Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave

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Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year.

Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and Tobias Hengeveld as well as covers of JD Souther and Tom Waits.

The second single from The Way You Leave is “Take A Little Time”, following on from “Loose Change” released back in June – take a listen 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.

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates

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Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows.

Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest EP Til The Goin’ Gets Gone. Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 21st November – Coogee Diggers, Coogee, NSW
Thursday 23rd November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th November – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne

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Americana fans rejoice – Australia is about to get it’s very own Americana Honours Night this October.

The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association and will celebrate the diverse artists that make up the Australian Americana scene.

The Australian Americana Honours Night will feature a raft of performers including international icons Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June and Kevin Welch along with Australian favourites Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers.

During the night the Americana Music Association will present the inaugural Americana Vanguard Awards to Kasey Chambers for her deep commitment to roots music and to Brian “BT” Taranto, founder of the Out on the Weekend festival, who has been championing the Americana Community for more than a decade.

“For those of us who love roots and Americana Music, this is a dream line-up to have at our inaugural event,” Nash Chambers explained. “We’re mighty proud to be building awareness of Americana Music in Australia with the US Association and Tennessee Tourism. We also believe this is just the beginning of a genre that is exploding worldwide.”

For more information on the night including how to get your hands on tickets head over to Chugg Entertainment here.

Watch the New Mitch Power Video “Do It Till I Die”

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Back at the start of August Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Mitch Power released his live album That Live and Lonesome Sound.

The album was recorded at the Amelia Shaw in Melbourne and was produced and engineered by Damian Cafarella and Lachlan Bryan. Mitch Power has been touring pretty solidly throughout 2017 and this album captures an artist at the top of his live game.

Some video was also captured on the night by Agostino Soldati Films including this clip of the track “Do It Till I Die”, featuring a classic Mitch Power longer-than-the-actual-song introduction – check it out here:

If you like what you here That Live and Lonesome Sound is available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.

Mitch Power is currently on tour with Jen Mize – the full list of remaining dates are below:

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Janes, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

The Weeping Willows Announce East Coast Tour

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Hard working Melbourne bluegrass duo The Weeping Willows have announced plans to head out on a massive East Coast tour from the middle of this month.

On the tour The Weeping Willows will be providing support for Skyscraper Stan and Georgia State Line at Bella Union in Melbourne, Carpenter Caswell in Sydney and Newcastle, Tim Easton at the Tago Mago Club in Melbourne and Rick Hart in Upwey as well as performing their own headline shows

Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 17th September – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 27th September – The Triffid Acoustics, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September- 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Newport Bowls Club, Newport, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Tago Mago Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC

Listen to The Micah P Hinson Spoken Word Track “Micah Book One”

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In preparation for the release of his new album The Holy Strangers today alt-country artist Micah P Hinson has released on last single – the spoken word “Micah Book One”.

“After years of attempting to express exact emotions and stories of human existence, I struggled in knowing that The Holy Strangers would possess those qualities, or would delve any further into that exercise,” Hinson explains of the new album. “Every time I tried to veer away from these songs, or this message, I was pulled back in line. After finishing this project, even though I do not feel it is complete, or ever will be, I must be content in where this story took me. I am grateful in the fact that the spirit of music is still alive within in me, and still as unsettled as it ever has been.”

Check out “Micah Book One” below:

Watch the New Tori Forsyth Video “Grave Robber’s Daughter”

Tori Forsyth
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Hunter Valley based alt-country singer Tori Forsyth is celebrating signing to prestigious label Lost Highway with the release of her new single and video “Grave Robber’s Daughter”.

The track is the first taste of Forsyth’s highly anticipated debut album (due early next year) and was produced by Shane Nicholson.

“Being able to release this on the Lost Highway label is a cherry on top of a pretty damn good cake,” Tori Forsyth explained. “To give this album baby a home alongside some of my favourite singer songwriters is an incredibly surreal feeling. Between Shane, the label and my amazing manager, I have a rad team behind this album and I cannot wait to share it with the world.”

Check out the video for “Grave Robber’s Daughter” below:

Watch the New Video From The April Family “You’re Just The Blues”

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Sydney based alt-country trio The April Family have just released their brand new video “You’re Just The Blues”.

The track is the band’s final single from their debut album What We Know Now which was released earlier this year. Check out the video below:

Watch the New Marlon Williams Video “Vampire Again”

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Celebrated New Zealand born alt-country artist Marlon Williams has just released his amazing new video “Vampire Again”.

“Vampire Again” is Williams’ first new material since his 2015 debut album and it’s quirky, croony and features an amazing video.

“The germination of this song began in LA last year,” Marlon Williams explains. “It was indeed Halloween again, and I was bored, having spent a week locked away in an Airbnb by the airport trying in vain to write a song. Any song. Nothing came. So Halloween comes around and I figure, “Hey, I’m gonna go out tonight. Alone. Comfortably alone. Comfortably alone to see the LA Opera performing a new score to accompany my fave scary flick Nosferatu at the Ace Hotel. I’m gonna dress as the spindly creep himself. What’s more, I’m gonna get super blazed before I go. And be comfortably alone”. So, off I go, having spent far too much on a last minute outfit, and step out of the Uber and onto the red carpet with a nauseating air of self-confidence. “This is my night. I am strong. I am human and it is my right to express myself how I see fit”. Turns out I was running late, and when I finally enter the theatre everyone was already seated and the overture had begun. What’s more, no one else was dressed up. Well they were, but in tuxedos and lovely dresses. And there was nowhere for stoned ole spindleboots to sit. So, I hunched and crawled my way down the aisle and sat on the floor like it was the most reasonable thing to do at an opera. I made it through the whole film and then calmly turned tail, satisfied that I’d had a good time and sure that I’d heard whispers of “bad-ass” as I left the building. I’d like to believe that this was, at least in part, the catalyst for a whole new period in my life and my art. But that’s bullsh*t. Anyway, here it is, my own demented tale of New Age self-affirmation; “Vampire Again”.”

Check out video for “Vampire Again” here:

Marlon Williams has announced a handful of Australian shows this November including an appearance at this year’s Mullum Music Festival – the full of dates are below:

Wednesday 15th November – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 19th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC

Watch the New Fanny Lumsden Video “Roll On”

Fanny Lumsden
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Alt-country favourite Fanny Lumsden has just released her brand new video “Roll On”.

The track is taken from Lumsden’s highly anticipated album Real Class Act (due on the 22nd September). The frenetic video, made by regular collaborators Anna Phillips and Sam Brumby, follows Fanny Lumsden’s recent tour through central Queensland.

“We really wanted to make something that really felt like the last 88,000km in 3 minutes, however also truly captured the area and showed both the lack of glamour and the grit of being on the road, along side the romantic, incredible experiences you get from living on the road,” Fanny Lumsden explained. “This is our 5th clip with Anna Phillips and Sam Brumby and they truly know how to turn my words, music and what’s in my head into glorious moving pictures. We hope it inspires more people to get right out and check out the little towns and everything in between. Roll on my friends. Roll on.”

Check out the video for “Roll On” below:

Fanny Lumsden has a huge list of tour dates coming up over the next few months including her annual Country Halls tour – check them out here:

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August – Gympie Music Muster, Gympie, QLD
Tuesday 5th September to Friday 8th September – Bigsound, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 22nd September – School of Arts Hall, Burren Junction, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Mullaley Hall, Mullaley, NSW
Friday 29th September – Tullamore Memorial Hall, Tullamore, NSW
Saturday 30th September – Marra Community Hall, Marra, NSW
Friday 6th October – Rankin Springs Memorial Hall, Rankin Springs, NSW
Saturday 7th October – Hatfield Hall, Hatfield, NSW
Friday 13th October – Osbornes Flat Hall, Osbornes Flat, VIC
Saturday 14th October – Out On The Weekend, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Wharf Hotel, Munyard, TAS
Sunday 22nd October – St Johns Craft Beer Bar, Launceston, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, TAS
Friday 3rd November – Giant Dwarf, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Eurongilly Hall, Eurongilly, NSW
Friday 10th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Saturday 11th November – Greenthorpe War Memorial Hall, Monument, NSW
Friday 24th November – Lacmalac Soldiers Memorial Hall, Lacmalac, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Bowna Hall, Mullengandra, NSW
Thursday 30th November – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLF
Friday 1st December – Clovass McKees Hill Hall, McKees Hill, NSW
Friday 19th January – Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall, Ben Lomond, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 3rd February – Tumblong Hall, Tumlong, NSW
Friday 9th February – Neerim Memorial Hall, Neerim, VIC
Saturday 10th February – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th February – Savernake Hall, Savernake, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Ungarie Hall, Ungarie, NSW
Friday 23rd to Saturday 24th February – Silverton Sunsets Music Festival, Silverton, NSW
Friday 2nd March – Andamooka Community Hall, Andamooka, SA
Saturday 3rd March – Wheatsheap Hotel, Adelaide, SA

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