strut
7. Victoria
8. Rather Be Gone
9. Down Time
10. Locky And Hagwinkle
11. Write Me A Letter

Lanie Lane Records with Jack White’s Third Man Records

Lanie Lane
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This has got to be so frigging exciting for our Lanie Lane. Jack White (The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs) started Third Man Records as a place to personally produce the artists he wanted to work with, both legends from the past that the rising stars of the future. Third Man Records has seen the likes of Wanda Jackson, Laura Marling, Secret Sisters, First Aid Kit, Seasick Steve and many many more walk through its doors. And now it’s our very own Lanie Lane’s turn.

Lane recently visited Nashville, Tennessee where she recorded two tracks with Jack White, “a fuzz bass sassed stomp number, “Ain’t Hungry” and a wailing, waltzing lament to withheld love, “My Man”” according to her blog. The songs will be released as a 7″ vinyl and digital single on the 23rd August.

Lane recounted on her blog: “It was an honour to be asked by Jack to record with him at Third Man. I was so inspired by the whole process and by how raw and instinctively everything happened. I got so much out of the experience and I’m very proud of the end result.”

Lanie Lane will probably stop pinching herself just in time to jump on stage at Splendour in the Grass this weekend. Looks like big things are happening for our favourite country-rock-roots-whatever artist – and she deserves it all!

Major Chord Announces New Album “Psychic Civil War”

Major Chord
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Melbourne troubadour Dan Flynn, AKA Major Chord, first crossed our radar when he was announced as the support for Micah P. Hinson’s recent Australian tour and since then his name seems to be popping up everywhere. So it was with a huge amount of excitement that we learned Major Chord is on the precipice of releasing his brand new album Psychic Civil War.

Due out on the 5th August Psychic Civil War is the third LP from Major Chord. A tour to support the album is promised in October. We have the first single from Psychic Civil War, “Tomorrow Night”, embedded below so you can get a taste of what’s to come:

Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel Single Launch

Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel
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Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel are a band that has been making waves on the Melbourne folk/alt-country scene for some time now and while we may be a little late the the party here we figured it was about time Timber and Steel sent some love their way. When every band we talk to in Melbourne tells us we should be covering Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel we definitely sit up and pay attention.

On the 6th August Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel will be debuting their brand new single “Beat Gets Louder” at the Workers Club in Melbourne. “Beat Gets Louder” is the band’s first ever official single (taken off a promised forthcoming album) and will be available for download from the 5th August (which gives you a day to learn all the words). Supporting Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel will be Fingerbone Bill plus a DJ set from the Mexicali Mammas. Tickets are a measly $15 with full details are on the poster below.

Sal Kimber Single Launch

The Black Atlantic Announce New EP “Darkling, I Listen” (+ preorder)

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You might remember reading some time ago an article Timber & Steel published steering you all towards a fantastic folk-pop act from the Netherlands called The Black Atlantic. The underpinning fact of the article was that The Black Atlantic were offering their debut album Reverence For Fallen Trees for free download- an outrageous act of generosity in anyone’s language. I know I got my hands on it quick smart (and the WordPress stats suggested many of you did too) simply because I thought the offer was way too good to last. Well, turns out I was wrong. The Black Atlantic are still offering their debut album for free via this link.

Furthermore, today’s Darkling, I Listen EP announcement also stated their intent to eventually make the upcoming EP available for free as well, but for now, they need help financing it. How do we help? Well, The Black Atlantic have cleverly created a range of products for us to pre-order in order to fund the recording, producing, mixing and manufacturing costs. There’s digital downloads, CDs, Vinyl, T-shirts- the lot. I’d strongly urge everyone to follow this link and download The Black Atlantic‘s debut album for free, and if you like what you hear, give a little bit back and head to this website to pre-order the new EP Darkling, I Listen. There’s free shipping to Australia, or anywhere in the world (if you were wondering), so don’t let oceans get in your way! When my pay-cheque comes in I’m definitely ordering the 10-inch vinyl and a t-shirt. That’ll fix that conscience of mine.

Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies and Evan & Mischa Joint Album Launch

Lucy Wise & the B'Gollies
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Alright Melbourne are you ready to get your trad on? Not one, but two of the cities finest young folk bands are launching their respective albums on the 20th August at the Abbotsford Hall and it promises to be an amazing night of traditional and contemporary folk.

Lucy Wise & The B'Gollies First up is Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies whose self titled album we reviewed recently. Renowned for their mixture of Appalachian, Celtic and contemporary folk, Lucy Wise and her cohorts are definitely rising stars in the folk scene.

Evan and Mischa Mischa Herman, who plays accordian with The B’Gollies (second from the left in the top photo), is joined by his partner in crime Evan Davies for the creatively titled group Evan and Mischa. The duo are launching their debut self titled EP which touches on everything from traditional Irish, American Old Time, Breton and Bluegrass.

Individually these artists are must see but together? Now that’s what we call a hell of a lineup. Check out the full details at the official Facebook event.

Husky to Launch New Album with Melbourne and Sydney Shows

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Melbourne four piece Husky have been very busy boys of late having just wrapped up a tour with Jinja Safari and then jumping into the support slot for Noah and the Whale and Devandra Bandhart’s Splendour sideshows over the next couple of weeks. But they’ve also got a brand new album to launch so rather than taking a break the band have announced two shows in Sydney and Melbourne to do just that.

The highly anticipated new album from Husky, titled Forever So, is yet to get an official release date but that won’t stop the guys from showcasing their new material at these shows. In the support slot is Sydney’s Tigertown. Full dates are below but make sure you get in quick – Husky’s star is on the rise and these are bound to sell out:

Thursday 25th August – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 27th August – East Brunswick Club, Melbourne, VIC

Listen to Laura Marling’s New Single “Sofia”

Laura Marling Sophia
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If you’ve been listening to the radio in the last 24 hours or so you may have been lucky enough to hear “Sofia” the brand new single from Laura Marling. “Sofia” is the first single from Marling’s upcoming album A Creature I Don’t Know, due in stores on the 9th September. You can listen to it below:

Cool huh? We reckon it’s got a real Joni Mitchell vibe about it. A Creature I Don’t Know is now available for preorder via iTunes with “Sofia” already available to purchase and download. Full details of the album are here.

Jordie Lane’s “Not From Round Here” Video

Jordie Lane

Having just released the amazing album Blood Thinner (reviewed here) the next obvious step for singer-songwriter Jordie Lane was to put together a video for the first single “Not From Round Here”. Which is exactly what he’s done.

Directed by newcomer Darius Devas and shot in Northern NSW, “Not From Round Here” once again features Lane torching a perfectly good guitar (something he did in tribute to Gram Parsons in this mini-documentary). Two guitars in the space of two videos – a more psychologically inclined blog than ours may point out a pattern of anti-social behaviour here. But we’re not psychologically inclined, we’re folkily inclined and on that score both the track and the video for “Not From Round Here” are absolutely wonderful. Watch it below:

There’s still a chance to catch Jodie Lane on his current Australian tour supporting Blood Thinner – the full tour dates are here.

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