New Music Monday – 27th May

Jordie and Yirramal
Image Courtesy of Jordie Lane and Yirrmal

Chance McCoy – “Lonesome Pines”

More new music from Old Crow Medicine Show multi-instrumentalist Chance McCoy’s solo project, this time the dreamy “Lonesome Pines”. Straddling somewhere between Neil Young and The Doors, “Lonesome Pines” is definitely a departure from his last single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)” and definitely a stark contrast to his Old Crow output.

Emma Beau – “Leading Me Astray”

Go-to country fiddle player Emma Beau is showing off just how talented a songwriter she is with the release of her new single and video “Leading Me Astray”. This is Beau’s latest taste from her crowd-funded self-titled alum due for release on the 28th June, and may favourite so far – I can definitely hear overtones of Joy Williams (The Civil Wars) in her vocal delivery and I’m loving the simple country production choices throughout.

“This track explains a relationship,” Emma Beau explained. “The start, present, and future, and the quirks of the time spent together, particularly the notion that someone can lead you away from the life you may have imagined – and that’s a good thing.”

Glen Hansard – “Don’t Settle”

Irish troubadour Glen Hansard released “Don’t Settle” this week, his piano driven new single from the album This Wild Willing. If you’ve been enjoying the direction Hansard’s songwriting has been taking recently then you’ll love this track. It’s emotional and lyric driven with a jazz inspired undertone and beautiful production.

Hannah Blackburn – “Did You Always Know”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Hannah Blackburn released her brand new single “Did You Always Know” last week and I’m really digging it. The retro feel coupled with Blackburn’s beautiful voice is going to elicit comparisons to Julia Jacklin – and that should definitely be taken as a compliment. A singer-songwriter to be watched.

Jordie Lane & Yirrmal – “For Everyone”

To kick off National Reconciliation Week this week singer-songwriters Jordie Lane and Yirrmal have come together to release their new single and video “For Everyone”. The song charts the journey of young indigenous man Clinton Pryor who walked 6,000km from Perth to Canberra to meet with the Prime Minister and stand for Justice of indigenous people.

The talents of both Jordie Lane and Yirrmal are undeniable and this track celebrates both of their unique voices.

Lucie Thorne – “Wheogo Hill”

Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucie Thorne has announced her new album Kitty & Frank will be in our ears on the 10th August and has released the dreamy, spacious “Wheogo Hill” as a welcome appetiser. With ambient synths, jazzy piano and Thorne’s captivating vocal style, this track is going to completely draw you in.

Lucie Thorne is heading out on tour with long time collaborator Hamish Stuart this June – check out the dates here:

Friday 7th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 13th June – Dusty Attic, Lismore, NSW
Friday 14th June – House Concert, Duranbah, NSW
Sunday 16th June – House Concert, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st June – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 23rd June – Django @ Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Passenger – “Rosie”

With a bunch of artists sharing songs and videos inspired by their children lately its also nice to see an artist like Passenger creating a piece of art to celebrate that other special person in his life – his cat Rosie.

Passenger describes the video for the track “Rosie” as “possibly the silliest and definitely the most adorable video we’ve ever released” – and I’ve watched it now more times than I care to admit.

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Let It Out”

Australia’s premiere super-group Seeker Lover Keeper, made up of the amazingly talented Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby, have made a triumphant return this week with the release of their new single “Let It Out”. The track is the group’s first in eight years and features a stunning video featuring Australian acting legend Magda Szubanski.

What I’ve always loved about Seeker Lover Keeper is just how raw their music is, and its ability to celebrate the unique voices of Blasko, Seltmann and Throsby while also bringing them together to create something unique. “Let It Out” is no different, with the trio’s beautuful vocals weaving in and out over the minimal accompaniment.

Seeker Lover Keeper have announced a couple of intimate shows this July:

Friday 12th July – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

The Lumineers – “Gloria”

We finally have some new music from indie-folk favourites The Lumineers with their track “Gloria”. The song is the first from the band’s upcoming full-length album III, due on the 13th September, and is full of the footstomping goodness you’ve come to expect from The Lumineers.

“Gloria” is the first in a series of 3 videos released by the band over the last week – you can watch “Donna” here and “Life In The City” here. Collectively they tell the visual story of 3 generations of the same family.

The Lumineers will be in the country later this year for Splendour in the Grass as well as a single intimate show in Sydney – dates below:

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July – Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay, NSW
Monday 22nd July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Pigs – “Olive, Call Me”

You know you’re going to be in for a chuckle when there’s new music from Bluegrass larrikins The Pigs, and their latest single “Olive, Call Me” doesn’t disappoint. The track details the way a romantic rival may accidentally die and is darkly hilarious.

“I’ve realised that I don’t stand a chance with Olive, because this guy is perfect for her in every way,” explains Stretch Pig from the band. “And you know, I don’t wish him any harm. I’m just sayin’ that if he gets hit by a runaway Winnebago some day, I’m good to go.”

The track is taken from The Pigs’ latest album Hillbilly Synthesiser. The band are, as always, touring the country – you can catch them at one of these upcoming Queensland dates:

Friday 31st May – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Saturday 1st May – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich, QLD
Friday 21st June – South Kolan Hotel, South Kolan, QLD
Saturday 22nd June – D’Aguilar Hotel, D’Aguilar, QLD
Friday 12th July – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 13th July – Bush To Bay Music Festival, Hervey Bay, QLD

New Music Monday – 6th May

Fanny Lumsden
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Chance McCoy – “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”

Old Crow Medicine show fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Chance McCoy has just released his brand new solo single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”. Leaning heavily into atmospheric indie-folk reminiscent of The Beta Band or The Shins, the track stands in stark contrast to Old Crow’s old time and bluegrass sound. Interestingly McCoy has announced he won’t be touring with Old Crow Medicine Show in 2019 to focus on his solo work, so I’d say we can expect a lot more from him in the coming months.

Fanny Lumsden – “Pretty Little Fools”

Alt-country singer and Timber and Steel’s mate Fanny Lumsden released the highly anticipated new video for her track “Pretty Little Fools”. Directed by longtime collaborator Sam Brumby the video is the sequel to 2017’s “Totem Tennis” and features Fanny and her friends competing in some amazingly dodgy synchronised swimming in a local pool. Lovely stuff from Australia’s alt-country queen.

Fanny Lumsden has also announced the 2019/20 tour dates for their annual Country Hall tour. As well as a bunch of local, regional dates throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia punters will be able to catch Lumsden and her band at Country Hall style shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 18th May – Soulful, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD
Saturday 10th August – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 11th August – Tambo Hall, Tambo, QLD
Thursday 15th August – Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville, QLD
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladium Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Tooraweenah Hall, Tooraweenah, NSW
Friday 4th October – Old Junee Hall, Old Junee, NSW
Friday 11th October – Marthaguy Hall, Marthaguy, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Spring Ridge, NSW
Friday 25th October – Springdale Memorial Hall, Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall, Gunbar, NSW
Friday 1st November – Mumbanna Hall, Mumbannar, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Joanna Hall, Joanna, SA
Friday 8th November – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 9th November – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall, Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 6th December – Jamieson Hall, Jamieson, VIC
Sunday 8th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th December – Globe Theatre, Winchelsea, VIC
Friday 17th January – Curban Community Hall, Curban, NSW
Friday 14th February – Lake Cargelligo, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Boree Creek Hall, Boree Creek, NSW
Friday 21st February – The Risk Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Saturday 22nd February – Asgrove Bowlo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th February – Warra Memorial Hall, Warra, QLD

Fred Smith – “Scots of the Riverina”

Celebrated Australian singer-songwriter Fred Smith released his new single and video “Scots of the Riverina” to coincide with Anzac Day week. The track, originally a poem by Henry Lawson put to music by John Schumann (Redgum), is taken from Smith’s new album Warries which he describes as “a collection of songs from conflict zones that aren’t on [2010 album] Dust of Uruzgan“.

Joy Williams – “No Place Like You”

Last week singer-songwriter Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars fame) released her brand new solo album Front Porch. “No Place Like You” is the latest single from that album and is a beautiful piece of soul-infused folk blues, pitting Williams’ amazing vocals with just a stripped back guitar.

Justin Townes Earle – “Appalachian Nightmare”

Another week, another track from Justin Townes Earle’s upcoming album The Saint Of Lost Causes (due on the 24th May). The track is a semi-autobiographical, very-fictional Americana durge and has a new video directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard.

“I want this song to say that if you are marginalized, you will find anyway you can to survive,” Earle explained. “Drug problems and criminal behavior are not a problem of color, creed or race.”

Karine Polwart – “Since Yesterday”

Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart gives us a taste of her upcoming album Scottish Songbook (due on the 2nd August) with the new single “Since Yesterday”. The track, originally by Strawberry Switchblade, is released ahead of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) and features a recording of Polwart’s grandfather singing.

“To me now, this song isn’t about teenage anxiety,” Polwart explained. “It’s about ageing and dementia, remembrance and loss. That’s partly because I’ve got older and life and meaning changes. Even tracks that you might remember as saccharine pop, they’re altered by time. And the real challenge and joy for me is getting inside them, because the lyrics & melodies are often so powerful and resonant.”

Kay Proudlove – “May The Fourth”

Wollongong based singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove released her Star Wars themed single “May The Fourth” over the weekend (naturally) and it’s really fun. More a parody of Star Wars and the people who love it rather than a tribute, Proudlove deftly straddles the line between corniness and mocking creating a track that’s really fun and well worth a repeat listen.

Matt Ward – “Take Me Home”

Adelaide based Americana singer-songwriter Matt Ward has released his new single “Take Me Home”, from the brand new album Heartland. “Take Me Home” hits all the required notes of modern Americana songwriting – Whiskey, faith, aging, traveling and a yearning for place – but elevates them through top notch production and impressive musicianship.

Mumford & Sons feat. Jerry Douglas – “Forever”

I’m on record as not being a fan of Mumford & Sons’ latest album Delta. But I’ll also admit when you strip all the noise out of the tracks on Delta and approach them in a raw, acoustic way, they do reveal good bones.

Case in point is this live version of “Forever”. When it’s just vocals, acoustic guitar and the unmistakable slide playing of the legendary Jerry Douglas, “Forever” leans a lot more towards Paul Simon than it does Coldplay. Here’s hoping Mumford & Sons get back to their acoustic roots the next time they head back into the studio.

Watch the New Cat Canteri Video “Fitzroy Bowl”

Cat Canteri
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Melbourne singer-songwriter Cat Canteri has just released her amazing home made video “Fitzroy Bowl”. Fusing together the seemingly disparate notions of country music and skateboarding, the track is poignant and melancholy. And as someone who has spent a bit of time in the inner north of Melbourne it’s amazing to watch Canteri skating through so many familiar locations.

“Fitzroy Bowl” is taken from Cat Canteri’s upcoming album which is due out this March. Check out the video below and then head over to Cat Canteri’s blog to read more about the track and the clip:

Watch The New Brad Butcher Video “Crawl, Beg & Cry”

Brad Butcher
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Queensland based singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has kicked off 2018 in a big way, taking out the Best New Talent gong at the Golden Guitars in January.

And now Butcher is releasing his brand new single and video “Crawl, Beg & Cry”. The track is the third single from Brad Butcher’s latest album Well Dressed Man and was co-written with Nash Chambers and Harry Hookey.

Check out the video for “Crawl, Beg & Cry” below:

Imogen Clark Releases New Single “Your Anything At All”, Announces New Album and Tour Dates

Imogen Clark
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Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Imogen Clark has had a huge week of announcements, revealing plans to release her new album Collide on the 27th April, dropping her catchy new single and video “Your Anything At All” and listing so many tour dates it’s impossible not to get out and see her.

Collide is Imogen Clark’s second album and was produced by Australian music legend Mark Lizotte (Diesel).

“I’ve largely been working in the alternative country scene up until now, so on this record I wanted to work with someone who understood that genre, but also had knowledge in plenty of other areas,” Clark explained. “Mark was the perfect person to help me achieve this broad, cross-over record which reflected the multitude of my musical influences. We captured everything I love to play and listen to, from country to folk and rock, and as such the album really represents the sort of singer/songwriter I want to be. It was a pleasure working with such a legend.”

The full tracklisting for Collide is here:

1. Collide
2. Late Night Girl
3. Too Late
4. You Got The World Fooled
5. Strike A Pose
6. Left Behind
7. Tear It Down
8. High Tide
9. Your Anything At All
10. Play It Safe
11. Oblivion

For the new single and video “Your Anything At All” Imogen Clark roped in the many talents of director Jeremy Dylan who she’s collaborated with on all her music video releases to date.

“I wrote “Your Anything At All” in my head while on stage at one of my gigs,” says Clark. “The song covers defiance and confidence in the face of self-doubt, and rebelling with strength against someone who’s made you feel worthless. There’s vulnerability but also sass in the song.”

Check out “Your Anything At All” here:

Imogen Clark has also announced a bunch of upcoming tour dates supporting Diesel all around the country over the coming months before she jets off to Europe. The full list of dates are below:

Friday 9th February – Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th February – Coast Hotel, Budgewoi, NSW
Friday 23rd February – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Saturday 24th February – Lone Star Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd March – Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – Macs Hotel, Melton, VIC
Friday 9th March – Villa Noosa Hotel, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Saturday 10th March – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 16th March – Allenstown Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 17th March – Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone, QLD
Friday 23rd March – Astor Hotel, Goulburn, NSW
Saturday 24th March – Oaks Hotel, Albion Park Rail, NSW
Friday 6th April – Nelson Bay Diggers, Nelson Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th April – Laurieton United Services Club, Laurieton, NSW
Friday 13th April – Blue Cattle Dog, St Clair, NSW
Saturday 14th April – Ettamogah Hotel, Kellieville Ridge, NSW
Friday 20th April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st April – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 27th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th May – Gateway Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 5th May – Matthew Flinders Hotel, Chadstone, VIC
Thursday 10th May – Slug and Lettuce, Parafield Gardens, SA
Friday 11th May – Norwood Hotel, Norwood, SA
Saturday 12th May – Victoria Hotel, O’Halloran, SA
Friday 18th May – Shoalhaven Bowls, Shoalhaven, NSW
Saturday 19th May – Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW
Friday 25th May – Central Hotel, Shellharbour, NSW
Saturday 26th May – Young Ex Services, Young, NSW

Watch the New Natalie Henry Video “If We Said Goodbye”

Natalie Henry
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Alt-country singer-songwriter Natalie Henry has just released her brand new solo single “If We Said Goodbye”. The song is produced by Bill Chambers and tackles the story of what happens to children when a couple is breaking apart.

Check out the video for “If We Said Goodbye” below:

Watch the New Jep and Dep Video “Lune Cassee Reve”

Jep and Dep
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Prolific alt-country, folk-noir duo Jep and Dep have just released their latest clip “Lune Cassee Reve”.

As always the clip was self produced with the track being taken from their latest album They’ve Been Called.

Check out “Lune Cassee Reve” below:

Watch the New Smith & Jones Video “Your Achin Heart”

Smith and Jones
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New South Wales based alt-country duo Smith & Jones have just released their new single and video “Your Achin Heart”.

The single is the duo’s third from their debut album Dark Gives Way, featuring lead guitarist Matt Ferry. The video was produced by Michael Carpenter – check it out here:

Watch the New Paddy McHugh Video “Down To Sydney”

Paddy McHugh
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Brisbane based singer-songwriter Paddy McHugh has just released the video for his latest single “Down To Sydney”. Taken from his 2017 album City Bound Trains, “Down To Sydney” deals with issues around suicide, especially for young men in the country.

“Suicide rates in Australia are high, too high. Especially for young men in rural areas,” McHugh explained. “”Down to Sydney” is a story that has no doubt played out many times in every small town across the country. In the song however, the protagonist finds another way out – I guess I want people to realise that there are alternatives and there is hope even in the most unlikely places.”

Check out the clip here:

Watch the New Marlon Williams Video “What’s Chasing You”

Marlon Williams
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Kiwi country crooner Marlon Williams has just released his new single and video “What’s Chasing You”. The track is the second single from Williams’ highly anticipated new album Make Way For Love which is due on the 16th February.

“It’s an earnest question,” Marlon Williams said about the track. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to know of another human being. Like all good questions, it’s childishly simple. We all want to live inside the fears of the ones we love, if not to dispel them then at the very least to understand, empathize and let’s be honest, compare hands. I’m not convinced truly understanding another’s woes would really bring anyone happiness, but I am a nosey boy. What’s chasing you?”

Watch the video for “What’s Chasing You” below:

Marlon Williams will be heading out on an Australian tour this May along with Canadian singer-songwriter The Weather Station. The full list of dates are here:

Saturday 12th May – Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
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

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