Marlon Williams Announces New Album and May Tour with The Weather Station

Marlon Williams
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New Zealand born, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Marlon Williams is set to take on the world again with a huge international tour planned for 2018.

The tour is set to coincide with Williams’ just-announced new album Make Way For Love, due for release on 16th February.

The album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, The Strokes) and features Marlon Williams’ long standing backing band The Yarra Benders. The first single is a duet with Williams’ ex-girlfriend and rising star on the singer-songwriter scene Aldous Harding titled “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore”.

Check out the video for the track here:

The Australian leg of Marlon Williams’ huge international tour takes place in May and features support from Canadian singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite The Weather Station – check the full list of dates below:

Monday 14th May – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 15th May – Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
Wednesday 16th May – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 17th May – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Andrew Swift Announces New Album Call Out For The Cavalry Plus Exclusive Stream of “Reckless Desires”

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Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has just announced plans to release his new album Call Out For The Cavalry, due for release on the 2nd March next year.

The album follows on from Andrew Swift’s eponymous 2015 release and was produced by sought after producer Matt Fell. Swift has gone for a full band feel on the record with guitarist Glen Hannah, drummer Josh Schuberth, Hammond organist Dan Biederman, lap steel from Dan Biederman and Matt Fell on bass, guitars, keys and percussion. The album also features guest vocals from Catherine Britt, Gretta Ziller and Katie Brianna.

The full track listing for Call Out For The Cavalry is below:

1. Runaway Train
2. Reckless Desires
3. Georgia
4. The Devil & His Sin
5. Jezebel
6. Fire & Ice
7. Ball & Chain
8. Unforgiven Sins
9. Blood Moon High
10. King of the Sky

The first single from Call Out For The Cavalry is the rocking “Reckless Desires” which we have an exclusive stream of here:

Andrew Swift is heading out on The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase Tour with Gretta Ziller this December and January – the full list of dates is here:

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC
Saturday 30th December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Sunday 31st December – Somers Holiday Village, Somers, VIC
Monday 1st January – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Tuesday 2nd January – Phillip Island Caravan Park, Newhaven, VIC
Wednesday 3rd January – Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, VIC
Thursday 4th January – Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 5th January – Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Eastern Beach Caravan Park, Lakes Entrance, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Malacoota, VIC
Monday 8th January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Merimbula Holiday Park, Merimbula, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW
Thursday 11th January – South Coast Holiday Parks, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 12th January – BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, Narooma, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort, South Durras, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Lake Conjola Entrance Holiday Park, Lake Conjola, NSW
Monday 15th January – Shoalhaven Heads Holiday Park, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW
Tuesday 16th January – Easts Beach Holiday Park, Kiama, NSW
Wednesday 17th January – Toowoon Bay Holiday Park, Toowoon Bay, NSW

Watch the New Ruby Boots Video “It’s So Cruel”

Ruby Boots
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WA songstress Ruby Boots returns with the rocking new single and video “It’s So Cruel”. The tack is the first taster from Ruby Boots’ second album Don’t Talk About It which has just been announced with a release date of 9th February.

“It’s about that moment — when you meet a person and it seems like destiny has smiled on you and sparks are flying,” Ruby Boots explained about the new single. “Except, they’ve somehow neglected to tell you about the ‘significant other’. Yeah, bummer. We all live and learn enough to see those red flags next time around.”

Check out the video for “It’s So Cruel” below:

Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift Announce The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase Tour

Gretta Ziller
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The roadtrip is a quintessential part of the Australian Christmas experience. Packing the family into the car and heading up the coast to your favourite caravan park for long summer days.

Americana artists Gretta Ziller and Andrew Swift are determined to make the caravan park holiday an even more special experience this summer with the announcement of The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase tour. Ziller and Swift will be winding their way up to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, performing at caravan parks in Victoria and New South Wales as they go.

If you’re jumping in the car for a road trip this year, make sure you line it up with the tour and make the most of these amazing artists – the full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC
Saturday 30th December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Sunday 31st December – Somers Holiday Village, Somers, VIC
Monday 1st January – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Tuesday 2nd January – Phillip Island Caravan Park, Newhaven, VIC
Wednesday 3rd January – Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, VIC
Thursday 4th January – Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 5th January – Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Eastern Beach Caravan Park, Lakes Entrance, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Malacoota, VIC
Monday 8th January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Merimbula Holiday Park, Merimbula, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW
Thursday 11th January – South Coast Holiday Parks, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 12th January – BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, Narooma, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort, South Durras, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Lake Conjola Entrance Holiday Park, Lake Conjola, NSW
Monday 15th January – Shoalhaven Heads Holiday Park, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW
Tuesday 16th January – Easts Beach Holiday Park, Kiama, NSW
Wednesday 17th January – Toowoon Bay Holiday Park, Toowoon Bay, NSW

Watch the New James Ellis and the Jealous Guys Video “Have You Ever Seen Her”

James Ellis
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Melbourne alt-country band James Ellis and the Jealous Guys have had a massive 2017, recently performing at the Out On The Weekend festival as well as scoring impressive support slots with local and international artists.

They’re keeping that momentum going with the release of their new single and video “Have You Ever Seen Her”. The track is pure classic country with Ellis’ voice feeling like it’s been pulled directly from the 70s.

Check out “Have You Ever Seen Her” here:

“Have You Ever Seen Her” is the first taster of James Ellis and the Jealous Guys debut album which was recorded and mixed by Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas) and mastered by Adam Dempsey and is due in early 2018.

Frazey Ford Announces Australian Tour

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Canadian soul-country singer-songwriter Frazey Ford has announced plans to return to Australia this year following an explosive debut at last year’s Bluesfest.

Frazey Ford will take in shows all over the country including an appearance at the Mullum Music Festival. Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 15th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 18th November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Wednesday 22nd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 23rd November – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Friday 24th November – Badlands, Perth, WA
Saturday 25th November – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

Calexico Announce New Album The Thread That Keeps Us

Calexico
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Alt-country legends Calexico have this week announced plans to release their ninth studio album The Thread That Keeps Us.

Due for release on the 26th January, The Thread That Keeps Us is Calexico’s first since 2015’s acclaimed Edge of Sun.

“There’s a little more chaos and noise in the mix than what we’ve done in the past,” co-founder Joey Burns explains. “Whenever we’re writing and we come up with something that feels too familiar, someone will end up saying, ‘That feels good, but let’s keep going and see what else we can uncover’. It’s been really important to the arc of this band’s evolution for us to always keep on trying new things.”

The first taster of The Thread That Keeps Us is the rocky “End of the World With You” take a listen here:

The full track listing for The Thread That Keeps Us is below:

1. End of the World with You
2. Voices in the Field
3. Bridge to Nowhere
4. Spinball
5. Under the Wheels
6. The Town & Miss Lorraine
7. Flores y Tamales
8. Another Space
9. Unconditional Waltz
10. Girl in the Forest
11. Eyes Wide Awake
12. Dead in the Water
13. Shortboard
14. Thrown to the Wild
15. Music Box

Listen to the New Single From The Stetson Family, “Brother”

The Stetson Family
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Melbourne alt-country favourites The Stetson Family have just released their new single “Brother”.

Written by The Stetson Family frontwoman Nadine Budge, the track is filled with the band’s signature throwback country and Americana flavour.

Take a listen to “Brother” below:

To celebrate the release of “Brother” The Stetson Family have a bunch of shows and festival appearances coming up as well as a Monday night residency at The Retreat Hotel in Melbourne throughout October. The full list of remaining dates are here:

Monday 23rd October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 30th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healsville, VIC
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC
Friday 1st December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Timber and Steel Video Premiere: “Something to Lose” from Rachel Baiman

Rachel Baiman
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American folk and old-time singer Rachel Baiman has been getting a bunch of buzz lately following the release of her excellent album Shame.

“I wasn’t necessarily trying to write songs that would be easy to listen to,” Baiman explained on Shame. “I wanted to write about reality, in all of it’s terror and beauty.”

The latest single from Shame is the melancholy “Something to Lose”. We’re extremely lucky to have the debut of a live video of “Something to Lose”, recorded as part of the StarHouse Concert Series in Boulder Colorado. Check it out below:

Rachel Baiman would be well known to Australian audiences as one half of 10 String Symphony. Next January the singer and multi-instrumentalist will be returning to our shores for an east coast tour, with pan-Pacific trio One Up Two Down in support.

The full list of dates are below:

Wednesday 3rd January – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 4th January – Megan Hall, Dorrigo, NSW
Friday 5th January – Upper Lansdowne Hall, Upper Lansdowne, NSW
Saturday 6th January – Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 7th January -Metropole Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 8th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Watch the New Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Video “Take A Little Time”

Brooke Russell
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The new album from Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds, The Way You Leave, is due for release on the 18th October and to get you excited the alt-country band have just released their new video “Take A Little Time”.

The track is pairs Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds unique indie-meets-country sound with some wonderful vintage footage. Check it out below:

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds will be launching The Way You Leave at The Spotted Mallard in Melbourne on the 21st October with Xani and Cookie Baker in support. For more information check out the official Facebook event here.

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