Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats Announce Live Album Live at Red Rocks

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Blues-rock outfit Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nights Sweats have announced plans to release their debut live album Live at Red Rocks on the 10th November.

The album is the band’s first ever full length recording and features 18 songs from their August 2016 show at Denver’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The full track list is as follows:

1. Failing Dirge with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
2. I’ve Been Failing with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
3. Look It Here with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
4. Intro
5. Howling at Nothing
6. Wasting Time
7. Mellow Out
8. Early Spring Till + Intro
9. You Should’ve Seen the Other Guy
10. I Need Never Get Old
11. Shake
12. Out on the Weekend
13. Thank You
14. I Did It
15. Trying So Hard Not to Know
16. S.O.B. with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
17. S.O.B. Reprise with Preservation Hall Jazz Band
18. Having a Party with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

As a taster of Live at Red Rocks check out a video of the first two tracks from the album “Failing Dirge” and “I’ve Been Failing”:

Watch the New Video from The Teskey Brothers, “Louisa”

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Melbourne soul revivalists The Teskey Brothers have just released the latest video from their amazing album Half Mile Harvest, the catchy southern soul track “Louisa”

The video features features the band in a foot chase through their hometown of Warrandyte, Victoria. Check it out here:

The Teskey Brothers have already announced a bunch of WA and festival shows over the summer and have now added headline shows in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, with Timberwolf in support, as well as a very special appearance at next year’s Melbourne Zoo Twilights and Bluesfest.

The full list of upcoming dates for The Teskey Brothers are below:

Thursday 2nd November – St John’s Anglican Church, Fremantle Arts Festival, Fremantle, WA
Friday 3rd November – Ravenswood Tavern, Mandurah, WA
Saturday 4th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 5th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 7th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 9th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 30th November – Jive Bar, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st December – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 2nd December – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds, Berry, NSW
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, VIC
Saturday 30th December to Monday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, South Gippsland, VIC
Friday 26th January – Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2018, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 3rd February – Twilight at Taronga, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW

The Teskey Brothers Announce Festival and WA Shows

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Since Melbourne band The Teskey Brothers released their album Half Mile Harvest earlier this year they’ve been on an absolute tear.

The boys wrapped up a huge, sold out national tour last month (including four massive nights at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel) and they’re keeping the momentum going with a bunch of festival appearances right up until the end of the year plus a string of dates through WA this November.

On the festival front The Teskey Brothers have been announced for Meredith, Queenscliff, Lost Picnic, Caloundra, Dashville Skyline, Wave Rock, NYE On The Hill, Fairgrounds, Blues at Bridgetown and Strawberry Fields. Check out the full list of upcoming dates below:

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 15th October – Lost Picnic, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 2nd November – St John’s Anglican Church, Fremantle Arts Festival, Fremantle, WA
Friday 3rd November – Ravenswood Tavern, Mandurah, WA
Saturday 4th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 5th November – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Tuesday 7th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Thursday 9th November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Blues at Bridgetown Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Strawberry Fields, Tocumwal, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December – Fairgrounds, Berry, NSW
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th December – Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, VIC
Saturday 30th December to Monday 1st January – NYE On The Hill, South Gippsland, VIC

Listen to the New Karl S Williams Single “Blood to Give”

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Blues and roots singer-songwriter Karl S Williams has just released his new single “Blood to Give”.

Produced and recorded by Matt Redlich (Holy Holy, Ball Park Music, Emma Louise, Husky), the track is an awesome, stripped back piece of bluesy storytelling.

“Life is hard and unkind to all of us at times, I guess I went digging for suitable metaphors for that experience,” Williams explained. “In some ways the song is also an address to an industry wherein the sensitive are shepherded inexorably toward the precipice.”

Take a listen to “Blood to Give” below:

To celebrate the release of “Blood to Give” Karl S Williams is hitting the road this week for an east coast tour including appearances at the Wintermoon Spring Festival, Caloundra Music Festival, Wildwood Music Festival and the Kyneton Music Festival. Check out the full list of dates here:

Thursday 7th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 8th September – The Edwards, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 9th September – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Sunday 10th September – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 14th September – Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 15th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 16th September – The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 30th September – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Sunday 1st October – Wildwood Music Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 6th October – Music On The Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Sunday 8th October – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 21st October – Kyneton Music Festival, Kyneton, VIC

C.W. Stoneking Adds Brisbane and Fremantle Shows to Solo Tour

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Having already announced a handful of rare solo shows in Meeniyan, Sydney and Melbourne C.W. Stoneking has just added a couple of extra dares in Brisbane and Fremantle.

These are C.W. Stoneking’s first solo shows since 2014 so are going to be pretty special. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 7th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Friday 20th October – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st Octover – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 26th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

C.W. Stoneking Announces Rare Solo Shows

CW Stoneking
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Old-time blues and roots favourite C.W. Stoneking has been laying low since supporting Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats earlier this year. But that’s all set to change with the announcement that C.W. Stoneking is planning on hitting the road this October for a limited series of intimate performances in Victoria and New South Wales.

These will be C.W. Stoneking’s first solo performances since his Heavenly Sounds tour back in 2014 – so they’re definitely not to be missed. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 7th October – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Thursday 26th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 29th October – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW

The Teskey Brothers Announce Headline Tour

The Teskey Brothers
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Melbourne blues-rock band The Teskey Brothers are having a killer year. Their debut album Half Mile Harvest, released earlier this year, has already hit #2 on the iTunes chart and their recently announced tour has already seen two of the their three home town shows sell out.

“We can’t quite believe the response Half Mile Harvest is getting,” Josh Teskey from the band said. “We are so excited to play The Corner Hotel, one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues were we have seen loads of bands play and now we are doing three shows there! It’s all pretty crazy but we’re just so thrilled that people are connecting with the music. That’s all we ever hoped for with this album.”

Speaking of that tour, The Teskey Brothers have a whole bunch of dates around the country kicking off at the start of July. The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th July – Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 13th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 14th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 20th July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 21st July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 22nd July – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th July – Echuca Winter Blues Festival, Echuca, VIC
Friday 4th August – Music on the Hill, Red Hill, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Saturday 12th August – Ed Castle, Adelaide, SA

The Snowdroppers Call it Quits With Final Tour

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Sydney blues-rock favourites The Snowdroppers have announced after ten years together than they’re calling it quits. Over the last decade The Snowdroppers have established themselves as one of the country’s favourite live acts with thee albums, an EP and countless festival appearances, tours and more under their belt.

But before they hang up the tenor banjo The Snowdroppers have announced one final tour this October and November. The shows will see The Snowdroppers play their Too Late to Pray album in full as well as a selection of their favourite tracks from over the last 10 years.

Make sure you snap up tickets now because these are guaranteed to sell out – check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 21st October – Transit Bar, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 28th October – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 11th November – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th November – The Wickham Park Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th November – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Bluesfest Review: Monday Monday

St Paul & the Broken Bones at Bluesfest. Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

It’s the final day of Bluesfest and emotions are a mixed bag of excitement for what ahead, sadness that it’s ending and a bit of relief from the continual stimulation and inspiration from so many amazing artists.

We have to see Blind Boy Paxton again after last year’s show, so we’re here at 1:30pm at the Delta stage as Paxton starts on the keyboard with a sound sentimental to the golden age of Hollywood, a delightful dash of honky tonk and and old times blues sensation. With a dextrous trill of the keys, he has us all enthralled. Paxton says he’s starting off easy “as you all partied to hardy at the festival” last night, and we all laugh, evidence of how he easily builds rapport with the crowd with delightfully timed jokes and comments. He quips “Y’all let me sit off centre [of the stage] and not tell me. Is there anything on my face!?” and breaks in to a huge grin, we chuckle and settle in to enjoy his acoustic guitar dripping in old time blues. The twinkle of his eye matches the twinkle of the guitar strings before he pulls out the harmonica for a spirited performance with rhythm sticks, which keep the momentum going as he sings the refrains.

As fans of early 2000s rockers, Jet, we thought we’d better check in at Crossroads stage to see where the band’s Nic Chester is at these days, and for a 2:15pm chill out, we’re not disappointed. A delicious blend of indie rock and blues soaked riffs greets. His signature vocals hammer home his comfort and familiarity on stage, bringing the crowd in to the fold of his stories.

At 3pm we wander to the Jambalaya stage for Tony Joe White and the crowd erupts in applause as the legend takes to the stage. It seems appropriate at Easter to have a voice as deep and smooth as chocolate smother you in blues, and we all revel in its seductive tones. White rumbles along like percolating coffee, earthy, enticing and altogether satisfying with tones and tales.

After yesterday’s teaser, we decide to head to Delta stage at 4:30pm to see more of Lloyd Spiegel than a passing glimpse. It’s clear pretty quickly that Spiegel is a tongue in cheek wit as he jests that he “might as well tune my guitar on stage” before showing off fingers moving so fast there we half expect to see smoke rising from the fast finger friction! Clearly this set should have come with a warning sign! Amazing sounds stream out of one guitar, the likes equivalent of multiple guitars, and a stomp box the stamp out a hectic beat. Just as we think it’s reached it’s peak, Spiegel unleashes a laconic voice that dances with his guitar string. Ever the comedian, stories are told between songs making us all laugh. Did you know “the Queen thinks he world smells like fresh paint? Because everywhere she goes has been freshly painted!” And blues isn’t safe as he declares “Jeff Lang has never seen a guitarist play to their full capacity because they all shit themselves when he walks in!” His infectious sense of humour has the crowd in stitches and his ferocious fret work has us all in awe. If you want a real laugh, ask his about the guy who “won” the guitar in the raffle – the story is a corker!

As 5pm rolls around we dash to see St Paul & The Broken Bones at the Mojo stage. Their set flawed us last year and this year they’re up there as a must see! With a pre-recorded intro like something out of old Hollywood, but overtaken by old soul, the melody acts like siren song luring people in to join the crowds eagerly anticipating their show. After their 2016 roustabout style performance, this year they deliver a much more soulful and serene performance. The crowds are absorbed, transfixed and transported to another time through the multilayer musings, the sultry, emotive dalliances, and the standing ovation inspiring instrumentals. As we’re all lulled in to their rhythm, they segue in to an upbeat and energetic full band piece laden with funk, just to wake up all of our senses and have us all moving to the beat!

Noticing a name we recognise, Ashleigh Mannix, as part of the folk-grunge duo line up for Little Georgia, we head to Juke Joint to catch their 6pm set. We’re greeted with “This Old House” in sublime harmonised vocals and one-two combination of an acoustic and an electric guitar working together like the best sweet and sour you’ve ever tasted. Delivering an electrified indie vibe with a side of dirty grunge, the duo still trips lightly along the line between acoustic sensibilities and a fully electric sound. The instruments sonically dance together rather than battling for supremacy and a gutsy, punchy opening cements them within the minds of the crowd. Mannix’s vocals offer a depth of tone and nuance, highlighted by Carter’s higher pitched twang. Together they have an intimacy on stage that connects the two yet invites the crowd in to fully experience the counterpoints of lyrical progression. As they both switch to acoustic guitars, the difference has a significant change to their sound and vibe creating a very upbeat and organic sound. Their set wanders deeply in to the folk and indie realms, revels in its joyousness, crosses in to mournful lament, a sentimental melancholy with the sweetest treatment musically, and dives back in to the grunge element seamlessly. Definitely an act to keep an eye on!

We decide to venture to the Craft Beer Bar and grab a stool out the front to catch some of Kasey Chambers‘ 6:45pm set at Crossroads stage. She has everyone singing, even the guy in the crowd sporting a full beard and passionate rendition of “Not Pretty Enough”. Chambers charms the crowd with her deliciously harmonised songs where country meets blues and spell binding rendition of crowd favourites.

Since it’s the last night, and we saw Sir Rosevelt the other night, we figure we should go and catch Zac Brown Band at 8:15pm on the Mojo stage. Our first reaction? “Holy shit!” That rumbling guitar opening and a whole bunch of country style toe tapping, hand clapping, clear plucking, good-time hoe-down style cacophony hits us like a wave, picking us up and taking us on a wild ride. There is wild fiddle tearing the house down with an electric boost smashing “Whiskey’s Gone” in to the ether. Lead singer Brown has the crowd in palm of hand, we’re cheering at the intro and singing along in a heartbeat, whether we know the words or not. A full spectrum performance where we traverse the upbeat, the solemn, the optimistic, heartfelt and the lamentful touch points of life. And to top it off, for the second time this festival, we are treated to a spirited cover of Bohemian Rhapsody.

To finish the night, and bring our festival to an end, we swing by the Delta stage at 9pm to witness The Record Company. Reminiscent of Ash Grunwald’s vigor with harmonica, distorted mic but with a kicking bass guitar and hefty drums backing up. As a delectable counterpoint, the fine harmonica trills are the main instrument when lead singer Vos is not singing. A powerful rock crescendo to finish our Bluesfest experience.

If you think you’d like to head to Bluesfest 2018, early bird tickets are now available to buy at heavily discounted prices. Essentially, every time we’ve ever been, it’s guaranteed a great line up and festival. If you’ve never been, do what you can to make it one year!

Trip back over our full weekend at Bluesfest:

5 Things We Learned at Bluesfest 2017
Bluesfest Review: Good Friday is a fine day!
Bluesfest Review: Saturday Celebration
Bluesfest Review: Sweet Sunday

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Highlights from Monday at Bluesfest

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Bluesfest Review: Sweet Sunday

Buddy Guy at Bluesfest. Photos by Stuart Bucknell Photography

It’s chocolate day! And as we enter through the Southern gates the sounds of Lloyd Spiegel making the crowd laugh with his tales welcomes us to another glorious day of Blues, before we can hear Spiegel breaking in to a blistering rendition of “Lucille”. It’s his last tune, so maybe we’ll catch him again tomorrow.

Our main aim is to grab lunch and make haste to see Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow, at 1:30pm on the Delta stage. It’s a modest but keen crowd as Cardier’s moody blues kicks off the day. The Sideshow delivers a tight meld of consummate musicians, producing a slick sound and emotive melody from the album ‘Stranger Than Fiction’. A high energy and animated performance of “Rust in my Tail Fin” has us all going, and you’ve got to love a piano accordion in the mix with electric guitar, acoustic drums and a double bass!

Heading to the Mojo stage for a 2pm grin-fest Jake Shimabukuro and his wicked ukulele. Touting his new album recorded in Nashville, Shimabukuro is accompanied only by an electric bass. The strummy sound of a ukulele can brighten the most melancholy tune and the Beatle’s “Eleanor Rigby” does just that as an opening, a delicate and haunting treatment of a favourite that turns up the energy with smooth bass underpinning. Shimabukuro’s sense of humour and light banter is perfect for the sunny afternoon and he introduces a song inspired by his favourite show growing up. The song is called “Ukelele-5-0” and we all laugh along with the joke as high energy and spirited number traverses tempo and vibe, delivering a sense of emotion, through a journey that awakens the mind and heart of us all. His epic dexterity and speed builds to crescendo and then lulls in to a beautifully entwined and intricate plucked wonder. After a decadent medley of some favourite pop tunes, and something with a Spanish flair, he finishes the set with a crowd sing-a-long to Bohemian Rhapsody!

We make our way to catch Mud Morganfield at 3pm on the Delta stage. With a honky tonk style sound filled with riffing beats, twanging electric guitar, jiving keys and a whole lot of sass pouring forth from the stage, we’re all bopping along before we even know it. A wicked harmonica solo herald the entrance of the man himself, the son of legend Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield steps out on stage. This is real old school blues, where you can’t help but sway along. The entire crowd is tapping, bopping or swaying to the old time jive sensibilities transporting us to another time.

After grabbing a quick drink and bite to eat, we settle in to witness Buddy Guy take over Bluesfest in his 5:30pm set on the Crossroads stage. His performance is so highly anticipated that the crowd not only packs out the tent and overflows behind, but is also overflowing to the sides, all the way to the big screen and back to the craft beer bar. And Buddy didn’t disappoint. Starting big and only going bigger, he may be 80 but he gives the rest of his band a run for their money. Resplendent in polka dots, Buddy commands the stage with both his presence and his swaggering guitar riffs. His voice shackled the high notes and melted all the way down through every blues note with such passion and showmanship. The extremely talented members of his musical collective frame his iconic style perfectly, as he brings it right down and plays with the audience, teasing us right up to the punchy, powerhouse moments. When an Octogenarian plays the guitar with his goddamn elbow, followed by his “belt buckle” you know this is the cheekiest 80-year-old we’ll ever see.

We pop up to the Juke Joint at 6:30pm to check out Max Jury. Opening with a chilled vibe with just Jury on keyboard and singing a solemn love song, it’s a great stepping stone to the full ensemble as the 5-piece band joins him on stage, complete with two female backing singers. We’re treated to “Numb”, a soul filled tune with glorious backing vocal harmonies and followed by “Little Jean Jacket” a tender melancholy, with sweet backing vocals building a soft cocoon around the sentimentality of the song, as the mellow bass and drums slide in underneath and lift the music to flow out over the crowd. As Jury moves from the keys to strings, glorious uplifting backing vocals presents “Ella’s Moonshine”, a more upbeat tempo shifts the whole vibe to more of a troubadour or journeyman style.

After some delicious dinner, we visit the Mojo stage for Michael Kiwanuka’s 8:30pm set and are greeted with an epic intro full of synth, and eventually Kiwanuka joins the stage with a guitar that sings its way through the crowd, calling us together to join the night. A smooth, soulful “Cold Little Heart” rolls forth with velvet like vocals and the crowd flocks to him, drawn by the enigmatic quality of his music.

We move along, wearied by the days of music to experience, and make one last stop for the day at 9pm to Jambalaya for legend Mavis Staples. We saw her last year and could not miss her this year, even if just for a glimpse. Staples walks on stage oozing style and panache, and gives a cheeky knowing look as she and her retinue blasts out  a cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” as a statement opening number with signature beautiful harmonised backing and an edge of funk to the whole delivery. The entire performance demonstrates Staples’ professionalism, working with the backing vocalists and delivering a slick production that is rehearsed and wonderfully collaborative in its style. Opportunities to showcase each vocalist and their contribution or specialty are plentiful and it’s clear that time was taken to plan the set to highlight different members of the ensemble. Staples addresses the crowd, telling us that “at Bluesfest, the people are so warm and beautiful, we are welcomed, hospitality plus, personality plus. It’s our family! We bring you greetings from the Windy City. We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, some happiness, some inspiration” as the most glorious rendition of “The Weight” then carries us in to the night.

It may have been traditionally a day filled with chocolate, but we’ve filled our senses with spectacular performances and astounding music, and very excited for the last day of Bluesfest still to come.

Catch up on all the action:
Good Friday Review
Easter Saturday Review

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Highlights from Sunday at Bluesfest

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