Andrew Swift Announces New Album Call Out For The Cavalry Plus Exclusive Stream of “Reckless Desires”

Andrew Swift
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Melbourne based alt-country singer-songwriter Andrew Swift has just announced plans to release his new album Call Out For The Cavalry, due for release on the 2nd March next year.

The album follows on from Andrew Swift’s eponymous 2015 release and was produced by sought after producer Matt Fell. Swift has gone for a full band feel on the record with guitarist Glen Hannah, drummer Josh Schuberth, Hammond organist Dan Biederman, lap steel from Dan Biederman and Matt Fell on bass, guitars, keys and percussion. The album also features guest vocals from Catherine Britt, Gretta Ziller and Katie Brianna.

The full track listing for Call Out For The Cavalry is below:

1. Runaway Train
2. Reckless Desires
3. Georgia
4. The Devil & His Sin
5. Jezebel
6. Fire & Ice
7. Ball & Chain
8. Unforgiven Sins
9. Blood Moon High
10. King of the Sky

The first single from Call Out For The Cavalry is the rocking “Reckless Desires” which we have an exclusive stream of here:

Andrew Swift is heading out on The Great Australian Caravan Park Country Music Showcase Tour with Gretta Ziller this December and January – the full list of dates is here:

Wednesday 27th December – Discovery Parks Lake Hume, Ebden, VIC
Thursday 28th December – Porepunkah Bridge Holiday Park, Porepunkah, VIC
Friday 29th December – Omeo Caravan Park, Omeo, VIC
Saturday 30th December – Marlo Ocean Views, Marlo, VIC
Sunday 31st December – Somers Holiday Village, Somers, VIC
Monday 1st January – Inverloch Foreshore Camping Reserve, Inverloch, VIC
Tuesday 2nd January – Phillip Island Caravan Park, Newhaven, VIC
Wednesday 3rd January – Kangerong Holiday Park, Dromana, VIC
Thursday 4th January – Anglesea Family Caravan Park, Anglesea, VIC
Friday 5th January – Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 6th January – Eastern Beach Caravan Park, Lakes Entrance, VIC
Sunday 7th January – Mallacoota Foreshore Holiday Park, Malacoota, VIC
Monday 8th January – Eden Beachfront Holiday Park, Eden, NSW
Tuesday 9th January – Merimbula Holiday Park, Merimbula, NSW
Wednesday 10th January – Tathra Beachside, Tathra, NSW
Thursday 11th January – South Coast Holiday Parks, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 12th January – BIG4 Narooma Easts Holiday Park, Narooma, NSW
Saturday 13th January – Murramarang Beachfront Nature Resort, South Durras, NSW
Sunday 14th January – Lake Conjola Entrance Holiday Park, Lake Conjola, NSW
Monday 15th January – Shoalhaven Heads Holiday Park, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW
Tuesday 16th January – Easts Beach Holiday Park, Kiama, NSW
Wednesday 17th January – Toowoon Bay Holiday Park, Toowoon Bay, NSW

Review: First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night

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Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association

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.

Details of the First Annual Australian Americana Honours Night in Melbourne

Australian Amerciana Honours
Image Courtesy of the Americana Music Association

Americana fans rejoice – Australia is about to get it’s very own Americana Honours Night this October.

The inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night will take place in Melbourne at the Thornbury Theatre on Monday 2nd October. The event is being presented by Michael Chugg, Nash Chambers and the international Americana Music Association and will celebrate the diverse artists that make up the Australian Americana scene.

The Australian Americana Honours Night will feature a raft of performers including international icons Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June and Kevin Welch along with Australian favourites Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers.

During the night the Americana Music Association will present the inaugural Americana Vanguard Awards to Kasey Chambers for her deep commitment to roots music and to Brian “BT” Taranto, founder of the Out on the Weekend festival, who has been championing the Americana Community for more than a decade.

“For those of us who love roots and Americana Music, this is a dream line-up to have at our inaugural event,” Nash Chambers explained. “We’re mighty proud to be building awareness of Americana Music in Australia with the US Association and Tennessee Tourism. We also believe this is just the beginning of a genre that is exploding worldwide.”

For more information on the night including how to get your hands on tickets head over to Chugg Entertainment here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 20th January

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney bluegrass band The Morrisons announced an east coast tour to support their upcoming album. Details here

– We posted the full lineup for this year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival including Willie Watson, Melody Pool, Lior, Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders, Afenginn, Boo Hewerdine, Charm of Finches, Eddi Reader, Folk Uke, Gretta Ray, Martha Tilston, Mel Parsons, Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, The Changing Room, The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Dead Maggies, The Waifs, The Wilson Pickers, The Young Folk and many more. Details here

– Rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth released her new video “New Wall”. Details here

– Alt-country singer-songwriter night The Cake & Cordial Sessions returns to the Tamworth Country Music Festival with a lineup that includes Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton. Details here

– Singer-songwriter Musketeer has announced plans to release EP Seven Long Years. Details here

Laura Marling released her new single “Wild Fire”. Details here

– Queensland singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has announced an Autumn east coast tour. Details here

– Adelaide based singer songwriter Ryan Martin John released his new single “Mexico”. Details here

– English singer-songwriter Johnny Flynn announced plans to release his new album Sillion. Details here

Amber Lawrence released her single “Cheers to the Girls” featuring Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden and the three ladies are heading out on tour. Details here

– Sydney singer-songwriter Trent Williams released his new single “What Do You Call a Man”. Details here

– Folk legends The Waifs announced a huge 25th anniversary tour. Details here

Releases This Week

Jordan Ireland
Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra – Jordan Ireland With Purple Orchestra
Spunk Records

Dragonfly
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The Long Johns
Last Man StandingThe Long Johns
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Sim Shame & Jim Mongrel, Steph Miller

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Sydney folk-punk legends Handsome Young Strangers bid farewell to their long time bass player Jim Mongrel at fan favourite venue The Botany View Hotel in Newtown, Sydney

Friday 20th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Acoustics Anonymous feat Duncan Woods, Sabrina Soares
Wednesday 25th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Adam Young
Thursday 26th January – The Loft, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW

Áine Tyrrell
Friday 20th January – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Alice Terry
Wednesday 25 January – Village Stage, Meriton Festival Village, Sydney, NSW

Allison Forbes
Friday 20th January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 20th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Country Music Cocktails, SSS Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Royal Flying Doctor Fundraiser, Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Nashville Sister City Show, The Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Albert, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Hopscotch, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Australia Day Concert, Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Amanda Palmer
Saturday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Americana in the Park feat. Tim Wheatley, Peasant Moon, Small Town Romance, Andrew Swift, Tori Forsyth, Jason Walker, Katie Brianna, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Tuesday 23rd January – Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Saturday 21st January – Peppertown Cafe, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Toyota Star Maker Grand Final, Toyota Park, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth NSW

Andy Irvine w/ Luke Plumb
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Kindlehill Performance Space, Wentworth Falls, NSW
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live! Music Festival, VIC

Australia Day Celtic Festival
Thursday 26th January – St Leonards Park, Sydney, NSW

Barren Roots feat. Lou Bradley and The Wayward Henrys
Friday 27th January – Frog & Toad, Tamworth, NSW

Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart
Wednesday 25th January – Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Bernard Fanning and Kasey Chambers
Thursday 26th January – Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW

Bluegrass Comes to Tamworth feat. Pete Denahy, Kristy Cox, Karen Lynne, Dean Perrett, The Weeping Willows
Friday 27th January – Capitoal Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Brad Butcher
Sunday 22nd January – Country Turns Pink, Wests Blazes, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Songwriters, Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Fly Doctor Fly, Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Medicine Show Sessions, The Tudor, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Rich’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – In Store Performance, Big Golden Guitar, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Songwriter Round, Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Toyota Fanzone, Peel Street, Tamworth, NSW

Busby Marou & Harry Hookey
Wednesday 25th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Cake & Cordial Sessions feat. Ben Salter, Paddy McHugh, Harry Hookey, Megan Cooper, Matt Henry, Melody Moko, Andy Golledge and Sam Newton
Friday 27th January – St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

CloudBird
Sunday 22nd January – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Coda, Veronique
Friday 27th January – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Colin Buchcanan & Fanny Lumsden
Friday 27th January – North Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Jordie Lane
Friday 27th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Courtyard Sessions Presents Leroy Lee
Friday 20th January – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Ange Boxall, Jed Rowe, Jemma Nicole, Bill Jackson Music with Pete Fidler, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Sunday 22nd January – Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Deep Down South feat. The Weeping Willows, Jemma Nicole, Jed Rowe, Ange Boxall, Bill Jackson
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Don McGlashan
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Mofo, Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

Easy Street
Wednesday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel,
Thurs 26 – 2pm – 3pm

Fairlight Folk feat. Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb
Friday 20th January – Fairlight Folk, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 20th January – Fanzone Performance, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – TCMF Secret Pop-Up Show, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW

Fly Doctor Fly feat. Jen Mize, Gretta Ziller, Allison Forbes, Andrew Swift, Brad Butcher, Brendan Nawrocki, Renae Nawrocki, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Gibson, Kelly Cork, Megan Cooper, Hayley Wilson, Emma Dykes, Kalesti Butler, Graham Howle, Brett Clarke, Brendan Smoother, Jasmine Atkins, Tammy Moxon, Matt Thomson, Jason Kearney, Mackenzie Timms
Monday 23rd January – Stockmans Motel, Tamworth, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Colin Jones and The Delta Revue, MoSoul
Wednesday 25th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fourwinds
Friday 20th January – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 24th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – House Concert, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 26th January – Four Winds Festival, Bermagui, NSW

GG
Monday 23rd Januray – The Front, Canberra, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Mr Falcon’s, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th January – House Concert, Jindivick, VIC

Gretta Ziller
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Stockman’s Motel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Richo’s Round Up at The Dag, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Hog’s Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW

Handsome Young Strangers w/ Sim Shame & Jim Mongrel, Steph Miller
Friday 20th January – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz & Cara
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Yackandandah Hall, Yackandandah, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th January – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bowral Bowling Club, Bowral, NSW

Heath Cullen
Saturday 21st January – House Concert, Mittagong, NSW

Hideaway 2nd B’Day feat. The Dead Love, The Red Gazelle, Arteries, Scarlett’s Revenge, The Bottlers
Saturday 21st January – The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, NSW

Hinterlandt
Sunday 22nd January – Mona Foma, Hobart, TAS

HONK! Oz
Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st January – Wollongong, NSW

Hootenanny feat. Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters
Sunday 22nd January – Miss Peaches, Sydney, NSW

James Thompson & The Strange Pilgrims
Thursday 26th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jen Mize
Monday 23rd January – Fly Doctor Fly, Stockman’s Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Stockman’s Songwriters, Stockman’s Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Richo’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Late Night Alt, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Medicine Show Sessions, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Jeremiah Johnson
Saturday 21st January – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW

Kasey Chambers and Bernard Fanning
Thursday 26th January – West Tamworth Leagues Club, West Tamworth, NSW

Katie Brianna
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

Kenta Hayashi
Friday 20th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW

Kristy Cox
Saturday 21st January – The Tamworth Opry, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Great Country Love Songs, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Bluegrass Comes To Tamworth, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Songhouse Sessions – Downstairs at The Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Wests Diggers, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Country Music Cares Charity Concert, Tamworth Townhall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Alt Country at The Dag, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Scullion Sessions, The Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Frog and Toad Listening Room, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Alt
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Lime & Steel
Thursday 26th January – Foghorn Brewhouse, Central Coast, NSW
Friday 27th Jauary – The Pier, Port Macquarie, NSW

Live n Lounging feat. Winter Wilson, Bill Hunt, Niq Reefman
Sunday 22nd January – House Concert, Sydney, NSW

Mat McHugh
Friday 20th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Mayumi Mullins, Willowy, Slow Ships
Wednesday 25th January – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Melody Moko
Friday 20th January – Gina Timms Ladies of Country, Wests Leagues, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Secret Pop Up Show, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Writers in The Round, South Tamworth Bowlo, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – ABC Stage Peel St, Nundle, NSW
Friday 27th January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Pool & William Crighton
Monday 23rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 24rd January – Grand Junction Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth, NSW

Michael Carpenter
Wednesday 25th January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – ABC Stage, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Econolodge, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Concert in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Late Night Alt, Service Club, Tamworth, NSW

Mike Love, Bobby Alu
Wednesday 25th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Newstead Live Music Festival
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 20th January – Mountain Mumma, Sheffield, TAS

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Numberalla, NSW

Paul Dempsey
Friday 20th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Friday 27th January – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Passenger
Friday 20th January – Riverstage Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st January – Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 25th January – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 27th January – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Peasant Moon
Saturday 21st January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Peel Street, Nundle, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana In the Park, Tamworth, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 20th January – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st January – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 27th January – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

PJ Harvey
Sunday 22nd January – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Russell Morris, Luke Escombe
Wednesday 25th January – Camelor Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Shane Nicholson
Wednesday 25th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

She Was Real feat. Amy Vee, Emma Beau and Deb Leaney
Saturday 21st January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Smith & Jones
Saturday 21st January – The Glasshouse at Goonoo Goonoo Station, NSW
Saturday 21st January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

Some Singer Songwriters on Sunday feat. Dan Crestani, Peppermint & Fox, Bronwyn Æather Music, sooze, Luke Escombe, Richard Cuthbert, Sam Newton
Sunday 22nd January – The Townie, Sydney, NSW

Songhouse Sessions
Monday 23rd January – Tamworth Service Club, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tamworth Service Club, Tamworth, NSW

Southgate Songwriters
Monday 23rd January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – Southgate Inn, Tamworth, NSW

Summer Sets at Hither & Yon feat. Banjo Jackson
Sunday 22nd January – Hither & Yon, Willunga, SA

Taasha Coates
Friday 27th January – Robert Johnson Winery, Lobethal, SA

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 29th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Tamworth Opry feat. Catherine Britt, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Dean Perrett & Jeff Brown, Kirsty Lee Akers, Kristy Cox, Roo Arcus, The Weeping Willows, Travis List, Liam Kennedy-Clark, Rebecca Lee Nye, Billy Bridge
Saturday 21st January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

The Cat Empire & Xavier Rudd
Thursday 26th January – St David’s Park, Hobart, TAS

The Drowsy Maggies, Rebecca Bastoli
Tuesday 24th January – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

The First Annual Afternoon of Americana Music on Australia Day feat. The April Family, Michael Carpenter, The House Band
Thursday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Glorious North
Thursday 26th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW

The McClymonts
Wednesday 25th January – TRECC, Tamworth, NSW

The Medicine Show Sessions
Friday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Ocean Party w/ Milk Teddy, Jordan Ireland, Hot Palms
Thursday 26th January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 27th January – Frank’s Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

The Pigs
Wednesday 25th January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW
Friday 27th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Porch Sessions On Tour feat. Stu Larsen, Luke Thompson, Tim Moore
Friday 20th January – Sydney (Croydon Park), NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Sydney (Chatswood), NSW

The Spooky Men’s Chorale
Saturday 21st January – Village Stage, Meriton Festival Village, Sydney, NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Friday 20th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Glasshouse Restaurant, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – Peel Inn, Nundle, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 25th January – The Pig & Tinderbox, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

The Vanns, Elwood Myre
Thursday 26th January – Hotel Steyne, Sydney, NSW

The Vegetable Plot
Friday 20th January – Summer Playground at the Opera House, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Saturday 21st January – Harrington Hotel, Harrington, NSW
Sunday 22nd January – The Muswellbrook Hotel, Muswellbrook, NSW
Friday 27th January – Frog & Toad, Tamworth, NSW

The Weeping Willows
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

The Whitetop Mountaineers
Friday 20th January – Harvester Moon Café, Bellarine, VIC
Saturday 21st January – Caravan Music Club, Oakley, VIC
Wednesday 25th January – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th January – Newstead Live Festival, VIC

The Wilson Pickers
Wednesday 25th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Thompson Springs w/ Maia Marsh
Friday 20th January – Club 54, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 22nd January – Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 22nd January – Suburban Bar, Hobart, TAS

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January – Thredbo, NSW

TinPan Orange
Thursday 26th January – The Rocks Australia Day Festival, Sydney, NSW

Tom Dockray and Mitch Power
Fruday 20th January – Billy Roys Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 26th January – The Front Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Friday 27th January – Antojitos, Newcastle, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Saturday 21st January – Tamworth Family Support Service Family Concert, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW

Underground Roots
Tuesday 24th January – The Loft Art Studio, Tamworth, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 20th January – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 21st January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

We Lost the Sea w/ Crooked Fiddle Band, Wartime Sweethearts
Saturday 21st January – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW

Winter Wilson
Friday 20th January – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st January – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 22nd January – Live ‘N’ Lounging, Leumeah, NSW
Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th January – Newstead Live Festival, Castlemaine, VIC

Yabun Festival
Thursday 26th January – Victoria Park, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Within The Rose” – Matthew And The Atlas

Amber Lawrence and Catherine Britt Announce Tour with Fanny Lumsden

Amber Lawrence
Image Courtesy of Amber Lawrence

Award winning country singer Amber Lawrence last month released her boppy new single “Cheers to the Girls” featuring guest vocals from Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden.

“I’m really proud of this song,” Lawrence explained. “A lot of courage went into writing this song, and telling it how it actually is for some women. This song in part eludes to domestic abuse, but also praises women of all types – those that were bullied at school, those that didn’t know their inner strength until the only choice left was to rely on and stand up for themselves. It’s a rousing song of strength and is already a crowd favourite – add to this, the stunning vocals of Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden, and this is also one of my favourites.”

Check out the video for “Cheers to the Girls” below:

And now Amber Lawrence has announced plans to hit the road and she’s bringing Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden with her.

The tour kicks off in March and will see the trio performing shows all over the country. Check out the full list of dates here:

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd March – Gloucester Soldiers Club, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 4th March – Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook, NSW
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 1st April – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Soul Central, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Loxton Club, Loxton, SA
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA
Saturday 20th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th May – Glen Innes District Services Club, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell, NSW
Thursday 15th June – The Reef Hotel &Casino, Cairns, QLD
Friday 16th June – Innisfail RSL, Innisfail, QLD
Saturday 17th June – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 21st June – McGuires CBD Hotel, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 22nd June – Dooley’s Tavern & Motel, Capella, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Rainforest Ranch, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 24th June – Carrier’s Arms Hotel Motel, Maryborough, QLD
Friday 30th June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Thursday 29th June – Club Barham, Barham, VIC
Saturday 1st July – Club Mulwala, Mulwala, NSW

The Morrisons and Lost Highway Announce Christmas & Inner Western

Country and Inner Western
Image Courtesy of The Morrisons

Strap on the tinsel and jingle the bells, Christmas and Inner Western is coming to town. Sydney’s regular alt-country and Americana night Country and Inner Western have announced their final show of the year at GoodGod Small Club on Wednesday the 10th December and it’s going to be Christmas themed

Joining Country and Inner Western’s “house band” The Morrisons this time around will be local alt-country legends Tim Chaisson, Catherine Britt, A Man Called Stu, Jenny Queen and Fanny Lumsden and The Thrillseekers. The music kicks off at 8pm with tickets just $10 on the door.

For more information on the night check out the official Facebook invite here.

Port Fairy Announces First Round of Artists for 2015

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio

March 2014 feels like an age away but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start planning for the folk festival season – and to make your life a little easier the Port Fairy Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for next year.

The lineup is headed up by Christine Anu, John Butler Trio and Charlie Musselwhite and also includes the likes of All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ami Williamson, Ash & Bloom, Bobby & the Pins, Catherine Britt, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Enda Kenny Band, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Himmerland, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Jeff Lang, Jodi Martin, Jordie Lane, Lake Street Dive, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Marlon Williams, Maru Tarang, Sharon Shannon Band, Steve Poltz, The Black Sorrows, The Chipolatas, The Orbweavers, The Yearlings and We Two Thieves.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Listen to the First Three Tracks from The Hillbilly Killers

The Hillbilly Killers
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Over the weekend Aussie country supergroup The Hillbilly Killers (Bill Chambers, Tim Rogers and Catherine Britt plus friends) sent through the first selection of songs which you can now listen to online. The three tracks, “They Call Us The Hillbilly Killers”, “Calamitied Anatomy” and “Roadhouse Blues”, will be available as a three track sampler at the groups April shows. Take a listen below:

The full list of upcoming dates for The Hillbilly Killers is below:

Saturday 30th March – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 31st March – Boogie Festival, VIC
Thursday 4th April- Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 5th April – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 18th April – Sleep At The G, MCG, VIC
Friday 19th April – Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 21st April – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Wednesday 24th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th April – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 26th April – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 27th April – GumBall Festival, Belford, NSW

The Hillbilly Killers Announce March and April East Coast Tour

Hillbilly Killers
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After debuting at this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival country supergroup The Hillbilly Killers – Bill Chambers, Tim Rogers and Catherine Britt (plus friends) – are hitting the road for a series of east coast dates. The band have been busy readying their debut album and fans will be able to pick up a limited edition three track sampler at the upcoming shows.

The full list of dates is below:

Saturday 30th March – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Sunday 31st March – Boogie Festival, VIC
Thursday 4th April- Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 5th April – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 18th April – Sleep At The G, MCG, VIC
Friday 19th April – Meeniyan Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sunday 21st April – Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC
Wednesday 24th April – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 25th April – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 26th April – Rooty Hill RSL Club, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 27th April – GumBall Festival, Belford, NSW

Interview: Lachlan Bryan

Lachlan Bryan
Image Courtesy of Lachlan Bryan

A year ago our very own Evan Hughes chatted to Lachlan Bryan, the then frontman of Melbourne alt-country band The Wildes, in the lead up to their appearance at The Gum Ball. So much has changed since then with Bryan releasing his debut solo album and announcing some pretty amazing support slots so we figured it was time to sit down again and find out what’s been happening.

Evan Hughes: We last spoke about a year ago just before The Wildes played at The Gum Ball but a lot has changed since then
Lachlan Bryan: Yeah it has been a big year.
EH: So talk us through the changes. You started writing and recording your solo album while you were still working with The Wildes. Have The Wildes finished as a project?
LB: I’m still in contact with The Wildes – I live with Shaun the bass player – they’re my best friends as well as my band. It’s interesting because we all came to the conclusion that [going solo] was what we had to do this year for a variety of reasons. I was wanting to do music full time, and the others had other things going on – I guess bands get to a point where they have different priorities in their lives and I’m kind of in the unfortunate (or fortunate) position that aside from writing songs there’s not really much else I can do successfully. For me it was a bit make or break – I thought “I’ve gotta get out and try and get this record made”. We’ve been trying to get it made for a while and I’ve been writing songs which weren’t really band songs and trying to get everyone to play the way that those songs needed. It was pretty important through the transition process first and foremost to remain friends – a lot of people form bands with people that have auditioned or they’ve met along the way or have been in other bands but our band was formed out of friends and we kind of got to the point where we were wondering what the best thing is with everyone wanting to go in different directions. And the best thing was for us to go our seperate ways as friends and also I had to get my music out there. The Wildes as people and as musicians are very dear to my heart.
EH: Well congratulations on all the success you’ve had as a solo artist so far. You seem to be popping up everywhere at the moment.
LB: I guess that when we put out the last album we didn’t really have anyone involved helping us and didn’t have a great idea of what you actually do to promote a record or how you get it out there. To be honest my professional instinct is to under-play everything so I probably wasn’t the ideal person to have promoting the first album. When your an independent band and you release your own thing you have to do everything yourself and you have to try and get people interested in listening to it or interested in playing it on community radio. It’s been interesting over the last few months having people involved and supporting me who know what they’re doing. And luckily the press so far has been really good – you never really how people are going to respond and I’m grateful that people are listening.
EH: I saw your album being promoted as a “must buy” country record in a record store the other day.
LB: That’s great! I’m such a fan of country music – doing this record has given me the opportunity to stamp the country-ness on it a bit more than I have previously and I’m proud of that. I’m a little bit tired of, if you live in a city like I do, of having to apologise for playing or liking country music. The nice thing about this is I’ve been able to go “look, it’s a country record and if you don’t like country music then f*** you”. It’s been quite liberating like that.
EH: I was just listening to the album today and it’s funny that you mention living in a city – in Australian country music there’s a real connection to the land and rural living and the hardships involved in that whereas a lot of American country music covers more universal themes, and your music is very similar to that.
LB: To a point anything you write about as a songwriter has the potential to be a cliche but I’ve been pretty keen to steer away from Australian country themes – for the main reason that I didn’t grow up working on the land or shearing ship or milking cows. It’s fine to write that kind of music if that’s the life you relate to but I would be lying if I wrote that sort of stuff. I’m a bit more convincing when it comes to personal relationships and city life and the things that I write about. I think Australian country music is quite patriotic and I’m not really into writing about topics that big – I’m more interested in conversations and relationships and the bad things and good things that people do to each other.
EH: I think there’s a lot of heartbreak in the record which is still a very “country” theme.
LB: Yeah we do associate that with country music but in a way it’s just part of all music.
EH: Yeah, love is a universal theme but there’s just something about the way it comes across in country music.
LB: It’s more direct. When I listen to Hank Williams I think there’s hardly a metaphor there. It’s all straight “this is what’s going on, this is what you’ve done to me”. And you could say that that’s simplistic or not intellectual but it affects you when you hear it – they’re brilliant songs that people are still singing years after his death.
EH: I want to touch on the production of the album because I really like the way it’s been put together. You worked with Rod McCormack right?
LB: Rod McCormack produced it and played banjo and a couple of other instruments and Jeff, his brother, engineered the record in a studio that they run together.
EH: He really puts your vocals right out front to focus on your story telling lyrical style.
LB: It’s great that you can hear that – that was definitely our intention. I made a few different demos in the lead up to meeting Rod and the ones that he really liked were the ones where I had recorded them with an acoustic guitar and my mic really close up so I was singing right into it. They were a bit more intimate or something. That was one of the first production decisions he made was to get the vocals right up front and make sure that no matter what’s going on in the arrangement the song’s always about the acoustic guitar and the vocals. I’m not really someone who can record the guitar parts separately, I have to do it at once. We didn’t do any real overdubbing, we played it essentially live and the vocal and guitar takes that we got in the first couple of takes are the ones that we used on the album. The same with everyone’s parts. We wanted to make it really live and really natural.
EH: Did you quite a good working relationship with Rod?
LB: The interesting thing is that Rod interfered less than any producer I’ve worked with. I felt like he really trusted what I was trying to do and the same the other way around. Before we made the album we’d only met a few times but we had really long conversations so he knew exactly what album I wanted to make and we were able to stick to that because he also agreed that that was the sort of album that I should be making. A few people have brought up the production in interviews mainly because Rod is well known in a certain field as a producer but the actual producing that was done during the recording of the record was fairly minor – we decided let’s just record the instruments and have them sound as they sound, let’s have my vocals sound as they sound int he room. There was no studio trickery at all. Believe it or not that’s something with The Wildes that we never really did – we analysed stuff so much and would often rerecord and rerecord and rerecord.
EH: There’s a couple of tracks on the album – “Unfortunate Rose” and “Lily of the Fields” – which have appeared on a previous Wildes EP. When I realised that I went back and listened to the originals and I think they’ve come a long way as songs.
LB: The Wildes’ versions were demos that we liked enough to put out there. I think probably the biggest production difference on a song was “Unfortunate Rose”, the one that changed the most. We just mucked around with playing it a few different ways in the first couple of takes and the way we ended up recording it sounded so different to the original – I never felt like that song quite had the magic that I thought it had in it and then all of a sudden we started putting the emphasis on a different beat and I was like “this is actually really cool”.
EH: We should really talk about the special guests that you’ve got on the album as well. You must be pretty chuffed to be at a point in your career where you’ve got not just Kasey Chambers but Bill Chambers playing on your record.
LB: Bill is the most generous musician I’ve ever come across. If he likes what you do then he’s really willing to help. In the case of the album he played the lap steel and he has his own way of playing it which no one else really does. It’s a really old fashioned sound but it was just what we needed. I’ve been able to play with Bill a few times since and he’s just such a cool guy. He gets it. And he writes great songs as well – since I’ve started going to Tamworth I’ve started to hear his songs and there’s a lot of depth to them. I can’t speak highly enough of Bill and his contribution to my music and my career. And Kasey [Chambers] and Catherine [Britt] both were very generous and totally professional. Catherine came in so well prepared and I didn’t really know her at all at the time – I really respect her. The music she’s into is what I call the “real thing”. Her and Kasey, I loved having them both on there. I’m really lucky I suppose – I don’t know if I’m particularly at that point in my career but they were all really generous with their time and they happened to like the songs.
EH: I was going to comment about Catherine Britt. I’m not really that familiar with her music but the voice she pulls out on the backing vocals of your songs is just magic. It has a real Emmylou Harris quality about it – it’s just this gorgeous voice.
LB: You’ve probably come accross her ode to Emmylou [“Sweet Emmylou”] so I do think she’s a big fan. In fact I did a Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris cover with her at Tamworth, “Hickory Wind”. She does a show up there where she gets everyone in to do some duets. I probably thought she was more of a mainstream country person before I got to know her a bit because you see the marketing or whatever. It’s been nice to mingle with people that are into Gram Parsons and Emmylou and Steve Earle and Townes Van Sandt and all those guys. It’s nice to see that the guys out there are carrying that torch on.
EH: That’s quite a nice segue – you’ve just been announced to a couple of pretty cool support slots, one of them being Steve Earle for his Bluesfest sideshows.
LB: Yeah, that’s going to be great, I’m a big Steve Earle fan. He kind of fits into that group of songwriters like Guy Clarke and Townes Van Sandt, that are real story tellers and smart writers and funny writers as well. It’s always weird when you do support slots because you never know if you’re ever going to see the person face to face. I’ve spoken to people who’ve been on six month tours with Bob Dylan and never met him – so you don’t know what things are going to be like. But I’ll be keen to see him play close up at the end of the day. And I’m also playing with an English band called Ahab – they seem like the kind of act [Timber and Steel] would cover. I’ve been listening to a bit of their stuff and really liking what I’m hearing. That’ll be interesting too as they’ll be pretty new to Australian audiences I think.
EH: We discovered Ahab a few months ago and put a Spotlight up on the site about them and then literally the next day they announced their Australian tour.
LB: You always get there first!
EH: And you’re also on the Bluesfest lineup right?
LB: That’s right yeah. I’m obviously pretty excited about that, from a fans perspective. I’ve actually never been and every year I’ve wanted to go. I’m just going to stick around for the whole weekend and catch everyone I can.
EH: And then what happening for you for the rest of the rest of the year?
LB: Straight after Bluesfest I’m playing up in a few regional places, some of which I’ve been to before. I’m going to Nimbin, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and a bit of Queensland. One of my favourite things is going and playing at off-the-beaten-track venues so I’m doing a few of those. After that I’m coming back to Melbourne for a couple of country festivals in May and June and then heading back to the States in July/August and I’ll hopefully still be there for the Americana Festival again this year.
EH: It sounds like you’ve got a big year ahead of you. Thanks so much for your time today!
LB: Cool, thanks very much mate.

Upcoming dates for Lachlan Bryan are below:

March 15th – The Toff in Town with Ahab (UK), Melbourne, VIC
March 21st – The Vanguard with Ahab (UK), Sydney, NSW
April 5th – Bluesfest 2012, Byron Bay, NSW
April 7th – Bluesfest 2012, Byron Bay, NSW
April 8th – The Factory Theatre with Steve Earle (USA), Sydney, NSW
April 12th – Nimbin Hotel, Lismore, NSW
April 13th – Upfront Club, Maleny, QLD
April 14th – Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna, QLD
July 6th – Lizottes Central Coast with Harmony James, Kincumber, NSW
July 7th – Lizottes Newcastle with Harmony James, Newcastle, NSW
July 8th – Lizottes Dee Why with Harmony James, Dee Why, NSW

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