Listen to the New Georgia State Line Single “Older Than I Am”

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Victorian Americana six piece Georgia State Line have backed up an amazing turn at The National Folk Festival this year with the release of their new single “Older Than I Am”.

“These days I seem to usually be the youngest person in most settings I find myself in, and sometimes when you are younger people can misjudge or undermine what you’re about- within the music industry and beyond,” singer Georgia Delves explained of the track. “”Older Than I Am” is a song written out of the tiresome exercise that becomes when you are tied to a preconceived idea of your age bracket.”

Take a listen to “Older Than I Am” 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.

Sally & George Announce Australian Tour

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Nashville based Americana duo Sally & George have just announced plans for a huge Australian tour. The duo will be touring their latest album Tip My Heart which was released earlier this year.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Wednesday 31st May – Triffid Roots, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 1st June – Tree House, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 2nd June – No. 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 3rd June – Megan Hall, Dorrigo, NSW
Tuesday 6th June – Newcastle Uni, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 6th June – Sunset Studio, Sandgate, NSW
Wednesday 7th June – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 8th June – Porch Light Sessions at The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th June to Monday 12th June – Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Wednesday 14th June – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th June – Maundering Folk Club, Perth, WA
Saturday 17th June – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle, WA
Sunday 18th June – Jackadders Folk Club, Perth, WA
Monday 19th June – Summer Supper Club, Perth, WA

Brad Butcher Announces Well Dress Man Tour with The Weeping Willows

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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

Taasha Coates Announces High Times Tour

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Wonderful Americana singer-songwriter Taasha Coates is hitting the road again this June on her High Times. “High Times” is a track taken from Taasha Coates’ excellent 2016 album Taasha Coates & Her Melancholy Sweethearts (which I’ve added to the end of this piece).

Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 27th May – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 1st June – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd June – Kingston Town Hall, Moorabbin, VIC
Friday 9th June – The Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 10th June – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 15th June – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 16th June – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 18th June – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Watch the New Gillian Welch Video “Dark Turn of Mind”

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Last week Americana music legend Gillian Welch announced plans to re-release her amazing 2011 album The Harrow & The Harvest on vinyl for the first time on the 28th July.

“We have been working and waiting 20 years to bring you our music on phonograph record. It took a while, because we wanted to do it the right way, the absolute best way humanly possible, and I believe that’s what we’ve done,” Welch explained. “No sonic stone was left unturned, no nuance let fall by the wayside. There is honestly nothing else I can imagine hoping to hear out of the original tapes. It is all there in the groove. As people whose lives were changed by the sound of music coming off turntables, we humbly invite you to include us in your record collection.”

To celebrate the release Gillian Welch has released the official video for the track “Dark Turn Of Mind” – check it out below:

Watch the New Jen Mize Video “Forget Her” feat. Duncan Toombs

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Alt-country singer-songwriter Jen Mize has just released her new video “Forget Her”. The track is taken from her excellent second album Warnings & Wisdom and features a “classic country duet” with director and multi-instrumentalist Duncan Toombs.

“This song wasn’t initially intended as a duet,” Mize explained. “Duncan came in to sing background vocals while I was recording Warnings & Wisdom with Shane Nicholson at Sound Hole Studios. Dunc has such a great vocal tone that I rewrote ‘Forget Her’ on the spot to make it a duet. I couldn’t be happier with my decision”

“I wanted “Forget Her” to be more in the style of the great female country vocalists. To walk that line of vulnerability and strength that Dolly, Loretta, Emmylou and Patsy always managed to do so well.”

Check out “Forget Her” below:

The full list of Jen Mize’s upcoming live dates are here:

Sunday 21st May – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 28th May – Mt Coot-tha Songwriters Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 10th June – Wild Rocket @ Misty’s, Montville, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, QLD
Saturday 24th June – The Basement, Nambour, QLD
Thursday 20th July – Kedron Wavell Services Club, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – City Golf Club, Toowoomba, QLD

Watch the New Video from The Weeping Willows, “The Pale Rider”

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The latest single from Melbourne based bluegrass and Americana duo The Weeping Willows is the incredibly catchy “The Pale Rider”. This is the third single from the duo’s latest album Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ and features some amazing Appalachian-inspired banjo work from Andrew Wrigglesworth.

Check out the video for “The Pale Rider” below:

The Weeping Willows are currently on a co-headline tour with Lachlan Bryan – the remaining dates are as follows:

Saturday 13th May – Palais Theatre, Franklin, TAS
Sunday 14th May – MONA, Hobart, TAS
Friday 19th May – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Harmonie German Club, Canberra, ACT
Friday 26th May – Perth Good Nights, Perth, WA
Saturday 27th May – Bunbury Good Nights, Bunbury, WA

Watch the New Bill Jackson Video “Double Shot”

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Melbourne based troubadour Bill Jackson has released, with his collaborator Pete Fidler, the video for his new single “Double Shot”. The track is taken from Jackson’s excellent new album The Wayside Ballads Vol 2 and was co-written by Bill Jackson and his brother Ross Jackson.

Bill Jackson explained of the track: “When Ross sent me the almost complete lyric to this song, he sent this with it: “Double Shot” explores the real meaning of loss and hurt of a failed love. The make believe pretence of this experience delivered by someone who has never really felt that deep pain, however make of it what you will. I wrote the last verse and twisted it a little.”

Check out the video for “Double Shot” below:

Timber and Steel Premiere: John Flanagan Trio’s New Single “Beauty On The Bottom” Plus National Tour

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Timber and Steel favourite John Flanagan Trio has just released their gorgeous new single “Beauty On The Bottom” and have asked Timber and Steel to be the first to share it. Once again Flanagan has proven he’s one of Australia’s finest lyricists – take a listen here:

“Beauty On The Bottom” is the first recorded work for John Flanagan and his constant live collaborators Liz Frencham and Daniel Watkins. To coincide with the release of the single the John Flanagan Trio will be heading out on tour through Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Canberra, Adelaide, and other regional centers around VIC, NSW and SA during May and June.

Check out the full list of dates (with more to be announced) below:

Saturday 13th May – Commonground, Hilldene, VIC
Thursday 18th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 19th May – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Paddock Sessions, Wollombi, NSW
Saturday 20th May – Sunset Studio, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 21st May – Coffee Whole, Berkley Vale, NSW
Thursday 1st June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 2nd June – Courthouse Cultural Centre, Auburn, SA
Saturday 3rd June – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Saturday 17th June – The Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

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

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