Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite Announce New Album No Mercy in This Land

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Grammy award winning, roots music legends Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite are coming together again with the announcement of their new duo album No Mercy in This Land, due for release on the 30th March.

This will be the pair’s first release since their hugely successful 2013 release Get Up!.

Charlie Musselwhite is that very rare and hallowed place where blues past, present and future collide,” Ben Harper explained. “He transforms notes into emotions that feel both hauntingly familiar and brand new, as if hearing them for the first time every time. He is a living legend whose harmonica playing should be beamed into outer space to search for other life forms.”

“On stage or in the studio – working with Ben Harper holds the same excitement I experienced working with Chicago blues legends back in the day,” says Charlie Musselwhite. “I think it is safe to say that Ben has reinvented the Blues in a great way: playing modern while preserving the feel. I am honored and privileged to be a participant in this project.”

The full track listing for No Mercy in This Land along with a trailer for the album is below:

1. When I Go
2. Bad Habits
3. Love And Trust
4. The Bottle Wins Again
5. Found The One
6. When Love Is Not Enough
7. Trust You To Dig My Grave
8. No Mercy In This Land
9. Movin’ On
10. Nothing At All

Newton Faulkner Announces Bluesfest Sideshows

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English roots singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner has just announced a bunch of Australian tour dates when he’s in the country for Bluesfest this March and April.

Faulkner will be releasing his new album Hit The Ground Running on the 2nd February so fans can expect to hear the new material when he hits our shores.

The first track from Hit The Ground Running is also the title track.

“In the past I have mainly focused on pushing my guitar playing, on this album and particularly the first single, I decided to focus on my voice,” Newton Faulkner explained of the track. “On the last few albums, there were quite a few co-writes but on this one my brother forced me to write mostly on my own and this song is one of the ones that came out of that. It’s about messing things up but keeping moving forwards. I happen to have a reasonable amount of experience in both.”

Check out the video for “Hit The Ground Running” here:

When Newton Faulkner is in Australia in March and April he has headline shows planned in Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 29 and Friday 30th March – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 1st April – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Monday 2nd April – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 4th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 6th April – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 8th April – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce New Album Tearing at the Seams

Nathanial Rateliff
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American roots rock band Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have just announced plans to release their highly anticipated new album Tearing at the Seams on the 9th March this year.

The album is the follow up to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ highly successful self-titled debut.

“For the first record, I demo’ed everything up and created most of the parts,” said Rateliff. “This time, I felt like we’ve all spent so much time on the road that we should all go off somewhere together. We should all have that experience together.

“I want — and I need — everybody to feel like they’re a part of this band. I want them to feel like they’re contributing artistically and emotionally to the experience of writing and creating this music. We’ve all had to make sacrifices to be in The Night Sweats and I want them all to know that it’s worth something.”

The first taster of Tearing at the Seams is the track “You Worry Me”. Check out the video below:

Pierce Brothers Announce New EP My Tired Mind

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Melbourne based folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers have somehow managed to find some time out from their never-ending worldwide tour to write and record their brand new EP My Tired Mind.

Due for release this Friday 17th November, the EP was recorded over the last two years. The first single from is “Follow Me Into The Dark”.

“Follow Me Into The Dark is about literally lying awake going over and over your past decisions, and searching for ways to move on,” Pat Pierce explained.

Check out the video for “Follow Me Into The Dark” here:

Pierce Brothers are currently overseas but will be returning this week to kick off their support spot on Tash Sultana’s tour – the full list of dates are below:

Saturday 18th November – Adelaide Entertainment Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 1st December – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th December – Freo Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 9th December – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Thursday 14th December – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th December – Noosa AFL Grounds, Noose, QLD

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 Nahko Video “Dragonfly”

Nahko
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Roots singer-songwriter Nahko has just released his new video “Dragonfly” from his upcoming solo album My Name Is Bear (due out today).

The video features Nahko’s close friend Paris Jackson and is already causing quite a stir.

“I specifically wanted to capture this young woman’s natural beauty and focus on what I thought would be a very perfect song to explain a transformational time that fit both her and I,” Nahko explained.

Check out the video for “Dragonfly” here”

Hussy Hicks & Raphael White Announce Collaboration On The Boundries

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Roots duo Hussy Hicks have announced plans to release their fifth studio album On The Boundries on the 10th November, this time collaborating with Raphael White.

Raphael White has played with Hussy Hicks on a number of tours and albums and even lived with them in London for a while. For On The Boundries Raphael White is flexing his production muscle and the whole thing was recorded in the UK.

To celebrate the release of On The Boundries Hussy Hicks will be touring Australia from the beginning of November – full list of dates are below:

Saturday 4th November – Leftie’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 8th November – Redcliffe on the Murray, Pinjarra, WA
Thursday 9th November – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Bridgetown Blues Festival, Bridgetown, WA
Tuesday 14th November – Perth Blues Club, Perth, WA
Wednesday 15th November – Clancy’s, Fremantle, WA
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Friday 8th December – Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar, NSW
Saturday 9th December – House with No Walls, Eumundi, QLD
Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January – Thredbo Blues Festival, Thredbo, NSW

Nahko (Nahko and Medicine for the People) Announces Debut Solo Album

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American roots singer Nahko (of Nahko and Medicine for the People fame) has just announced plans to release his debut solo album.

Titled My Name Is Bear Nahko’s album is informed by a time his life that he spent searching for his birth mother who had given him up at the age of 15 after being thrust into unthinkable circumstances. At the age of 21 he did find her, and remarkably she lived just 15 minutes from his home.

“I drove to her house and there she was,” said Nahko. “She was crying, I was crying and consequently, as most of these songs were written between the age of 18 and 21, much of the spirit of My Name Is Bear is informed by this time in my life.”

My Name Is Bear is due for release on the 20th October. The full track listing for the album is below:

1. Dragonfly
2. The Vow (Interlude)
3. Be Here Now
4. Goodnight, Sun
5. Too Much Kerouac (Interlude)
6. Kirby, Joe
7. Susanna
8. Bearly Thoughts (Interlude)
9. Sing Him of My Revelations
10. Hamakua
11. Call Him By His Name
12. Early February
13. Stoned On a Stone (Interlude)
14. Creation’s Daughter
15. Alice
16. Die Like Dinoz

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot Announce Joint Australian Tour

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter William Crighton has announced he’s hitting the road this November with lauded Canadian roots rocker Terra Lightfoot.

The two singer-songwriters will be heading up and down the East Coast throughout November with Crighton also heading to the Mullum Music Festival and a show up in Darwin.

Check out the full list of tour dates below:

William Crighton and Terra Lightfoot
Thursday 2nd November – Australian Music Week, Cronulla, NSW
Friday 3rd November – Central Bar, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th November – Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Bathurst, NSW
Sunday 5th November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Monday 6th November – Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th November – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November – Majors Creek Festival, Majors Creek, NSW
Thursday 16th November – Left’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

William Crighton
Saturday 18th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 25th November – Railway Club, Darwin, NT


Listen to the New John Butler Trio Single “Bully”

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The John Butler Trio recently released their latest, stand-alone single “Bully”. The track was recorded back in 2016 and was released as the John Butler Trio work on their new album.

“In the wake of the recent deplorable and gut wrenching event in Charlottesville, Virginia – USA and Australia’s impending bullshit plebiscite on gay marriage, it’s hard to write this without a heavy heart,” Butler explained. “Nevertheless, I want to explain where this song comes from.

“Over the years of campaigning to protect pristine and sacred parts of our globe, I’ve witnessed two archetypes over and over again; The Bully and the Power of community. It’s always been the injustice inflicted by the Bully that’s incited me to stand up, and the strength of community that’s kept my faith in humanity.

“”Bully” is about the abuse of power. It’s about Governments, corporations and organisations who think they have the right to use violence and their powers of state against their own community; telling us how we should live, who we’re allowed to marry, whose lives matter and whose do not, how much racism is tolerable, what industries and private enterprises should be allowed on our land and how contaminated our water is allowed to be.

“It’s about a BULLY mindset that is so greedy for more control, power and dominance that it’s willing to use violence against innocent citizens and in the process, killing the planet and life upon it, just to feed its veracious appetite.

“This song is about good people all over the world, who believe in a fair, just and sustainable future, who are willing to stand together to protect what is most precious to them.”

Listen to “Bully” below:

The John Butler Trio will be supporting Midnight Oil on their The Great Circle tour this November as well as appearing at the SummerSalt Festival in South Australia – full list of dates below:

Saturday 4th November – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, VIC
Saturday 11th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Friday 17th November – The Domain, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th November – SummerSalt, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, SA

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