Watch the New Cat Canteri Video “Fitzroy Bowl”

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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:

Andrew Swift Announces Album Launch Shows

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Following a successful run of caravan park shows with Gretta Ziller over the summer holiday season plus a bunch of gigs at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Americana singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has announced plans to hit the road again to launch his upcoming album Call Out For The Cavalry.

Call Out For The Cavalry is set to be released on the 2nd March and Swift has announced accompanying shows in Melbourne, Tamworth and Newcastle. Check out the full list of upcoming dates below:

Friday 2nd March – The Skylark Room, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd March – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 4th March – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 12th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Shane Nicholson Announces the Inaugural Americana Music Prize of Australia

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Huge news this morning. Shane Nicholson/The Sound Hole, Forbes Street Studios and Lost Highway Australia have come together today with the announcement of The Americana Music Prize of Australia, an annual grant to support up-and-coming artists in the genre.

The winner of the prize will be rewarded with a $10,000 prize pack which includes services from some of the best in the business:

“We want to support, encourage, mentor and resource aspiring unsigned artists in the Americana/alt-country scene in Australia and this is a great way to kick start a career,” explained Shane Nicholson.

The judging panel for the prize has been chosen by Nicholson himself and includes Rod Yates (Editor, Rolling Stone), Brian Taranto (Love Police), Bernard Zuel (Journalist), Chris Familton (Post To Wire), Tim Daley (Country Music Channel), Michael Taylor (Lost Highway/Universal), Tracey Griffiths (Dashville Skyline), Graham Thompson (Artist Manager), Matt Fell (Record Producer), Alison Avron (The Newsagency), Jeremy Dylan (Filmmaker), Henry Wagons (Artist), Brian Wise (Rhythms magazine founder and music writer), Jane Gazzo (Triple M) and Denise Hylands (RRR-Twang).

More information, including how to apply for the prize, head over to The Industry Observer.

Courtney Marie Andrews Announces New Album May Your Kindness Remain

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Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews has announced plans to release her next full length album May Your Kindness Remain on the 23rd March.

Courtney Marie Andrews has gained a number of fans in Australia following her recent tours here with Joe Pug, Sam Outlaw and Big Thief. May Your Kindness Remain was produced by Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits) and was recorded over eight days in LA.

“The people that I’ve met on the road these past few years got me thinking about my childhood, and the people around me that I’ve known, and the stories that come from my family,” Andrews explained. “It became clear how many people are struggling through the same issues. People are constantly chasing that bigger life. A lot of people are poor in America—and because of those unattainable goals, they’re also mentally unstable, or sad, or depressed or unfulfilled. A lot of people—myself included at some point in my life—are loving somebody through this. That’s sort of the theme of the record: coming to terms with depression and the reality of the world we’re living in.”

The first single from the album is also the title track. Check out a stream of “May Your Kindness Remain” plus the full album track listing below:

1. May Your Kindness Remain
2. Lift The Lonely From My Heart
3. Two Cold Nights In Buffalo
4. Rough Around The Edges
5. Border
6. Took You Up
7. This House
8. Kindness Of Strangers
9. I’ve Hurt Worse
10. Long Road Back To You

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

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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

Watch the New First Aid Kit Video “Fireworks”

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Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit have just released the wonderfully 80s video for their new track “Fireworks”.

The song is taken from First Aid Kit’s upcoming album Ruins which is due for release on the 19th January.

Check out the video for “Fireworks” below:

First Aid Kit will be in Australia this April for Bluesfest and a handful of sideshows supported by Stella Donnelly. The full list of shows are here:

Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Tuesday 3rd April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 5th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 7th April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings’ Australian Tour Dates

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Legendary American fiddler Darol Anger and his collective The Republic of Strings have just hit the country and is about to head out on tour starting in Brisbane and then heading down through New South Wales.

Anger’s Republic of Strings for the tour will be made up of Tristan Clarridge, Emy Phelps and Monique Clare. Check out the full list of dates below:

Sunday 7th January – Magda Community Arts Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 8th January – Barkersvale Little Big Top, Barkersvale, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Dorrigo Theatre, Dorrigo, NSW
Thursday 11th January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 12th January – Araluen Hall, Araluen, NSW

Watch the New David Rawlings Video “Cumberland Gap”

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If you read my Top 25 Tracks of 2017 you’ll know how much love I have for David Rawlings’ track “Cumberland Gap”. So I feel like I got an extra Christmas present this year with Rawlings dropping the video for the song over the holidays.

The video, which was originally only available on Apple Music but is now streamable on YouTube, was directed by James Lees and is full of the same old-time vibe the song itself evokes.

Check out the video for “Cumberland Gap” below:

Watch the New Alison Ferrier Video “Waiting For The Rain”

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Singer-songwriter Alison Ferrier has just released her new single and video “Waiting For The Rain”.

The track is taken from Ferrier’s upcoming album What She Knows, due on the 16th February, and features a really interesting country sound.

Check out the video here:

Watch the New Raised By Eagles Video “Night Wheels”

Raised By Eagles
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Melbourne based alt-country band Raised By Eagles have just released the cracking new video for their single “Night Wheels”.

The track is taken from their award winning and critically acclaimed 2017 album I Must Be Somewhere – check out the video here:

Raised By Eagles will be seeing in the holiday season with two very special Christmas shows in Victoria, A Country Christmas Revue. Raised By Eagles will be joined by The Ahern Brothers and Lost Ragas, with very special guest MC Sarah Carroll, in Melbourne and Castlemaine – the full list of dates are below:

Sunday 17th December – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

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