Watch the New Gretta Ziller Video “Slaughterhouse Blues”

Gretta Ziller
Image Courtesy of Gretta Ziller

Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Gretta Ziller has just released the video for her new single “Slaughterhouse Blues”.

“Slaughterhouse Blues” is a taster of what we can expect from Ziller’s upcoming debut album Queen of Boomtown, due on the 1st September.

“I didn’t want to make an album that sounded like anything in the Americana scene right now,” explains Gretta Ziller. “I wanted my album to reflect the soundtrack of my childhood, yet sonically and lyrically sound like who I am now. I really wanted to push the boundaries of what country music, or Americana, alt-country – whatever you want to call it – can sound like. I didn’t want to fit neat and tidy into the country music box.”

Check out the video for “Slaughterhouse Blues” below:

Fanny Lumsden & Tobias Announce Central West QLD Tour

Fanny and Tobias
Image Courtesy of Fanny Lumsden

Timber and Steel favourite Fanny Lumsden is teaming with Australian folktronic artist Tobias for four very special shows in Central West Queensland this July.

The artists will be teaming with Rotary to bring their music to places that don’t often see touring artists.

“What I love about performing music in Australia is connecting with the communities I travel too,” Tobias explained. “I think both my music and Fanny’s will really resonate with these audience. It’s also really exciting to team up with an organization like Rotary, it’s a wonderful feeling being able to give back to a community and participate in bringing people together rather than being the attraction of an event.”

The full list of dates for the tour are below:

Thursday 20th July – Longreach Civic Centre, Longreach, QLD
Friday 21st July – Ilfracombe Hall, Ilfracombe, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Yaraka Hall, Yaraka, QLD

Watch the New Julia Jacklin Video “Eastwick”

Julia Jacklin
Image Courtesy of Julia Jacklin

Julia Jacklin’s star continues to rise and we couldn’t be happier for the Sydney based singer-songwriter. Her latest video and single is “Eastwick” from her captivating record Don’t Let The Kids Win.

The video for “Eastwick” is self-directed – check it out below before catching Julia Jacklin at Splendour in the Grass next month:

Details of the Upcoming Brad Butcher Album From The Bottom Of A Well

Brad Butcher
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher

Brisbane based alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced plans to release his new album From The Bottom Of A Well on the 4th August.

The album will feature Butcher’s latest single “Well Dressed Man” which was inspired by his grandfather Norm, who grew up as one of 13 kids in a can cutters cottage in Northern Queensland.

“It takes a unique strength and character to raise a family, create your own future and leave behind a lasting legacy from the most unlikely of beginnings, and it feels like the perfect fit to dedicate this album to my Pop, Norman George Butcher,” Brad Butcher explains.

Check out the video for “Well Dressed Man” here:

Brad Butcher is currently on tour with The Weeping Willows – the remain dates are below:

Friday 23rd June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Carrum, VIC
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Bittern, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 1st July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh, QLD

Dashville Skyline Announces First Round of Artists for 2017

Dashville
Image Courtesy of Dashville Skyline

Now in its third year Americana festival Dashville Skyline has already cemented itself as a must attend event on the music calendar.

Held in the bushland of the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Dashville Skyline is the sister festival of the hugely popular Gum Ball and features over 30 live performances over 3 days from the 29th September to the 1st October.

Dashville Skyline has just announced its first round of artists for this year and it’s looking like it’s going to be a pretty special event.

The international lineup includes Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold from US and Norway, Tim Easton from Nashville, Dan Tuffy’s new musical project Songs From Dan (an expat based in the Netherlands), Mel Parsons from NZ and The Roamin’ Jasmine from New Orleans.

Closer to home the local contigent includes Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, William Crighton, Immigrant Union, Claire Anne Taylor, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Pony Face, Emma Russack and Roadhouses.

Tickets for Dashville Skyline are on sale now – check out the official web site for more details. And stay tuned for more lineup announcements soon!

Track By Track: Bloom – Timothy James Bowen

Bloom
Image Courtesy of Timothy James Bowen

A couple of weeks ago Sydney based singer-songwriter Timothy James Bowen highly anticipated new EP Bloom. Bowen describes the EP as bookending everything that’s happened to him in the last year – much of which he spent fighting a type of blood cancer.

We asked Timothy James Bowen to take us through Bloom track by track.

1. “Magnolia Tree” – I wrote “Magnolia Tree” with my sister, Clare Bowen, in the middle of 2015. It was the first single off the Bloom EP. This song is a simple love song about marrying the one you love. We wrote it one night at Clare’s farm just outside of Nashville. I had been circling a melody for six months prior and hadn’t been able to find the right lyrics to go with the tune – all I knew was that I loved the melody. I played it for Clare and after one pass, she sat up, with eyes widening and excitedly said while running into the other room, “Keep playing! I think I have something for that!!!”. What she came back with after a bit of rummaging was a yellow post-it note with most of the chorus scribbled down in black ink. We went on to play it for the first time later that week to 5,500 people at the Grand Ole Opry.

2. “The Last Time” – I wrote this song with two friends of mine, Andrew Alberts and Stephanie Lambring, who are both exceedingly talented, Nashville based songwriters. We based this song on a cyclic relationship that too many people are familiar with – one that you know is bad for you, but for whatever reason, you keep circling back to that person again and again, regardless of the inevitable anguish that comes along with being with them. The main chorus tag “For the first time, it’s the last time…” is about the ultimate realisation and acknowledgement of the need to break the cycle in order to be free.

3. “Let’s Not Talk About Today” – This was one of the hardest songs I’ve ever had to write, purely because of its content. At the end of 2015, I was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. Days before Christmas, I was given two weeks to live and urgently started an intense chemotherapy regime. I was one of the lucky ones, and the chemotherapy put my cancer into remission. This song begins at my quarterly specialist check up, when after progress scans, I was told that there was a 95% chance that my lymphoma had returned. I was going to need to have several operations and months more of intensive therapy in an effort to beat it. We left the hospital that day completely deflated. We went back to my family home to sit in front of the fire with my parents to try and digest the unimaginable. My Dad, forever the optimist, was trying to make what light he could of the situation and the only words that came to mind were “… Can we just not talk about today, please?”. From then on, the title and a few scattered diary entries stayed with me until I made my first trip back to Nashville in October of 2016 after being given the all clear for the second time. I finished the song over many cups of tea and through many tears with my sister, Clare, and her fiancé, Brandon Young. Writing this song has been the most cathartic experience I’ve ever had as a songwriter.

4. “The Greatest Love” – “The Greatest Love” is about the woman that literally saved my life, Christina Mullany. Before I even thought about going to see a doctor when I started to get sick, my guardian of a girlfriend, now fiancé Christina, saw all the red flags and raised the alarm well before anyone else could even think the thought. She brought me (and dragged me, in some cases) to the doctors office on multiple occasions to be checked out and she was there by my side through the entirety of this journey so far. Christina wrangled doctors when they needed wrangling, explained medical jargon to my family, stayed with me in hospital for a month when I began my treatment and was, quite simply, my greatest support during one of the most challenging experiences I’ve ever endured. I literally owe her my life and after 8 years of the most beautiful relationship I could ever imagine, to me, this truly is the greatest love I have ever witnessed.

5. “Hold My Heart” – I wrote “Hold My Heart” with my guitarist, Paul Mason. Paul is one of the most talented guitar players I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, let alone sharing a stage with. His knowledge and use of complex harmony and chord structures is what really brought this song to life. We wrote this song about his struggle of being able to find balance in his relationships and learning at what point you have to let your guard down and just go with it. People tend to put up so many walls when they get burnt that it can jeopardise any new relationships that might begin because of pretences set by those that are now long gone. This song is about acknowledging everything you’ve been through and realising that each beginning is a new one and should be treated just as that. This song also has the added bonus of being the only song I’ve ever written where both writers were wearing animal onesies at the time of creation. I was a puma. Paul was a tiger. We both had tails. It was a great day.

Bloom is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes here.

Timothy James Bowen will be joining Clare Bowen on her East Coast tour this July. Check out the full list of dates below:

Monday 3rd July – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Tuesday 4th July – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 5th July – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th July – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Sunday 9th July – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 10th July – Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 11th July – Blazes at Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 14th July – The Star, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 15th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD

Miles and Simone Return with New Single “She And I”

Miles and Simone
Image Courtesy of Miles and Simone

Melbourne alt-country favourites Miles and Simone have made a bold return with the release of their new single “She And I”. The track was recorded with producer Dan Luscombe (The Drones, Courtney Barnett) and was birthed out of the chance discovery of a a battered old nylon-stringed classical guitar amongst boxes of old records behind the red velvet stage curtain of Melbourne’s Basement Discs record store.

“While we were waiting to go onstage, I spotted a small guitar behind the boxes of records,” Miles O’Neil explained. “I saw it was covered in the signatures of the many musicians who had performed on the Basement Discs stage. I tuned it up, started strumming and a song just came out, as if it was waiting behind the strings. I started singing “she and I would run like rolling rivers” and knew it was a keeper.”

Check out “She And I” below:

To celebrate the release of “She And I” Miles and Simone are heading out on a July tour taking in festivals, headline shows and old town halls. Check out the full list of dates here:

Sunday 2nd July – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, VIC
Friday 7th July – Festival of Voices, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Leaps and Bounds Festival, The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Moira, VIC
Saturday 15th July – Yarck, VIC
Sunday 16th July – The Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC
Thursday 20th July – The Gem, PBS FM, Acid Country OB, Leaps and Bounds, Melbourne VIC
Thursday 27th July – The Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 29th July – Balmoral, NSW
Friday 4th August – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 5th August – King Valley VIC

Watch the New Georgia State Line Video “Older Than I Am”

Georgia State Line
Image Courtesy of Georgia State Line

The new single from alt-country six-piece Georgia State Line, “Older Than I Am”, now has a brand new video filmed and directed by Agostino Soldati. Set at a suburban bowls club the video is wonderfully retro.

“We crashed Saturday morning bowls at the Glenroy Bowls Club to film a video with the brilliant Agostino Soldati, aiming to reiterate the idea that age is never a factor nor a limit, plus we got a bit of help from our wonderful actors Violet and John busting out some moves,” front woman Georgia Delves explained.

“Older Than I Am” is taken from Georgia State Line’s upcoming EP Heaven Knows due on the 7th July. Check it out below:

Georgia State Line will be officially launching “Older Than I Am” at the Union Hotel in Melbourne on the 17th June with Small Town Romance in support – check out the official Facebook event for more details.

Listen to the New Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Single “Loose Change”

Brooke Russell
Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds

Melbourne alt-country darlings Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds are just about to release their brand new single “Loose Change”. Taken from their second full-length album (due later this year), “Loose Change” is a sultry, grimy piece of alt-country goodness.

Take a listen to “Loose Change” here:

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds are heading out for a string of tour dates supporting Larissa Tandy from the middle of this month – full list of dates are below:

Friday 16th June – The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 17th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Thursday 22nd June – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 30th June – Baha, Rye, VIC
Sunday 2nd July – The Gasometer, Melbourne, VIC

Brad Butcher Announces Well Dress Man Tour with The Weeping Willows

Brad Butcher
Image Courtesy of Brad Butcher

Brisbane based alt-country singer-songwriter Brad Butcher has announced plans to head out on tour this June and July. The tour will celebrate Butcher’s upcoming single “Well Dressed Man” which is taken from his highly anticipated album From The Bottom Of A Well.

Joining Brad Butcher on the tour with be Melbourne based folk and bluegrass favourites The Weeping Willows. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 16th June – The Skylark Room, Upwey, VIC
Saturday 17th June – Americana Sessions @ The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 19th June – The Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 23rd June – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 24th June – House Concert, Carrum, VIC
Sunday 25th June – House Concert, Bittern, VIC
Friday 30th June – The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale, SA
Saturday 1st July – The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 7th July – Two Goats Cafe & Baa, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 8th July – New England Brewing Co., Uralla, NSW
Friday 14th July – House Concert, Burnie, TAS
Saturday 15th July – Little Rivers Brewing, Scottsdale, TAS
Sunday 16th July – Regional Flavours Fest. – City Sounds Stage, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 21st July – Nambour RSL, Nambour, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Burleigh Brewing Co., Burleigh, QLD

« Older entries Newer entries »

%d bloggers like this: