Justin Townes Earle Announces New Album Kids In The Street

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Fan favourite American folk singer Justin Townes Earle has announced his return with the new album Kids In The Street. The album, due for release on the 26th May, is the first since Earle’s companion albums Single Mothers (2014) and Absent Fathers (2015) and sees Justin Townes Earle now embracing sobriety, marriage and impending fatherhood.

“Life has changed a lot for me in the last few years,” Earle said. “I got married and am getting ready to become a father, and this is the first record that I’ve written since I’ve been married. There’s definitely an uplifting aspect to this record in a lot of ways, because I’m feeling pretty positive. When I wrote songs in the past, I was looking in on what I was feeling, but this record’s more about looking outward on what’s happening, and writing about subjects like gentrification and inner-city strife. This record also has more of a soul influence to it, and it’s got a deeper connection to the blues than anything I’ve done before.”

The first taste of Kids In The Street is the opener “Champagne Corolla” – check out the track listing for the album and the lyric video for “Champagne Corolla” below:

1. Champagne Corolla
2. Maybe A Moment
3. What’s She Crying For
4. 15-25
5. Kids In The Street
6. Faded Valentine
7. What’s Goin’ Wrong
8. Short Hair Woman
9. Same Old Stagolee
10. If I Was The Devil
11. Trouble Is
12. There Go A Fool

Joe Pug Announces Australian Tour Dates

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Fan favourite singer-songwriter Joe Pug is heading our way again this July with a string of dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Meeniyan and Adelaide around his appearance at the Bello Winter Music festival in Bellingen.

Pug has developed quite a following in Australia and always brings some interesting artists to tour with him – this time around it’s fellow US singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews.

“I’ll be coming down to Australia with old songs and new, and a few stories I’ve picked up along the way,” Joe Pug said. “[Touring Company] Love Police knows how to throw a great party and I can’t wait to see all of you.”

Check out the full list of shows below:

Thursday 6th July – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July – Bello Winter Music, Bellingen, NSW
Wednesday 12th July – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 14th July – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 15th July – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 16th July – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA

And by the way, if you’re not listening to Joe Pug’s Podcast The Working Songwriter you need to start now.

William Crighton Announces East Coast Tour and 7-Inch Vinyl

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On the 31st March celebrated singer-songwriter William Crighton will be releasing his brand new 7-inch vinyl (and digital signal) “Hope Recovery”.

To celebrate its release William Crighton will be hitting the road for a series of East Coast dates throughout May and June, and those shows are set to offer up a bunch of surprises for fans.

“I don’t want to give too much away,” Crighton explained. “Expect a host of special guests and a mixture of unplugged and electric sounds, but essentially it’ll be unlike anything else we’ve ever done.”

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 5th May – Bella Union Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th May – Grampians Grape Escape, Halls Gap, VIC
Friday 12th May – Leadbelly, Newtown, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 20th May – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 27th May – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th June – The Ex-Services Club, Mullum, NSW
Saturday 10th June – Diggers Tavern, Bellingen, NSW

Jason Isbell Announces New Album The Nashville Sound

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Super talented and highly acclaimed Americana singer songwriter Jason Isbell has announced plans to release his new album The Nashville Sound on the 16th June this year.

The album, which will feature Isbell’s band The 400 Unit, follows Isbell’s lauded 2015 long player Something More Than Free which one two Grammys and two Americana Music Association Awards. It was recorded at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A with producer and longtime collaborator Dave Cobb.

Check out the full track listing for The Nashville Sound below:

1. Last Of My Kind
2. Cumberland Gap
3. Tupelo
4. White Man’s World
5. If We Were Vampires
6. Anxiety
7. Molotov
8. Chaos and Clothes
9. Hope The High Road
10. Something To Love

Not the Usual Americana Gig In Sydney

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This Thursday 16th March Sydney will be treated to a very special night of music with Not the Usual Americana Gig at the Petersham Bowling Club.

The show will feature local favourites Echo Deer, Luke Collings & Greasy Lake and The Mysterious Universe Band – three bands who offer a slightly more individual take on the Americana and country genres. The night promises to deliver “something a bit different, a bit cosmic, a bit funny, a bit more than sad songs about trucks.”

The night kicks off at 7:30pm. For more information check out the official Facebook page here.

New Americana Venue The Longhorn Saloon Opens in Melbourne

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While there’s no lack amazing live music venues in Melbourne we’re super excited to hear that a new venue is opening and looking to become the home of Americana in Melbourne.

The band room at The Longhorn Saloon in Carlton is opening this weekend with a series of free gigs including a super-secret international headliner for their launch night on Monday.

They opened last night with a bunch of local DJs (and every Thursday in March will feature DJ Richie 1250 spinning tunes) and the weekend is looking pretty special:

Friday 10th March – Davey Lane
Saturday 11th March – Bonnie Love
Monday 13th March – Secret International Headliner + official opening party

We don’t officially know who the Secret International Headliner is but we reckon it’s not hard to work it out from the blurb they’ve been sending out: “a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and banjo player from upstate New York”. Pretty exciting.

For more information on The Longhorn Saloon check out the official site here.

Timber and Steel Premiere: Peasant Moon’s New Single “Back In Time”

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Sydney based Americana duo Peasant Moon have established themselves as an integral part of the local scene over the last few years. Having just returned from their first Tamworth Country Music Festival Peasant Moon are ready to release their brand new single “Back In Time” and we’re super proud to give Timber and Steel readers the first listen

“Back In Time” is taken from the duo’s third EP which is due for release later this year and features a full band.

“”Back In Time” serves partly as a warning to my future self,” says singer and guitarist Harvey Russell. “As Joni Mitchell said, “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”.”

Take a listen to “Back In Time” below:

The single is available on your favourite streaming services or you can download it here.

Peasant Moon have a handful of dates in the coming months – the full list is here:

Sunday 5th March – Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 6th April – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Crown & Anchor Hotel, Adelaide, SA

Watch the Latest Weeping Willows Video “Fallen Ring”

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Another track we’ve neglected to post since it was released last year is the incredible “Fallen Ring” from The Weeping Willows.

The video was released at the start of December last year and is simply wonderful. “Fallen Ring” is taken from The Weeping Willows’ 2016 album Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’.

Check out the video below:

The Weeping Willows have a bunch of shows coming up this month including appearances at the Tamworth Country Music Festival – full dates are below:

Sunday 15th January – The Standard Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 21st January – Country Music Cocktails – SSS BBQ Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Tamworth Opry – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Two Goats Cafe and Baa, Armidale, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Peel Street Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Medicine Show Sessions – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota Festival FM 106.1, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota FanZone – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Deep Down South – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – ABC Stage – Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Bill Chambers Sessions – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – TSA Songwriter Sessions – City Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Country Music Cares – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Songwriters Showcase with Melissa Robertson & Friends – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The DAG Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Deep Down South – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 28th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 12th February – Levantine Hill Estate, Coldstream, VIC

Watch the New William Crighton Video “Jesus Blues”

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Last month Americana singer-songwriter William Crighton released his new video “Jesus Blues” and we figured it was about time for us to share it.

William Crighton has been getting all sorts of buzz recently and with songs like “Jesus Blues” it’s easy to see why – check out the video below:

William Crighton is also currently touring “Jesus Blues” – the remaining dates are here:

Thursday 12th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW (w/ Wallis Bird)
Saturday 14th January – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW (w/ Melody Pool)
Tuesday 24rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW (w/ Melody Pool)
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth, NSW (w/ Melody Pool)
Saturday 11th February – McDonald Park, Wagga Wagga, NSW (w/ The Beach Boys, The Temptations)
Sunday 12th February – Wade Park, Orange, NSW (w/ The Beach Boys, The Temptations)
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th February – Riverboats Festival, VIC
Saturday 25th February – Boyd Education Centre, Riversdale, NSW

Listen to the New Katie Brianna Track “Sticks and Stones”

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To celebrate the new year Sydney based Americana artist Katie Brianna has released a bonus track from her amazing 2016 album Victim or the Heroine, the beautiful “Sticks and Stones”.

Like the rest of her album “Sticks and Stones” is produced by Shane Nicholson – check it out below:

Katie Brianna will be appearing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival including a very special show with Tori Forsyth on Thursday 26th January – check out all of her dates below:

Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana In The Park, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Frog & Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

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