The Snowdroppers Announce Album Launch Tour

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Blues-rockers The Snowdroppers last week dropped their highly anticipated new album The Business and will this week head out on a national tour to support it. The Business was recorded with The Snowdroppers’ longtime sound man Ryan Hazell and is purported to come close to capturing the band’s frantic live show.

Speaking of which The Snowdroppers are heading out on tour from this Friday. The full list of dates, along with a stream of their new single “Devil Child” is below:

Friday 4th September – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 5th September – Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 10th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolaba, QLD
Saturday 19th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 25th September – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 1st October – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd October – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 3rd October – The Boston, Perth, WA
Sunday 4th October – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Friday 9th October – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th October – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba, QLD
Sunday 22nd November – HiFi Days Festival, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 26th November – Republic Bar, Hobart, TAS
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC

Details of the Next Live ‘n’ Lounging Featuring The Bollands, The Campervan Dancers, Kay Proudlove and Huckleberry Hastings

Kay Proudlove
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I love what the people behind Live ‘n’ Lounging have created. In Sydney so much of the music scene is concentrated in the inner city and surrounding suburbs, and if you head out to the suburbs it can be a live music wasteland.

But Live ‘n’ Lounging bucks this trend, bringing some of the best singer-songwriters and bands to the Macarthur region into an intimate, house concert environment.

And this month is no different with an absolutely cracking lineup featuring New Zealand folk duo The Bollands, Sydney stalwarts The Campervan Dancers, singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove (above) and dark-folk singer Huckleberry Hastings. The next Live ‘n’ Lounging takes place on Sunday 13th September and is just $10 on the door.

For more information on Live ‘n’ Lounging including how to get your hands on tickets and the night’s actual location check out the official Facebook event here.

Timber and Steel Premiere: Youngsmith’s New Video “Wither”

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Youngsmith is a 33 year old singer-songwriter from Brisbane who has just released his stunning new track “Wither”. Painstakingly recorded over six months with rudimentary studio gear, the final version is a wonderfully stripped back affair with just guitar, stomp box, tambourine and Youngsmith’s resonant baritone.

“The song came to me at a time in my life when I was feeling totally powerless,” Youngsmith explained. “I was trying to hold onto my sanity, my relationship and avoiding all my thoughts and feelings. I kept on waiting for the pain to go away but it wouldn’t. So, I put it into this song.”

Timber and Steel are very proud to be able to premiere the video for “Wither” – check it out below:

Details of the Americana Hayride at the Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh

Americana Hayride
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On Sunday 25th October some of Australia’s best and brightest alt-country and Americana artists will be coming to The Caravan Club in Oakleigh for the Americana Hayride.

Hosted by local legends The Weeping Willows, the show will be headlined by Bill Chambers and will also features sets from Justin Bernasconi, Cat Canteri, Dan Waters, Bill Jackson and The Weeping Willows themselves. The artists will be featuring their original material as well as covering hit songs from Louisiana Hayride stars such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Patsy Cline.

Americana Hayride will kick off at 3pm with tickets available here. For more information check out the official Facebook invite here – the full set times are below:

3pm – The Weeping Willows
3:25pm – Bill Jackson
3:55pm – Dan Waters
4:35pm – Justin Bernasconi + Cat Canteri
5:15pm – Bill Chambers + guests!

Americana Australia, Post to Wire, Unpaved & Timber and Steel Present The September Sampler

Americana Australia

This month the good folks behind online community Americana Australia asked Timber and Steel along with our fellow roots bloggers Post to Wire and Unpaved to contribute tracks to their monthly playlist sampler. The result is a wonderfully eclectic mix of tracks that is the perfect playlist for the first day of spring.

The three tracks selected by Timber and Steel are pulled from what’s on high rotation here – “Travelling Shoes” from Jack Carty’s recent free live album, “Waly Waly” from Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton’s amazing new album Declaration and the brand new Packwood track “My Fair Life” which is taken from the album Vernal, released today.

Take a listen to the full playlist below:

A breakdown of who chose which track is below:

Post to Wire:
1. James Thomson – “Highway Nights (I Wanna Be)”
2. HT Heartache – “Cowboy Poetry”
3. Will Wood – “Quiet Night”

4. Suzannah Espie — “I’m Sorry”
5. Damon Smith and the Quality Lightweights — “The Sun And The Moon”
6. Alison Ferrier — “Be Here Now”

Timber and Steel:
7. Jack Carty – “Travelling Shoes (Live @ The Front)”
8. Packwood — “My Fair Life”
9. Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton – “Waly Waly”

Americana Australia asked Timber and Steel:
10. Raised By Eagles — “Waterline”
11. The Heggarties — “True to You”
12. Ben Bunting — “Don’t You Ever Speak My Name Again”

Listen to the New Single From The Timbers “All I’ve Got Time For” Plus National Tour Dates

The Timbers
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The brand new single from Adelaide band The Timbers, “All I’ve Got Time For”, is an absolute cracker. But we’ll let the band explain:

“Recorded in an old church in the Adelaide Hills, “All I’ve Got Time For” is the first taste of The Timbers’ latest album. This is a song with anthemic riffs and heartfelt moments about living in the city of Adelaide. The energy of a Timbers live show is well captured in this track and is bound to get the dance floor pumping.”

Take a listen to “All I’ve Got Time For” below:

The Timbers will be heading out on a national tour from this weekend – check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Jade Monkey, Adelaide, SA
Friday 25th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 26th September – Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 27th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 4th October – Semaphore Music Festival, SA
Friday 9th October – Mount Gambier Hotel, Mount Gambier SA
Saturday 10th October – Yarra Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 11th October – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October – Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA
Saturday 14th November – Riverstock, Loxton, SA
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November – Majors Creek Festival, NSW
Sunday 29th November – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Watch the New Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars Video “A Lover And A Fool”

Eddie Boyd
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Sydney based blues and roots trip Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars have just released “A Lover And A Fool”, the latest video from their EP of the same name. Check it out here:

Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillars are currently on a huge east coast tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd September – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 4th September – Lennox Point Hotel, Lennox Head, NSW
Saturday 5th September – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 6th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 11th September – Helm Bar, Mooloolabah, QLD
Friday 18th September – Tattersalls Hotel, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th September – The Stag and Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 20th September – Beaches, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 25th September – Baroque, Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 26th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Sam Amidon Releases Album of Home Recordings

Sam Amidon
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Last week American folk singer Sam Amidon released his album Home Alone Inside My Head with almost no fanfare. The album features field recordings but in true Sam Amidon fashion he’s collected them from himself, recording them in his New York apartment.

“It was recorded onto my trusty Marantz tape recorder, mostly at my apartment in Yonkers NY, over the course of winter/spring 2002,” Sam Amidon explained. “I went on a long kayak ride in the northern seas and came back with the idea to make Home Alone Inside My Head. I carried the tape recorder around wherever I went, and made these self-induced field recordings as they emerged from inside. The first song, “Sally Gal,” is a fiddle tune that was first recorded by a Black fiddle player named Will Adam. Most of the other pieces were improvised/composed by myself with a couple other exceptions, including the track where I play along with some women singing; that one is a field recording of Ottawa Indians singing a melody that I had first heard in an old old Shape Note hymn.”

Stream the entirety of Home Alone Inside My Head below:

Darren Cross and William Crighton Announced for the Next Heartbreaker Sessions

Darren Cross
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Have you managed to make it down to the newest Sydney Americana night Heartbreaker Sessions yet? We were there last Sunday and the place was packed – definitely a good sign seeing as it was their second show ever!

This Sunday 6th September the Heartbreaker Sessions returns to Freda’s in Chippendale with music from Darren Cross (Jep and Dep) and William Crighton along with DJ sets from the Post to Wire.

The night kicks off at 6pm is 100% free – for more information check out the official Facebook invite here.

Imogen Clark Announces New EP and Launch Show

Imogen Clark
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Sydney based singer-songwiter Imogen Clark last week announced the details of her upcoming EP. Titled Love & Lovely Lies, the EP is due for release on the 23rd October.

“In the past few years, I feel like I’ve really figured out exactly who I am and what sort of artist I am,” Imogen Clark explains. “To me, this record is the sound of that realisation because I feel it really captures this era of my life. I wanted to make a record which was a home-grown, raw, roots-y kind of project.”

To celebrate its release Imogen Clark is planning to launch Love & Lovely Lies with a very special show at Django Bar in Sydney on Thursday 22nd October. Supporting Clark will be Timber and Steel favourite Timothy James Bowen. For more information about the launch head to the official Facebook event here.

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