Listen to the New Single From The Stetson Family, “Brother”

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Melbourne alt-country favourites The Stetson Family have just released their new single “Brother”.

Written by The Stetson Family frontwoman Nadine Budge, the track is filled with the band’s signature throwback country and Americana flavour.

Take a listen to “Brother” below:

To celebrate the release of “Brother” The Stetson Family have a bunch of shows and festival appearances coming up as well as a Monday night residency at The Retreat Hotel in Melbourne throughout October. The full list of remaining dates are here:

Monday 23rd October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 30th October – The Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 11th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healsville, VIC
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November – MountainGrass Festival, Harrietville, VIC
Friday 1st December – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Watch the New Great North Video “Better Days”

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New Zealand based folk duo Great North have just released their latest single and video “Better Days”. The track is taken from Great North’s album The Golden Age, released last Friday 20th October.

“It was really tough coming up with a video that suited “Better Days”,” Great North frontman Hayden Donnell explained. “The song is so bittersweet and nostalgic, it made it hard to think of a concept that wasn’t just like ‘old people relive their glory days and then die’. We had to work hard to find a more subtle way of talking about how we romanticise the disappearing past.”

Check out the video for “Better Days” below:

Watch the New Shane Nicholson Video “I Don’t Dance”

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ARIA award winning, Americana singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson has just released his brand new video “I Don’t Dance”.

Taken from his new album Love and Blood, “I Don’t Dance” was written following a country music cruise last year when Nicholson offered to pay a friend to dance with his girlfriend rather than get up there himself.

“When we go out she loves to dance and I don’t dance,” Shane Nicholson explained. “She was slightly horrified that I paid someone else to dance with her.”

Check out the video for “I Don’t Dance”, directed by Duncan Toombs and Josh Favoloro, below:

Shane Nicholson is currently touring Love and Blood around the country – check out the remaining dates for the tour below:

Saturday 28th October – Welcome to Morrisonville, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 24th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 17th February – Devil Country Muster, TAS
Saturday 24th March – Crossroads In The Vines Festival, Pokolbin, NSW

First Aid Kit Announce Bluesfest Sideshows

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Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit are returning to Australia next year for Bluesfest, and now it looks like we’re getting a couple of headline shows as well.

Sydney and Melbourne will be lucky enough to host First Aid Kit at the beginning of April.

The full list of dates for the tour are below along with First Aid Kit’s new video “It’s A Shame” which is the first taster for a new album due in 2018:

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

Justin Townes Earle Announces Final Melbourne Shows

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Americana favourite Justin Townes Earle is rounding out his Australian tour this week with the announcement of two more Melbourne shows.

As well as all of the previously announced dates Justin Townes Earle will be performing at the Northcote Social Club on the 19th October, with Joshua Hedley and Lillie Mae in support, and then the Caravan Music Club on the 26th October with Joshua Hedley.

The full list of upcoming Justin Townes Earle dates are below:

Monday 16th October – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 19th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 20th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 22nd October – Peppermint Bay Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Wednesday 25th October – Crown and Anchor, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 26th October – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Fremantle Town Hall, Fremantle, WA

Sam Outlaw Returns to Australia for December Tour

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Americana favourite Sam Outlaw has announced plans to return to Australia this December for a small tour of New South Wales and Victoria.

Sam Outlaw will be touring his latest album Tenderheart and has invited Courtney Marie Andrews to join him in support (excluding the Kyneton show).

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 2nd December – Coogee Diggers, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 6th December – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 7th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 8th December – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC

Watch the New Katie Brianna Video “Thorn In Your Side”

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Sydney alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Brianna has just released her latest single and video “Thorn In Your Side”.

The single is the third from her amazing album Victim or the Heroine and was written when Katie Brianna was at a low point.

“When you feel like you’re not wanted or needed in someone’s life but at the same time can’t let them go,” Katie Brianna said. “When you feel like a burden. When they keep you close but it feels like they’re trying to push you away. They need to let you go, rip you off like a bandaid, or pull you out like a thorn in their skin that is causing them pain, or you’ll hold onto them and that hope forever.”

Check out the video for “Thorn In Your Side” below:

Review: First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night

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Australian Americana Honours Night feat. Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Yirrmal, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots, Jordie Lane & The Sleepers
Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 2nd October, 2017

Like many people I woke up Tuesday morning to the horrible news that an evil individual had killed dozens and injured hundreds of people in a mass shooting in Las Vegas. What’s really hit home about this latest atrocity is that it was committed at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival – a festival not unlike the festivals the Timber and Steel community attends all the time here in Australia. Words cannot describe the emotions I’m feeling right now. It’s senseless, just senseless.

As the events in Vegas were unfolding on Monday night night I was sitting in the warm confines of Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre for the first annual Australian Americana Honours Night. It was a coming together of the Australian Americana community and a celebration of a genre that has so much heart and soul behind it. As so often happens with these events I was overwhelmed with the community that’s been created around the music we love.

From the opening marching-band entrance of Old Crow Medicine Show’s live version of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” to the closing singalong of “May The Circle Be Unbroken” featuring Old Crow, Valerie June, Kasey Chambers and Kevin Welch, the Australian Americana Honours Night was pure joy from start to finish.

Americana Honours

It would be too easy to look at the events in Vegas and decide that you’re not going to music festivals anymore. Despite how irrational it is, despite the fact that hundreds, if not thousands of festivals are held around the world every year without incident, it would be easy to walk away from live music.

If it wasn’t for the Australian Americana Honours Night last night maybe I would have made the easy decision and walked away from live music festivals. At the very least maybe I would’ve reconsidered my bucket list of international festivals, striking all off the US-based events.

But when you’re listening to Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning duet on “Watch Over Me”, when you can feel the goosebumps from Yirrmal’s surprise performance with Shane Howard, when Henry Wagons literally owns the entire stage while performing “King Hit”, when artists you’ve been following and supporting for years like Ruby Boots, Emily Barker, Catherine Britt, Jordie Lane and Busby Marou get roaring applause from the gathered fans and industry folk, you know there’s no way you can give this up.

Americana Honours

Kasey Chambers and Brian “BT” Taranto were both honoured with vanguard awards on the night and both of them gave passionate speeches about how important Americana music is. How much the community means. To me it was almost a call to arms – a plea to keep the candle burning for good music. To keep going to festivals, to gigs, to keep buying records and to keep the passion alive.

When I woke up Tuesday morning, before I turned to my smart phone, before I knew the full extent of what had happened in Las Vegas, I was still buzzing from the Australian Americana Honours Night, and the 3+ hours of amazing music I’d witnessed the night before. And even as the world came crashing down around me as I scrolled through the news it wasn’t enough to extinguish the light that is burning for live music.

The best way to not let the bastards win? Keep going to live music. Keep going to festivals. Show your support, be part of the community of amazing people who keep this music alive, and enjoy every minute of it.

Thank you Australian Americana Honours.

Watch the New Carpenter Caswell Video “Want That Back Again” featuring Felicity Urquhart

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Americana (or is that Australicana?) duo Carpenter Caswell have just released their new single and video “Want That Back Again” featuring a duet with the legendary Felicity Urquhart.

The track explores the “fleeting nature of enduring love and romance in long term relationships”.

“Many of my friends talk to me about their love and affection for their partners, but that they wish it was like it was when they began” Michael Carpenter from the band explained.

Check out the video for “Want That Back Again” below:

Carpenter Caswell have plans to release their debut album soon, with exact details still to be announced. The pair are also planning an east coast tour – there’s a couple of dates announced already (see below) but expect more to come:

Thursday 19th October – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th October – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW

Watch the New Willie Watson Video “Gallows Pole”

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If you’re anything like me you’ve been listening to the new Willie Watson album Folksinger Vol. 2 on high rotation since it was released earlier in September.

So you’re also probably super excited that Watson has released the track “Gallows Pole” as a single with a brand new video.

“Francis Child called “Gallows Pole” “The Maid Freed From the Gallows”,” Willie Watson writes in the Folksinger Vol. 2 liner notes. “Lead Belly called it “Gallis Pole”, and I’ve also heard a version called “Lord Joshuay” from Bascom Lamar Lunsford. These are only a few of the countless versions of this popular ballad. Sometimes it’s a beautiful girl, sometimes a guilty son, and sometimes it’s the maiden’s father. In every case, Mom, Dad, sister and brother didn’t bring any money to buy the freedom of their condemned kin. They either think that death is deserved or they’re just too poor to afford it. Hanging on for dear life. Pleading for one last chance at buying redemption, and at last, true love proves itself. These things really happened long ago. Maybe you stole a silver cup, or maybe you slept with the wrong person. Times ain’t like they used to be.”

Check out the video for “Gallows Pole” below:

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